First Fridays in South Bend

Downtown South Bend hosts “First Fridays” on the first Friday of each month all year. Residents and visitors alike fill the streets for live music, movies and other entertainment.

It’s a great time to explore South Bend for activities and artist receptions. Often there are special one-night promotions at different shops, museums and restaurants. First Fridays are fun, family-friendly and free (or at a reduced admission rate). Each First Friday has a special theme, so be on the lookout for what’s coming next.

Keep scrolling for details on the upcoming First Fridays.

November 2 — Taste of the Town

Visitors can taste their way through a progressive dinner at different “flavor stops” throughout downtown. Each stop will have small plates for $5 or less. Ben’s Pretzels, Chicory Cafe, Edible Arrangements, South Bend Chocolate Cafe and Spirited plan to participate. South Bend Brew Werks, one of The Bend’s craft breweries, is releasing a new pumpkin-inspired beer that will be available for $5.

Chicory Cafe, South Bend Chocolate Cafe, LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern, Vegetable Buddies and Fiddler’s Hearth all plan to have live music. Kids can participate in a coloring contest at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe for a chance to help Santa light the downtown tree in December.

December 7 — Downtown for the Holidays

Santa makes his grand arrival in downtown. Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, fireworks and the opening of Santa’s workshop.