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Final Weeks of Summer in Downtown South Bend

Summer is quickly coming to an end and it’s time to make the most of the next few weeks! There is a lot going on in downtown South Bend to keep your kiddos occupied before heading back to school. Make it a summer they never forget!


The Pigeon and The Hen Pottery


If you’re not familiar with The Pigeon and The Hen Pottery, it is a paint your own pottery and wheel throwing studio in downtown.

How does it work? You can walk in (no appointment necessary) and choose from mugs, bowls, plates, figurines, banks, boxes and much more. Choose either glaze or acrylic paint and add stencils and image transfers to help your creative ideas come to life. The Pigeon and The Hen also hosts pre-registered events ranging from Couples Throwing classes to Pre-School Storytime.

There’s always a lot going on at The Pigeon and The Hen. Here’s a breakdown of what you can do before you’re back to school…


August 2:

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Pre-school Storytime: Groovicorns!


August 9:

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Pre-school Storytime: Grow IT


August 10:

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Ch-Ch-Chia Llama Class


August 16:

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Pre-school Storytime: Just Narwhal


August 23:

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Pre-school Storytime: Is Your Momma a Llama

5 p.m.- 7 p.m.: Van Gogh “Starry Night” on Canvas Class


August 24:

5 p.m. -7 p.m.: Paint Your Own Camper Class


Potawatomi Zoo



The Potawatomi Zoo is the oldest zoo in Indiana and home to 450 animals. Aside from the special events listed below, the Zoo hosts daily zoo experiences where guests can interact with animal ambassadors, observe animal feedings, or attend animal enrichment demonstrations. Zoo experiences are different every day and the schedule is posted at the Zoo’s entrance.


August 1-2:

Junior Naturalists Zoo Camp


August 5-9:

Future Zoologist Zoo Camp


August 10:

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Evening Safari (Family Class)


August 12-16:

Wild Rangers Zoo Camp


August 17:

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Zoo Yoga


August 23:

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Roars and Pours Family Night


Potawatomi Park


One of South Bend’s most active parks is home to a wide range of amenities. Of course, the Potawatomi Zoo is one of the focal points of the area but the park also features a large playground, exercise track, Performance Arts Pavilion, Kid’s Kingdom, Potawatomi Pool and a new Splash Pad!


August 3:

8 a.m.: Kid’s Triathlon


August 4:

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: PT and the Cruisers at Chris Wilson Pavilion


August 11:

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Los Hermanos at Chris Wilson Pavilion


August 18:

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Van Dyke Revue at Chris Wilson Pavilion


August 25:

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Steve Forseman at Chris Wilson Pavilion


Four Winds Field- South Bend Cubs


August 1:

7:05 p.m.: vs. West Michigan (Thirsty Thursday)


August 2:

7:35 p.m.: vs. West Michigan (Fantastic Friday Fireworks)


August 3:

7:05 p.m.: vs. Great Lakes (Flat Screen Saturday, Fallen Heroes Day)


August 4:

2:05 p.m.: vs. Great Lakes (T-shirt Giveaway, Classic Car Day)


August 5:

7:05 p.m.: vs. Great Lakes (Dog Day)


August 6:

7:05 p.m.: vs. Great Lakes ($2 Tuesday)


August 10:

7:05 p.m.: vs. Fort Wayne (Flat Screen Saturday, Star Wars Night)


August 11:

2:05 p.m.: vs. Fort Wayne (Faith Day)


August 12:

7:05 p.m.: vs. Fort Wayne (Post-Game Fireworks)


August 21:

7:05 p.m.: vs. Lansing (Silver Sluggers Day, Yu Darvish Bobblehead Giveaway)


August 22:

7:05 p.m.: vs. Lansing (Thirsty Thursday, Craft Beer Night)


August 23:

7:35 p.m.: vs. Lansing (Fantastic Friday Fireworks)


GALLERY 2910


August 2:

4:30 p.m.: Mom and Me Painting Class- Mermaids

7 p.m.: Brushes & Brews- Lounge Chairs


August 4:

10 a.m.: Ceramic Figurines Painting Extravaganza

11 a.m.: Mom and Me Painting Class- Mermaid Sunset

7 p.m.: Paint Your Pet


August 9:

7 p.m.: Brushes and Brews- Lantern


August 10:

5 p.m.: Mom and Me Painting Class- Turtle Love


August 11:

10 a.m.: Ceramic Figurines Painting Extravaganza


August 16:

7 p.m.: Brushes & Brews- Purple Scene


August 18:

10 a.m.: Ceramic Figurines Painting Extravaganza

11 a.m.: Mommy & Me Painting Class- Elephant Fun


August 24:

7 p.m.: Family Fun Night: Merging Families


St. Joseph County Public Library- Main Branch


August 1:

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Main Library Storytime

2- 3:30 p.m.: Star Wars Droid Maze Challenge


August 5-7:

All Day: The Ol’ Western Trail


August 8:

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Main Library Storytime


August 12:

2 p.m. -4 p.m.: Rock Your Locker!


August 15:

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Main Library Storytime


August 22:

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Main Library Storytime


Downtown South Bend Inc.


August 1-2:

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series


August 3:

8 a.m. -11 a.m.: DTSB Summer Fitness Series


August 5-9:

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series


August 10:

8 a.m. -11 a.m.: DTSB Summer Fitness Series

12 p.m. -5 p.m.: DTSB Arts on the Race

7 p.m. -11 p.m.: DTSB Outdoor Film Series: Moana


August 12-16:

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series


August 17:

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.: DTSB Art Beat 2019


August 19-23:

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series


August 24:

8 a.m. -11 a.m.: DTSB Summer Fitness Series