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The city of South Bend is the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States,[3] on the St. Joseph River near its southernmost bend, from which it derives its name.

South Bend was influenced by a large influx of Polish Catholic immigrants in the late 19th century. Dyngus Day is widely celebrated on the Monday after Easter and is known locally to be the beginning of the city elections campaign season. Fat Tuesday is also celebrated in South Bend, with Paczkis being a staple food product in the city for the day.

The South Bend Reggae Music Festival has nationwide acclaim and showcases some the world's premier international reggae artists every summer. Proceeds from the festival are given to the Pangani Foundation of South Bend which helps deliver medical supplies to hospitals in Malawi.

The World Pulse Festival is held annually in South Bend. The event is an annual Contemporary Christian music festival, attracting more than 50,000 visitors each year.

The South Bend Museum of Art is located in the Century Center in downtown South Bend. The Museum was opened to the public in March 1996, and features a variety of artists from South Bend and the Michiana region. Currently, over 850 works are featured in the permanent collection. The museum also offers several classes and workshops for adults and children.

The Center for History (Northern Indiana Historical Society) is the second oldest historical society in Indiana. It was started in 1867 to collect and interpret the history of the northern Indiana region and started by many leading citizens of St. Joseph County, Indiana. Copshaholm is one of the central features of the Center for History. The 38-room mansion was built in 1895 and is currently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The home was built by Joseph Doty Oliver, the son of James Oliver, the founder of the Oliver Farm Equipment Company, once the largest plow manufacturer in the United States. The history museum occupies several buildings and includes areas dedicated to the history of the St. Joseph River Valley, the University of Notre Dame, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and the Kidsfirst Children's Museum.

The Studebaker National Museum is a large collection of wagons and automobiles from the 150 year production history of the Studebaker company. The museum began as a collection of wagons and automobiles produced by Studebaker, including the presidential carriages of Lincoln, McKinley, Harrison and Grant. The company donated the collection to the city of South Bend in 1966. The collection was housed in various locations from the Century Center to its current location in downtown South Bend adjacent to the Northern Indiana Center for History. The two museums share one campus, and together form The Museums at Washington and Chapin. The former South Bend mansion of Clement Studebaker, named Tippecanoe Place, is now a restaurant.

The Morris Performing Arts Center was built in 1922 and included the Palace Theater, a venue for vaudeville. The theatre's heyday was in 1940 with the premiere of Knute Rockne, All American starring Ronald Reagan. A crowd estimated at 24,000 gathered outside. The theater was scheduled for demolition in 1959, when E. M. Morris purchased the facility and sold it to the city for one dollar, after which it was renamed the Morris Civic Auditorium. A total renovation was completed in 2000. The Morris Performing Arts Center also includes the Palais Royale Ballroom, on which restoration was recently completed. The center houses the Broadway Theater League and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra's Shanghai-born conductor Tsung Yeh was the first conductor ever to hold music directorships of both a western symphony orchestra and a major Chinese orchestra.

The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association, sponsor of the world's largest chamber music competition, was founded in South Bend in 1973. The annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition is held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

The South Bend Civic Theatre was founded in 1957. For many years it was located at The Firehouse, 701 Portage Avenue. In 2007, a new theatre opened at 403 N. Main Street, in what was formerly the Scottish Rite Building. It includes a 209-seat main-stage auditorium and a 90-seat "black-box" studio theatre. The South Bend Civic produces more than a dozen plays per year, including several productions in its Family Series.

The Potawatomi Zoo opened in 1902. Potawatomi is the oldest zoo in Indiana, and features over 400 animals in its 23 acres (93,000 m2). The zoo is run by the South Bend Parks and Recreation Department which maintains a variety of parks and facilities for the city. Along with the zoo, the South Bend Parks and Recreation department operates over fifty parks, golf courses, and recreational areas throughout the city.

Near the Potawatomi Zoo are the Potawatomi Greenhouses and Ella Morris and Muessel-Ellison Botanical Conservatories. The green houses were originally constructed in the 1920s, with the conservatories being added in the 1960s. In 2007 the greenhouses and conservatories were in danger of closing due to increased operating costs, but a campaign by the Botanical Society of South Bend was able to solicit funds to keep the facilities operating.

The city is home to the East Race Waterway.

South Bend Statistics
2009 population
US City Rank
Zip Code
105, 494

Land area: 38.7 square miles. County: St Joseph.

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