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January 6, 2023

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 co-headliners Bill Gevirtz & Trumaine Bradley. DTSB will be featuring a contest on their Facebook page for a pair of free tickets to the Friday night show. 

211 N. Michigan St.

8:00 p.m.

Armed with only their wits, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are taking to the live stage and they’re…Scared Scriptless. Prepare to laugh yourself senseless as improv comedy masterminds Colin & Brad must make up original scenes, songs and more from whatever you, the fans, suggest!

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 November 4.  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.  January's Cocktails for a Cause will be an Old Fashioned benefitting La Casa de Amistad. 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 new coffee shop located in side the St. Joe County Library's Community Learning Center - will be featuring 50% off their January Latte of the Month: the Fudge Brownie Mocha with Irish cream and dark chocolate syrup. They will also be featuring 50% off their Barista Special: Peach of Mind: hot Sencha green tea with white peach syrup.

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.

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.)


2023 Coffee & Cocoa Crawl participants include LaSalle Grill, Cafe Navarre, South Bend Chocolate Cafe, Chicory Cafe, St. Joe Coffee Co., and the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Click the arrow below for a map and list of this year's offerings!

127 N. Main St.

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

On January 6th in Ireland Women’s Christmas, or Nollaig na mBan, is celebrated as one of the biggest traditions of the year! On this day, women get a bit of respite after all of the hard work from the holiday season. Fiddler's Hearth will be celebrating by offering women a special munchie created by their chef with their cocktail, mocktail, or soft drink on Friday! Join them as they appreciate the ladies in their lives with a long-time tradition!

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.

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

Ironhand Wine Bar

1025 Northside Blvd.

Live music, 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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