Some fun things to do in Michiana this holiday weekend

By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Gearhiser [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Looking for lunch plans today? Memphis Underground will be performing at today’s Fridays by the Fountain concert in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. The concert starts at 11:45 and is completely free to attend. Bring your lunch or purchase some from a vendor on site.

It’s the first Friday of the month in Downtown South Bend, and what better way to celebrate July than with a “Star Spangled Downtown” theme? Bring your family downtown at 5 for carnival games and prizes, a beer garden, balloon artist, and vendors. and be sure to stay until 10 for fireworks launched from the Jefferson Bridge. For more information:


The St. Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds is planned to host their opening ceremonies parade tonight at 5:30. Various 4H clubs and townships will join together on floats and in decorated cars to celebrate the beginning of this year’s county fair. Head to the fairgrounds for the parade, or plan a day this week to enjoy the food, rides, and animals all day. Admission is only 5 dollars per person per day until July 9.

If car shows are your thing, you’ll want to plan to be at Goshen’s First Friday spectacular tonight, planned to have plenty of food, drinks, music, and cars. Car owners interested in showing off their rides are invited to park on Main Street to compete for prizes. It all begins at 5, and though the event is free to attend, registration for the car show is 15 dollars.

Wanting plans for tonight but not wanting to be in the heat? Grab tickets to tonight’s concert at The Lerner Theatre as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will take the stage at 8. They’ve sold over 2 million albums to date, guaranteeing a show to remember.

For those wanting to stay close to home for the holiday weekend, pack a cooler and head to the Ferrettie-Baugo Creek County Park in Osceola today, tomorrow, or Sunday between 11 and 4 to enjoy a paddling adventure on one of the park’s rental canoes or kayaks. Renters must be at least 18 years old with a valid ID, and more information can be found on the St. Joseph County Parks website.

The Blue Gate Theatre has tickets available for tonight’s showing of Dear Soldier Boy, a musical comedy with drama, secrets, and romance. The show starts at 7, and if you can’t make it tonight, it is being shown again at 7 tomorrow evening as well. Tickets start at just $39.95 on the Blue Gate Theatre’s website.

Active-duty service men and women and their families will receive free admission to the Ruthmere, a participant in the Blue Star Museum program. They will also receive a free patriotic souvenir or experience a special activity during their visit. Tour times and more information can be found on their website.

If you need some plans for the 4th, it’s time to visit the South Bend Cubs‘ website to get your tickets to their game against Wisconsin. The game starts Monday night at 7:05 and will be followed by a spectacular fireworks show immediately after the game.

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