January 8, 2021

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 DTSB-managed garages) is always free in downtown South Bend nights and weekends.  For full details on downtown parking options, click here

Entertainment & Activities

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Ice Skating at Howard Park

11:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

219 S. St. Louis Blvd.

Howard Park’s 16,000 square foot ice trail and pond is a premier winter destination for the South Bend region.  The ice trail features rolling hills and soft curves that provide skaters with a diverse terrain when making their way around the loop. Plus, Fridays through February are DJ Skate Nights from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, reservations are required for ice skating, whether you bring your own skates or rent them. Click here for more details and to reserve your spot.

Food & Drink Specials


Coffee & Cocoa Crawl

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

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 and/or chocolate beverages for adults (these must be enjoyed in the establishments where they are purchased.) Click here for a map.


Chicory Cafe (105 E. Jefferson Blvd.) 

$1 Regular Brewed Coffee (8 oz.) and $1 Hot Cocoa (8 oz.)

Fiddler's Hearth (127 N. Main St.) 

Cinnamon Spice Mocha or Galician Orange Cocoa: sampler size $1; full size $4

South Bend Chocolate Cafe (122 S. Michigan St.)

$1 Winter Blend Coffee; $2 Hot Cocoa; $2 Eggnog


Cafe Navarre (101 N. Michigan St.)

$6 Gluhwein (hot mulled wine)

Fiddler's Hearth (127 N. Main St.) 

Cinnamon Spice Mocha with Irish whiskey or Galician Orange Cocoa with brandy: sampler size $2; full size $6
South Bend Brew Werks  (216 S. Michigan St.)

$1 off pints of their Cocoa Velvet Chocolate Milk Porter, a decadent dark chocolate milk porter - brewed with lactose and cacao nibs. It's velvety-smooth and rich, with a chocolaty-dry finish. (6.9% ABV)

Pizza Meal Deal at Center Stage Pizza

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

428 Lincoln Way West

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

Outdoor Winter Dining in Downtown

Outdoor dining has been extremely popular this year as it provides a much safer experience to reduce the spread of COVID-19 transmission. Many of our downtown restaurants are extending their outdoor dining season and providing fun and creative solutions to staying warm while dining outdoors in the winter. Click here to view our blog post listing the various forms of outdoor dining available in downtown South Bend.

Specials on Retail & Services


Birthday First Fridays for The Pigeon & The Hen 

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 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

20% off at Idle Hours

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
212 S. Michigan St.

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



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 $22 plus tax.


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

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.
$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.

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

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.

$5 IPA beer special


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