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Disney Downtown

March 3, 2023

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

Disney magic will be coming to downtown South Bend this First Fridays!

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Downtown South Bend is celebrating all things Disney this month with a special Disney Downtown theme this First Fridays. We will have a Disney Character Crawl with Disney characters available at various downtown businesses for Meet & Greets throughout the evening, Disney Karaoke at South Bend Brew Werks, Disney Music Bingo at Linden Grill, and Disney drinks at Woochi.

Visitors are encouraged to dress as their favorite Disney character to receive discounts and deals at participating businesses such as Cinco 5 and Barnaby's.  Plus, as always, enjoy live music, art exhibits, dining specials, and much more. Check out all the details below!

 

FREE PARKING

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

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Various locations

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

Disney characters will be stationed throughout downtown this First Fridays in various businesses for Meet & Greets, including Belle, Snow White, Ariel, Rapunzel, and more! Bring your camera for free photos. Click here for a Character Crawl Map listing the character locations and times!

119 S. Michigan St.

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

Linden Grill will be hosting a Disney-themed Music Bingo this First Fridays. It's free to play, and prizes will be awarded. Multiple rounds will be played, so you are free to join and leave throughout the event.

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Chicory will be doing some Disney crafts this First Fridays - making princess crowns and Forky from Toy Story. They will also have two free character drawing classes with Miss Darling at 5:30 and 6:15 p.m., followed by live music from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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 Kris Shaw, featuring Aisha Brown. DTSB will be featuring a contest on their Facebook page for a pair of free tickets to the Friday night show. 

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5:00 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday

Legally Blonde  - The Musical comes to the Morris Performing Arts Center March 17-19, and now is your chance to win two tickets to the opening night show! Fabulously fun and international award-winning Legally Blonde – The Musical is the ultimate Broadway tribute to Girl Power! Grab some friends and come see Broadway’s award-winning musical. Enter to win by clicking the link below.

The giveaway opens at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday evening. DTSB will contact the winner next week.

528 E. Colfax Ave.

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

The Annual Pastel show opens at CircaArts Gallery this First Fridays: “What's Around the Bend.” The Pastels Exhibit will be on display from March 3 through April 29. The works feature views of the South Bend area and are created by members of Cathy McCormick and Mary Firtl’s pastel classes. 

127 N. Main St.

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

Enjoy live music by Kennedy's Kitchen this First Fridays!

321 S. Main St.

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

Belt out your favorite Disney tunes at this special Disney Karaoke at South Bend Brew Werks! 

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., with a special Disney Skate from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30, where they will be playing Disney music. They encourage skaters to dress up in Disney attire and their skate staff will be doing the same. 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.   Also take advantage of their First Fridays special - buy 1 flatbread pizza and get a 2nd flatbread pizza at 1/2 off.

521-533 Lincolnway West

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

We welcome one of our newest First Fridays participants - South Bend TradeWorks! They will be presenting a Vintage & Vino event this First Fridays with live music, a coffee pop-up shop, architectural salvage, and vintage & artisan vendors.

305 E. Colfax Ave.

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

Fire Arts Inc. invites the public to an exhibit by ceramic artist Valerie A. Schroeder, known as Murisopsis. Her exhibit, “Pandora’s Box Opened” opened February 3 and will remain up through March 31. She will be having an artist talk on March 3 at 6:00 pm.

As a ceramic artist, Valerie found her passion in creating sculptures of the microscopic world that are not only visually arresting but also conceptually unique.  By manipulating texture, form and color, she is able to create pieces that are simultaneously captivating and deeply meaningful. Each work serves as a reflection of the pre- and post-pandemic society and its vulnerability to threats that are difficult to comprehend or control.

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.  

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112 W. Colfax Ave.

5:00 p.m. to midnight

Cinco 5 will be offering 10% off to customers wearing a costume this First Fridays. They now have special extended hours on Fridays and are open until midnight!

119 N. Michigan St.

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

Woochi will be offering special Disney-themed drinks this First Fridays: a Hakuna Matata (tropical rum-based rocks drink) and The Mad Hatter Martini (green coconut martini) - both on special for just $8 each.  Their employees will also be dressing as their favorite Disney characters, so you should, too!

127 N. Main St.

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

Fiddler's Hearth will be celebrating the potato with a Boxty (potato pancake) special. They will also have a Tea Time Sundae with cinnamon ice cream, chocolate-dipped shortbread cookie, creme anglaise and a slice of chocolate pound cake.

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.

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 March specialty drinks: the Feeling Lucky Lemonade (lemonade and peach syrup topped with a peach ring) and the Watermelon Fizz (watermelon juice, mint syrup, and club soda.)

713 E. Jefferson Blvd.

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

Barnaby's will be offering free hot chocolate to anyone 12 and under with a Disney-themed outfit this First Fridays. 

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!

321 S. Main St.

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

South Bend Brew Werks will have the Logan’s Irish Red Ale release party this First Fridays. A portion of every pint of this beer sold in March will be donated back to Logan’s Center, La Casa de Amistad, and The Music Village. 

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 the following special discounts this First Fridays: 10% all Aveda products, 30% off of Disney Wet brushes, and free mini updo's for girls 12 and under. 

Ongoing First Fridays Promotions

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Barnaby's

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.

Bruno's

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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