June 3, 2022

2021 June First Fridays event info appears below.

2022 event info will be coming soon!

Join us for the June 4th First Fridays, where the theme will be "Kids' Night Out." We will have something for kids of all ages! We will once again be closing the 200 block of S. Michigan for distanced dining in the street, a beer garden, a free concert by Lavine, vendors, and a Studebaker Car Show. A second stage will be located in Studebaker Plaza with entertainment by and for kids. There will also be face painters, balloon artists, zoo animals, and much more!  

Check out all the details below!



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


Children's Entertainment Stage

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

Studebaker Plaza

Enjoy free entertainment by and for children at Studebaker Plaza:

5:00 p.m. - Vest Dance Troupe

6:00 p.m. - Spotlight Performers

6:30 p.m. - DTSB Mascot Reveal and Kids' Dance Party

7:00 p.m. - Interactive Children's Concert by Wendy Daly from The Music Village

DTSB Mascot Reveal

6:30 p.m.

Studebaker Plaza

Come see what the new DTSB mascot will be! It will be revealed at 6:30 p.m.

Balloon Twisting with Fun by the Yard

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Studebaker Plaza

Free Face Painting at Linden Grill

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

119 S. Michigan St.

Clara the Clown will be outside Linden Grill doing free face painting this First Fridays.

Carnival Games with Always Best Care

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

Studebaker Plaza

First Fridays sponsor Always Best Care Senior Services will be hosting a  free carnival at their booth in Studebaker Plaza with games and prizes. 

 Face Painting 

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

Studebaker Plaza

 Zoo Animals

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

The Gridiron

The Potawatomi Zoo will be bringing a selection of their animals this First Fridays.


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

The Reducing Obesity Coalition of St. Joseph County will be having a lite/mini version of ROC UR BODY this First Fridays, and will have a larger version of the event at the August First Fridays. For the June First Fridays, three sidewalk chalk obstacle courses will be available on Michigan Street. 

Guided Architectural Walking Tours of Downtown

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

101 N. Michigan St.

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 $5 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. 

We will be following CDC Guidelines on mask usage: vaccinated participants will not be required to wear a mask, but mask usage will be recommended for non-vaccinated participants.

Studebaker Car Show

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

313 S. Michigan St.

The Studebaker Drivers Club will have dozens of their cars on display this First Fridays on Michigan Street near Studebaker Plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Urban Picnic on Michigan Street

4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

200 Block of South Michigan Street


DTSB will be repeating the Urban Picnic that took place for for last summer's First Fridays, and closing down a block of Michigan Street for physically-distanced dining and a free concert by Lavine.

Grab some takeout from your favorite downtown eatery and head to the 200 block of S. Michigan St. (between Jefferson and Wayne) where we will have a physically-distanced seating areas in the street with beer from Chicory Cafe, vendors, Studebaker cars, and more! The seating areas will be open to people of all ages, and will be located in the south end of the block.

Tables and chairs will be cleaned by DTSB Ambassadors throughout the event, and hand sanitizer will be available. We will be following CDC Guidelines on mask usage: vaccinated participants will not be required to wear a mask, but mask usage will be recommended for non-vaccinated participants.

First Fridays Vendors

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

Studebaker Plaza Vendors

Kona Ice

Always Best Care Senior Services

Let's Spoon


Fun by the Yard

Rhonda Wilson Face Painting

East Bank Learning Center

Michigan Street Vendors 

(in and near the fenced-in area on the south end of the S. 200 block)

Physician's Health Plan


South Bend Lions

Potawatomi Zoo

Purdue Polytehnic


Nicole Kocsis

Lady Cole Cosmetics

Chicory Beer Trailer

Fancy Delights

African Creations

SJC Democratic Party

Mixxture Beauty

Paparazzi Jewelry


Exquisite Moments Etc.

Pier Park Installation Grand Opening  - RESCHEDULED: DATE TBD

Pier Park 

The Grand Opening  scheduled June 4th for the new art installation at Pier Park will be rescheduled, and the date is currently to be determined.


 Artists GIIIVENS (Cara Givens) and Eli Kahn have brought their vision to life to create an immersive installation of physical and auditory experiences for visitors - the first of its kind in the world!

Scavenger Hunt and Pure Barre Intro at Howard Park

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Howard Park

A scavenger hunt will take place at Howard Park this Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additionally, Pure Barre will be giving a free intro class from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. and then their regular class at 6:00 p.m. for $10.

Specials on Food, Drink, & Retail

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Pottery Wheel Try-It plus Make & Take Projects at The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery

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

217 S. Michigan St.

     Take a spin on the potter's wheel at The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery!  Basic instruction is included in the $20, 20-minute session, and you may choose to have your project fired for a small $5 fee.  This is a great intro to their summer camps and classes for kids and adults!  Sessions begin at 4:30 p.m. with the last 20 minute time slot at 7:30 p.m.  Advanced registration is required and can be done by clicking here. Anyone ages 6+ can try when they sign up in advance online! 


New make and take to-go projects will also be for sale OR make a reservation to paint pottery inside!  Walk-ins accepted only if table space permits.  

$5 Off at Tera's Tasty House of Krabz

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

209 S. Michigan St.

Welcome to one of our newest First Fridays participants - Tera's Tasty House of Krabz! Take $5 off your order this First Fridays.

20% off at Kids' Books at Idle Hours Bookshop

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

Take 20% off kids' books at Idle Hours Bookshop this First Fridays.​

Friends of the Library Book Sale 

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

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. To protect the community, the following safety measures will be in place: 

TakeOut 25 Downtown South Bend

We're calling on the South Bend community to help our downtown restaurants by pledging to spending $25 a week on carryout. This simple act can help our downtown restaurants thrive, save jobs, and also help you discover new foods to enjoy! Join the TakeOut 25 Facebook Group and post your carryout pictures for a chance to win $100 gift card to the restaurant you posted about!



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 $6.00

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.

Live music, 20% off bottles of Henri 

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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