South Bend, Indiana—Off the Grid(iron)
As summer’s last hurrah approaches, consider a quick and easy last-minute excursion to South Bend’s Art Beat, where hundreds of visual, performing, and culinary artists will be plying their wares al fresco throughout the downtown area from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 28th. Where else will you find the likes of the Michiana Monologues (Eve Ensler-inspired true-life storytellers at 4 p.m., Key Bank Plaza); Liquid Rabbit (all-boy punk-metal rockers at 7 p.m., Century Center Island Park); and all manner of painters, ceramists, beaders, weavers, buskers, and top chefs within a three-block radius? New this year, a tented Culinary Arts Village (on Washington Street, just north of the College Football Hall of Fame) will feature edible creations by American Culinary Federation members. Free parking is available at the Main-Colfax and Leighton Garages.
GO Art Beat in downtown South Bend (roughly three blocks of Michigan Street between Colfax and Wayne); 574-282-1110, artbeatsouthbend.org. Free.