There are some people who believe that a list of things to do in South Bend can't be made without including some reference to Notre Dame. It's true that this major university and its sports team are extremely important to the local community, but there is other stuff to do in South Bend that has nothing to do with the Fighting Irish.
For the person passionate about classic cars, a visit to the Studebaker National Museum should be on the list of mandatory South Bend activities. The exhibit highlights every model of the Studebaker ever made during its 75-year history. The museum holds a raffle every year, and the grand prizewinner will be the owner of a brand-new car. Budding artists can even enter the "Design a New Studebaker" contest, where they can submit a drawing of what they think a Studebaker would look like today.
If hunger hits, there are tons of sports bars available, but if there's a desire for something a little less burger and a little more salmon, new arrival Cafe Navarre should fit the bill. This establishment is located on N. Michigan Street, and people have already been raving about the filet mignon and the duck. What makes it all the more special is that even though the atmosphere is upscale, the staff goes out of its way to make everyone feel at home. Reservations should be made, because this place is getting more popular by the day.
For the hottest pop, rock, Christian and country concerts, the Morris Performing Arts Center heads the list of South Bend attractions. In addition to great music and comedy, the center is also the place to see Broadway shows and local plays. The center welcomes active community involvement, so it's a great place to enjoy the scene as well as be a part of it.