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Disney Downtown

Friday, March 1, 2024 

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



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 crafts at Chicory, Disney-themed drinks at Woochi, and a special contest to win tickets to Disney's Aladdin the Musical coming to the Morris!

Visitors are encouraged to dress as their favorite Disney character to receive discounts and deals at participating businesses, including 10% off at Cinco 5 and a free hot cocoa for costumed kids at Barnaby's! Plus there Plus, as always, enjoy live music, art exhibits, dining specials, and much more. Check out all the details below!



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


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 the 2024 Character Crawl Map listing the character locations and times.

Snowball Fight with Disney Characters

The Gridiron

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy a good old-fashioned snowball fight on the Gridiron (fake snowballs will be used if there is no real snow.) From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the Disney Characters will be joining in before they head to their Character Crawl locations!

Online Contest

4:00 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s  ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical, coming to the Morris Performing Arts Center March 19-24, and now is your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the show!


From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Enter to win by clicking this link below.

The giveaway opens at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday evening. DTSB will contact the winner next week.

DTSB St. Patrick's Photo Op

217 S. Michigan St.

now through March 22

DTSB has set up a St. Patrick's Photo Op outside their offices at 217 S. Michigan St. Special thanks to Ambassador Dan for bringing this beautiful photo op to life!

623 E. LaSalle Ave.

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

ArtDabbler Designs - located behind Jack's Donuts - will have a special class were you can design your own castle on canvas! Cost is just $20 and advanced registration is required at this link. 

218 Sycamore St.

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

We welcome one of our newest First Fridays participants - Soma Pole Studio! They are located near Fire Arts and are a minority-owned studio that is seeking to build individual and community power through pole dance. They provide quality pole instruction and a welcoming atmosphere for all of their students.

They will be featuring an Intro to Pole Class every First Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for $22. Registration is required and can be done on their website.

111 N. Main St.

9:00 p.m.

The Drop Comedy Club is located in the Aloft Hotel and features amazing comedy shows every Friday and Saturday night! This First Fridays they will have headliner Brandon Kieffer, featuring Cavin Eggleston. DTSB will be featuring a contest on their Facebook page for a pair of free tickets to the Friday night show. 

321 S. Main St.

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

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

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

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

Chicory will have a free craft: making princess tiaras, plus live music by Molly Abraham from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

219 S. St. Louis Blvd.

3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of Disney music while ice skating at the Howard Park Ice Trail & Pond with skate sessions starting at 3:00 p.m., 5:00p.m., 7:00p.m., and 9:00p.m. 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.

401 E. Colfax Ave.

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

Merrimans' Playhouse will be celebrating the Grand Opening of "Culture Cafe" this First Fridays - a coffee house experience they describe as – “Bohemia After Dark,” celebrating our common humanness through our different cultures, cultivating awareness through the arts, music, the humanities, literature, philosophy, and discussion, while sharing the joy of these moments with coffee, gelato, affogato, soups, paninis, and other specialty food items.

They will also have a concert by Paul Hecht & Friends 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at this link and are $10 general admission and $5 for students. 

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

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

Visit the South Bend Museum of Art on First Fridays for extended hours and free admission! This month they will be featuring a sneak peek at the 2024 Scholastics Art Awards!

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. 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.

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.  


112 W. Colfax Ave.

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

Cinco 5 will be offering 10% off to customers wearing a costume this First Fridays.

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. 

237 N. Michigan St.

5:30 p.m.

The Hideaway at the LaSalle will be doing a Dickel tasting event this First Fridays at 5:30 p.m. (and an encore event at the same time March 3.)  $30 includes food plus tastings of 8yr, 13yr, 15yr, Barrel Select, and both ryes.


Reservations are required- call or text 312-671-1237 to reserve your spot.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

333 S. Michigan St.

12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy amazing bargains on books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and more for both kids and adults at the Friends of the Library Book Sale which takes place every Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

119 N. Michigan St.

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

The Disney princesses have spoken: Ramuné is their favorite Japanese soda! Buy one for $5, get one free this First Fridays! Try Belle’s favorite, orange; Tiana’s favorite, melon; Cinderella’s favorite, original; Rapunzel’s favorite, grape; or Aurora’s favorite, strawberry!

Woochi will also have a featured Disney cocktail - Winnie the Pooh - for $12. It's made with Jack honey, lemonade, and grenadine float on top.

121 S. Niles Ave.

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Perry Vine is located 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!

Ongoing First Fridays Promotions



713 E. Jefferson Blvd.

$5 craft 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 $23 plus tax.


131 S. Michigan St.

Get one 14″ 1-topping pizza for $15

Chicory Cafe

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Free beignets with purchase! Plus 16 oz. Hurricanes and Blue Raspberry Long Islands for $5​

Courtyard by Marriott Bistro

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

15% off full bill at the bistro First Fridays, including both food and drinks. 

Dainty Maid Co. Food Hall

231 S. Michigan St.

Special extended hours for dinner on weekend nights including First Fridays, with dining/drink options from Oak + Ash,  Smashed, Propaganda Pizza, Hall Pass, and a Roaster Called Revenant.

127 N. Main St.

Enjoy live music by Kennedy's Kitchen from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every First Fridays!

Ironhand Wine Bar

1025 Northside Blvd.

Live music by Lucas Miner and 20% off bottles of MI Cabernet Franc​

South Bend Brew Werks

321 S. Main St.

Karaoke every Friday

South Bend Chocolate Cafe 

122 S. Michigan St.

2 for $20 any crunch/pretzel combo

St. Joe Coffee Company

305 S. Michigan St.

$1 off monthly drink specials

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 

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. 

Plus Live @ Aloft with DJ Outlaw playing your favorite tunes.  Live @ Aloft features local artists, groups or DJs playing music every Friday from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the WXYZ lounge. 


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