January First Fridays: Winter Wonderland

We are celebrating the good things about winter (yes - there are some!) at January's "Winter Wonderland"- themed First Fridays.

Come to downtown South Bend and try out some tasty hot beverages on the Coffee & Cocoa Crawl, cozy up to a fireplace at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe or Fiddler's Hearth, build a snowman on the Gridiron (weather permitting) or participate in a snowball fight. Enjoy winter a little before you get sick of it.

And of course there will be live music, shopping, dining, and lots more First Fridays fun. Check out all the details below.





Transpo will be offering FREE shuttle rides on one of their new CNG buses from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Transpo shuttle service will pass each stop every approximately every 15 minutes.  Click here for a map of the shuttle route. 

The shuttle service now has First Fridays Tour Guides! They will tell you all about the different activities and promotions that are taking place downtown at First Fridays, as well give general info about the downtown businesses, mixed with historical tidbits and fun facts. Grab a seat on the new First Fridays Transpo Tour, and enjoy the informative ride! 

Entertainment & Activities

Birthday Celebration at The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
217 S. Michigan St.

Co-owners Diana (The Pigeon) & Amy (The Hen) have back-to-back birthdays January 7th & 8th, so January is Birthday Month at The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery. Come celebrate with them this First Fridays, where they will have two cakes for sampling, special discounts (25% off Christmas items), and a class on making a New Year's Resolution Plate. Start the new year off right by designing a Resolution Plate which will bring luck, positive affirmations and a great start to the New Year. Reservations are required for this class, which will walk you through the project step by step and provide templates, know how, and snacks. For more details and to RSVP, click here.
Be sure to check out their storefront window when you are in downtown, as they were recently voted as the winners in the Downtown South Bend Holiday Window Display Contest.

Winter fun on the Gridiron

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Weather depending, we will either have a snowman build on the Gridiron, or if there is no snow, a snowball fight using fake snowballs from the South Bend Chocolate Cafe.

Opening Reception at Fire Arts

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
305 E. Colfax Ave.

Fire Arts, Inc. invites the public to an exhibit by ceramic artist and sculptor Beau Bilenki. His exhibit “Calling All Chickens Home,” will open January 6 and run through February 24, with an opening reception January 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In honor of 2017 being “the Year of the Rooster,” this show will feature his current feathered ceramic creations along with some who have found new homes but are coming ‘home’ for a visit.

Tours of the Historic Hoffman Hotel

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
120 W. LaSalle Ave. 

The Hoffman Hotel will offer free tours of their renovated historic apartment spaces and free refreshments. 

New Artwork on Display at South Bend Museum of Art

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
120 S. Saint Joseph St.

The South Bend Museum of Art will have all new artwork on display in their Carmichael and Rotunda galleries. Enjoy free refreshments will you view this new artwork from the SBMA Permanent Collection. Also be sure to check out the 2016 Student/Faculty Exhibition in the Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery, which ends this Sunday. Enjoy free admission to the South Bend Museum of Art this and every First Fridays, and check out unique gifts in the Dot Shop.

Kennedy's Kitchen at Fiddler's Hearth

9:00 p.m. to midnight
127 N. Main St.

Enjoy free live music at Fiddler's Hearth by local Irish band Kennedy's Kitchen from 9:00 p.m. to midnight every First Fridays!

Kevin Scott Joiner at South Bend Chocolate Cafe

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
122 S. Michigan St.

Kevin Scott Joiner will be performing a free concert at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Also check out their selection of holiday drinks, enjoy 30% off holiday inventory, and take advantage of their First Fridays special: 2 for $17 any crunch/pretzel combo. 

Free Live Music at Chicory Cafe

8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Lucas Miner will be performing a free concert at Chicory Cafe from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Also enjoy their First Fridays specials of $1.50 one scoop gelato, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $6.00.

Free Live Music at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern

5:00 p.m. to midnight
115 W. Colfax Ave.

Enjoy two free live shows at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern this First Fridays. Cambrae will play from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and The Unit will play from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

Food & Drink Specials

Presto Kombucha at Purple Porch

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
123 N. Hill St.

Visit Purple Porch Co-op for "A Night with Presto." Presto is a Carmel, IN based producer of kombucha and cold brew coffee. Join them for an evening of free samples and free howler fills with howler purchase:  if you purchase a Purple Porch Howler ($8.49) receive a free fill of that howler (a $7.49 value) for free. Already have a PPC howler? Bring it in for a half off fill (a savings of $3.75).
This event is free, family friendly, and open to the public.

Coffee & Cocoa Crawl

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Take a hot beverage tour of downtown South Bend this First Fridays. Participating businesses will have 8 oz. sizes for sale of their cocoa and/or coffee, with some places also offering hot adult beverages. Click here for the Coffee & Cocoa Crawl map and menu.

Free Flan (with $20 purchase) at Tapastrie

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
103 W. Colfax Ave.

One of our newest First Fridays participants, Tapastrie, will be offering an ongoing First Fridays special of a free Valencia Orange Flan dessert with a $20 or more food purchase. They will also be featuring a special adult hot beverage, Inverno, made with Spanish brandy, hazelnut liqueur, cardamom bitters, warm milk, floated cream and seasonal spice $7.

$4 Hot Mulled Cider at Vegetable Buddies

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
129 N. Michigan St.

Another new First Fridays participant, stop by Vegetable Buddies for a warm drink for adults. They will have a First Fridays special on a steaming mug of hot mulled apple cider (contains alcohol) for $4. Stick around for a concert by Ladymoon - a progressive jam rock group from Indy (10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.; $10 cover charge.)

$4 Irish Coffee at The General 

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
609 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Yet another new First Fridays participant, The General Deli & Cafe will be offering Jameson Irish Coffee for just $4.

Grapefruit IPA at South Bend Brew Werks

5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
216 S. Michigan St.

South Bend Brew Werks will be featuring their new "Grapefruit IPA" this First Fridays, which will be benefitting The Music Village. They will also be offering a mulled wine/cider for $4. Oh Mamma's will also be on site offering free samples of their cheeses and meats.

$2 TV Bars at Cops & Doughnuts

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
231 S. Michigan St.

Cops & Doughnuts kept many of the popular bakery items that Dainty Maid was famous for, and the TV Bars are some of the most beloved. These will be on sale for just $2 each this First Fridays.


Retail Specials

Friends of the Library Book Sale 

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
333 S. Michigan 

Enjoy amazing bargains on books, CDs, magazines, and more for both kids and adults at the Friends of the Library's First Fridays Book Sale from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

20% off Fitness Books at Idle Hours Bookshop

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
212 S. Michigan St.

Enjoy a 20% off discount on all fitness books at Idle Hours Bookshop. Get some extra help with those New Year's resolutions!

25% off Sweaters at Ali on the Boulevard

10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
722 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Save 25% on cozy sweaters at Ali on the Boulevard.


Baker's Bar & Grill

123 N. St. Joseph St. 
Buy one appetizer, get one 50% off.


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

Cafe Navarre

101 N. Michigan St.
Appetizer and drink special offered all day 

Chicory Cafe

105 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Live music, $1.50 one scoop gelato, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $6.00

Edible Arrangements

123 S. Michigan St.
50% off a box of dipped fruit (pick-up)

Idle Hours Bookshop

212 S. Michigan St.
Sale table and Children's Story Hour (4:00 p.m.) 

South Bend Brew Werks

216 S. Michigan St.
New seasonal beer release and food pairing

South Bend Chocolate Cafe

122 S. Michigan St.
2 for $17 any crunch/pretzel combo

South Bend Museum of Art

120 S. St. Joseph
Free refreshments, entertainment and admission


103 W. Colfax
Free Valencia Orange Flan dessert with a $20 or more food purchase

Therapeutic Indulgence

904 E. Jefferson
20% off gift cards

Tippecanoe Place

620 W. Washington St.
1/2 price appetizers In the Studebaker Lounge or Patio


123 W. Washington St.
3-course dinner for only $22 or $33. 

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