Fall into Downtown this Autumn

By Kelsey DeGagne, Intern of Business Development
Celebrate fall with local businesses across downtown with special events to keep you warm as it cools off! Be on the lookout for autumn-themed treats and drinks, Halloween bashes, and all kinds of fun activities around South Bend to ease you into winter!
 
October 2 to December 2
Grab your camera and show what makes our community great! Photo entries accepted at the
 
SJCPL Main Branch – The Art of Relief Printing with Ramiro Rodriguez
October 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Learn from local artist Ramiro Rodriguez about relief printing and then practice making your own test print.
Humphreys Multimedia Room – Main Library
 
Downtown South Bend – October First Fridays: Downtown Oktoberfest
October 6
Come celebrate all things fall with pumpkin carving, beer gardens, hay rides, and so much more as the downtown core comes together to bring Oktoberfest all the way to South Bend!
 
Four Winds Field – South Bend Family Fair & Pull Event
October 7 – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Support a fundraising event like no other in Michiana to help expand academic programs in South Bend Schools! All SBCSC families are invited to attend the South Bend Family Fair & Pull Event on Saturday, October 7th, at the South Bend Cubs Four Winds Field! The Truck Pull will start at 8:00 a.m. when Superintendent, Dr. Spells sounds the air horn! EVERY South Bend School will be represented during the day, “pulling” with their business partner for SBCSC! New this year, will be a Food Service Pull Team, a bus pull challenge card, and the Potawatomi Zoo!
 
Morris Performing Arts Center – South Bend Symphony Orchestra: Cirque de la Symphonie
October 7
The concert program will feature both classical and contemporary works heard in ballet, on the Broadway stage, and in movies. The SBSO will perform light classics from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, Bernstein’s Overture from Candide, and Offenbach’s “Can-Can.” The audience will also hear familiar tunes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Pirates of the Caribbean, and 10.
 
Kidsfirst Children's Museum - Kidsfirst Tricks and Treats: Second Saturday
October 14 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Bring or dress in your favorite Spiderman, Elsa, and other costumed characters to this Halloween event. Kids can create a mask, play a pumpkin game, concoct Halloween creations, and craft vivid “trick-or-treat” constructions at a variety of fun stations. The event takes places at Kidsfirst Children’s Museum. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $5/youth, free/adults, $12/family, and $3/members.

Ali On The Boulevard – Yoga, Beer, and Shopping
October 15 – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Funday! Tickets cost $15 and are available online here; limited space available so get your tickets while you can!
 
Fright-day Night Costume Ride & Benefit
October 20 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (check-in & registration 5:30 p.m.), with after-party at Chicory 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Benefit bike ride for TREES, Inc. and after-party at Chicory Cafe. Ride begins at the corner of Michigan & Jefferson (near Chicory Cafe.)  Scare up your bike, put on your costume and toodle around South Bend in a never-too-early-to-celebrate Halloween event. Prizes for top 3 costumes/bike decorations. A long ride (10 miles) and a short ride (3 miles) are both available to accomodate different skill levels. Tickets are available on Eventbrite by clicking here. Sponsored by Chicory Cafe and Bendix Coffee.
 
Mystery at the Mansion - In Plain Sight
October 20 and October 27 - 5:00 p.m. 
While doing research on a hot story, a reporter discovers a 150-year-old mystery about a bar of gold that disappeared in South Bend following the Civil War. The last time the gold was seen publicly was at an 1867 party hosted by the local historical society. Chase the clues that were handed down from one generation to the next. Bring your investigative skills and time-hop your way through the Oliver Mansion to discover what happened to the gold. Tickets are limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Purchase online at historymuseumSB.org or by calling 235-9664, ext. 238. $20/adults; $18/seniors; $13.50/youth; $14/members.
 
South Bend Civic Theater - Fall Market
October 20 (5:00 - 8:00 p.m.), October 21 (12:00 - 8:00 p.m.), October 22 (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
The South Bend Civic Theatre is selling their overflow costumes to raise money for new ones, creating a perfect opportunity to find some unique pieces for your Halloween costume or day-to-day wardrobe. They have modern and vintage clothes for women, men, and children in many different sizes. Click here for more info.
 
Ice Box: Learn to Skate with Irish Figure Skating Club
October 20 to December 15 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sign up for the Fall Session to learn to skate with IFSC at the Ice Box! Small class sizes and great instructors make these Friday lessons the highlight of the week. Register here!
 
Studebaker Museum – Trunk or Treat
October 26 – 5:30 p.m.
Calling all witches, ghouls, ghosts, and goblins to the party just for them!  Come join the Studebaker National Museum for their eighth annual Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Party. There will be all kinds of treats and games–we’ll have a howling good time. Children from 3 to 10 years old are invited; they must be in costume and accompanied by an adult.
 
Downtown South Bend – Downtown Trick or Treating 
October 27 - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Downtown South Bend will be hosting its 2nd annual Downtown Trick or Treating event, and this year 18 different businesses will be participating.  Trick or Treaters can start at any location and make their way around the downtown area. Maps will be made available online the week before the event, and also in paper form at the event. Also enjoy fall drinks, a special storytime with a witch, food trucks, and more!  Click here for a list of locations and more details.
 
Downtown South Bend Costume Contest
October 27 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Chicory Cafe will be hosting the 2nd Annual DTSB Costume Contest. Contestants will register in front of Chicory Cafe from 6:00 pm to 6:30 p.m. (during Trick or Treating.) Participation will be limited to the first 15 entries per age group. There is no cost to participate, and Chicory gift cards will be awarded to the winners. Click here for more details.
 
SJCPL Main Branch – Dia de los Muertos
November 1 – All Day
Celebrate the "Day of the Dead" with a scavenger hunt and art project.
Youth Services – Main Library
 
SJCPL Main Branch – Crafting with Leaves
November 6 – 10:30 a.m.
Applaud autumn's beauty by making crafts with leaves, yarn, and other materials. You'll have to see it, to "beleaf" it!
Storytime Room – Main Library
 
November 11 – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Celebrate the magic of stories and music! Special guests include Laura Numeroff, author of the beloved If You Give A Mouse A Cookie children's book series, children's musician Jim Gill, and agility dogs from ECHO Club, Inc.
Main Library
 
SJCPL Main Branch – Meet Maggie Stiefvater
November 16 – 6:00 p.m.
Prepare for a night filled with excitement as young adult author Maggie Stiefvater discusses creativity and engages the audience in a Q&A session. Her bestselling novels, Shiver, The Scorpio Races, and The Raven Cycleseries, appeal to all ages.
Humphreys Multimedia Room – Main Library
 
SJCPL Main Branch – An Evening with Elizabeth Berg
November 20 – 6:30 p.m.
On the eve of its official release, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg will present her forthcoming novel, The Story of Arthur Truluv, which be available for purchase a day early.
1st Floor Café – Main Library
 
Tippecanoe Place Restaurant – Thanksgiving Buffet
November 23 – 11:00 a.m.
Visit Tippecanoe place to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast in the spirit of the holiday. Reservations required, call (574) 234-9077.

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