FOOTBALL FRIDAYS

November 4, 2022

2021 November First Fridays event info appears below.

2022 event info will be coming soon!

This is a two-in-one event! We're combining First Fridays with Football Fridays!

Football Fridays is a FREE family-friendly tailgate party on the Gridiron which takes place the Fridays before each Notre Dame home football game, with live music, a cash bar, yard games, and a physically-distanced seating area to enjoy downtown carryout!

The public is encouraged to wear their ND apparel, grab carryout from a downtown eatery and enjoy it at a special physically-distanced seating area that will be set up on the Gridiron. The November 5 Football Fridays event will feature live by The Erly from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and a cash bar provided by the Courtyard by Marriott South Bend Downtown.

We also have one more walking tour for 2021 - of the historic West Washington District, a coloring contest at South Bend Chocolate Cafe, and more!

Check out all the details below!

FREE PARKING

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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Football Fridays

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

The Gridiron

Football Fridays is a FREE family-friendly tailgate party on the Gridiron which takes place the Fridays before each Notre Dame home football game, with live music, a cash bar, yard games, food vendors, and a physically-distanced seating area to enjoy downtown carryout!

Football Fridays is hosted by the Courtyard by Marriott South Bend Downtown, in partnership with Downtown South Bend, Inc. and Visit South Bend Mishawaka.

The public is encouraged to wear their ND apparel, grab carryout from a downtown eatery or from a food vendor (this week's featured food vendor will be Land & Sea Catering - located in the parking lot by the Gridiron), and enjoy it at a special physically-distanced seating area that will be set up on the Gridiron. This Football Fridays event will feature live music by The Erly from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and a cash bar provided by the Courtyard by Marriott South Bend Downtown.

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Tables and chairs will be cleaned by DTSB Ambassadors throughout the event, and hand sanitizer will be available. We will be following CDC Guidelines on mask usage: vaccinated participants will not be required to wear a mask, but mask usage will be recommended for non-vaccinated participants.

Guided Walking Tour of Historic West Washington District 

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
302 W. Washington St.


We're switching up our normal historic walking tour that takes place during the summer First Fridays. This time we're touring the beautiful West Washington Street area, a National Register District showcasing an exemplary and eclectic blend of architectural styles and structures. Once home to influential citizens, titans of industry, civic leaders, and other prominent families; West Washington Street is now replete with businesses and residents that value and preserve the fine architectural legacy left in their care by those that preceded them.

Tour guide Steve Szaday with the City of South Bend, in conjunction with Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph County, will lead the evening tours. Cost for these 90-minute tours are just $5/person (cash only.) Reservations can be made by clicking here or by calling 574-282-1110. This tour will meet at 6:00 p.m. at the historic Ambassadors for Christ Church, 302 W. Washington St. (the southwest corner of Washington and Lafayette.)

We will be following CDC Guidelines on mask usage: vaccinated participants will not be required to wear a mask, but mask usage will be recommended for non-vaccinated participants.

Coloring Contest at South Bend Chocolate Cafe

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


The South Bend Chocolate Cafe will host a coloring contest from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All supplies will be provided. The entries will be displayed in the hallway throughout November for public voting, and the winner will get the chance to help Santa light the Christmas Tree at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 3. 

Axe Throwing

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

The Gridiron

Generations Adventureplex will be bringing their mobile axe-throwing trailer to the Football Fridays event this First Fridays! It will be located in the parking lot west of the Gridiron. Cost is $5/person and they will have prizes. Waivers will have to be signed before guests can participate and the participating guests must be over the age of 13 with adult supervision if they are under 18 years old.

BOGO at Dellstar VR

Noon to 10:00 p.m.

207 W. Colfax Ave.

Welcome to our newest First Fridays participant - Dellstar VR! They recently opened up on Colfax just west of Main and offer virtual reality gaming experiences for ages 10 and up, including birthday party packages. Check them out on First Fridays and take advantage of their Buy One Get One Free session offer!

DTSB Fall Photo Op

217 S. Michigan St.

DTSB has set up a Fall Photo Op with hay bales, mums, pumpkins and corn stalks right outside their offices at 217 S. Michigan. The photo area will remain up through November 6th. Take some fun photos and post them using #DTSBFallFun. Special thanks to Matthys Farm Market for helping supply the fall items!

Meet South Bend Alive Grantees

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

Key Bank Plaza

The IMPower Center and South Bend Community Initiatives will be featuring the "Alive & Free" Grantees in Key Bank Plaza. The South Bend Alive grant program is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to reduce incidents of gun violence in the community and provide constructive initiatives for South Bend’s young people. The program, managed by the Office of Community Initiatives, focuses on funding community-based initiatives that provide mentorship for young people, help connect youth with employment training and opportunities, and conduct community outreach and youth engagement activities.

SPONSORS

 Retail Specials

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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 back open!  Enjoy amazing bargains on books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and more for both kids and adults from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Stocking Stuffer Sale

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

212 S. Michigan St.

Idle Hours Bookshop will have a Stocking Stuffer Sale this First Fridays! Fill a bag (provided) with paperbacks for only $5!

Holiday Pottery Release Party

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

217 S. Michigan St.

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery have their holiday inventory in stock and invite you to get a jump start on your holiday painting before it's too late! They will be open extended hours this First Fridays until 8:00 p.m. to give you a chance to get a head start. Just FYI _ their Thanksgiving firing deadline is November 14th and their Christmas firing deadline December 12th.

Reservations are required and the last reservation is at 6:45 p.m. Make your reservation by clicking here.

TakeOut 25 Downtown South Bend

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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.  

Plus...

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Baker’s Bar & Grill

123 N. St. Joseph St. 
Buy one appetizer, get one 50% off.

Barnaby’s

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.

Bruno’s

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

Chicory Cafe

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.
$1 .50 scoops of gelato and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $5

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.

20% off bottles of Henri 

South Bend Chocolate Cafe

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

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.

$5 IPA beer special

PRESENTED BY

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ADDITIONAL SPONSORS

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