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Winter Wonderland

January 5, 2024

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

Enjoy the wonders of winter in downtown South Bend!



Come to Downtown South Bend and try out some tasty hot beverages on the Coffee & Cocoa Crawl, cozy up to a fireplace at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe, Chicory Cafe, Howard Park, or Fiddler’s Hearth, go ice skating at Howard Park, or build a snowman on the Gridiron (weather permitting.) Enjoy winter a little before you get sick of it. 



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 and Activities


Snowball Fight

The Gridiron

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

Enjoy a good old-fashioned snowball fight on the Gridiron (fake snowballs will be used if there is no real snow.)

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 Diego Attanasio featuring Nick Kellley. DTSB will be featuring a contest on their Facebook page for a pair of free tickets to the Friday night show. 

120 Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd

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

Enjoy free admission and extended hours at the South Bend Museum of Art this First Fridays.

219 S. St. Louis Blvd.

11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy ice skating at the Howard Park Ice Trail & Pond from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more info on Howard Park Ice Skating and other activities there, click here

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 January 5.  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.

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.  

Chocolate Drink with Marshmallows

St. Joe Coffee Co. Latte Special

305 S. Michigan St.

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

The St. Joe Coffee Co. - the coffee shop located in side the St. Joe County Library's Community Learning Center - will be featuring $1 off their January specialty drink, the Cinnamon Roll Latte: Cinnamon bun syrup and sweetened condensed milk topped with cinnamon. Also featuring $1 off hot chocolate with mini marshmallows.

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.

Coffee & Cocoa Crawl

Throughout Downtown

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

Enjoy a hot beverage tour of downtown with the return of the Coffee & Cocoa Crawl. Several downtown businesses will be selling smaller sized hot beverages for smaller prices, to allow you the chance to try several, sipping and strolling through First Fridays. In addition, some businesses will be selling special hot beverages for adults (these must be enjoyed in the establishments where they are purchased.)


Click here for a map and list of this year's offerings!

Ongoing First Fridays Promotions



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

Chicory Cafe

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Free beignets with purchase! Plus 16 oz. Hurricanes and Blue Raspberry Long Islands for $5​

Courtyard by Marriott Bistro

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

15% off full bill at the bistro First Fridays, including both food and drinks. 

Dainty Maid Co. Food Hall

231 S. Michigan St. 

Special extended hours for dinner on weekend nights including First Fridays, with dining/drink options from Oak + Ash,  Smashed, Propaganda Pizza, Hall Pass, and a Roaster Called Revenant.

Fiddler's Hearth

127 N. Main St.

Free beignets with purchase! Plus 16 oz. Hurricanes and Blue RaspberrEnjoy live music by Kennedy's Kitchen from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every First Fridays! y Long Islands for $5​

Ironhand Wine Bar

1025 Northside Blvd.

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

South Bend Brew Werks

321 S. Main St.

Karaoke every Friday

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 

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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