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First Fridays in South Bend

Downtown South Bend hosts "First Fridays" from 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month all year. Residents and visitors alike fill the streets for live music, movies and other entertainment. It's a great time to explore downtown, whether it's trying out a new restaurant or popping into a shop…

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Bringing Broadway to The Bend

Taking in a night of theater doesn’t necessarily mean visiting a big city. Instead you can visit The Bend, where the American Theatre Guild turns the Morris Performing Arts Center into a showcase for national touring productions like CATS and Rent. Check out the upcoming schedule to plan your night…

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How to Spend the Holiday Season in The Bend

Indiana's Tallest Outdoor Decorated Christmas Tree You might be wondering if this is a thing — it is! This massive tree is on display at the Inn at Saint Mary's, just off the Indiana Toll Road. It'll be officially lit for the season at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 7 and will make for a great photo op all season…

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Things to Do for Halloween in The Bend

Halloween Events Boo Bash Visit the St. Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds from 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 for Boo Bash. There will be a trunk-or-treat, haunted maze and more activities, plus a showing of "The Nightmare before Christmas." Zoo Boo An annual favorite, Zoo Boo offers the opportunity…

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Checklist for Every Kind of Notre Dame Football Fan

Fans from all over the country flock to The Bend during fall for Notre Dame football home games. No matter the type of visitor, there are several ways to spend your time here. Use our guide to build the perfect weekend itinerary. Checklist No. 1: Family Friendly Enjoy the tradition and fun of a…

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Celebrating Shakespeare in The Bend

As is the case in many places across the world, Shakespeare's iconic works are celebrated around The Bend annually. Shakespeare at Notre Dame puts on the wildly popular Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival every summer with performances on campus and, typically, throughout the community. Notre Dame…

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7 Instagrammable Places in The Bend

There probably isn’t a single more photographed landmark in The Bend than Notre Dame’s iconic Golden Dome. But the Instagram-worthy visuals don’t stop there. These are the places sure to earn a double tap from your followers. When you’re out capturing different monuments and moments, make sure to…

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48 Hours in The Bend - Spring

Visiting The Bend means many options are suddenly at your disposal. Do you want to dine around? Get outside? With so many possibilities, you might need some help organizing your trip. We have some ideas for you. NOTE: St. Joseph County remains under a mask order. Masks are to be worn indoors when…

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How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in The Bend

Memorial Day weekend is going to look a little different this year. Coronavirus-related social distancing guidelines and restrictions against large gatherings mean the parades and events we're used to won't be happening. Yet there are still ways to celebrate the holiday weekend in The Bend…

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Explore The Bend in 24 Hours

Not every trip comes with time to explore all corners of your chosen destination. Instead you need to make the most of a day or two at most. The best thing you can do in this situation is be armed with information about how to best use however many hours are available. What are the must-see spots…

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