Free Outdoor Films

The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is proud to offer many free films, performances and events. With the assistance of our University and community partners, we hope you'll find a new type of film or style of music you and your family will enjoy.

Upcoming free films, performances and events:
Note: Admission to these events is free but many require a ticket. Reserved tickets must be claimed 15 minutes prior to the start of the event or your tickets may be redistributed to other patrons. Some tickets may only be picked-up the day of the event.

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Sponsored by DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and DTSB: Free films on the Gridiron Plaza in downtown South Bend.

Outdoor Film Series
(Downtown South Bend)

June - August

(Approximately 9:30 PM, weather permitting)

BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985): Friday, June 12

THE LEGO MOVIE (2014): Friday, July 24

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014): Saturday, August 22


All screenings begin at sundown (weather permitting) on the Gridiron Plaza adjacent to the South Bend Chocolate Café.

Free and not ticketed.

Presented by: The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Notre Dame Community Band

Wednesday, June 24 
at 7:30 PM
Free and not ticketed

Bring your lawn chairs for the Notre Dame Concert Band, free summer concert on the Irish Green, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, on Irish Green adjacent to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Band members include alumni, faculty, staff and students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross College, as well as area high-school students and community members.

Rain Date: Friday, June 26 

In case of inclement weather on June 26, the concert will not be rescheduled.


Presented by: The Office of Pre-College Programs

Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005)

Tuesday, July 1 
at 6:30 PM
Free tickets available starting July 1 at 5:30 PM

Directed by Hank Rogerson
Not Rated, 93 min, DVD

The University of Notre Dame's Office of Pre-College Programs is screening the documentary film Shakespeare Behind Bars for the Summer Scholars students and the general public. Shakespeare Behind Bars (SBB) offers theatrical encounters with personal and social issues to incarcerated and post-incarcerated adults and juveniles, allowing them to develop life skills that will ensure their successful reintegration into society.  

Now in its 20th year, Shakespeare Behind Bars is the oldest program of its kind in North America. SBB programming serves incarcerated adults and youth using exclusively the works of William Shakespeare. SBB is the subject of Philomath Films award-winning documentary Shakespeare Behind Bars, which received its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. 

Includes mature or adult content.

Sponsored by the Lauran E. and Justin L. Tuck Endowment for Children's Programming and by WNIT Public Television.

ANDkids World Film Festival

July 22-25

The region's signature summer children's film festival. Now in its seventh year, this cinema celebration features an entertaining, educational and diverse line-up of new films from around the world for children of all ages. This year, we’ve added a full day of films that offer a passport of experiences from countries near and far. Journey to Brazil, Uruguay, Denmark, Poland, Ethiopia, Japan ... you can even take a trip to the Moon!

All events are free but require a ticket.

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