March 5

Downtown South Bend is celebrating St. Patrick's Day early this year, with this ShamRock & Roll First Fridays! Because of COVID-19, the Annual St. Patrick's Parade and Paddy Party were both canceled, so we are using this First Fridays to have a scaled-down St. Patrick's experience. You're encouraged to wear green and/or your St. Patrick's attire, social distance dance to some rock & roll tunes in Studebaker Plaza, and try some Irish food and drinks downtown!

NOTE - For the safety of all attendees, guests are asked to maintain social distancing and to wear masks in areas where adequate social distancing is not possible.


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

Retail & Dining Specials

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St. Patrick's Menu at Baker's Bar & Grill

5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

123 N. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd.

Baker's Bar & Grill will be featuring green beer and a special St. Patrick's menu with Irish food on the March 5th First Fridays as well as St. Patrick's Week. Click here to view the menu. Plus, they will be giving 10% off to patrons wearing St. Patrick's Day attire.

Irish and Lenten Specials at Fiddler's Hearth

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

127 N. Main St.

Fiddler's Hearth has a diverse menu of Irish food and drinks, and this First Fridays they will be featuring 10% off their Salmon of Knowledge and Lamb Shank entrees. They will also have some meatless specials available for Lent.

Friday Fish Fry at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern

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

115 W. Colfax Ave.

LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern has a Friday Fish Fry available for curbside carryout or dine-in, featuring hand-battered and deep-fried fresh Atlantic cod, house-cut French fries, homemade coleslaw, and zesty remoulade sauce for just $22. 

Donut and Ice Cream Deals at Jack's Donuts

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

623 E. LaSalle Ave.

We welcome Jack's Donuts as our newest First Fridays participant! They will have the following specials for March 5th: buy any drink and get a donut for free; buy one scoop of ice cream and get one for free.

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!

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.


20% off at Idle Hours Bookshop

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

Idle Hours Bookshop will feature an extra 20% off sale 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: 

  • Masks will be required. 

  • Capacity is limited to ten people at a time, and their time will be limited to 30 minutes.

  • Be prepared to wait outside.

  • Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available to clean carts and baskets.

Entertainment & Activities

Drop-in Distanced Dancing at Studebaker Plaza

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

Studebaker Plaza

We will have some rock & roll tunes playing in Studebaker Plaza for you to stop by and dance to from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We ask that you wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.

One Year Anniversary Celebration at Majestic on the River

121 S. Niles Ave., Ste. 13

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

Majestic on the River - downtown's premier event facility located in the Emporium building - is celebrating its one year anniversary this First Fridays with an open house from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free appetizers and light refreshments will be served.

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.

Transforming South Bend: First Fridays Innovation Conversations

12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Live-streamed here

For the past four years, the Center for a Sustainable Future has held a series of 8-12 weeks of individual talks in the Sustainability & Innovation Series. They are now being held on the First Fridays of each month, a perfect tie-in to DTSB First Fridays activities and great fuel for First Fridays conversations! 


Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, the Center will showcase incredible local sustainability and innovation leaders to share how and why they are working to transform South Bend and the greater region into an innovative and sustainable place.


The theme of the talks is “Seeing Systems,” which invites speakers to make and share connections between social justice, sustainability, community building, peace building efforts, and more.


Join in on First Friday Innovation Conversations each First Friday from noon to 12:30 p.m. Listen in and share comments and questions on YouTube to join the conversations every first Friday at noon from wherever you are that day!​

  • March 5 “Healthy People, Healthy Communities” by Judith Rubleske, Kankakee Wetlands Organic Gardens (KWOG) 



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.

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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