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But actually, there’s a lot to do in South Bend

| Thursday, February 13, 2020

You hear it all the time. “South Bend has nothing to do!” This phrase is usually met with a chorus of agreement and groaning about the dismal weather conditions. Have no fear — as someone who has spent the last nine years as a local on the outskirts of the Bend, I am here to tell you about some of the best hangouts and activities around town.

1. The Well Coffee House, 2410 E Mishawaka Ave. South Bend

The Well is a nonprofit coffee house which is all about coffee, community and culture. They host many events for live music and local artists. They also host Smash Bros. game tournaments in an event called “Smashfest” every Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

2. Cambodian Thai, 235 S Michigan Street South Bend

If you want to try something new and get out of the dinning hall, Cambodian Thai has the best curry, spring rolls and Cambodian cuisine around. It’s located a short seven-minute Uber ride off campus. It is also family-run — it’s always great to support local businesses!

3. The Pigeon and Hen Pottery Shop, 217 S Michigan Street South Bend 

If you are more of the artsy type, you may be interested in having some fun with pottery. Here you can simply pick a premade ceramic to decorate, or try your own hand in their clay throwing studio. Check out their website to find a whole host of events on their calendar.

4. Orbit Music Record Store, 2538 Miracle Lane Mishawaka

Rather than giving all your money to Urban Outfitters, why not check out records, cassettes or CDs at Orbit? You will save even more money and honestly revamp your music tastes. 

5. South Bend Farmers Market, 1105 Northside Blvd. South Bend

The South Bend Farmers Market has a history spanning over 100 years and offers a variety of items from over 75 farmers and artists! It is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their Facebook page often promotes some of their fun and quirky events, such as Baby Goat Day on March 7! 

6. The South Bend Art Museum, 110 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. South Bend

Founded in 1947, the South Bend Art Museum is a beloved part of the community. They often change out their exhibits throughout the year and hold five galleries.The best part is, it is free! In the past, they have featured vintage sci-fi art, videography installations and various scholastic contest winners. Sadly, even with all of its interesting treasures, it is hidden inside of the century center right down town, and many students do not know they are so close to such a fun and cost effective activity!

7. Strikes and Spares Entertainment Center, 5419 N Grape Road Mishawaka

Located just up the road from the mall, strikes and spares hosts a mini arcade, indoor go kart track, glow in the dark mini golf and a bowling alley! It also has a sports bar and serves snacks. It’s a great way to have fun even in the worst weather Indiana has to offer.

So the next time you may think there is nothing around, peak out of the tri-campus bubble and explore South Bend!

Contact Nola Wallace at [email protected]

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