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Join us for the largest annual event in downtown South Bend, where the streets of downtown are filled with performing, visual, and culinary artists, for a day-long celebration of our local artists! Learn more about all of the exciting experiences we have in store.

Parking & Road Closures


Wayne/Jefferson will both be closed from MLK to St. Louis. St. Louis will be closed from Jefferson to Wayne from 6:00 p.m. Friday to noon Sunday.


On-street parking as well as the Main St. Garage will be free on Saturday. There will also be free parking at AM General, Crowe LLC, Peoplelink Staffing, Everwise Credit Union, and Zion Church.


The Wayne St. Garage, Leighton Garage, and the Century Center lot will also be available for $5. 

Designated handicapped parking  will be available in the Crowe LLC lot and in the AM Genreral Lot.

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A Greener Art Beat

Art Beat Beat is proud to partner with the City of South Bend's Office of Sustainability to create a greener Art Beat by offering recycling and a water bottle filling station (located in the Howard Park Culinary Village); reusable water bottles are available for purchase by the water station and at the DTSB Info Booths for $5.

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Everwise Credit Union Lounge

Everwise Credit Union is the proud presenting sponsor for Art Beat 2023. Visit the Everwise Credit Union Lounge in Plaza Park for giveaways, a photo booth, and a chance to relax in the shade!  

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Visit the Art Beat Info Booths located at MLK & Wayne and Jefferson & St. Louis to check out 2023 Art Beat 20th Anniversary merchandise: Commemorative Prints ($15) and Art Beat Shirts ($20), plus vintage Art Beat prints and shirts. 

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Art Beat Memories

We are celebrating 20 years of Art Beat this year and showcasing its history on a special page of our website! Do you have a favorite memory? Share your Art Beat pictures and stories with us using #ArtBeatMemories and your memory may make it on to our site! 


Art Beat After Parties

Art Beat ends at 7:00 p.m., but the downtown excitement does not! Head to these places when Art Beat is over:

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3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The Rocki Button – located just a block away from the west entrance of Art Beat – will be featuring an extension of Art Beat from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with live music, an art gallery, vendors (3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and both alcoholic and N/A drinks available for purchase.    

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Art Beat After Party at The Hideaway 

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The Hideaway, South Bend’s original speakeasy, will host an After Party with $2 off all of its prohibition-inspired signature cocktails. And for those who want to hang on to the end of summer a bit longer, you can enjoy a Tequila Sunrise for $6.  

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Art Beat After Party at Ironhand Wine Bar 

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Featuring live music by Lucas Miner, their Margarita Wine Release, $20 bottles /$6 glass of MI Cabernet Franc, and chef’s features: Chicken Skewers ($11), Crab & Shrimp Melts ($12), and Burrata ($14.) 

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Celtic After Party at Fiddler’s Hearth 

7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Fiddler’s Hearth invites you to come party with the Celts after Art Beat! They’ll have food and drink specials with live music featuring Three Men in Kilts from 8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 

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Cool Runnings 1-Year Anniversary Weekend 

4:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.

Join Cool Runnings Restaurant & Bar as they celebrate their one-year anniversary with live music both inside on their stage and outside on their patio from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.. $15 tickets are available for purchase at Cool Runnings in advance or $20 day-of. 

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South Bend Symphony Orchestra: Community Foundation Performing Arts Series

7:00 p.m. 

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a full concert with a special animal-themed program. Event is free; bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating. 

Special Thanks

All of the Art Beat volunteers, including Adams High School Boys & Girls Cross Country Team and the South Bend Community Re-entry Center,  plus Art Beat parking partners - AM General , Crowe LLC, Everwise Credit Union, Matthews LLC, Peoplelink Staffing, and Zion Church. Additional thanks to Sunburst Races, Koontz Wagner for powering up our Culinary Village, and last but not least, we thank the City of South Bend Engineering, Traffic & Lighting, Bobby, South Bend Police, South Bend Fire, and Streets Departments. 

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When and how long will Art Beat 2023 run?

Art Beat 2023 is scheduled for August 19, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

What streets are inaccessible during Art Beat?

Wayne/Jefferson will both be closed from MLK to St. Louis. St. Louis will be closed from Jefferson to Wayne.

Where are the best places to park?

On-street parking is free throughout downtown on weekends. Free parking will also be available in the Main St. Garage, the Crowe parking lot (except the small, northern lot reserved for employees), the AM General lot, the Peoplelink lot, and the Zion/Howard Park lot. Handicapped parking will be available in the Crowe lot and the AM General lot. The Wayne St. Garage, Leighton Garage, and Century Center lot will also be available for parking for $5. See the parking map above with these parking options.

How much does it cost to attend Art Beat?

Art Beat is a free event!

Where can I find the nearest restroom?

Look for the “R” on the map to find your nearest restroom.

Can I bring my pets?

Yes, so long as they do not pose harm to other guests and remain on a leash. Please pick up after your pets as well.

Is this event accessible?

Yes, the event is wheelchair accessible.

How do I contact an artist?

You can email Kylie at and she will contact the artist for you.

Where can I find ATM machines?

The nearest ATMs can be found at the Everwise branch at 823 E. Jefferson Blvd and inside the Century Center. Everwise is the presenting sponsor for Art Beat 2023.

What restaurants are nearby?

Downtown South Bend is home to over 50 dining establishments. You can find a list and map by clicking here.

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