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April 7

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2023 info coming soon!

Since the April First Fridays falls directly on April Fools' Day, Downtown South Bend will celebrate the fun of being silly and playful with this "Foolish Fridays" theme. Some businesses - like South Bend Chocolate Cafe and the St. Joe County Public Library - will be joining in the fun with some wacky promotions and activities, while others will be offering you their traditionally fun First Fridays specials and activities- no joke!

Also take advantage of a behind the scenes tour of Four Winds Field one week in advance of Opening Day! 

Check out all the details below!



Parking (on-street and in City-managed garages) is always free in downtown South Bend nights and weekends.  For full details on downtown parking options, click here

Entertainment & Activities


Behind the Scenes Tours at Four Winds Field

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

501 W. South St.

Opening Day for the South Bend Cubs is April 8th, and we have a special treat for this First Fridays  - free behind the scenes tours at Four Winds Field! From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. you will be able to take a tour which includes both the home and visiting locker rooms, the production booth, the 1st Source Bank Performance Center, the Team Store, and the United Federal Credit Union Rooftop deck.

1st Source Bank Lounge 

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Studebaker Plaza

Visit the 1st Source Bank Lounge in Studebaker Plaza for games and giveaways this First Fridays. We welcome 1st Source Bank as the new presenting sponsor for First Fridays!

Additional Studebaker Plaza Activities & Vendors

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Caricaturist David Blodgett

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The Villages

Performance by Spotlight Performers (5:30 p.m.)

Gags & Activities at SJCPL

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

304 S. Main St.

Kids and teens are invited to come visit the Main Branch of the St Joe County Public Library between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on April 1 for all kinds of April Fools' fun! Give them your best joke for their joke wall, grab some donuts, or solve a puzzle. 

Rob Christensen at The Drop Comedy Club

9:00 p.m. 

111 N. Main St.

Welcome to one of our newest First Fridays participants - The Drop Comedy Club! In case you didn't hear, they relocated to the Aloft Hotel and feature amazing comedy shows every Friday and Saturday night! This First Fridays they will have Rob Christensen as the headliner, along with other comedians including Tocarra Mallard. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here.  DTSB will be having a contest on their Facebook page for a pair of free tickets!

Ticket Giveaway Contest for WAITRESS

5:00 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday

WAITRESS comes to the Morris Performing Arts Center April 8-10, and now is your chance to win four tickets to the opening night show! Grab some friends and come see Broadway’s Tony award-winning musical. Enter here to win here.


The giveaway opens at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday evening. DTSB will contact the winner on Monday, April 4th.

Ruby Bridges Musical at SJCPL

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

304 S. Main St.

The St. Joe County Public Library will be hosting Ruby: The Story of Ruby Bridges, a musical performance by Dickinson Fine Arts Academy in their Leighton Auditorium to kick off their month of One Book, One Michiana events. The auditorium at the library seats 250 people, and availability will be on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open 15 minutes before the performance.

Kennedy’s Kitchen at Fiddler’s Hearth

8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
127 N. Main St.

Enjoy free live music at Fiddler’s Hearth by local Irish band Kennedy’s Kitchen from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. this First Fridays!

 Abbie Thomas at Chicory

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Abbie Thomas will be performing acoustic music this First Fridays at Chicory Cafe, playing original music and covers from an eclectic mix of genres.

Pop-up Performances at SBMA

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm..

120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The South Bend Museum of Art will be open late for First Fridays - until 8:00 p.m. - and will be featuring some pop-up performances this month. Performers: IU South Bend’s Audio Visual Collective: Wyatt Noack, Jon Watson, Alexander Summers Effler, Cameron Dobbins, and William Singer; Ryan Olivier, Director. Works & Schedule: Kristina Warren’s Listening Not Guaranteed (6:30 p.m.), Eric Lemmons’ toy_5 (7:00 p.m.), and Ryan Olivier’s Labor Market (7:30 p.m.)

Lucas Miner at Ironhand

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

1025 Northside Blvd.

South Bend native Lucas Miner will be playing at Ironhand Wine Bar this First Fridays, joined by bandmates Daniel Stewart Wilde on djembe and Kevin Leazenby on upright bass. Plus take advantage of their First Fridays wine special -  20% off bottles of MI Cabernet Franc.

J.T. Buffet at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern

8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

115 W. Colfax Ave.

J.T. Buffet will be performing at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern this First Fridays.

Live @ ALoft with DJ Outlaw

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

111 N. Main St.

Live @ Aloft in the WXYZ bar will feature DJ Outlaw playing your favorite tunes on April 1st.  Live @ Aloft features local artists, groups or DJs playing music every Friday from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the WXYZ lounge. 

Retail Specials

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Blow-Out Sale at Idle Hours

11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
212 S. Michigan St.

No joke - Idle Hours Bookshop is closing their store and will be having a blow-out sale all day April 1st, with clearance books and 30% off.  

Friends of the Library Book Sale 

12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
333 S. Michigan St.

 Enjoy amazing bargains on books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and more for both kids and adults at The Friends of the Library Book Sale from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Spring Fling Jewelry Show at Fire Arts

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

305 E. Colfax Ave.

Fire Arts invites the public to a special show of jewelry created by artists Doug Kile, Janine Faini, Jackie Carlson and Jodie Cavinder. This show will open on April First Fridays and run through April 30, with an opening reception April 1.

New Spring Items at The Pigeon & Hen Pottery

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

217 S. Michigan St.

Check out the new spring inventory at The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery!

Food & Drink Specials


Cocktails for a Cause at Aloft
Throughout April
111 N. Main St.

They WXYZ Bar at Aloft South Bend has "Cocktails for a Cause" with $1 from every cocktail sold donated to their featured charity of the month. ​For March & April, the featured Cocktail for a Cause will be "Becky's Cha-Cha"; $2 from each drink sold will go to the Center for the Homeless. Help support Becky Fletcher, their Director of Sales and Marketing as she dances for a cause on April 22.  Also take advantage of their First Fridays special - buy 1 flatbread pizza and get a 2nd flatbread pizza at 1/2 off.



April Fools' Jelly Belly Challenge at South Bend Chocolate

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

122 S. Michigan St.

South Bend Chocolate Cafe will be hosting a April Fools' Jelly Belly Challenge this First Fridays. They will have three different jelly belly “good” flavors that will be paired with the same color but a “bad” taste. Kinda like BeanBoozled.  They will have an April Fools' sandwich called the Hot Ham and Chip sandwich - a hot ham and cheese with potato chips on it and a side for $11 (includes a fountain drink.) 

Silly Dessert at Fiddler's Hearth

5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

127 N. Main St.

Fiddler's Hearth will be featuring a super silly but definitely sweet dessert by Chef Kaitlyn.

Friday BBQ at Mikarri's Bistro

noon to 9:00 p.m.

401 E. Colfax Ave.

Welcome to one of our newest First Fridays participant - Mikarri's Bistro! They are located inside the Commerce Center and serve breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They will have special evening hours this First Fridays until 9:00 p.m. and will be featuring BBQ menu items.

$1 off Cocktails at Java Cafe

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

201 S. Main St.

Welcome to one of our newest First Fridays participants - Java Cafe! They just released their cocktail menu last month and will have extended hours for First Fridays, staying open until 8:00 p.m. They will also be offering $1 off their cocktails this First Fridays.

Soft Opening of St. Joe Coffee Co.

7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

305 S. Michigan St.

The new coffee shop at the main branch of the St. Joe County Public Library - the St. Joe Coffee Co. - will open for its first official day April 1! 

TakeOut 25 Downtown South Bend
Join the TakeOut 25 Downtown South Bend Facebook Group to discover new dishes and restaurants downtown. We encourage you to join the group post pictures of your downtown carryout and in-person dining experiences.



NOTE: First Fridays drink specials are available for anyone 21+ throughout the day on First Fridays, for the operating hours of participating businesses.  




713 E. Jefferson Blvd.
$4 pints every First Fridays; also featuring a First Saturdays special each month: any large 2 topping pizza, an order of breadsticks, and a pitcher of pop (or a 2 liter on carry out orders) for only $22 plus tax.​


131 S. Michigan St.
Get one 14″ 1-topping pizza for $15

Center Stage Pizza

428 Lincoln Way West

Get an 18" 2-topping pizza, garlic cheese bread, and a 2 liter of soda for just $24

Chicory Cafe

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

16 oz. Hurricanes and Blue Raspberry Long Islands for $5​

Dellstar VR

207 W. Colfax Ave.

50% off on online booking all day

Ironhand WIne Bar

1025 Northside Blvd.

Live music, 20% off bottles of MI Cabernet Franc​

South Bend Chocolate Cafe

122 S. Michigan St.
2 for $20 any crunch/pretzel combo

Tippecanoe Place/Studebaker Grill

620 W. Washington St.
1/2 price appetizers In the Studebaker Lounge 

Unique Boutique International

122 S. Michigan St.

50% off the entire store 

WXYZ Bar at Aloft South Bend

111 N. Main St.

Buy 1 flatbread pizza and get a 2nd flatbread pizza at 1/2 off; plus monthly Cocktail for a Cause, with $1 from every cocktail sold donated to their featured charity of the month.




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