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.

June 7 – Kids Night Out   

Kids can enjoy wagon rides, face painting, balloon art, roving mascots, a magic show, a petting zoo and entertainment by kids for kids. There’s plenty to do for adults too. Meet Me on the Island is slated for Island Park. Riverlights Music Festival will be going on as part of Best. Week. Ever. and there will also be a downtown architectural walking tour available. The night will be capped off by fireworks from the Jefferson Bridge around dusk.


Future First Fridays

July 7 – A Fair to Remember
Aug. 2 – Arts Alive
Sept. 6 – Dog Days of Summer
Oct. 4 – Downtown Oktoberfest
Nov. 4 – Yesvember
Dec. 6 – Holidays in Downtown