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May 5

2022 info appears below

2023 info coming soon!

Downtown South Bend is excited to welcome the Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet for a "Studebaker Homecoming."  We had planned for a procession of approximately 200 Studebaker cars for this event, but are now anticipating closer to 100 due to the weather.  The SDC International Meet comes to South Bend every five years and is always a sight to behold. Cars will process onto Michigan Street at 5:30 p.m. and will be on display from Washington St. to Wayne St. until approximately 8:30 p.m.

 Unfortunately several First Fridays activities have been canceled for this evening, including performances by the Studebaker Drivers Club Band and The Valleyaires, our Downtown South Bend Architectural Walking Tour, and the Chicory Shrimp Boil. Canceled events are highlighted in blue below.

There is still plenty of fun to be had downtown for May First Fridays, with indoor activities at the South Bend Museum of Art, live music at Fiddler's Hearth, a comedy show at The Drop Comedy Club, DJ Outlaw at Aloft, plus food and drink specials.

Check out all the May First Fridays details below!



Michigan Street will be closed from Washington St. to Wayne St. between 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Temporary closures will also occur during the Studebaker Procession on Wayne/Jefferson and MLK Blvd. between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., with police staggering the procession to allow traffic to pass through occasionally. Expect delays.


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 & Activities

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Studebaker Procession and Car Show

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

313 S. Michigan St.

The Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet will be bringing Studebakers back to their South Bend home, coming from all over the world.  A procession of approximately 100 Studebaker cars will make their way onto Michigan Street for a giant Studebaker Car Show spanning two blocks! The SDC International Meet comes to South Bend every five years and is always a sight to behold. Cars will process onto Michigan Street at 5:30 p.m. and will be on display from Washington St. to Wayne St. until approximately 8:30 p.m.

First Fridays Entertainment by the Studebaker Drivers Club Band & The Valleyaires Barbershop Quartets

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Studebaker Drivers Club Band will be performing in under the State Theater marquee from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. , and The Valleyaires will also be providing entertainment.

The “Go Figure!” men’s Quartet can be found strolling Michigan Street after 6:15 p.m., and two of them will be joined by their wives for a mixed quartet called "Figured it Out" for a performance at 7:15 pm. at Studebaker Plaza; they will perform a 10-song set for 30 minutes.  

Chicory Cafe will also have beer and wine for sale in Studebaker Plaza. Admission is free.

1st Source Bank Lounge 

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

Studebaker Plaza

Visit the 1st Source Bank Lounge in Studebaker Plaza for games and giveaways this First Fridays. They will also have Studebaker coloring pages. We welcome 1st Source Bank as the new presenting sponsor for First Fridays!

Guided Architectural Walking Tours of Downtown

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

101 N. Michigan St.

Enjoy a fun and informative guided walking tour of South Bend landmark buildings, exploring their history and present day use.

The tours cover over twenty historical buildings and more than a half-dozen city blocks in the heart of downtown South Bend. Tours are $5 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. 

See the Artwork & Meet the Artists

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The South Bend Museum of Art has been connecting community and people to art for 75 years. SBMA is open late until 8:00 p.m. on First Fridays. This month they are hosting a free, public reception to celebrate with local artists whose work is featured in Around the Bend, a Warner Gallery exhibition showcasing the talent of this region's artist community; Eli Kahn, whose immersive audio and visual presentation of How Are You? No, Really…How Are You? is on exhibit in the Art League Gallery; and the students of the 2021 College Residency Exhibition. Come meet the artists and enjoy a short live performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. by local artist and musician Eli Khan. Visit the SBMA website.

Live @ ALoft with DJ Outlaw

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

111 N. Main St.

Live @ Aloft in the WXYZ bar will feature DJ Outlaw playing your favorite tunes on March 6th.  Live @ Aloft features local artists, groups or DJs playing music every Friday from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the WXYZ lounge. 

They WXYZ bar also has "Cocktails for a Cause" with $1 from every cocktail sold donated to their featured charity of the month. This month's featured charity is the Boys and Girls Club. Please stop by to hear some tunes, play some pool and help Aloft give back to the Boys and Girls Club. 


​ Also take advantage of their First Fridays special - buy 1 flatbread pizza and get a 2nd flatbread pizza at 1/2 off.

Studebaker Scavenger Hunt at SJCPL

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

304 S. Main St.

The St Joe County Public Library will host a Studebaker Scavenger Hunt in their Children's Area between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. this First Fridays! The prize for completing the scavenger hunt is a car sticker and a Studebaker window cling. They will also have a Studebaker book display in their  Local and Family History Department.

Ribbon Cutting for The Cellar Wine Bar & Kitchen

4:00 p.m.

702 E. Jefferson Blvd.

The Cellar Wine Bar & Kitchen will have their official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this First Fridays at 4:00 p.m.

Wakefire at Fiddler’s Hearth

8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
127 N. Main St.

Enjoy free live music at Fiddler’s Hearth by Wakefire out of Ann Arbor from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. this First Fridays!

Farai Gotora and Rachel Hall Co-Headline at The Drop Comedy Club

9:00 p.m. 

111 N. Main St.

Welcome to one of our newest First Fridays participants - The Drop Comedy Club! In case you didn't hear, they relocated to the Aloft Hotel and feature amazing comedy shows every Friday and Saturday night! This First Fridays they will have co-headliners Farai Gotora and Rachel Hall. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here.  DTSB will be having a contest on their Facebook page for a pair of free tickets!

Ticket Giveaway Contest for AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN

5:00 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN comes to the Morris Performing Arts Center June 3-5, and now is your chance to win a pair of tickets to the opening night show!

The giveaway opens at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday evening. Click here for the entry link.

Food, Drink & Retail Specials

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Shrimp Boil at Chicory Cafe

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

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Chicory Cafe will be having another one of its famous shrimp boils this First Fridays! Each $21 order will receive gulf shrimp (boiled right in front of you), potatoes, corn on the cob, andouille sausage, and garlic butter. Enjoy it there or take it to go! You can also pre-order this Shrimp Boil thru Dine In Delivery and get it delivered!
While supplies last.

Dessert Special at Fiddler’s Hearth

5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
127 N. Main St.

Chef Kaitlyn will be creating a special Drive-In Diner-themed dessert this First Fridays.

Studebaker Brewing Co. Pop-up at PEGGS

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

127 S. Michigan St.

Studebaker Brewing Co. will have a pop-up inside of PEGGS this First Fridays, featuring Studebaker Brewing Co. craft beer, appetizers, and retail merchandise. Come enjoy some "Hops & History" at PEGGS during the Studebaker Cruise-in.

Friday BBQ at Mikarri's Bistro

noon to 9:00 p.m.

401 E. Colfax Ave.

Welcome to one of our newest First Fridays participant - Mikarri's Bistro! They are located inside the Commerce Center and serve breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They will have special evening hours this First Fridays until 9:00 p.m. and will be featuring BBQ menu items.

$1 off Cocktails at Java Cafe

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

201 S. Main St.

Welcome to one of our newest First Fridays participants - Java Cafe! They recently released their cocktail menu and will have extended hours for First Fridays, staying open until 8:00 p.m. They will also be offering $1 off their cocktails this First Fridays.

Friends of the Library Book Sale 

12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
333 S. Michigan St.

 Enjoy amazing bargains on books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and more for both kids and adults at The Friends of the Library Book Sale from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

TakeOut 25 Downtown South Bend
Join the TakeOut 25 Downtown South Bend Facebook Group to discover new dishes and restaurants downtown. We encourage you to join the group post pictures of your downtown carryout and in-person dining experiences.



NOTE: First Fridays drink specials are available for anyone 21+ throughout the day on First Fridays, for the operating hours of participating businesses. 




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 $15

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.

16 oz. Hurricanes and Blue Raspberry Long Islands for $5​

Dellstar VR

207 W. Colfax Ave.

50% off on online booking all day

Ironhand WIne Bar

1025 Northside Blvd.

Live music, 20% off bottles of MI Cabernet Franc​

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.

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.




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