October 1, 2021

2020 October First Fridays information appears below. 2021 information coming soon!

 Downtown South Bend will be celebrating fall with this Downtown Oktoberfest theme, and also closing down the 200 block of S. Michigan St. again for physically-distanced seating areas, beer gardens, live music by The Music Village Jammers, and a free comedy showcase by The Drop Comedy Club.

Over the Edge will be back downtown for its fourth year of raising funds for Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County, and one of the seating areas on Michigan Street will allow be a great spot to watch participants rappel off the Robertson's Building.​

There will also be pumpkin decorating, special fall-themed food and drinks, and the last architectural walking tour of 2020 - of the West Washington Historic District. 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

Entertainment & Activities

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 fearless philanthropists scale down the building. A physically-distanced viewing area will be set up on Michigan Street by Studebaker Plaza with a beer garden provided by Chicory Cafe

Oktoberfest Picnic on Michigan Street

2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

200 Block of South Michigan Street


DTSB will be repeating the picnic in the street that took place for the August and September First Fridays, and closing down a block of Michigan Street for physically-distanced dining areas and entertainment once again for the October First Fridays!

Grab some takeout from your favorite downtown eatery and head to the 200 block of S. Michigan St. (between Jefferson and Wayne) where we will have two physically-distanced seating areas in the street with beer gardens at both, plus live music, vendors, and more! The seating areas will be free and open to all ages. One seating area will be located by Studebaker Plaza and will serve as a viewing area for Over the Edge (this seating area will open at 2:00 p.m. when Over the Edge starts), and the other will in the street in front of South Bend Brew Werks.

Tables and chairs will be cleaned by DTSB Ambassadors throughout the event, and hand sanitizer will be available.  Masks will be required except during times guests are seated, eating, or drinking. 

Enjoy live music by The Music Village Jammers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., as they play a variety of songs including some polkas to get you in the Oktoberfest spirit. From 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. there will be a free Comedy Showcase presented by The Drop Comedy Club (note - content matter for the Comedy Showcase is best suited for mature audiences.)

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 for the month of October. Take some fun photos and post them using #DTSBFallFun. Special thanks to Matthys Farm Market for helping supply the fall items!

Pottery Painting in the Brew Werks Beer Garden

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

217 S. Michigan St.

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery will have a table of pottery items outside their shop that you can paint in the physically-distanced seating area/beer garden in the street between their store and South Bend Brew Werks. Customers will be able to paint pottery, enjoy a beer, and eat food from Brew Werks or carry-out food from other downtown eateries. The seating areas are family-friendly, and pottery items will be available for both children and adults.

Pumpkin Decorating at Dainty Maid Co.

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or while supplies last)

231 S. Michigan St.

Dainty Maid Co. - the new owners of the former Dainty Maid space - will have free mini pumpkin decorating beginning at 5:00 p.m. until supplies last (limited to the first 50 participants.) They will be providing the mini pumpkins, markers, and stickers. 

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.

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 2020.

Masks will be required and attendance will be limited to 25 people. Guests are asked to maintain physical distance during the tour as well.

Live Music at PEGGS

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

127 S. Michigan St.

PEGGS will have their dinner menu available starting at 4:00 p.m. and live music with Joe Andrews from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Drop Comedy Showcase

9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

200 Block of South Michigan Street

The Drop Comedy Club will be presenting a free Comedy Showcase in the seating area in the middle of the 200 block of South Michigan Street. The content matter is best suited for mature audiences. 

The lineup for the evening includes:

Maxwell Tidey 

Coming from an area just as confused as the rest of us (Michigan + Indiana = “Michiana”), Max Tidey projects his unique perspectives on anyone who is willing to listen. Having aspirations of being an entertainer for as long as he could remember, Max made his way to the nearest comedy club once he was of age. In two short years Max became one of the house managers at The Drop Comedy Club, and found himself working with touring comics from all over the country every weekend. Max produces several shows in South Bend and surrounding areas. Bringing fresh technicality to his writing and charming energy to the stage, Max stands up to comedy by being himself in the best and worst of ways.


Jason Laffoon

Jason is a comedian from South Bend. With a dry and sarcastic style, his personal and observational humor covers a range of topics most people can relate to.


Bryon Collins

Bryon is the co-founder of DIY comedy, and an active Midwest comic. His comedy longs for the days of America that maybe only exist in Norman Rockwell paintings. Whether taking on social media, politics, or everyday living, Bryon's humor is absurdist instead of harsh.


Genesis Easton

Genesis Easton started stand-up comedy in beautiful, historic South Bend at the best independent, comic-owned club in the USA -The Drop. Genesis ran her own monthly showcases, Above the B.S. and Prohibition Comedy, for two years while living life in the hellscape of Indiana. Genesis loathes writing bios but loves making audiences laugh. Her strengths include being confident as crap on stage, riffing her entire butt off, and being able to control the energy in the room. Genesis could be a better and more dedicated writer but the world is literally on fire and as a COVID-19 survivor, it's enough that she's alive.


Jack Lundorph

Transforming South Bend: First Fridays Innovation Conversations

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

Live-streamed here

For the past four years, the Center for a Sustainable Future has held a series of 8-12 weeks of individual talks in the Sustainability & Innovation Series. They are now being held on the First Fridays of each month, a perfect tie-in to DTSB First Fridays activities and great fuel for First Fridays conversations! 


Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, the Center will showcase incredible local sustainability and innovation leaders to share how and why they are working to transform South Bend and the greater region into an innovative and sustainable place.


The theme of the talks is “Seeing Systems,” which invites speakers to make and share connections between social justice, sustainability, community building, peace building efforts, and more.


Join in on First Friday Innovation Conversations each First Friday from noon to 12:30 p.m. Listen in and share comments and questions on YouTube to join the conversations every first Friday at noon from wherever you are that day!

First Fridays, 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 pm EST

  • October 2 "Six Steps to Success in Tech" by Shabbir Quitbuddin, Director, IT Sector Partnership, Ivy Tech Community College

  • November 6 “Sustainability, Education, Peace and Community Building with Solar” by Tyler Kanczuzewski, Vice President of Marketing and Sustainability, Inovateus Solar

  • December 4 “Spring at Small Farms” by Kay Westhues, artist, folklorist, and IU South Bend Sustainability Fellow

  • February 5 “The Ways We Use Urban Landscapes” by Dr. Deb Marr, IU South Bend

Specials on Retail & Services

Boujee Pumpkin Painting at The Pigeon & The Hen

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 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 $20. Purchase tickets online by clicking here, or walks ins are welcome.

Ali on the Boulevard Fashion Show Fundraiser for YSB

6:30 pm. to 8:00 p.m.

200 block of S. Michigan St.

The Ali on the Boulevard gals will be at the Oktoberfest Picnic areas on Michigan Street showing off their favorite fall trends. Head to the store the next day - Saturday, October 3 - to purchase these looks and they will be donating a portion of all sales that day to benefit Youth Service Bureau.

Oktoberfest at Therapeutic Indulgence

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

903 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Visit Therapeutic Indulgence  for an Oktoberfest event for all ages. They will have pumpkin painting and light refreshments downstairs, 20% off in-house retail products, and 15-minute mini services for $15 each. Mini services include mini massages, facials, and lip or brow waxing. Mini services are available by appointment only, and can be made by calling (574) 520-1664. Pumpkin painting is $5 for small pumpkins and $10 for medium ones.

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. To protect the community, the following safety measures will be in place: 

  • Masks will be required. 

  • Capacity is limited to ten people at a time, and their time will be limited to 30 minutes.

  • Be prepared to wait outside.

  • Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available to clean carts and baskets.


Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Bazaar

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

200 block of S. Michigan St.

Ten Thousand Villages in Mishawaka will be bringing a selection of their fair trade, hand-made products to the October First Fridays. They will be located near the State Theatre.

Food & Drink Specials

Fall Beers & First Fridays Burger at CJ's

11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

236 S. Michigan St.

CJ's Pub will be featuring a special First Fridays Burger - their Waffle Burger (pictured above) with chips for $9.99. They also have a special October Burger of the Month - a French Fry Burger with chips for $9.99. Additionally, they will be featuring some fall beers on tap - Spaten Oktoberfest and Yammy Yammy by Platform Beer Co.

Progressive Oktoberfest at Purple Porch Co-op

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

123 N. Hill St. and other locations

Purple Porch Co-op will have a progressive-style Oktoberfest Celebration this First Fridays. They are 

pre-selling their (vegan or meat) boxed grilled sausage meals for $11 online here  and they will also be available day-of for $13. They include house-made German potato salad and apple cake, along with kraut from Farming For Life, and delicious vegan sausages from Water & Wheat Cafe or grilled pork sausages from Jake's Country Meats.


The following businesses are partnering with Purple Porch's Progressive Oktoberfest Celebration: 

South Bend Brew Werks

216 S. Michigan St.

25% off all fills of Oktoberfest growlers and howlers

City-Wide Liquors 

504 E. LaSalle Ave.

mixed 6-pack of Oktoberfest sampler for $9.99

The Elder Bread

1302 High St.

soft German pretzels w/mustard

Violet Sky

1302 High St.

Oktoberfest themed truffles

Oktoberfest Ale and Chicken Pot Pie Stew at Brew Werks

4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

216 S. Michigan St.

South Bend Brew Werks is featuring two First Fridays specials this month! They are featuring 25% off growler and howlers fills of their October Beer of the Month - Oktoberfest Ale, benefiting Children's Dispensary -  and their Chicken Pot Pie Stew, served with home-made croutons, is back! 

Apple "Donuts" at Edible Arrangements

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 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. 

Pink Lemonade Pastries Pop-up

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

231 S. Michigan St.

Pink Lemonade Pastries is set to open in the former Dainty Maid space in the near future! Come get a preview this First Fridays at this sidewalk event in front of the building. The October First Fridays menu includes apple and salted caramel cake for $5 slice, 6 for $9 cookies (pb& j, chocolate chip, or pistachio honeycomb), mini pumpkin donuts 3 for $5, and 6-piece macaron boxes for $11.

Oktoberfest at Ironhand Vineyard

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

1025 Northside Blvd.

Ironhand Vineyard will be celebrating Oktoberfest with giant Bavarian pretzels, Upland Brewing Co. Oktoberfest lager, and Groovy Gruner and Riesling.



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 $19.69 plus tax.


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

Center Stage Pizza

428 Lincoln Way West

Get one 18" 1-topping pizza for $15

Chicory Cafe

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

$1 cookies (while supplies last), and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $6

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

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 


South Bend Orthopedic Logo.jpg
South Bend Cubs Logo.png
Foundation-Logo with tag (002).jpg
U93 Logo.png