March 6, 2020

2019 information listed below. 2020 coming soon!

Downtown South Bend will be celebrating sports and games with this March Madness themed First Fridays. Highlights include behind the scenes tours at Four Winds Field, bingo night at Purple Porch Co-op, and sports trivia at Frank's Place.

Plus, as always, enjoy live music, art exhibits, dining specials, 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



As always, Transpo will be offering FREE shuttle rides on one of their new CNG buses from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Click here for a map of the shuttle route. Transpo shuttle service will pass each stop approximately every 15 minutes.

The shuttle service now has First Fridays Tour Guides! They will tell you all about the different activities and promotions taking place downtown at First Fridays, as well as give general info about the downtown businesses, mixed with historical tidbits and fun facts. Grab a seat on the new First Fridays Transpo Tour, and enjoy the informative ride!

As a special treat, The Music Village Jammers will be performing on the First Fridays shuttle from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Entertainment & Activities

Tours of Four Winds Field

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
501 W. South St.

The South Bend Cubs will be hosting free tours at Four Winds Fields this First Fridays. Tour the locker rooms, Performance Center, Pepsi Stadium Club, Home Plate Suite, production room, and Team Store. Tours every half hour 5:30-7:30 pm, limited to the first 25 people per tour. Enter from the home plate side of the stadium.

Bingo Night at Purple Porch 

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

123 N. Hill St.

Purple Porch Co-op will be hosting a bingo night with the chance to win food prizes. No buy-ins.

Slow Orbit at Chicory Cafe

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

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Slow Orbit will be playing a free concert at Chicory Cafe this First Fridays from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. While you're there, be sure to take advantage of their First Fridays specials from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - $1.50 one scoop gelato, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $6.00.

Sports Trivia at Frank's Place

7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

327 W. Marion St.

Frank's Place - our newest First Fridays participant - will be hosting a Sports-Themed Trivia event this First Fridays. Get a team together and come to enjoy some dinner and drinks while impressing others with your sports knowledge!

Prizes will be given away through out the event from other local businesses and organizations. This is a 21+ event and there is no cover charge or registration fee.

Happy Hour with the Symphony 

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

211 N. Michigan St.

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra presents the third event of the Happy Hour with the Symphony Series - Happy Hour with the Maestro.  Join them for a fun evening of music, drinks, and good company with Maestro Alastair Willis and Pianist Tanya Gabrielian.


The event takes place at Granada Room in the Morris Performing Arts Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..  Tickets are $20 and include light refreshments, drinks, and an open rehearsal with the SBSO!  Purchase yours today by clicking here, or by calling (574) 232-6343.  The Happy Hour with the Symphony Series is presented by Gibson Insurance, and sponsored by Baird and United Federal Credit Union.  


South Bend Symphony Open Rehearsal 

7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

211 N. Michigan St.

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra invites you to an Open Rehearsal to experience how the magic of an orchestral concert is created.  The event will take place at the Morris Performing Arts Center from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  and is FREE and open to the public.  Come see your Symphony with Music Director Alastair Willis prepare for the Paganini Variations concert featuring pianist Tanya Gabrielian.

Laura Whidden at South Bend Chocolate Cafe

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
122 S. Michigan St.

Laura Whidden will be performing a free concert at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Laura will be performing pop/rock selections mixed with her own song creations. Also take advantage of their First Fridays special: 2 for $18 any crunch/pretzel combo.

Exhibitions & Music at SBMA

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

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

Take advantage of free admission to the South Bend Museum of Art every First Fridays! This First Fridays they will also be featuring several exhibitions, live music by The Bishop's Appeal (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), refreshments, and a gallery talk by Mike Slaski at 6:15 p.m.

Kennedy’s Kitchen at Fiddler’s Hearth

9:00 p.m. to midnight
127 N. Main St.

Enjoy free live music at Fiddler’s Hearth by local Irish band Kennedy’s Kitchen from 9:00 p.m. to midnight every First Fridays!

Opening Reception at Fire Arts

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
305 E. Colfax Ave.

Fire Arts Inc. invites the public to the opening reception for a ceramic exhibit with the all new solo work of Caryn Wixom Kuhn.  The show will run through April 28th.

Tours of the Historic Hoffman Hotel

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
120 W. LaSalle Ave.

The Hoffman Hotel will offer free tours of their renovated historic apartment spaces and free refreshments. The tours will be given every half hour (5:00, 5:30, 6:00, etc.)

Specials on Retail & Services

Date Night at The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
217 S. Michigan St.

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery will be featuring a date night this First Fridays for $50 a couple, including a dessert bar and the chance to make a pair of customized mugs.

Sale on Sports Books at Idle Hours Bookshop

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
212 S. Michigan St.

Idle Hours Bookshop will be featuring 20% off all sports books, and will also have their sale table out.

30% off at Ali on the Boulevard

10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
722 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Enjoy 30% off everything at Ali on the Boulevard (excluding Ali jewelry.) Sale runs through Saturday.

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 in their newly renovated space – with extended hours. Enjoy amazing bargains on books, CDs, magazines, and more for both kids and adults from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Food & Drink Specials

LOGAN Nose On at Brew Werks

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
216 S. Michigan St.

South Bend Brew Werks will be tapping the LOGAN Irish Red Ale this First Fridays. Then, for the entire month of March, LOGAN will receive $.50 for each pint of LOGAN Irish Red sold. Click here for more information about this and other LOGAN Nose On events.

Game Day Bolognese at Cafe Navarre

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

101 N. Michigan St.

Cafe Navarre will be offering a Game Day Bolognese (made with venison) and a 18th Street Brown Ale to accompany, all for just $12.

LOGAN Fundraiser at Barnaby's

throughout March

713 E. Jefferson Blvd.

During the entire month of March, Barnaby's will be donating $1 to LOGAN. Additionally, they will have their usual First Fridays promotion of $4 pints, plus their First Saturdays special: any large 2 topping pizza, an order of breadsticks, and a pitcher of pop (or a 2 liter on carry out orders) for only $19.95 plus tax.

Food & Drink Specials at Linden Grill

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

119 S. Michigan St.

Linden Grill will be offering 3 flavored chicken strips (sweet chili, buffalo, garlic parmesan,  bbq, lemon pepper) w/ fries for $6, select draft beers for $4, and free face painting from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Weekend Wings Special at Spirited

5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

105 E. Jefferson Blvd. (located on Michigan next to Jimmy John’s)

Spirited will be having their Weekend Wings with a house-made honey chipotle sauce, and will also be featuring their Bushmills"Cocktail for a Cause." Part of the proceeds from this cocktail are going to the Indiana Red Cross. The Spirited bar team will be going to Indy to participate in a competition called "Red Bush Battle for the Red Cross."

Board Games and Free Beverages at The General

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

609 E. Jefferson Blvd.

The General Deli & Cafe will have board games available to play all day, and will be offering a free 12 oz. coffee, tea, or soda with any sandwich purchase.


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 $19.95 plus tax.

Ben’s Pretzels

122 S. Michigan St.
3 pretzels for $10 (not including sauce).


131 S. Michigan St.
Get one 14″ 1-topping pizza for $12

Chicory Cafe

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Live music, $1.50 one scoop gelato, 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

South Bend Brew Werks

216 S. Michigan St.
New seasonal beer release

South Bend Chocolate Cafe

122 S. Michigan St.
2 for $17 any crunch/pretzel combo

Tippecanoe Place

620 W. Washington St.
1/2 price appetizers In the Studebaker Lounge 


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