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Totally 80s

Friday, August 4, 2023

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

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August First Fridays will have a totally rad, "Totally 80s" theme! We will be putting a roller rink in the middle of the 100 block of S. Michigan St. for a Totally 80s Roller Skating Party with the South Bend Roller Derby! Plus enjoy 80s karaoke at South Bend Brew Werks, an 80s Latin Dance, Totally 80s Weekend at The Drop Comedy Club, 80s clothing sale, and more! Wear your most outrageous 80s attire and come downtown for a totally tubular time!

 

Summer Restaurant Weeks will also be taking place, with value-priced menu at 25 downtown restaurants. Plus the return of the South Bend Bike Garage Bike Valet, Michigan Street Block Party, and much more!

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

 

FREE PARKING

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

ROAD CLOSURES

Michigan Street between Washington and Jefferson: 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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August 4

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August First Fridays will have a totally rad, "Totally 80's" theme! We will be putting a roller rink in the middle of the 200 block of S. Michigan St. for a Totally 80's Roller Skating Party! Plus enjoy 80's karaoke at South Bend Brew Werks, Totally 80's Weekend at The Drop Comedy Club, 80's contests at the 1st Source Bank Lounge,  an 80's Latin Dance, 80's Scavenger Hunt Bingo, 80's clothing sale, and more! Wear your most outrageous 80's attire and come downtown for a totally tubular time!

 

Summer Restaurant Weeks will also be taking place, with value-priced menu at 22 downtown restaurants. Plus the return of the South Bend Bike Garage Bike Valet, Meet Me on the Island with Darryl Buchanan, Food Truck Philanthropy, Michigan Street Block Party, Architectural Walking tours, free rides on the Boilermaker Special, and much more!

Check out all the details below!

FREE PARKING

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

ROAD CLOSURES

Michigan Street between Jefferson and Wayne: 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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100 Block of S. Michigan St.

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

We will be putting a roller rink in the middle of Michigan Street once again, with DJ JP from SoundFX DJs spinning your favorite 80s tunes for this Totally 80s Roller Skating Party! Come wearing your most outrageous 80s costume and hairstyle.

Members of the South Bend Roller Derby will be joining us this time around to show off their moves, sell some merch, and recruit!

Tickets to this unique experience are available for just $5 person, including skate rental, and will be sold beginning at 4:30 pmat the DTSB tent by the roller rink, in the 100 block of S. Michigan St.

 

A limited number of 40 tickets will be available for eight 30-minute time slots from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and guests are allowed to purchase multiple time slots for extended skating. (Note: the last three minutes of each time slot will include transition from one skate group to the next.) 

 

This event is recommended for ages 5 and up. Skates will be available in adult sizes, plus kids sizes 11-13 and youth sizes 1- 3. Ticketed guests may also choose to bring their own roller skates or roller blades, so long as they don't have black wheels or black stoppers.

The Gridiron 

4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We are bringing back theGridiron Garage Sale! This event is free to attend and open to the public.

Gridiron Garage Sale booth spaces are currently available for just $30 per 10x10 booth. Click here to register for a booth, then select July First Fridays and Gridiron Garage Sale.  Payment can be made online in advance or at the start of the event. 

The Gridiron

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

We welcome our newest First Fridays sponsor - Fetch! Pet Care! Visit the Fetch! Pet Care tent at the Gridiron to pick up some free pet swag and talk with their highly-trained and certified sitters.  And while you're there, take your dog through their doggy obstacle course. 

 

Fetch! Pet Care of Michiana is a locally-owned full-service pet care provider for all your furry, feathered, and scaled friends. Their goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to schedule and receive pet care. 

 

They offer a variety of services, all tailored to fit your needs. From in-home pet sitting to dog walking, overnight care, medication administration, and pet taxi services, they have you covered. They understand that each pet is unique and requires special attention, so they take the time to get to know each pet and build a relationship with them and you.

First Fridays Block Party

100 Block of S. Michigan St.

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

DTSB will be bringing back the Michigan Street First Fridays Block Party for a 4th year, and closing down the 100 block of S. Michigan Street (between Washington & Jefferson) for vendors, entertainment, outdoor dining, and more! These First Fridays block parties take place May through October and are open to visitors of all ages.
 

Grab some takeout from your favorite downtown eatery or grab something from one of our food vendors and head to the block party where we will have a seating area in the street with beer from Chicory, vendors, and free entertainment.

For the August First Fridays, the entertainment will be 80s music with DJ JP of Sound FX DJs.

80s Photo Booth, Freeze Pops & Cubs Raffle at DTSB Booth

Gridiron 

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

Stop by the DTSB booth on the Gridiron for an 80s Photo Op, free freeze pops, giveaways, and enter to win a pair of tickets to a South Bend Cubs game. 

Studebaker Car Show

100 Block of S. Michigan St.

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

The Studebaker Drivers Club will have dozens of their cars on display this First Fridays on Michigan Street near Studebaker Plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Howard Park

7:00 pm. to  9:00 p.m.

VPA will be hosting free concerts in Howard Park this summer on First Fridays May through September. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair or blanket and carryout from a downtown eatery for a picnic in the park set to music! The August 4 band will be The Happy Campers.­

435 S. Michigan St.

7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Rocki Button is back with another First Fridays. 
Co Hosting is special Guest Ecso, and he's bringing along some talented producers from around the area. Come listen to sets of production while Dj Shardik fills the dead air with amazing tunes!

439 S. Michigan St.

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

We welcome our newest First Fridays participant - Highland Studio & Gallery - a downtown art gallery hosting monthly exhibitions, showcasing local and national artists. For their first First Fridays, they will be hosting an opening reception for "Cup Show" juried by Justin Rothshank. The exhibit will be showcasing over a dozen artists from around the country.

Jon Hunt Plaza

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Fridays by Fountain is a free outdoor lunchtime concert series, which takes place between the months of June, July, and August, with a variety of music from local blues, jazz, rock, folk, and country bands. Food vendors are available, offering a variety of lunchtime favorites or you may choose to bring your own. Tables are set in and around the plaza to give concertgoers a space to eat or bring a blanket and relax on the lawn. The August 4 concert will feature The Whistle Pigs

127 N. Main St.

8:00 pm. to  11:00 p.m.

Enjoy live music by Kennedy's Kitchen this First Fridays! 

80s Latin Dance Party 

Studebaker Plaza

8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

South Bend Latin Dance is returning to Studebaker Plaza for the summer for their First Fridays Latin Dance Parties - and this month they will be incorporating the Totally 80s theme! That’s right: the rhythm is gonna get you! Gloria Estefan, Selena, Julio Iglesias, and plenty of new jams along with classics from these artists and more. Big hair and 80s fashion welcome!

 

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 10:30 p.m. $5 cover.

Bike Valet Provided by SB Bicycle Garage

Key Bank Plaza

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

The South Bend Bike Garage will be providing a First Fridays Bike Valet which will allow you to ride to the event without having to worry about locking up your bike. They will provide a free, secure, manned area at Key Bank Plaza (by the I Heart SB statue) where your bike will be put on a rack until you return to pick it up. Your helmet can also be stored with your bike. 

 

The South Bend Bike Garage will also offer to clean your bike while you enjoy the festivities. Cleaning will consist of wiping down the bike, cleaning & lubricating the drive train, and making minor adjustments so the bike is clean and ready to roll safely when you pick it up. They will also have maps of local trails and safety information available.

 80s Karaoke at South Bend Brew Werks

321 S. Main St.

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

Bring out your inner diva at South Bend Brew Werks with karaoke this First Fridays with 80s karaoke!

120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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

SBMA (the South Bend Museum of Art) invites you to celebrate three different exhibitions this First Fridays including the Festival of Banners! Admission is free.

Experience Jason Wesaw's exhibition "On the Banks, Above" which focuses on connecting to the land and observing how nature organizes and influences us.  

 

The annual Student/Faculty exhibition is also on display in the Community Gallery. This show highlights the work by the museum's adult and youth students and faculty from the past year. Awards will be given during the reception for Best of Show, Juror's Award, and Youth Award.

Festival of Banners is a partnership between SBMA and DTSB. This year they asked artists of all ages to create an artwork in response to the theme Heroes and Leaders. 87 artworks were selected to be printed on banners and hung throughout downtown South Bend. An award ceremony will take place during the reception for the Youth, Teen, Adult, and Best Overall awards.

101 N. Michigan St.

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

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 $10 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. 

Live @ Aloft with DJ Outlaw

111 N. Main St.

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

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

The WXYZ bar also has "Cocktails for a Cause" with $1 from every cocktail for a cause sold donated to their featured charity of the month.   Also take advantage of their First Fridays special - buy 1 flatbread pizza and get a 2nd flatbread pizza at 1/2 off.

111 N. Main St.

9:00 p.m.

In case you didn't hear The Drop Comedy Club relocated to the Aloft Hotel and features amazing comedy shows every Friday and Saturday night! This First Fridays they will have headliner Aisha Brown.

 

DTSB will be giving DTSB will be featuring a contest on their Facebook page for a pair of free tickets to the First Fridays show. 

Studebaker Plaza

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

The TMV (The Music Village) Jammers will be doing a free performance at Studebaker Plaza from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

714 E. Jefferson Blvd. 

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

Come on over to check out some of A Healing Oasis's practitioners. They have restorative yoga, energy healing, essential oils, and tarot.

First Fridays Vendors

Gridiron, Studebaker Plaza, Key Bank Plaza, and Michigan Street

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

We will have a variety of vendors and sponsors at the August First Fridays! See the section below for our food vendors.

A B Life and Enterprise LLC

Amy Feil

Aquaworld

B. Rich Customs

BluEnvy

Boilermaker Special/Purdue Club

City of South Bend

Dave Blodgett

Denson Specialties

Dragon Dreams

Eden’s Edge

Fancy Schmancy

Fonts and Knots 

Groovy Bee Boutique

Heavenly Sent Sea Moss

Homes for Tracy, INC

IU South Bend Office of Admissions

Joe's Cookies LLC

KidsPeace

Kolours Designed For Divas, LLC

Library Book Sale

Liliana Parra Boutique

Mixxture Company

MJ's Unica Bracelets

Notre Dame College of Science

NS Cosmetics

Raclin Murphy Museum of Art

Salon Nouveau

Senior Resource Network

SJCPL

South Bend Community School Corporation

South Bend Roller Derby

St. Joseph County Clerk's office

St. Joseph County Special Olympics

Sweet Seduction LLC

Tasty Peach INC

TeJe Flowers and Gifts

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery

U93

US 12 Vintage Station

SPECIALS

Retail and Dining Specials

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

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Various locations

July 24 - August 6

Explore the fine food, signature dishes, and outstanding original preparations offered during Summer Restaurant Weeks at downtown South Bend’s locally-owned restaurants. Loads of tasty food and beverage specials await. Start making your reservations today!

 

Also, approximately 10% of the proceeds from every meal purchased at Restaurant Weeks will be donated to Beacon Children’s Hospital!

  • Bishop & Bae’s

  • CJ’s Pub

  • Café Navarre

  • Chicory Café

  • Chocolate Café

  • Cinco 5

  • Fiddler’s Hearth

  • Howard Park Public House

  • Ironhand

  • L Street Kitchen

  • LaSalle Grill

  • LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern

  • Linden Grill

  • PEGGS

  • Roselily

  • South Bend Brew Werks

  • Spirited

  • Studebaker Brewing Company

  • Sunny Italy Café

  • The Cellar

  • The Early Bird Eatery

  • The Exchange

  • Tippecanoe Place Restaurant

  • WXYZ Bar at the Aloft

  • Woochi

Click here for more information and to view all the menus individually, or all together in an online flipbook!

121 S. Niles Ave.

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

We welcome one of our newest First Fridays participants - Scrappy's Lemon Twist! They recently opened inside the Emporium Building and will be offering 10% off their lemonades this First Fridays. They will also have special extended hours until 7:00 p.m. !

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

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

We welcome one of our newest First Fridays participants - the Courtyard by Marriott!  They will be offering 15% off of bistro bills to guests in 80s attire this First Fridays. This discount will apply to the full bill for food and drinks. They will also be featuring an 80s themed drink.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

333 S. Michigan St.

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

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.

50% off August Specialty Drinks at St. Joe Coffee Co. 

305 S. Michigan St.

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The St. Joe Coffee Co. - the new coffee shop located inside the St. Joe County Library's Community Learning Center - will be featuring 50% off their August specialty drinks.

First Fridays Food Vendors

Gridiron and Michigan Street

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

Ammie's Ice Cream

AngLes on Wheels

Dena’s Kitchen & Catering LLC

Guibla' guava'

Jetta's Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn

Ko-s port-a-pit

Kona Ice

Southern Aroma

Sprinkle Express

Whistlestop

Dinner Hours at Dainty Maid Co. Food Hall

231 S. Michigan St.

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

Welcome to one of our newest First Fridays participants - Dainty Maid Co. Food Hall! They will have special extended hours for dinner on weekend nights including First Fridays, with dining options from Oak + Ash, The Beard & The Boss, Smashed, Propaganda Pizza, Hall Pass, and a Roaster Called Revenant.

321 S. Main St.

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

Welcome to one of our newest First Fridays participant - Salon Nouveau - located in side the Hibberd Building across from the library in downtown. They will be offering special discounts this First Fridays at their booth on the Gridiron.

Gridiron

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

U.S. 12 Vintage Station and Groovy Bee Boutique will have booths on the Gridiron this First Fridays, selling vintage clothing from the 80s and other decades!

401 E Colfax Ave Suite 104

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

It's 80s night this First Fridays and the Cat Lady Cafe will be open late for 1/2 hour lounge visits, glow sticks, and electric lemonades!

105 E. Jefferson Blvd

4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Chicory Cafe will be having another one of its famous Shrimp Boils this First Fridays! Each $21 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! While supplies last. THey will also have outdoor activities for kids such as giant bubbles and sidewalk chalk.

Ongoing First Fridays Promotions

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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 $22 plus tax.

Bruno's

131 S. Michigan St.

Get one 14″ 1-topping pizza for $15

Chicory Cafe

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

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

Ironhand Wine Bar

1025 Northside Blvd.

Live music by Lucas Miner and 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 

NOTE - Studebaker Brewing Co/Tippecanoe Place will be closed this First Fridays.

Unique Boutique International 

122 S. Michigan St.

50% off the entire store 

WXYZ Bar at Aloft 

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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