June 1-8: This week is all about DTSB! Riverlights Music Festival is a fantastic way to launch June, as local musicians take stages across the city, and in Chicago, the Grant Park Music Festival season begins for your more classical moments. Best.Week.Ever. is still the best. The Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series also starts with daily music at the plaza and lunch specials at downtown restaurants. The weather is now perfect (perfect!) for First Fridays (and Meet me on the Island!) and the Architectural Walking Tours in DTSB. Yoga in the Gardens starts at Wellfield Gardens (Elkhart) on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
June 9-15: South Bend Lyric Opera‘s June show, L’elisir d’amore closes this weekend, so if you missed it last week, you have a few more opportunities! Any day is a good day for Chicago, but Pilsen? Food trucks? The answer is yes, please. John Legend also plays that evening as part of the Ravinia Festival. Saturday mornings get more fun with DTSB’s Outdoor Fitness Series; it’s a nice chance to try out different exercise classes from teachers across Michiana. My favorite was drumming! And this weekend is the 42nd Annual Michiana Greek Fest. You’ll find me at Make South Bend’s Silver Stacking Rings class, followed by a stroll through Elkhart’s June ArtWalk.
June 16-22: I love the Leeper Art Fair, and this is the second year you can enjoy both Leeper and the restored Rose Gardens. There are no fewer than seven art fairs in different Chicago neighborhoods this month, including this week’s in Hinsdale. LangLab continues to host fantastic acts, so check out Miss Tess and the Talkbacks. Ben Folds returns to the region as a headliner one night for the Elkhart Jazz Festival, but if a road trip sounds fun, check out Valerie June at The Ark in Ann Arbor this weekend.
June 23-30: Sign up for Stargazing at Fernwood Botanical Gardens. Wondering where to find examples of the Nujazz movement of Scandavia this week? Monday at Millenium Park’s Summer Series has you covered. Otherwise, head to Goshen’s Ignition Music Garage for the always fantastic Kansas Bible Company. heck out DTSB Summer Restaurant Week: treats for days. And I love everything about the Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival – hot air balloons! A carnival! Treats!
A few late additions:
The Cathedral of St James’ Shortcakes on the Blacktop is not to be missed. Buy one shortcake! Buy seven!
Bike to Goshen Brewing Co. for their bike-in movie: The Princess Bride!
If the June Wine Walk doesn’t fit your schedule, be sure to show up for one later in the summer.
Pop-up Magazine at Harris Theatre. A live magazine. (A live magazine!)
Arts on the Millrace – just one more reason to visit Goshen!