URBAN PICNIC

August 7, 2020

DTSB will be closing down a block of Michigan Street to hold a physically distanced urban picnic for the August First Fridays!

Grab some takeout from your favorite downtown eatery and head to the 200 block of S. Michigan St. (between Jefferson and Wayne) where we will have physically-distanced tables in the street, live music, Studebaker cars, and more!

Tables and chairs will be cleaned by DTSB Ambassadors throughout the event, and hand sanitizer will be available. We will also be limiting the number of people in the seating areas per the Stage 4.5 regulations.

There will be a free concert by The Grooveheads from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and a free Comedy Showcase presented by The Drop Comedy Club from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (note - content matter for the Comedy Showcase is best suited for mature audiences.)

Be sure to check out our downtown retail and services before or after you dine. We also have about 20 downtown patios you can dine at.  For a full list of businesses currently open for in person, dine-in, and/or carry-out/delivery, visit https://www.downtownsouthbend.com/show-your-love

FREE PARKING

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

Entertainment & Activities

Urban Picnic on Michigan Street

4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

200 Block of South Michigan Street

 

DTSB will be closing down a block of Michigan Street to hold a physically distanced urban picnic for the August First Fridays!

Grab some takeout from your favorite downtown eatery and head to the 200 block of S. Michigan St. (between Jefferson and Wayne) where we will have two physically-distanced seating areas in the street with beer gardens at both, plus live music, Studebaker cars, and more! The seating areas will be open to people of all ages. One seating area will be located in the street in front of South Bend Brew Werks, and the other will be located in the street between Studebaker Plaza and the I Heart SB Statue.

Tables and chairs will be cleaned by DTSB Ambassadors throughout the event, and hand sanitizer will be available. We will also be limiting the number of people in the seating areas per the Stage 4.5 regulations. Masks will be required except during times guests are seated, eating, or drinking. We will be checking temperatures as well.

There will be a free concert by The Grooveheads from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and a free Comedy Showcase presented by The Drop Comedy Club from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (note - content matter for the Comedy Showcase is best suited for mature audiences.)

Studebaker Car Show

4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

200 Block of South Michigan Street

Members of the Michiana Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club will have their cars on display on the southern end of the 200 block of South Michigan Street from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Live Art Fundraiser for South Bend Art Wall

4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Van Galder Murals and Graff Bash are currently raising funds to make necessary repairs to the South Bend Art Wall located at Niles Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard. The Art Wall is used by artists in the surrounding areas to promote art and share their talent with the community.  Between wear and tear, property damage and removal of paneling, the Art Wall is in need of restoration. Alex Van Galder will be creating live art this First Fridays on the 200 block of South Michigan Street to raise funds and awareness for the restoration initiative. Donations can be made by clicking here

Architectural Walking Tour

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

101 N. Michigan St.

Enjoy a fun and informative guided walking tour of South Bend landmark buildings, exploring their history and present day use. 

The tours cover over twenty historical buildings and more than a half-dozen city blocks in the heart of downtown South Bend. Tours are $4 per person (cash only) with reservations requested for each tour. Reservations can be made online here or by calling Downtown South Bend at 574-282-1110. Tours start at the American Trust Company clock, located at the corner of Washington St. and Michigan St., in front of Cafe Navarre. 

Masks will be required and attendance will be limited to 25 people. Guests are asked to maintain physical distance during the tour as well.

Library Construction Site Tours

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

304 S. Main St.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Main Library under construction. Tours are self-guided with library staff available to answer questions.

 

 

All participants are requested to wear masks and maintain appropriate social distance. Free parking is available in the lot just south of the Main Library building. Enter the lot from Main Street. Begin your tour of the construction site at the Main Street entrance on the west side of the building.

WXYZ Patio Party

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

111 N. Main St.

WXYZ Bar at the Aloft Hotel is hosting a patio party this First Fridays, with free food, giveaways, Bud Light Seltzer specials, and a DJ.

The Drop Comedy Showcase

9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

200 Block of South Michigan Street

The Drop Comedy Club will be presenting a free Comedy Showcase in the urban picnic seating area, on the north end of the 200 block of South Michigan Street. The content matter is best suited for mature audiences. 

The lineup for the evening includes:

Maxwell Tidey 

Coming from an area just as confused as the rest of us (Michigan + Indiana = “Michiana”), Max Tidey projects his unique perspectives on anyone who is willing to listen. Having aspirations of being an entertainer for as long as he could remember, Max made his way to the nearest comedy club once he was of age. In two short years Max became one of the house managers at The Drop Comedy Club, and found himself working with touring comics from all over the country every weekend. Max produces several shows in South Bend and surrounding areas. Bringing fresh technicality to his writing and charming energy to the stage, Max stands up to comedy by being himself in the best and worst of ways.

 

Dan West

Dan West is a veteran with a story to tell. After deployment injuries prematurely ended his time in the Army, Dan began travelling the country with a message of overcoming adversity through humor. Dan is a featured writer for the website Drinking With Paul, and has been seen at Gilda's Laughfest, Indiana Comic Con, and was a guest host for the 2010 MTV Disaster Tour. Dan loves kittens, whiskey, and long walks on the beach, provided that walk involves either kittens or whiskey.

 

Dean Jernigan

With dynamic energy, Dean Jernigan goes far beyond dad jokes. His keen sense of humor and contagious smile has him swiftly rising to the top of Michiana’s comedy scene. This Navy Veteran shares his unique view on single parenting and dating today. As host of “Coffee With Dean”, Jernigan’s quick wit combined with interviews of some of the best local comedians, ensures the show is a fan favorite among the lineup at WTCA The Chief. Dean was a semifinalist the the 2019 World Series of Comedy and performed at the Waukegan Comedy Jam. Subsequently, he was a feature comedian for John Osborne. He has also appeared at The Drop Comedy Club, Wiley’s, The Attic, and Chicago’s Comedy Bar.

 

Farai Gatora

Farai Gotora is a comedian and writer. You'd never know it from how hard it was for them to write this bio. Born in Zimbabwe and living in Mishawaka, Farai's seen stuff and wants to share. A regular at the world renowned Drop Comedy Club in South Bend; Farai has featured widely across the mid-West amassing a massive toll road bill. Three out five comics strongly recommend.

 

Bryson "Kool Kat" Charlton

Bryson Charlton's comedy has the power to pull you in and make you feel like you are right in the middle of one of his animated stories. His quick delivery and very skilled improv will have you entertained and your full attention the whole time on stage. Bryson Started stand-up at the age of 21 in Fort Wayne at the local comedy bar. He was no stranger to the stage and an audience in his younger years. He developed his stage presence from participating in school plays, improv class, and speech team. His comedy comes from his way of living and his growing up as a kid and seeing the world from his eyes and point of view. From growing up with his religious beliefs to parenthood at a young age, Bryson Charlton is a one of a kind. "I'm more of an entertainer than a comedian I like to think", says Bryson.

Specials on Retail & Food/Drink

Pottery Painting in the Brew Werks Beer Garden

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

217 S. Michigan St.

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery will have a table of pottery items outside their shop that you can paint in the physically-distanced seating area/beer garden in the street between their store and South Bend Brew Werks. Customers will be able to paint pottery, enjoy a beer, and eat food from Brew Werks or carry-out food from other downtown eateries. The seating areas are family-friendly, and pottery items will be available for both children and adults.

Shrimp Boil at Chicory Cafe

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

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Chicory Cafe will be having another one of its famous shrimp boils this First Fridays! Each $17 order will receive gulf shrimp (boiled right in front of you), potatoes, corn on the cob, andouille sausage, and garlic butter. Enjoy it there or take it to go! Feel free to enjoy it at the physically-distanced seating area on the 200 block of S. Michigan Street. While supplies last.

Sidewalk Sale at Idle Hours Bookshop

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

212 S. Michigan St.

Idle Hours Bookshop will have a sale table on the sidewalk in front of the store from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pink Lemonade Pastries 

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

231 S. Michigan St.

Pink Lemonade Pastries is set to open in the former Dainty Maid space in the near future! Come get a preview this First Fridays at this sidewalk event in front of the building, where they will have churros and cookies for sale.

 

Asahi Beer Bucket Special at Woochi

5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

119 N. Michigan St.

Woochi will be featuring a special on chilled Asahi Beer Buckets for $20, with five bottles per bucket. Asahi is a Super Dry Premium Lager.

Carryout Boxed Lunch Special at Purple Porch 

order by 8:00 pm August 6

pick up after 2:00 p.m. August 7

123 N. Hill St.

Purple Porch Co-op is pre-selling 20 delicious boxed lunches for you to take to the Urban Picnic, for just $10 each. Each lunch includes a cashew curry hummus wrap, southwest protein salad, Late July tortilla chips, Equal Exchange minis, and choice of La Croix or a juice box. Order in-store or call 574-287-6724 to place your order and pre-pay. Orders must be received by 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 6. Pick up will be Friday, August 7 anytime after 2:00 p.m.

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 back open!  Enjoy amazing bargains on books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and more for both kids and adults from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. To protect the community, the following safety measures will be in place: 

  • Masks will be required. 

  • Capacity is limited to ten people at a time, and their time will be limited to 30 minutes.

  • Be prepared to wait outside.

  • Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available to clean carts and baskets.

Outdoor Dining in Downtown South Bend

In addition to the two physically-distanced seating areas/beer gardens that will be available at the August 7th First Fridays, there are nearly 20 downtown patios you can enjoy outdoor dining at:


Cafe Navarre, South Bend
Carmela's at Macri's
Chicory Cafe of South Bend
Chocolate Cafe - Downtown SB
Chimichurri
Cinco 5
Courtyard South Bend Downtown Bistro
Fiddler's Hearth
Hideaway at the LaSalle
Ironhand Vineyard
LaSalle Grill (2nd floor deck)
PEGGS
Purple Porch Co-op
South Bend Brew Werks
Studebaker Brewing Co./Tippecanoe Place Restaurant
The Garage Arcade Bar
The General Deli & Cafe
The Lauber Kitchen & Bar
Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar (21+) 

Plus...

Baker’s Bar & Grill

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

Barnaby’s

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 $19.69 plus tax.

Bruno’s

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

Center Stage Pizza

428 Lincoln Way West

Get one 18" 1-topping pizza for $15

Chicory Cafe

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Live music, $1 cookies (while supplies last), and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $6

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

Ironhand WIne Bar

1025 Northside Blvd.

Live music, 20% off bottles of Henri & Madeleine 

South Bend Brew Werks

216 S. Michigan St.
New seasonal beer release

South Bend Chocolate Cafe

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

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 

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