January 7, 2022

Our January First Fridays will be the official kickoff to the yearlong celebration of the Morris Performing Arts Center's 100th Anniversary! The Morris will be hosting a special open house that night where you'll have the opportunity to share your Morris Memories on video and take part in a marquee “100” lighting complete with a countdown and pyrotechnics, plus there will be music, cocoa, cookies, and more!

In honor of the Morris anniversary celebrations, we will be spotlighting the arts in downtown this First Fridays! Paint pottery at The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery, tour the galleries at the South Bend Museum of Art and create a submission for Pop! SBMA, check out live music performances at Ironhand Wine Bar, LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern, and The Morris, and DJ performances at Howard Park Ice Rink and WXYZ Bar at Aloft. Fiddler's Hearth will also give you the chance to participate in a true Community Cabaret at their special Open Mic Night!

Plus enjoy First Fridays food, drink, and retails special and other entertainment! See full details below.



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 & Activities


Open House to Kickoff Morris 100-Year Anniversary

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

211 N. Michigan St.


It’s your chance to be in the limelight! The Morris is hosting an open house to kick off celebrations for the theatre’s 100-year anniversary. You are invited to join Morris and VPA staff at the theatre for an open house where you’ll get a first look at the new celebratory updates and have a chance to join on-stage to record memories of your favorite performances, first dates, hilarious run-ins and magical evenings. Any story will do!


Morris 100 committee chairs will give a short welcome at 6:15 p.m. followed by a marquee “100” lighting complete with a countdown and pyrotechnics. Complimentary cookies and hot chocolate will be available in the lobby where special performances will be made by Clarincello, Art4, and Hey Annie.

Live Music by The Erly at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern

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

115 W. Colfax Ave.

Enjoy free live music by The Erly at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern this First Fridays.

Special Open Mic Night at Fiddler's Hearth

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

127 N. Main St.

Fiddler's Hearth will be celebrating the Community Cabaaret theme by inviting the community to take part in a special Open Mic Night from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m. Sign-ups will start at 7:30 p.m.

Live @ ALoft with DJ Outlaw

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

111 N. Main St.

Live @ Aloft in the WXYZ bar will feature DJ Outlaw playing your favorite tunes on January 7th.  Live @ Aloft features local artists, groups or DJs playing music every Friday from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the WXYZ lounge. 

They WXYZ bar also has "Cocktails for a Cause" with $1 from every cocktail sold donated to their featured charity of the month. The January cocktail for a cause is the Sparkling Strawberry Margarita for $12, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana. 

Also take advantage of their First Fridays special - buy 1 flatbread pizza and get a 2nd flatbread pizza at 1/2 off.

Live Music by Lucas Miner at Ironhand Wine Bar

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

1025 Northside Blvd.

Ironhand Wine Bar will have free live music by Lucas Miner this First Fridays. Also take advantage of their First Fridays special - 20% off bottles of MI Cabernet Franc.


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

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

The South Bend Museum of Art will have extended hours this First Fridays, giving you, your families, and friends the chance to see what’s new at the museum. Pop by the museum January 7th and create your own submission to 2022’s POP! SBMA papercraft artist series where you’ll create your own one-of-a-kind figurine. Then take a stroll through their permanent collection before experiencing the rest of downtown South Bend.

50% off at Dellstar VR

Noon to 9:00 p.m.

207 W. Colfax Ave.

Dellstar VR offers virtual reality gaming experiences for ages 10 and up, including birthday party packages. Check them out on First Fridays and take advantage of their 50% online booking special all day!


Ice Skating at Howard Park

11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

219 S. St. Louis Blvd.

Enjoy extended hours on Fridays at the Howard Park Ice Trail & Pond from 11:00 a.m to 9:30 p.m. , with Kids' Skate Club 11:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. and DJ Skate Nights from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The DJ for this First Fridays will be DJ RuffCutt. For more info on Howard Park Ice Skating and other activities there, click here

Food & Drink Specials

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Crab & Shrimp Feast for Two at Chicory
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Chicory Cafe's famous Crab & Shrimp Feast is back! 

Each dinner will include 1 lb of snow crab, gulf shrimp, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, seasoned potatoes, garlic butter, mini bottle of Tabasco, and a crab shell cracker tool, for $55.99 per order. Food will be hot on pickup or choose to get this meal cold and steam it yourself. (They will provide instructions.)


Orders must be placed by 10:00 a.m. Friday, and can be picked up between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. to take away or enjoy at the Cafe. Also take advantage of their First Fridays special - 16 oz. Hurricanes and Blue Raspberry Long Islands for $5.

TakeOut 25 Downtown South Bend
Join the TakeOut 25 Downtown South Bend Facebook Group to discover new dishes and restaurants downtown. We encourage you to join the group post pictures of your downtown carryout and in-person dining experiences.  

Specials on Retail & Services

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Birthday First Fridays for The Pigeon & The Hen 

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

217 S. Michigan St.

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery co-owners both have their birthdays in January, and they invite you to celebrate with them this First Fridays!  The Pigeon’s birthday is 1/ 7 and The Hen’s birthday is 1/8. Bring them a sparkling, calorie-free beverage (Bubbly, Waterloo, Polar, etc.) for birthday gifts and receive 15% off your entire purchase.


If you have a January birthday too, show them your ID and get 15% off your entire bill when you come to paint all month (may not be combined with other discounts/promotions; excludes birthday parties, group parties, classes, and events.) Reserve your table by clicking here. They are open until 7:00 p.m. and projects not completed by 7:00 p.m. transition to works in progress.

20% off Music Books at Idle Hours

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
212 S. Michigan St.

Idle Hours Bookshop will be featuring 20% off music books this First Fridays.

Friends of the Library Book Sale 

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

 Enjoy amazing bargains on books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and more for both kids and adults at The Friends of the Library Book Sale from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 




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

Center Stage Pizza

428 Lincoln Way West

Get an 18" 2-topping pizza, garlic cheese bread, and a 2 liter of soda for just $24

Chicory Cafe

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.
16 oz. Hurricanes and Blue Raspberry Long Islands for $5

Dellstar VR

207 W. Colfax Ave.

50% off on online booking all day

Edible Arrangements

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

Ironhand WIne Bar

1025 Northside Blvd.

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 

Unique Boutique International

122 S. Michigan St.

50% off the entire store 

WXYZ Bar at Aloft South Bend

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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