October 7, 2022

2021 October First Fridays event info appears below.

2022 event info will be coming soon!

 Downtown South Bend will be celebrating fall with this Downtown Oktoberfest theme, closing down the 200 block of S. Michigan St. again for physically-distanced seating areas, vendors, German food from Weiss' Gasthaus, a beer garden, a fall photo op, and live music by The Erly.

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

Football Fridays will also be taking place this First Fridays with a free community tailgate on the Gridiron with a concert by Ultrafab, Pumpkin Palooza is back at South Bend Chocolate Cafe, Fiddler's Heath will be celebrating their 19th anniversary with a Shamrock-toberfest, and more! Check out all the details below!



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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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 Block Party on Michigan Street

2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

200 Block of South Michigan Street


DTSB will be repeating the Michigan Street Block Party and closing down the 200 block of S. 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 a physically-distanced seating area in the street with beer from Chicory, German food from Weiss' Gasthaus, vendors, Studebaker cars, a concert by The Erly from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., an Over the Edge viewing area, and more! The seating areas will be open to people of all ages, and will be located in the south end of the block.

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.

Football Fridays

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 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 by Ultrafab from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and a cash bar provided by the Courtyard by Marriott South Bend Downtown.

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.

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 take advantage of their First Fridays special: 2 for $20 any crunch/pretzel combo. 

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!

Guided Architectural Walking Tours of Downtown - OCTOBER TOUR FULL

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. NOTE - the October tour is now full but we have added a November tour of the West Washington District and space is still available. Use the same reservation link listed below.

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. 

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.

Camp Baccchanal: Artists' Mixer 2021

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

120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The South Bend Museum of Art  presents an evening focused on celebrating the arts and creating community! Join them for an open art exchange, libations, conversation, and dancing featuring pop-up performances by Ruby Jazayre and the Sisters of the Nile and an immersive fiber performance by Tara Lisciandro and special furry guest. Suggested age, 18+


Bring 1-3 artworks to trade (they can be print editions, multiples, or originals). When you arrive, pins and binder clips will be available to tack your work up on a designated wall. There will also be surfaces available to display 3D works. Before you leave, select a work or works to take home with you! Select one for each of the works you brought (if you brought 3, select 3!) Be sure to sign your artwork(s) so the lucky person who selects it at the end of the night will know who created it!

Michigan Street Vendors

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

S. Michigan St.

  • U93

  • PHP

  • Weiss' Gasthaus

  • Lashonda's Soul Food Cafe

  • Face Painting by Samara

  • Let's Spoon

  • Divine Gems by Lady J

  • South Bend Alive

  • Beauty Hive

  • River Valley Farmer's Market


  • A-List Accessories

  • Mixxture Beauty

  • BluEnvy


  • SJC Democratic Party

  • IU South Bend

  • Cub Scouts

  • Gracias Dios

  • Dee and Crystal Crafts

  • Powerhome Solar

  • Tracy and Doris

Studebaker Car Show

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

200 Block of South Michigan Street

The Studebaker Drivers Club will have their cars on display this First Fridays on Michigan Street near CJ's from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

First Fridays Latin Dance

7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Howard Park

South Bend Latin Dance will be hosting an outdoor Latin Dance this First Fridays at the Howard Park ice rink area. They will be slowing it down this time, featuring feature more bachata/kizomba and salsa romantic so they can groove more easily on the concrete.

Cost is $5. A Beginners' lesson will take place at 7:30 p.m. with open dancing to follow. All ages, all levels - no partner or dance experience required. 

Oktoberfest Celebration with DJ Chuck Fry at Ironhand

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

1025 Northside Blvd.

Celebrate Oktoberfest, Ironhand style! They will be celebrating all things German with Upland's Oktoberfest, Riesling and Gruner Veltliner. They'll also have giant Bavarian pretzels and a German small plate so you can feel like you're right in Munich. DJ Chuck Fry will be playing some funky house music (even some German tunes!)  Lederhosen encouraged!

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.

Specials on Retail & Dining

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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.

Shamrock-toberfest 19th Anniversary at Fiddler's Hearth

5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

127 N. Main St.

October 1st marks the 19 year anniversary for Fiddler's Hearth in downtown South Bend! To celebrate, there will be food & drink specials including shamrock sundaes and pratie oaten (potato & oat cake) with bangers. Plus Kennedy's Kitchen will be rocking the pub from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.!

Crab & Shrimp Feast at Chicory

Pre-order by Friday at 10:00 a.m.

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Chicory Cafe will be offering a crab & shrimp feast for two carry out. Pre-order is required (prior to 10:00 a.m. Friday) Each dinner will include a pound of snow crab, twelve gulf shrimp, four pieces of Andouille sausage, two pieces of corn on the cob, eight seasoned potatoes, garlic butter, mini Tabasco bottle, and a crab shell cracker tool. This dinner will be $55.99 per order. The food will be hot on pick up 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Chicory on Friday. Pre-order by calling  574-234-1141 or by clicking here

Food Truck Philanthropy at Barnes & Thornburg

11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

201 S. Main St.

Dine for a good cause with Barnes & Thornburg's Food Truck Philanthropy event. This time around the food truck will be Junbuggies, serving authentic Mexican food, and proceeds will go to benefit Youth Service Bureau.

First Fridays Specials at The Aloft

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

111 N. Main St.

Aloft South Bend will be featuring live music with DJ Outlaw this First Fridays, plus a Pumpkin Kiss Martini for $10 and a chef's special of BBQ rib tips & fries for $14.

Clearance Book Sale at Idle Hours Bookshop

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

212 S. Michigan St.

Idle Hours Bookshop will have a clearance book sale outside for this First Fridays. Stop by and see what treasures you might find!

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.

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.  



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 $22 plus tax.


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

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.

$1.50 scoops of gelato 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

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




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