August 7, 2020

2019 information listed below. 2020 coming soon!

Downtown South Bend will be alive with art for the August First Fridays, which will serve as a sneak preview of DTSB 2019 Art Beat! We will be showcasing some of the visual and performing artists who will be participating in this year’s Art Beat with Art Walk, plus live performances and the Free Art Friday scavenger hunt.

Plus, as always, enjoy live music, art exhibits, dining specials, and much more. Check out all 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.

Entertainment & Activities

Stella Artois Garden Party

4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The Gridiron


Sit back, relax and enjoy our Garden Party with a Stella Artois in its signature chalice glass (which you get to keep!) Also, there will be yard games such as corn hole and badminton. Enjoy this event with the whole family!

Outside the Airstream, guests can sip their brew, socialize, and enjoy all the festivities at the tables and couches. There will be an opportunity to capture this Instagram worthy event. Plus enjoy live music by Doug Harsh from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Slow Orbit from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Gridiron will be filled with many other activities and vendors, including: U93, ND Athletics, Behind the Mask Face Painting, Relay For Life Big Chair, Exclusive Event Experiences, iLEAD, Renewals by Anderson, Blu Envy, Ever Fluorescent, Marcy’s Bling, Rejuvia Travel, Cricket Wireless, Angel Security, and Legion of Mary (5-8 pm)

Art Beat Preview Performances

5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Downtown South Bend

Many of the talented performance artists who will be appearing at Art Beat 2019 will be at this First Fridays at Studebaker Plaza and the Gridiron so you can get a sneak peek at the entertainment for this year’s Art Beat. Here is a schedule of these free performances:

5:00 p.m. (Gridiron) - 574 Theatre Company

7:15 p.m. (Studebaker Plaza) - Ruby Jazayre and the Sisters of the Nile 

7:30 p.m. (Gridiron) - Doug Harsh

9:00 p.m. (Gridiron) Slow Orbit

Art Walk

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Downtown South Bend

Art Walk transforms Downtown South Bend into a walking art gallery. Art Beat visual artists will have their work in downtown storefront windows, and Art Walkers will be able to enjoy local art while strolling through the downtown area. An Art Walk map can be found listing artists and locations can be found online by clicking here, and paper maps will be at First Fridays.  Art Walk exhibits open August 2nd during First Fridays and will remain up through August 10th.


Participating locations are:

The Brain Lair Bookstore: Mel's Paper Heart 

The General Deli & Cafe: CBrinley Artistry 

South Bend Brew Werks: LOGAN Studios 

The Lauber & City Wide Liquors: Silver Fox Art

Bicycle Tattoo: La Grotesquerie

Idle Hours Bookshop: JHardyarts

Edible Arrangements: Carrie & Branden's Endless Wanders Photography

Cambria Boutique: Original Art by Julie

Free Art Friday Scavenger Hunt

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Downtown South Bend

The Free Art Friday scavenger hunt is back! Art Beat artists are donating pieces of their art work and you have a chance to win them! Clues will be posted on the First Fridays Facebook event page throughout the night Friday. Figure out which business the clue is referring to, be the first one to get there and ask for the art, and you get to keep it! 

Winners are encouraged to take a picture with their prize at the location they found it, and post to the event page with #dtsbff.

Artwork for this year's Free Art Friday was generously donated by Carrie & Branden’s Endless Wanders Photography, Mel’s Paper Heart, and The Art of Thinking Outside the Box

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.

Meet Me on the Island

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

120 S. St. Joseph St.

WVPE and the South Bend Museum of Art team up to put on a series of South Bend's best summer events - Meet Me on the Island. The Island behind Century Center is an amazing place for a party filled with music, food, drink, and fine art. $5 or free to all WVPE and SBMA members (kids 12 & under also free.) "Shake N' Chill" will provide live music.

South Bend Cubs vs. Whitecaps

7:35 p.m.

501 W. South St.

Fantastic Friday Fireworks - Stick around after the game for the biggest, most spectacular fireworks show in Michiana!

Home Run for Life - The South Bend Cubs will honor a patient from Beacon Children's Hospital and he/she will get to run the bases during the game.

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 June tour will also feature a costumed tour guide and a special look inside some of the tour sites.

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. 

Coloring at NDFCU

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

210 S. Michigan St.

Notre Dame Federal Credit Union will have crayons and coloring pages for the kids, plus some giveaways in front of their downtown branch from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Latin Dance Party

8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Studebaker Plaza

South Bend Latin Dance is returning to Studebaker Plaza for the summer for their First Fridays Latin Dance Parties! This event is open to all ages and skill levels, and includes a half-hour lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by open dancing until 11:00 p.m. $5 cover.

Drug Awareness Trailer

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


South Bend Elks 235 will be bringing their Drug Awareness Trailer to Studebaker Plaza this First Fridays, and Elroy the Elk will also be there.

Live Music at Chicory Cafe

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

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Evan Grubbs will be performing a free concert at Chicory Cafe from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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!

Opening Reception at Fire Arts

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

305 E. Colfax Ave.

Fire Arts Inc. invites the public to a retrospective commemorative exhibit of sculpture by local artist Robert Kuntz. This show will be open through August 23. Several new pieces have been added to this show.

E.N. Young at Vegetable Buddies

10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

129 N. Michigan St.

Vegetable Buddies will be featuring live music by E.N. Young. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with performances starting at 10:00 p.m. $10 cover, 21+

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

Pink Lemonade Pastries & Clay Cookie Extravaganza

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

217 S. Michigan St.

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery partnered with Pink Lemonade Pastries this First Fridays. Get your hands on some amazing macaroons, cookies(Pistachio Honey, Lemon Lavender Shortbread, Salted Blackout Chocolate) and delicious meringue pops or a bag of them! Also, bring your mini artists by for $5-$15 projects ready to paint outside! All outside projects are make & take home the same day.

Luxe Wagon & The Ladies on the Boulevard

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

712 E. Jefferson Blvd.

The Luxe Wagon comes to park in front of The Alchemist's Daughters. Ali On The Boulevard open after hours! Spend more save more. For every $50 at Alchemist Daughters and Ali on the Boulevard get $10 off next purchase off anything over $20 or take 20% off all ARDREW fashion!

20% off Art Books at Idle Hours Bookshop

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

212 S. Michigan St.

Take 20% off art books at Idle Hours Bookshop.

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.

Food & Drink Specials

Summer Restaurant Week

18 Downtown Restaurants

Downtown South Bend Restaurant Week offers diners the opportunity to experience the variety of cuisine downtown South Bend has to offer from Italian to fine dining, New Orleans inspired to Japanese flavors. The menus include breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner options. 18 Downtown South Bend restaurants will offer valued-priced menus at $11, $22, or $33 (view menus here.) Approximately 10% of the proceeds from each meal purchased will be donated directly to the Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Shrimp Boil at Chicory Cafe

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

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Chicory Cafe will be hosting a Shrimp Boil this First Fridays. Each order will receive gulf shrimp (boiled right in front of you), potatoes, corn on the cob, and andouille sausage. Enjoy it there or take it to go! While supplies last.

1/2 Off Dipped Fruit at Edible Arrangements

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

123 S. Michigan St.

Edible Arrangements will have 1/2 off their boxes of dipped fruit (including their donut boxes; pick-up only) and $1.99 Strawberry/Pineapple Smoothies.

Food Vendors at the Gridiron

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Enjoy a a treat this First Fridays from a variety of vendors:

Fancy Delights: Funnel Cakes, BBQ Rib Tips, Hot Dogs, Brats, Cookies, Chips, Soda

Kona Ice: Shaved Ice 

Let's Spoon: Pre-packaged frozen yogurt cups


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, 5 oz. gelato cup for $3, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $5

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

Tippecanoe Place

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


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