Find Your Fun! Project Finished

My yearlong project of capturing fun in our area is complete! I’ve noted some of the resources I used below – there are some real gems in there! A few final events for July (but last year’s list will show, too!): A highlight of last summer was a trip to Traverse City’s Cherry Festival; in a…

June Highlights

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…

April Highlights

I continue to look for a winning combination of sharing local venues (Merriman’s! Midway! Journeyman’s!) and events (Chicago’s Baconfest anyone? First Fridays in South Bend and Goshen) that provide a glimpse of all there is to experience without being quite as list-y or overwhelmingly (in both creation and access). So, I’ll share a few things that…

March 3-9

In this first week of March, we’re starting to wake up from our non-winter winter, which means First Fridays (South Bend! Goshen!) and film festivals (feminists and earth lovers!) and music (Midway! Veggie Buddies! LangLab! Ignition Music Garage!). We’ve got an art fair (South Bend)  and a gallery opening (Make South Bend and Jonathan Randall…

February 3-9

It’s cold, but not so cold you can’t enjoy Restaurant Week or First Fridays or a little creation at Make South Bend! Or curl up with a good movie at World Cinema Fest or Screenpeace. Remember to wear layers! Friday, February 3 *CREATE: Silver Metal Clay @ Make South Bend, 6-8pm *ScreenPeace Film Festival in Notre Dame @…

December 16-22

Oh, the lights are brighter and the smiles wider. There are some wonderful options in movies and music and festivities as we creep into the holiday weekend. I’ll be taking a few weeks off but look for more fun posted in late January! Friday, December 16 *Christkindlmarket in Chicago @ Daley Plaza, 11-9 *Mishawaka Winterfest in Mishawaka…

November 25-27: It’s the Weekend

I choose to spend Black Friday sleeping in, eating leftovers and wandering outdoors, but Shop Local Saturday / Small Business Saturday / Shop Small Saturday is always appealing! I’ve included a few of my favorite Shop Local! spots below, after a few fun events that are shop-local related. Saturday, November 26 Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace…

October 24-27

It’s a quiet week, unless you love foreign films and Frankenstein. Notre Dame has a few great series that continue this week. And IUSB’s Entrepreneur Series continues with Unity Gardens founder Sara Stewart, which promises to be inspiring (and hopefully she brings some Honey from the Hood!) What fun will you find? Monday, October 24 Monday…

October 17-20

Thursday is rich with tunes, and Make South Bend continues to offer a variety of classes that allow you to explore different avenues of creative expression. If this week doesn’t work for you, look to next! What fun will you find? Monday, October 17 Monday Night Jam in South Bend @ The Brick, 6pm Geeks Who…

September 16-18: It’s the Weekend!

There’s a big game in South Bend this weekend, which usually means I’d either hole up at home or head to Chicago, but I don’t want to miss River Park’s Rebel Art Fest on Saturday or The Triplets of Belleville (my favorite!) Cine-concert on Sunday. What fun will you find? Friday, September 16 South Bend Farmer’s…

September 2-4: It’s the Weekend!

I hope to get lots of LABOR done on my house this weekend, but that might be disrupted by a trek through Shipshewana’s Corn Maze or dancing at Chicago’s Jazz Festival. What fun will you find? Friday, September 2 South Bend Farmer’s Market in DTSB, 7am-3pm *African Festival of the Arts in Chicago @ Washington Park, 10am-10pm Kayaking…

August 29-Sept 1

Jazz and jazz and jazz. The summer’s music begins to wrap up, so be sure to catch something, especially the Jazz Festival in Chicago or the Michael Malis Trio at Merriman’s. The Brick has a new jam session and the parks will wrap up their concert series. Find your tune! Monday, August 29 Red Table…