Free things to do in Michiana this weekend

Attend a circus at the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival, have a drink at the Indiana Whiskey Tasting and BBQ event and more.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 11:06 a.m.

Friday, April 25

Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival 

Where: 100 W. Waterford St. in Wakarusa

The Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival will kick off its 45th year on Friday, April 25, and end on Sunday, April 27. The festival will include performances by two former American Idol contestants, a free family circus, talent and baking contests and other events and activities. You can find the full schedule for this weekend’s Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival here.


The Gotta Believe In Me Musical Showcase

Where: 3701 S Main St. in Elkhart

Recording artist Ebony Archer will be performing at Concord Mall on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26. The Bad Entertainment Dance Team will open for Archer before Friday’s show. Archer used to be a member of Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago.


Indiana Whiskey Tasting and BBQ

Where: 1216 West Sample Street in South Bend

The Indiana Whiskey Tasting and BBQ offers local whiskey, free barbecue and an opportunity to learn about how whiskey is made. Owners and operators will be giving tours of their distillery, making whiskey drinks and answering questions about their products. You can find out more details about the event at their website or Facebook page.


Saturday, April 26

Arbor Day 2014

Where: 1717 East Lusher Avenue in Elkhart

The city of Elkhart will be giving away free trees during its Arbor Day celebration at the Elkhart Environmental Center. The event also features tree planting demonstrations, a spring plant exchange and a log milling demonstration. Mayor Dick Moore will be present at the event, as well as Forester Dan Coy who will discuss the emerald ash borer. There will also be free food sponsored by Olive Garden.


Sunday, April 27

3rd Annual ND National Robotics Week Event

Where: 1399 N. Notre Dame Avenue in South Bend

The University of Notre Dame robotics labs and community partners will display their research and offer hands-on STEM activities for the public at the third annual Notre Dame National Robotics Week event. There will be robots on display that are able to talk, walk and fly on its own. There will also be games such as robot arcade, robot pong and even a robot battle based on the popular video game Pokemon.


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