October 2, 2020

2019 information listed below. 2020 coming soon!

Downtown South Bend will be celebrating fall with this Downtown Oktoberfest theme. Throw on your lederhosen and come downtown for pumpkin-spiced food and drinks, Pumpkin Palooza at South Bend Chocolate Cafe, horse-drawn haywagon rides from Dream Coach Carriages, Purple Porch's 4th annual Oktoberfest Celebration, and an Autumn Social at Therapeutic Indulgence.

Over the Edge will be back downtown for its third year of raising funds for Youth Service Bureau, the South Bend Museum of Art will be hosting their annual Artist Mixer, and we will have the last architectural walking tour of 2019 - of the West Washington Historic District.

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

Oktoberfest at Purple Porch Co-op

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

123 N. Hill St.

Purple Porch Co-op's Oktoberfest Celebration is back for a fourth year! This annual celebration of autumn will have local German food, local beer by South Bend Brew Werks, and Polka Music by the Will Smaka Band. This a family-friendly event and open to all, with no cover charge. The menu will include brats, kraut, German potato salad, and apple kuchen.

Pumpkin Palooza at South Bend Chocolate Cafe

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

122 S. Michigan St.

The first 200 visitors to the South Bend Chocolate Cafe this First Fridays will receive a free pumpkin to carve, with the donation of a non-perishable food donation or $1 to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Carving tools and table space will be available. 50 small pumpkins will also be available for the younger kids to decorate.

Carved pumpkins can be taken home, or left to be displayed on Michigan Street that evening as luminaries, and will be available to take home after that. Also check out free live music by Laura Whidden from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., try out their fall beverage specials, and take advantage of their First Fridays special: 2 for $20 any crunch/pretzel combo. Ben's Pretzels (located inside the Chocolate Cafe) will also be offering a First Fridays special: 3 pretzels for $10 (not including sauce.)

Horse-drawn Haywagon Rides

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

by Purple Porch

Get in the fall spirit by taking a horse-drawn hay wagon ride from Dream Coach Carriages. These 15-minute rides through the East Bank Village are just $3 per person, excluding infants.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Pick up and drop off takes place right outside Purple Porch Co-op, and tickets go on sale shortly before 6:00 p.m. Don’t forget your camera! Stay up to date on all horse-drawn events by liking Dream Coach Carriages on Facebook.  

Over the Edge 

Studebaker Plaza

2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Over the Edge is a fundraiser for Youth Service Bureau in which amazing people sign up to raise $1,000 or more to help homeless youth in our community. Each participant who reaches this goal will have the opportunity to rappel down the side of the Robertson's Building this first Fridays. Click here to donate.

Come out and watch these "Edgers" scale down the building. DTSB"s very own Milt Lee and Kylie Carter will be among those rappelling. There will be live music by the Justin Staublin Band from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., a kids' area, and lots of fun things to do. A viewing area will also be set in Key Bank Plaza with a beer garden and German food from Weiss' Gasthaus.

Guided Walking Tour of Historic West Washington District - SOLD OUT

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.

As a special treat, we will be going inside one of the renovated units at the new South Bend Heritage Gemini Apartments and gaining some information on the rehabilitation process for that project.

Tours are given by the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend & St. Joseph County. Cost for these 90-minute tours are just $4/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.) This will be the last tour for 2019.


Artist Mixer 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's Artist Mixer is BYOB - Bring Your Own Beamer. BYOB is a series of one-night exhibitions curated by different people around the world. The first BYOB was organized by Anne de Vries & Rafaël Rozendaal in Berlin in 2010.

Enjoy special music, art, and a dance performance. From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Eli Kahn & Krista Hoefle will bring a music and visual art performance with a special light installation by Giiivens and a live dance composition performed by New Industry Dance. 

Artists are also invited to bring their own projector and project their artwork in the Warner Gallery. There will also be an art exchange, and the 2019 SBMA ArtSlam! competition artworks will be unveiled. For full details, click here.

Community Art Project

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

Studebaker Plaza

We still have some finishing touches to put on the 2019 Art Beat Community Art Project, so we're bringing it to the Over the Edge event at Studebaker Plaza this First Fridays for the public to help us complete it.The project features artwork designed on inflatable sky dancers using fabric markers. The completed projects will be brought to sky dance at future DTSB events. Come add your creative touch! It's free to participate in, and is open to all ages and skill levels.

Free Vision Screenings

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

By Studebaker Plaza

Boling Vision Center will be providing FREE vision screenings for all on their mobile vision clinic! No insurance required! They will be parked on Jefferson by Studebaker Plaza

Courageous Spirit Party at Spirited

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

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

Join Spirited this First Fridays  for the Courageous Spirit Party supporting YSB and Over the Edge to end youth homelessness. Learn how to make one of a kind mixed drinks all while supporting a great cause! Space is limited; email to reserve your spot today. $50/per person donation to YSB and class cost.

Paul Decker at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern

9:00 p.m. to Midnight

115 W. Colfax Ave.

Enjoy a free performance by Paul Decker at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern.

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!

Elephant Rescue at Vegetable Buddies

9:00 p.m. to midnight

129 N. Michigan St.

Vegetable Buddies is excited to welcome back Elephant Rescue: a very unique band that brings a taste of New Orleans, Chicago and everything in between. This event will also be a birthday bash for Dave Dale, and a fundraiser for musicians healthcare. Come on out and party and also support a great cause! Doors open at 5:00 p.m. $10 cover, 21+ or with an adult.

Live Music at Chicory Cafe

8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Chris Robison will be performing a free concert at Chicory Cafe from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Also take advantage of their First Friday specials: 5 oz. gelato cup for $3, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $5.

Idle Hours Author Signing

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

212 S. Michigan St.

Meet Author David Kobb and get your book signed! Plus, purchase one of his three terrifying novels for children: Terrifying Tales, More Terrifying Tales, and Even More Terrifying Tales. Don't be scared there will be snacks. 

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.)

Tour the Golden Roamer: Mobile Visitor Center

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

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 Studebaker Plaza and you are invited to go inside and explore.

Specials on Retail & Services

Boujee Pumpkin Painting at The Pigeon & The Hen

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

217 S. Michigan St.

Grab a friend and visit The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery  to paint and decorate your own fancy white pumpkin. Participants are encouraged to bring their creative ideas. They will have templates, paints, glitter and other supplies available to help you create your own fancy pumpkin. One small white pumpkin per participant for $15. Purchase tickets online by clicking here, or walks ins are welcome.

Bubbles & Bones at The Pigeon & The Hen

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

217 S. Michigan St.

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery will have a second event this First Fridays! Bubbles & Bones is a chance to get into the Halloween Spirit by painting witches, cauldrons, pumpkins, bats, black cats, skulls, and more. They will be casting a pottery painting spell with special techniques like bubble glaze, lace, crackle glaze, and pumpkin spice glaze to make the projects come to life! All ages are welcome. Cost of projects range from $15-$40 and includes materials and firing.

Autumn Social at Therapeutic Indulgence

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

903 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Visit Therapeutic Indulgence their second annual Autumn Social. They will have Mini Services available from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with pumpkin painting on the patio from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and light refreshments in the basement throughout the event. Mini services will be available for pre-registration from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  with walk-in times available from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pumpkins will be available for painting in a variety of sizes supplies last. Cost for Mini Services is $15-$20. Cost for pumpkins will vary by size $5-$10.

Ali on the Boulevard Giveaway!

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

722 E. Jefferson Blvd.

This Friday and Saturday visit Ali on the Boulevard and for every $25 spent in stores you will be entered into a special drawing to win $100 Fragrance Gift Basket. There will be one winner Friday and another on Saturday!

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

Chicory Beer Garden & Over the Edge Viewing Area

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

Key Bank Plaza

Chicory Café will be having a beer garden in Key Bank Plaza to serve as a viewing area for Over the Edge. This all ages area will have picnic tables, corn hole, German food from Weiss’ Gasthaus, and will feature Michelob Ultra and Spaten Oktoberfest beers. No cover.

Center Stage Pizza

428 Lincoln Way W.

12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Welcome to one of our newest First Fridays participants! Center Stage Pizza will have a First Fridays special of one 16” 1 - topping pizza for $13 or $5 off their Taco Pizza.

20% off Special at Ironhand Wine Bar

3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

1025 Northside Blvd.

Ironhand Wine Bar will feature 20% off bottles of Henri & Madeleine this First Fridays.

Beer & Brats at L Street Kitchen

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

131 S. Lafayette Blvd.

L Street Kitchen will be open for special dinner hours and will feature beer and brats in addition to their regular menu.

Apple "Donuts" at Edible Arrangements

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

123 S. Michigan St.

Edible Arrangements will be featuring their apple "donuts" decorated like pumpkins for $1, and will also have whole caramel/chocolate apples for $7.99 and salted caramel apple cones BOGO. Plus, they will have their ongoing First Fridays special - 1/2 priced boxes and $1.99 small strawberry/pineapple smoothie. 


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 $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

Ironhand WIne Bar

1025 Northside Blvd.

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 


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