On the first Friday of each month of the year, Downtown South Bend hosts “First Fridays.” Residents and visitors fill the streets of downtown for live music, movies and other entertainment. Explore South Bend for activities, artist receptions, festivities, and 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 even has a special theme to make the celebration more festive and enjoyable for all.
2017 FIRST FRIDAYS
January 6: WINTER WONDERLAND – A celebration of winter, with a snowman building contest and more!
February 3: FIRE AND ICE – Fireworks, ice carvings, winter restaurant week and potentially bonfires.
March 3: DOWNTOWN CURIOSITIES – A celebration of being “weird” and unique, with street performers and encouraging attendees to come in fun costumes, wigs and makeup.
April 7: FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME – A chance for all sports fans to show their team devotion, with a heavy emphasis on the hometown Cubs…
May 5: STUDEBAKER HOMECOMING – The International Meet of the Studebaker Drivers Club, with a cruise-in lining Michigan Street.
June 2: KIDS NIGHT OUT – Downtown will be filled with kids activities, including face painters, wagon rides, ROC Ur Body, Family Fun Walk, and more.
July 7: AROUND THE WORLD – Celebrating cultural diversity; taste international dishes and shop at local retailers for global goods.
August 4: ARTS ALIVE – An Art Beat preview, with Art Walk and some of the Art Beat performing artists giving a preview of this year’s entertainment.
September 1: DOG DAYS OF SUMMER – Local rescue groups and animal organizations will have booths.
October 6: DOWNTOWN OKTOBERFEST – A celebration of Autumn, with pumpkin carving, autumn specials and the second annual Purple Porch Oktoberfest Celebration.
November 3: TASTE OF THE TOWN – Restaurants will offer small plates at small prices (Flavor Stops) and a chili cook-off will be taking place as well.
December 1: DOWNTOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Santa’s grand arrival to downtown, with a tree lighting ceremony, fireworks, and the opening of Santa’s workshop.