April 2, 2021

2019 First Fridays information appears below. 2020 April First Fridays was cancelled due to COVID-19. 2021 information coming soon!

Downtown South Bend will be getting in the Idea Week mindset for the April First Fridays, where the theme will be "Dream Big Downtown." We're looking to capture the spirit of ingenuity this month, and will be hosting a “Dream Big Downtown Contest” where First Fridays visitors can submit their ideas for a First Fridays activity/experience and we will pay for the winning idea to come true (up to $1000) at an upcoming First Fridays.

We will have an expo where students from RISE (Regional Innovation & Startup Education) will be showcasing the entrepreneurial projects they have been working on – to feature the “Big Dreams” of the next generation. We'll also be encouraging people to share their big dreams for empty downtown storefronts.

Plus, as always, enjoy live music, art exhibits, dining specials, and much more. Check out the details below!



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



As always, Transpo will be offering FREE shuttle rides on one of their new CNG buses from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Click here for a map of the shuttle route. Transpo shuttle service will pass each stop approximately every 15 minutes.

The shuttle service now has First Fridays Tour Guides! They will tell you all about the different activities and promotions taking place downtown at First Fridays, as well as give general info about the downtown businesses, mixed with historical tidbits and fun facts. Grab a seat on the new First Fridays Transpo Tour, and enjoy the informative ride!

As a special treat, The Music Village Jammers will be performing on the First Fridays shuttle from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


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Entertainment & Activities

Exhibition Reception at South Bend Museum of Art

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

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

The South Bend Museum of Art will be hosting an exhibition for Art.Write.Now.2019 - a traveling exhibition showcasing more than 100 original pieces of art and writing from the talented teen award recipients of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. There will be free admission and refreshments, plus live music from Brittany Lee Moffitt from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. They will also be having their SBMA Volunteer Appreciation Night.

Laura Whidden at South Bend Chocolate Cafe

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
122 S. Michigan St.

Laura Whidden will be performing a free concert at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Laura will be performing pop/rock selections mixed with her own song creations. Also take advantage of their First Fridays special: 2 for $18 any crunch/pretzel combo.

Slow Orbit at Chicory Cafe

7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Enjoy live music by Slow Orbit at Chicory Cafe  from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and take advantage of their First Fridays specials from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  - $1.50 one scoop gelato, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $6.

Kennedy’s Kitchen at Fiddler’s Hearth

9:00 p.m. to midnight
127 N. Main St.

Enjoy free live music at Fiddler’s Hearth by local Irish band Kennedy’s Kitchen from 9:00 p.m. to midnight every First Fridays!

Live Music at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern

9:00 p.m. to midnight

115 W. Colfax Ave.

Enjoy free live music by the Low Lifes at LaSalle Kicthen & Tavern from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

Artist Talk at Fire Arts

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

305 E. Colfax Ave.

Artist Caryn Wixom Kuhn will be giving a talk about her work at 7:00 p.m. at Fire Arts. Her current ceramic exhibit will be running through April 26th.

Dream Team Live at Vegetable Buddies

10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
129 N Michigan St.

Vegetable Buddies will be featuring a concert by Dream Team Live. Come out early for a great dinner and to make sure you get a good seat. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.  21+, $10 cover.

Tour the Golden Roamer: Mobile Visitor Center

4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Studebaker Plaza

The Golden Roamer is a 24-foot recreational vehicle complete with brochures for visitors detailing the area’s offerings as well as satellite TV, and more. It will be parked by Studebaker Plaza and you are invited to go inside and explore.

Tours of the Historic Hoffman Hotel

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
120 W. LaSalle Ave.

The Hoffman Hotel will offer free tours of their renovated historic apartment spaces and free refreshments. The tours will be given every half hour (5:00, 5:30, 6:00, etc.)

Specials on Retail & Services

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Peep Party!

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

217 S. Michigan St.


The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery will be hosting a Peep Party! Come celebrate spring and paint some peep mugs, bowls, plates, and figurines. Peep-inspired food and drinks will be available. Prices range from $8-$35.

Biggest Sale of the Year at Idle Hours Bookshop

12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

212 S. Michigan St.

Idle Hours Bookshop will be having its biggest sale of the year this First Fridays.


Pot Your Own Therapeutic Plant

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

903 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Therapeutic Indulgence will offer a variety of therapeutic plants to pot for $5. Learn the benefits, how to care for, and how to pot your very own therapeutic plant.

Also, purchase a gift card on April 5 and receive 50% off one retail item.

Friends of the Library Book Sale 

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

The Friends of the Library Book Sale is in their newly renovated space – with extended hours. Enjoy amazing bargains on books, CDs, magazines, and more for both kids and adults from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

"Dream Big" Activities

Dream Big Downtown Contest

5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Studebaker Plaza

Do you have a big dream for an activity you'd like to see happen at an upcoming First Fridays? Stop by the DTSB booth at Studebaker Plaza and submit your idea. DTSB will provide up to $1000 in funding to help you make your dream a reality.

Future Founders Prototype Night

5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Studebaker Plaza

Help provide feedback to future proof student's startups and innovation projects.  Learn about RISE | Regional Innovation & Startup Education and the two programs they run, Startup Moxie and the Applied Entrepreneurship Program.

The following students will be displaying their prototypes:

Empathy Easel - Tina Rea
Style and Snap - Skylar Burdue, Grace Wilson & Lindsey Mathew
The Bridge - Boris Touré

The Aviation Experience - Dylan Williams



Post-It Note Dreams for Downtown

5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Studebaker Plaza

Do you have wishes for what you would like to see in Downtown South Bend? Share your dreams for the downtown by writing on Post-Its what you would like to see happen with some of the vacant spaces. Grab a stack of Post-Its and a list of spaces at the DTSB Info Booth.

Food & Drink Specials

New Specialty Drinks Menu at The General 

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

609 E. Jefferson Blvd.

The General Deli & Cafe will be debuting their new Specialty Drinks Menu (which will feature the winning flavor in their  March Madness flavor bracket) and their dinner menu, which runs from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. They will also be having their first all-ages trivia night in the cafe, and will be having their regular First Fridays deal: buy a sandwich and get a free 12 oz. coffee, tea, or soda.

Cardinal Dreamsicle Cocktails at Spirited

5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

105 E. Jefferson Blvd. (located on Michigan next to Jimmy John’s)

Spirited will be having their "Cardinal Dreamsicle" cocktails on special, as well as their weekend wings special.



Ice Cream Fundraiser for JDRF

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

210 S. Michigan St.

Notre Dame Federal Credit Union will be hosting an ice cream fundraiser for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.)  This will be the season opening of the NDFCU Sweet Treats Bicycle. All ice cream donations will support the JDRF One Walk.



Baker’s Bar & Grill

123 N. St. Joseph St. 
Buy one appetizer, get one 50% off.


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 $19.95 plus tax.

Ben’s Pretzels

122 S. Michigan St.
3 pretzels for $10 (not including sauce).


131 S. Michigan St.
Get one 14″ 1-topping pizza for $12

Chicory Cafe

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Live music, $1.50 one scoop gelato, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $6.00

Edible Arrangements

123 S. Michigan St.
50% off a box of dipped fruit (pick-up)

Hair Crafters

602 Lincoln Way East
20% off for new guests and 10% off all retail

South Bend Brew Werks

216 S. Michigan St.
New seasonal beer release

South Bend Chocolate Cafe

122 S. Michigan St.
2 for $17 any crunch/pretzel combo

The General Deli & Cafe

609 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Buy a sandwich and get a free 12 oz. coffee, tea, or soda.

Tippecanoe Place

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