South Bend's Venues Parks & Arts department announces new details about Best. Week. Ever.

South Bend’s Venues Parks & Arts department will host three public meetings to officially announce details about Best. Week. Ever. These public meetings will detail how South Bend residents can showcase their business/program/event during that week. The schedule for the meetings will be as follows:

  • 8:00 a.m. on Fri., Feb. 17 at St. Joseph County Public Library in the Colfax Auditorium, 304 S. Main St.
  • 1:00 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 21 at the O’Brien Center Board Room, 321 E. Walter St.
  • 5:30 p.m. on Tues., March 7 at St. Joseph County Public Library in the Colfax Auditorium

"This event will be made possible by the people in our community," Aaron Perri, executive director of Venues Parks & Arts said, "It’s a chance to celebrate South Bend and collectively pull together to showcase our creativity, culture and progress."

Best. Week. Ever. is a weeklong collection of experiences that celebrate the city’s culture, progress and creativity, taking place from May 29 through June 4. Joe Hart, president of the South Bend Cubs, announced that Four Winds Field will host a 90’s Night Concert, headlining Everclear and Vertical Horizon, during Best. Week. Ever. on Sat., June 3. Other signature events will include:

  • The West Side Memorial Day Parade and a South Bend Cubs game on Mon., May 29
  • Purple Porch Market Launch Release Festival and West Side Wednesday on Wed., May 31
  • First Fridays, Meet Me on the Island, Touch-A-Truck and Best. Fireworks. Ever. on Fri., June 2
  • Sunburst Races on Sat., June 3
  • and much more…

"Our vision is that people will experience and see South Bend in new ways," Perri said.

Venues Parks & Arts encourages residents to attend one of the public meetings. For those who are unable to attend a meeting, more information can be found at

Venues Parks & Arts is a department in the City of South Bend that works to create exceptional experiences and opportunities in the city. Its efforts focus in the areas of health and recreation, parks and conservation, and arts and culture.