The Blue Heron at Blackthorn is a special event venue in South Bend, Indiana. We're known for our gorgeous views, indoor and outdoor space, and for providing over 25 years of social and business event services for our community.


The 4,500 square foot ballroom is an elegant canvas set against a natural backdrop, allowing you to customize your event without compromise. All events include in house coordination as well as in house catering for food & beverage. We specialize in the full service experience and are passionate about planning and executing unique and memorable events.



The Blue Heron at Blackthorn is the ideal event venue in South Bend, Indiana for private events of any style or occasion.

Including wedding ceremonies, receptions, business meetings, corporate events, birthday celebrations, dinner parties, bridal & baby showers, holiday gatherings, celebration of life luncheons, and more!

The venue can accommodate 30 - 300 guests and boasts lovely indoor/outdoor space with gorgeous views of the golf course. Read more about the Venue here

We love customizing the venue set up and event details to turn visions into reality.

Our team will be there with you each step of the way helping to create an effortless and unforgettable event.



Celebrating love is kind of our thing! Our passion is helping couples create a blissful and memorable beginning to their happily ever after. 

Private Events

We love a good party! No matter the occasion or style of event, we have the perfect venue for social gatherings & all of life's celebrations.

"I wish I could give 10 stars instead of just 5... Lexi and the BH staff are nothing short of amazing. The food is excellent, Lexi is exceptionally organized and accommodating, and the venue itself is beautiful. My husband, parents, and I enjoyed our experience working with the BH from start to finish... cannot recommend it enough!!" - Joanna L  (bride) June 12, 2021

"My daughter had her outdoor wedding ceremony and inside dinner reception at The Blue Heron in April 2021. From start to finish, the planning process was amazing. Professional, easy, flexible, and no drama. Lexi was a dream to work with and went above and beyond to make this day perfect for my daughter and son-in-law. Lexi responded quickly to emails. She had answers to all our questions. Advised us on things we never knew to think about. And, sent reminders of what needed done and when leading up to the big day. The staff at The Blue Heron are equally as impressive. They were dressed professionally, were attentive to all guests and their needs, and did a beautiful job setting up all our decorations. If you are looking for a full-service venue, please consider The Blue Heron for your wedding or special event. They do baby showers, bridal showers, and corporate events too! I can't say enough good things about this beautiful venue on the Blackthorn golf course. My family will have wonderful memories of this special day. Thank you so much!" - Tracie M (mother of bride) April 23, 2021 

Let's Talk! 

5440 Nimtz Pkwy, South Bend, IN 46628

Tel. 574-233-3091

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Hiring Multiple Part-Time Positions

We're looking for friendly and attentive people to add to our Blue Heron event staff.
Great Job Opportunities for Students and those looking for supplemental income.

Gain valuable professional skills in customer service, special events, time management, and teamwork.

Varying schedules for seasonal and special events requires candidates to be available to work days, evenings, weekends and holidays.

Banquet Servers - Kitchen Prep - Event Set Up/Clean Up - Dishwashers

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