November 6, 2020

2019 information listed below. 2020 coming soon!

November First Fridays theme is "YESvember" and we are encouraging people to say “yes” to something new! We have created a menu of experiences and opportunities for you to say "yes" to, including saying  "yes" to fitness at the Beacon Health & Fitness FREE Fitness Fest Friday, saying "yes" to trying something zany like bubble soccer, or saying "yes" to saving lives by giving blood at the Bloodmobile. See the full menu of opportunities below!

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.

YESvember Opportunities

We have created a menu of experiences and opportunities for you to say "yes" to, ranging from charitable causes, to personal development, and unique eats to zany fun! 

Adventurous Challenges & Zany Fun

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

The Gridiron

Wear an inflatable ball and bounce into others as you attempt to play soccer (pictured above; free.)

Inflatable Hamster Wheel

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

The Gridiron

Try out a giant inflatable "hamster wheel" for human! (Free)

Inflatable Soccer Darts

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

The Gridiron

Kick a soccer ball into an inflatable dart board to try and get the bullseye! (Free)

Self-Improvement/New Skills

Fitness Fest Friday

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

111 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Say "yes" to moving and getting healthy, by attending the Fitness Fest Friday at Beacon Health & Fitness. This free event is a great chance for you to check out this downtown fitness facility, and to try out some of their classes! (Must be 13+ years old to participate.) The Fitness Fest Friday schedule is as follows:


5:00 p.m. to 5: 45 p.m. - WATERinMOTION®

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - BODYPUMP™

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Latin Cardio Dance Party!

Plus take advantage of chair massages from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and stick around for a drawing at 8:00 p.m. where you could win some awesome prizes like:

2-week membership ($160 Value)

30 minute personal training session ($60 value)

Beacon swag

(Must be present to win)

Wheel Throwing at The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery 

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

217 S. Michigan St.

Have you always wanted to try using a potter's wheel? This Friday you will get your opportunity! The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery will be offering up 10 minute wheel throwing sessions which include instructions and clay for just $10. You may have your masterpiece fired and glazed for an additional fee.

Energy Therapy Session at the Vibrance Center

4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

224 W Jefferson, Suite 202

Say "yes" to trying something new at the Vibrance Center, where they will be offering five to fifteen minute sessions of stress melting, soothing energy therapy with the Vibrance Center’s Energy Therapists. No charge but donations are always welcome!

Treat Yourself at Therapeutic Indulgence

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

903 E. Jefferson Blvd. 

Say "yes" to self care! Buy a Spa in a Jar for $12 at Therapeutic Indulgence and receive 10% off your next visit.

Charitable Causes

Blood Drive

4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Jefferson Blvd. (by I Heart SB Statue)

Say "yes" to donating blood and saving lives this First Fridays! The South Bend Medical Foundation will have its Bloodmobile parked on Jefferson (by I Heart SB Statue) from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  

This will also kick off their giveaway of turkey vouchers from Martins to blood donors all month long! To sign up, click here or call 574-204-4131. Advanced registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. 

Flavor Stops


Flavor Stops offer First Fridays guests the chance to say "yes" to trying new restaurants and some unique food items. Participating restaurants will have a "Flavor Stop" sign in front of their business, and will be offering small plates for small prices. You're encouraged to do a progressive dinner throughout downtown, sampling new cuisine at each stop!


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

713 E. Jefferson

Blazin' Cajun fish sandwich, fries, and slaw for $4.99

Ben's Pretzels

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

122 S. Michigan St.

$2 pretzels (not including dip)

Center Stage Pizza

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

428 Lincoln Way West

S'mores Pizza - $2/slice

Chicory Cafe

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

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

$5 combo plate with red beans and rice, andouille mac and cheese, and beignets

Edible Arrangements

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

123 S. Michigan St.

$4 flavor pack - regular smoothie of your choice plus two pieces of dipped fruit

LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern

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

115 W. Colfax Ave.

Albacore tuna & toast - $5

Purple Porch Co-op

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

123 N. Hill St. 

Equal Exchange chocolate bars - 2 for $5

South Bend Chocolate Cafe

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

122 S. Michigan St.

$5 combo plate with an open-face pulled pork with BBQ sauce on a mini pretzel bun, mini soup, and a pumpkin pretzel


5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

105 E. Jefferson Blvd. (located on Michigan, by Jimmy Johns)

$5 caprese-stuffed avocado

Specials on Retail & Services

Leaves of Fall Plate Class at The Pigeon & The Hen 

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

217 S. Michigan St.

Want to impress friends and family during the holidays with your amazing artistic skills? Come learn how to paint a cute plate with tons of leaves at The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery! All materials and step-by-step instruction provided in this one-hour class.

Free Leggings at Ali on the Boulevard

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

722 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Spend $50 at Ali on the Boulevard this First Fridays and receive a free pair of fleece leggings. 


25% off Cookbooks at Idle Hours Bookshop

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

212 S. Michigan St.

Take an extra 25% off cookbooks at Idle Hours Bookshop - just in time for holiday cooking!


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.

Entertainment & Activities

Coloring Contest at South Bend Chocolate Cafe

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
122 S. Michigan St.

The South Bend Chocolate Cafe will host a coloring contest from 5:30 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 6. 

Laura Whidden will also 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 $20 any crunch/pretzel combo.

DeDe Adler at Chicory Cafe

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

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

DeDe Adler will be performing a free concert at Chicory Cafe from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Also take advantage of their First Friday specials: 5 oz. gelato cup for $3, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $5.

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!

Brick House Burlesque at Vegetable Buddies

9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

129 N. Michigan St.

Brick House Burlesque presents Bio Rhythm: Spirit of the Wild at Vegetable Buddies this First Fridays. Tickets range from $15-$30; 21+ only.

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 Food & Drinks

Cider Bar at NDFCU

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

210 S. Michigan St.

Notre Dame Federal Credit Union will have a free hot cider bar from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Tasting at City Wide

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

504 E. LaSalle Ave.

CityWide Liquors will be doing a free tasting event of Clos du Val from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup at South Bend Brew Werks

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

216 S. Michigan St.

South Bend Brew Werks will be featuring their chicken pot pie soup this First Fridays, and releasing a new beer of the month.

YesMember at Purple Porch Co-op

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

123 N. Hill St. 

Anyone who becomes a full member-owner at Purple Porch Co-op during this First Fridays will get $20 credited to their account.

Special Dinner Hours at PEGGS

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

127 S. Michigan St.

PEGGS will be open for special dinner hours this 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, 5 oz. gelato cup for $3, 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.

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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