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Kid's Night Out

Friday, June 7, 2024

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

2023 info appears below. 2024 info coming soon!

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Join us for the June First Fridays, where the theme will be "Kids' Night Out." We will have something for kids of all ages! We will be closing the 100 & 200 blocks of S. Michigan for a block party with dining in the street, a beer garden, face painters, balloon artist, caricaturist, vendors, a Studebaker Car Show, and the second annual DTSB Youth Talent Show!  

The Gridiron Kids' Fun Zone will be filled with activities for kids, St. Joe County Public Library will be hosting the Summer Reading Club Kickoff Party in their courtyard, South Bend Bike Garage will be providing a free Bike Valet at Key Bank Plaza, plus Architectural Walking Tours, Howard Park Concert Series, and much more.

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


Gridiron Kid's Fun Zone

The Gridiron 

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

A family fun night filled with physical activity, games, and more! This event is FREE and open to everyone. Activities will include an inflatable soccer dart game, a bounce house, flag football, basketball, a fishing activity, a boxing activity, and more!

Disney Character Crawl

Various Locations

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

We are doing a re-do of the Disney Character Crawl for those who weren't able to come out for it at the March First Fridays due to inclement weather. Disney characters will be stationed throughout downtown this First Fridays in various businesses for Meet & Greets! Bring your camera for free photos


Snow White

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m at the Courtyard by Marriott

6:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m. at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe



5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Music Village



5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Chicory Cafe



6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. at Salon Nouveau  

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 Jefferson & Wayne) 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.

Entertainment includes:

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Interactive Music Program with Jordan Eichorst from The Music Village: an hour of fun, interactive music for all ages! Bring your dancing shoes, smiles and laughter!

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

Youth Talent Show (see info above)

7:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. 

Kids' Karaoke with DJ Chris!

Freeze Pops & Cubs Raffle at DTSB Booth


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

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


6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Stop by the Gridiron to meet some animals from the Potawatomi Zoo!

Studebaker Drivers' Club Annual Meet

The Gridiron

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

The Studebaker Drivers Club will have their 40th Annual Meet in South Bend this weekend, and will be having over 75 of their cars on display this First Fridays on Michigan Street from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

122 S. Michigan St.

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

Magician Kevin Wilson from Abracadabra Magic will be performing a free magic show at 6:00 p.m.

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 June 2 band will be Size Matters.­

Opening Reception at South Bend Museum of Art

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

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

Visit the South Bend Museum of Art this First Fridays for an an opening reception for their Conversation Series: Accumulation + Revelation by artist Julie Tourtillotte and Nicole Havecost and their College Residency Exhibition.

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 Vikram Balaji along with Cody Tiano


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. 

435 S. Michigan St.

5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

We welcome one of our newest First Fridays participants - the Rocki Button, a new downtown space which features a creative experience filled with music, art, shopping, food, and drinks. This First Fridays they will have activities for kids from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. including face painting, a kids' art gallery, an interactive art table, and other games & activities.


From 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. they will be hosting live performances by Heyzeus, Overgrxth, and DJ’s Shardik and Andy Digibe. They will also have food and drinks by Vinyl Tap.

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 June 2 concert will feature Kennedy's Kitchen.

127 N. Main St.

8:00 pm. to  11:00 p.m.

Enjoy live music by Kennedy's Kitchen this First Fridays! They will also have bubbles, sidewalk chalk, cornhole and a puppet theater outside as weather permits!

200 block of S. Michigan St.

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Downtown South Bend (DTSB) is hosting the Second Annual Youth Talent Show on the stage in the middle of the 200 S. Michigan St. Block Party as part of their June First Fridays: Kids' Night Out. Anyone under the age of 21 is invited to take part, and there are no participation fees, no judging - just fun! The public is invited to enjoy the performances, and a seating area will be available.

Participants will be allowed up to 3 minutes on stage to perform in one of the following categories: Vocal, Instrumental, Dance, Tumbling, Clogging, or Novelty/Miscellaneous. Participants can register online at


Walk-ups will be permitted if there is still space available.

Main Library Courtyard

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Celebrate the start of the Summer Reading Club in the courtyard at Main Library! Enjoy activities, food trucks and live performances by Jim Gill and Lalo Cura while you sign up for summer reading.

The St. Joe County Public Library will fun activities for the whole family:

Jim Gill | Ballroom 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Lalo Cura | Courtyard 7-8 p.m.
Dance to music provided by Mix 106
Take a picture in a 360° photo booth from TDC Entertainment, LLC
Enjoy soccer tricks with Futboleros
Grab a bite from Junbuggies, The Beard & The Boss and Kona Ice food trucks!

333 S. Michigan St.

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

In the theme of "Kids' Night Out", The Music Village (TMV) presents an evening geared toward younger players and performers, with open mics and other festivities, both indoors and out!

Indoor Activities:

5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.:

Inaugural New Performer Open Mic

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: First Fridays Open Mic

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Featured performers: The Ember Jar, Kaitlyn Andrèa, and Abigail Moody


Outdoor Activities

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: TMV Info Booth with "Kids Play" Instrument Table

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: The TMV Jammers

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.

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. 

First Fridays Vendors

Gridiron and Michigan Street

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

We will have a variety of vendors and sponsors at the June First Fridays!

Block Party Vendors & Activities

Floor Coverings of Michiana

Notre Dame College of Science

The Pigeon & The Hen POttery

Raclin Murphy Museum of Art

Kolours Designed for Divas

Fonts and Knots

Artesanias Mi Mexico Lindo

Let’s Spoon

National Youth Advocate Program

Sinclair’s Crystal Parlour

A Healing Oasis

IU South Bend Office of Admissions

Blu Envy

Dixon’s Specialty Popcorn

Dena’s Kitchen & Catering

Sprinkle Express


Beacon Community Impact


Gridiron Vendors & Activities


Angles on Wheels

Kona Ice

Dellstar VR


Unity Gardens

Potawatomi Zoo

Relay for Life

Fancy Schmancy Face Painting

Goodwill Industries

Fetch! Pet Care

Fishing Activity


Girls on the Run

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana

Beacon Health System – Inflatable Soccer

Flag Football

Bounce House

Studebaker Plaza Vendors 

Ammie’s Ice Cream


Eden’s Edge

Paramount Schools

Michiana Face Painting

Fun by the Yard Balloon Twisting


Liliana Para Boutique

Faith in Colors Design

US 12 Vintage Station

Denson Specialties

Studebaker Plaza

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Stop by Studebaker Plaza this First Fridays to learn about the Transpo Summer Travel Program, which provides free travel for all K-12 students the months of June, July & August. They will have one of their CNG buses parked by the plaza and will have prizes and giveaways for kids.

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 (and every Friday!)

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.

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.  


217 S. Michigan St.

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

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery will be offering the following this First Fridays: 

-Glitter face painting $5-10

-Pottery and canvas to-go kits $10-15

-Try the Wheel Sessions (the wheels will be outside) $20 for 15 minutes 

-Paint your own pottery inside or outside of the store!  

-Hosting the crazy cookie company from Goshen!  

119 N. Michigan St.

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

Japanese marble soda Ramune will be buy one, get one free for kids. Original, Strawberry, Grape, Melon, and Orange flavors will be  available.

121 S. Niles Ave.

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 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 8:00 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! Scrappy's Lemon Twist! They will be offering 15% off of bistro bills if guests mention First Fridays. This discount will apply to the full bill for food and drinks. 

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 June 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 June specialty drinks

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.

127 N. Main St.

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

Chef Kaitlyn will be making some Beach Scene Dessert Cups and Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream Sundaes!

121 S. Niles Ave.

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

We welcome one of our newest First Fridays participants - Perry Vine! They recently opened inside the Emporium Building and will be doing tastings this First Fridays, with one free tasting per customer. Additional tastings are $1.50. If you plan to buy a glass you’re welcomed to BYOM (bring your own meal) and dine in the atrium area adjacent to our store — please note seats are limited. They will also have bottles for sale! Bring back your clean bottles and receive 10% off your next purchase!

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, including 10% off Aveda products, 30% off Disney wet brushes, and will have some coloring books.

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 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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