Art Beat

Art Beat 2015

Saturday August 29, 2015 | Noon - 8:00 p.m. | Michigan St. in downtown South Bend

A group of like-minded individuals came together in 2003 with a common idea — to showcase the work of local visual, performing, and culinary artists in the heart of South Bend. Art Beat was born and has over the past several years become a downtown South Bend signature art and cultural event drawing over 10,000 visitors annually.
Engage your sense in this day-long showcase of over 200 visual, performing and culinary artists from the Michiana area. Stroll the streets of downtown South Bend during this free, family-friendly event to:
 See the hand crafted work of local potters, photographers, painters, weavers, jewelers, sketchers, woodcarvers, crocheters, and filmmakers
 Hear the sound of acoustical melodies, African drumming, Zumba beats, soulful Jazz, the power of rock and more
 Taste the flavors of the Galeic region, the fresh local produce, and the intricate creations of top chefs
 Touch the artistic instruments to create your own masterpiece in one of the many community art projects



Although the forecast looks less than ideal, we have decided to proceed as planned with Art Beat Saturday, and to NOT postpone the event to Sunday, which was a possible contingency plan.

Please be prepared in case it does rain. Artists - bring tarps, ponchos, extra weights, etc. Visitors - bring ponchos, umbrellas. We are of course hoping we do not need any of this gear! 

If it drizzles from time to time, we will just power through. Should it rain harder, we will all wait it out a bit and see if it passes. We may need to end early if it just doesn’t look like it will clear up. 

See you all tomorrow, rain or shine!


Get Involved!

We are looking for volunteers to assist during the event. Volunteers are needed for activities such as:

Stage managers
Scene managers
Info booth workers
Community Arts Project assistants
Setup and Teardown volunteers

Click here to sign-up volunteer. 

In case of severe weather, the event will be delayed 24 hours until Sunday, August 30th, Noon - 8 p.m. Event organizers will make this call by 5 a.m. on Saturday, August 29th and notify all participating artists by email as well as post information on the Art Beat website, and DTSB's Facebook and Twitter pages.


Things to do: 


Community Art Project

Join local sculptor artist, Jake Webster, in creating a lasting piece of art that will memorialize South Bend in celebration of its 150th birthday year.

August 29, 2015 - 12:00pm

Music & Performances

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show! Art Beat 2015 features 5 different music and performance stages to thrill the senses. 

August 29, 2015 - 12:00pm

Visual Artists

Browse the visual artist's booths, purchase one of a kind art, meet the artists, and find inspiration. 

August 29, 2015 - 12:00pm


Event Sponsors