May 7, 2021

2019 First Fridays information appears below. 2020 May First Fridays was cancelled due to COVID-19. 2021 information coming soon!

The whole country has superhero fever with the recent release of Avengers: End Game, so Downtown South Bend will be joining the celebration with a superhero-themed "Marvel"ous May First Fridays. We will be showing the Oscar-winning animated feature film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" on the Gridiron at dusk, with pre-movie activities such as a superhero costume contest, superhero obstacle course, superhero mask making, and more. Plus there will be superhero trivia at Frank's Place, and superhero drinks at The General

In addition, Cinco 5 will be hosting a street festival in advance of Cinco de Mayo, Chicory Cafe's famous Shrimp & Crawfish Boils have returned for the summer, downtown architectural walking tours are also back for the summer, a Studebaker Car Show will take place, and a new First Fridays community bike ride series is starting this month.

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

Free Outdoor Film Presentation of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"

9:00 p.m.

The Gridiron

DTSB will be showing a free outdoor film presentation of the 2019 Oscar-winning animated feature "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" on the Gridiron. Enjoy the following pre-movie activities starting at 5:00 p.m.:

  • Boling Vision Center "Boling Bubbles of Fun" booth  (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

  • Free superhero mask craft activity

  • Free superhero training obstacle course from Beacon Health

  • Free superhero stickers from the DTSB Info booth

  • Face painting from Behind the Mask 

  • Balloon twisting by Fun by the Yard (5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

  • Superhero costume contests for kids and adults at 8:00 p.m.

  • Raffle at DTSB Info Booth for the trade paperback of "The Infinity Gauntlet"

  • Hall of Heroes Movie Memorabilia 

Hall of Heroes Movie Memorabilia

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

The Gridiron

Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum - the world's only superhero and comic book museum - will be bringing Marvel and DC movie props to display near the Gridiron this First Fridays, including a billy club and glasses used by Ben Affleck in "Daredevil", a ring used by Ryan Reynolds in "Green Lantern", and letters from Stan Lee.

Superhero Costume Contest

8:00 p.m. 

The Gridiron

DTSB will be hosting a Superhero Costume Contest at 8:00 p.m. at the Gridiron, and will be judging contestants in four different groups:  three amateur groups for ages 6 & under, 7-14, and 15 & over, plus a category for professional/cosplay. Registration for the contest will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the DTSB Info Booth on the Gridiron. There is no fee to enter, and prizes will be awarded in each category.


Our guest judges - County Commissioner Andrew Kostielney, and Allen Stewart from the Hall of Heroes   - will be looking at costume difficulty (store-bought vs. homemade), authenticity, and style. Winners will receive $25 AMC Gift Cards (to watch Avengers: Endgame a few more times...) and a free pass to the Hall of Heroes Museum.

Guided Architectural Walking Tours of Downtown

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

101 N. Michigan St.

"Then & Now: A Downtown South Bend Architectural Walking Tour" returns to downtown South Bend with six guided tours on May 3rd, June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th and October 4th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The tours cover over twenty historical buildings and more than a half-dozen city blocks in the heart of downtown South Bend.

Tours are $4 per person (cash only) with reservations requested for each tour. Reservations can be made online here or by calling Downtown South Bend at 574-282-1110. Tours start at the American Trust Company clock, located at the corner of Washington St. and Michigan St., in front of Cafe Navarre. 

Superhero Trivia at Frank's Place

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

327 W. Marion St.

Frank's Place will be hosting Superhero Trivia this First Fridays. Table reservations can be made by calling (574) 232-2277. Superhero-themed drink specials will be offered and prizes will given out throughout the event. (21+ only)

Studebaker Car Show

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

313 S. Michigan St.

The Studebaker Drivers Club will have dozens of their cars on display this First Fridays in the Baer's Parking Lot (between Wayne and Western off Michigan Street) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

First Fridays Community Bike Rides

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

123 N. Hill St.

This First Fridays marks the start of a new community bike ride series called "Everybody Bikes South Bend." These are short rides that the whole family can join in. There will be a different ride each month, and this first one will leave from the Purple Porch Co-op

Exhibition Receptions at South Bend Museum of Art

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

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

The South Bend Museum of Art will be hosting artist receptions for three exhibitions this First Fridays: "Michael Dinges: A Scarecrow at the Crossroads of an Epoch," "2018 College Residency Exhibition," and "Dash Shaw: Wheel of Fortune." There will be free admission and refreshments, plus a gallery talk with Michael Dinges at 6:15 p.m. 


Popcorn & Giveaways at NDFCU

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

210 S. Michigan St.

Stop by the downtown branch of Notre Dame Federal Credit Union for popcorn & giveaways. NDFCU is a proud sponsor of DTSB First Fridays.

Finding Neverland at Morris Performing Arts Center

8:00 p.m.

211 N. Michigan St.

The Morris Performing Arts Center presents the winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Musical - Finding Neverland. Based on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same name, this breathtaking show follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer – and the man – he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he’s been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter.

Live Music at Chicory Cafe

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

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Chris Michels of Traverse City, Michigan will be performing a free concert at Chicory Cafe from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Also take advantage of Chicory's First Fridays special of $1.50 one scoop gelato, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $6.

Tour the Golden Roamer: Mobile Visitor Center

4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Golden Roamer is a 24-foot recreational vehicle complete with brochures for visitors detailing the area’s offerings as well as satellite TV, and more. It will be parked near the Gridiron this First Fridays - near the Chocolate Cafe - and you are invited to go inside and explore.

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.

6th Annual Juried Show Reception at Fire Arts

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

305 E. Colfax Ave.

Fire Arts will be holding the opening reception for this year's juried show: "Our Endangered Planet" this First Fridays. 3-Dimensional artwork from several artists in the region have been accepted in this exhibit which pays tribute to our home. The exhibit runs from May 3rd -June 28th. Prizes will be awarded at 7:00 p.m. on May 3rd and a People's Choice Award will be presented on June 7th at 7:00 p.m.

Michael Wallace w/The Erly & The Toona's at Vegetable Buddies

9:00 p.m. to midnight

129 N. Michigan St.

Michael Wallace, The Erly, and The Toona's are returning to Vegetable Buddies for an unforgettable night of music and entertainment. Linsey Kelly will be master of ceremonies for the evening. This is an all ages event. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with performances starting at 9:00 p.m. $10 cover.

Kody Bryant at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern

9:00 p.m. to midnight

115 W. Colfax Ave.

Enjoy free live music by Kody Bryant at LaSalle Kicthen & Tavern from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

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!

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

Paint Your Own Downtown SB Marvel Characters 
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 give you the chance to paint your own Marvel character coming to downtown South Bend. They will also have 15% off select items from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Come in by 6:30 p.m. to have enough time to finish projects!

20% off Drawing Books at Idle Hours Bookshop

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

212 S. Michigan St.

Idle Hours Bookshop will be featuring 20% off books about drawing art; plus check out their sale table.

15% off Graphic Novels & Comics at Brain Lair

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
714 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Brain Lair Bookstore will be offering 15% off all graphic novels and comics 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

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Cinco 5 Taco-Fest Street Festival

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

Cinco 5 will be having a pre-Cinco de Mayo celebration, with a Taco Fest Street Festival in Woodward Court - the alley just to the west of Cinco 5. Enjoy a taco bar, traditional Mariachi music, Mexican beer, giveaways, and more. The taco bar is just $15 for a plate, soda, choice of meat, re-fried beans, Mexican rice, chips & salsa, flour/corn tortillas, and toppings. Los Tres Mangos will also be there with Mexican desserts.

Shrimp & Crawfish Boil at Chicory

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

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

It's the return of the famous Shrimp & Crawfish Boils at Chicory Cafe. Each $16 order will receive crawfish (cooked right in front of you!), shrimp, potatoes, corn on the cob, and andouille sausage. Enjoy it there or take it to go!


Avengers-themed Drinks at The General

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

609 E. Jefferson Blvd.


The General Deli & Cafe will be featuring Avengers-themed drinks this First Fridays and throughout the weekend.


Food & Drink Specials, Face Painting at Linden Grill

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

119 S. Michigan St.


Linden Grill will be serving saucey strips w/fries (three chicken strips tossed in one of their signature sauces) for just $6, select draft beer for $4, and free face painting (of superhero masks for kids) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

New Beer of the Month at Brew Werks

5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

216 S. Michigan St.

The May Beer of the Month at South Bend Brew Werks will be the "Mondays Can Wait Midwestern IPA", in collaboration with Visit South Bend Mishawaka, and will feature malts and hops from Indiana. It has a malty sweetness balanced by citrus-y Cascade & Chinook hops. Sales of this beer will graciously be split between their three regular community partners - The Music Village, La Casa de Amistad, and Neighborhood Resources Connection. 

They will also be featuring their new Black Widow ice cream which will have some Kahlua in it too make it “Russian.” 

Special Dinner Hours at PEGGS

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

127 S. Michigan St.

PEGGS will be open for dinner this First Fridays.

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 special.

First Fridays Food Vendors

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

The Gridiron

Let's Spoon and Smoq Truq will be at this month's First Fridays.



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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