March 5, 2021

2020 First Fridays information appears below. 2021 information coming soon!

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 Chocolate Cafe, Disney Trivia at L Street Kitchen, Disney Music Bingo at Linden Grill, a Disney Skate at Howard Park, and masks from Disney’s hit Broadway musical The Lion King on display at the South Bend Museum of Art.

Visitors are encouraged to dress as their favorite Disney character to receive discounts at participating businesses. 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.  Please Note - the Main Street Parking Garage does charge a $5 event parking fee during Morris Performing Arts Center events, so that garage will not be free this First Fridays due to The Lion King performance.  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  has First Fridays Tour Guides that 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

Disney Character Crawl

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

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

Disney Trivia at L Street Kitchen

6:30 p.m.

131 S. Lafayette Blvd.

L Street Kitchen is now open for dinner hours Fridays and Saturdays! They will be hosting Disney Trivia this First Fridays at 6:30 p.m. It's free to play, and gift card prizes of $25, $15, and $10 will be awarded to the first, second and third place teams.

Disney Music Bingo at Linden Grill

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

119 S. Michigan St.

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.

Disney Karaoke at South Bend Chocolate Cafe

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

Laura Whidden will be hosting free Disney Karaoke at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Plus any customer dressed in a Disney costume will receive a 10% discount. Also take advantage of their First Fridays special: 2 for $20 any crunch/pretzel combo.

Lion King Masks on Display at SBMA

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

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

Masks from Disney’s hit Broadway musical The Lion King will be on display at the South Bend Museum of Art. The Scholastic Awards Exhibit will also still be on view through March 7th.

Disney Skate at Howard Park

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

219 S. St. Louis Blvd.

Howard Park will be hosting an Evening with Disney on Ice from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a night out on the ice trail and skate to your favorite Disney tunes with friends and family! 


Plus, Fridays through February are DJ Skate Nights from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more info on Howard Park Ice Skating and other activities there, click here

Salsa con Vino at Ironhand Vineyard

7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

1025 Northside Blvd.

South Bend Latin Dance is hosting Salsa con Vino at Ironhand Vineyard the first and third Friday of every month. A beginner's lesson will take place 7:00 to 7:30 with open dancing to follow. Enjoy salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia, and more. No partner, experience, or coordination required! $5 cover

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!

Annual Pastel Show at CircaArts Gallery

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

528 E. Colfax Ave.

The Annual Pastel show opens this First Fridays: “Local Scenes by Local Artists.” The Pastels Exhibit will be on display from March 1-31, 2020. The works are created by members of Cathy McCormick’s pastel classes. 

Dream Team Live at Vegetable Buddies

10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

129 N. Michigan St.

Dream Team Live will be performing at Vegetable Buddies this First Fridays.  21+, $10 cover.

Chris Heck Exhibit at Fire Arts

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

305 E. Colfax Ave.

Fire Arts will be featuring an exhibit by potter and woodworker Chris Heck entitled "Stuff Made from Other Stuff."  The exhibit will run March 6 through April 24, with an opening reception March 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Specials on Retail & Services

Try It Night at The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery

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

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery will be hosting a Try It Night on the Potters Wheel for this First Fridays. 

Attendees will receive step-by-step instructions from the Hen on the Potters Wheel. You will be given a 20-minute session to create something for $20. For an extra $5 your masterpiece can be glazed and fired. Registration is required; please sign up here.

Disney Book Sale at Idle Hours Bookshop

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

Idle Hours Bookshop will feature 20% off all children's Disney books 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 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 featuring the LOGAN Irish Red Ale this First Fridays. 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.


Smoothie Special at Edible Arrangements

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

123 S. Michigan St.

Edible Arrangements will be offering a 20% discount to customers wearing Disney costumes. Plus, they will  have a strawberry/pineapple smoothie for $1.99 and half off boxes of dipped fruit (pick-up only.)


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 $19.69 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

Center Stage Pizza

428 Lincoln Way West

Get one 18" 1-topping pizza for $15

Chicory Cafe

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Live music, $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 & Madeleine 

South Bend Brew Werks

216 S. Michigan St.
New seasonal beer release

South Bend Chocolate Cafe

122 S. Michigan St.
2 for $20 any crunch/pretzel combo

Tippecanoe Place

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

Unique Boutique International

122 S. Michigan St.

50% off the entire store 


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