February First Fridays: Fire & Ice

February's "Fire & Ice" themed First Fridays will have ice carvers, 500 luminaries lining Michigan Street, and a special fireworks show that will include a choreographed River Lights presentation!

Also enjoy fiery food and drink specials, amazing Restaurant Week deals, Meet Me in the Gallery at the South Bend Museum of Art, live music, and much more! 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., and this February First Fridays they will be launching their new shuttle route, which includes the South Bend Museum of Art! Click here for a map of the brand new shuttle route. Transpo shuttle service will pass each stop approximately every 15 minutes. 

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

Meet Me in the Gallery

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
120 S. Saint Joseph St.

Come in from the cold and warm up inside the South Bend Museum of Art at Meet Me in the Gallery, featuring incredible art and live music from VibeNation. Be inspired by the Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition, showcasing the talent of the region’s award-winning middle and high school artists. $5 at the door; children 12 and under free. Members will receive tickets in the mail. Food concessions available and cash bar provided by the Century Center. Presented by SBMA and 88.1 WVPE Public Radio with support from Century Center.

Debut of Downtown Dignity Box

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

The Downtown Dignity Giving Box is an opportunity for community members to educate themselves and give to the resources available to those in need in Downtown South Bend. Downtown South Bend staff and board members will be present at the Giving Box to provide materials, information and outline the importance of supporting homelessness organizations versus individuals. For more information, click here.

Fireworks, Luminaries & Ice Carvings

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In keeping with the Fire & Ice theme of this month's First Fridays, we will have 500 luminaries lining Michigan Street, three live ice carvings taking place by MICA (Michiana Ice Carvers Association), and a special fireworks presentation taking place at 9:00 p.m. The show will be launched from the former "On the River" site, in the sandy area just north of Seitz Park. The best places for viewing the show will be on the Colfax Bridge, in the Great Hall at the Century Center (which will feature a cash bar 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.), and, weather permitting, on the Century Center Island. Click here for a map of viewing locations, and places to avoid for safety reasons. Fireworks, luminaries, and ice carvings are sponsored by Downtown South Bend, the Downtown Dining Alliance, and LaSalle Grill

Three live ice carvings will be taking place this First Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: an I Heart SB Sculpture carving will be created in Studebaker Plaza, a photo op carving will take place by South Bend Chocolate Cafe, and there will be an ice sculpture of flames by LaSalle Grill that will also have actual flames coming out of the top of it.

Three Live Shows at The General

5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
609 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Enjoy live music from three different bands this First Fridays at The General Deli & Cafe: Brides of Neptune, County Road, and Beige Food. No cover, but band donations are always welcome. 

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!

Free Live Music at Chicory Cafe

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

Enjoy two free live shows this First Fridays at Chicory Cafe. The Concept will be performing at 8:00 p.m., and Chris Kang will be playing 9:30 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.

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 take advantage of their First Fridays special: 2 for $17 any crunch/pretzel combo. 

Ceramic and Sculpture Exhibit 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 entitled “Calling All Chickens Home.” 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. The show will run through February 24.

Tours of the Historic Hoffman Hotel

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
120 W. LaSalle Ave. 

The Hoffman Hotel will offer free tours of their renovated historic apartment spaces and free refreshments. The tours will be given every half hour (5:00, 5:30, 6:00, etc.)

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. Justin Staublin will play from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Paul Erdman will play from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

One Love Reggae Party at Vegetable Buddies 

129 N. Michigan St.
10:00 p.m.

Come celebrate Bob Marley's birthday at Vegetable Buddies with the return of Indika Reggae band from Chicago. Indika Reggae Band brings strong and addictive music to their fans in every show. The band features Rasta Kelly - 8 times winner of Chicago’s Reggae Music Awards and one of the midwest's best reggae vocalists. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. with a 10:00 p.m. showtime. Come early and enjoy a meal off their Winter Restaurant Week menu and/or their featured First Fridays cocktail: One Love Fire & Ice Cocktail (Flaming Pineapple Rum Punch) for $6.

Food & Drink Specials

Winter Restaurant Week

17 Downtown Restaurants
Restaurant Week offers diners the opportunity to experience the variety of cuisine downtown South Bend has to offer from Italian to fine dining, New Orleans inspired to Japanese flavors. The menus include breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner options. 17 Downtown South Bend restaurants will offer valued-priced menus at $11, $22, or $33 (view menus here.) Approximately 10% of the proceeds from each meal purchased will be donated directly to the Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Enjoy Winter Restaurant Week Fireworks this First Fridays shortly after 9 p.m.!

Fire & Ice Food and Drink Specials

Downtown restaurants are getting in on this month's Fire & Ice Theme by showcasing flaming drinks, iced drinks, and spicy food and drinks.

LaSalle Grill: Bacardi 8 Hot Buttered Rum ($5; rum mixed with house-made spiced butter with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, orange and vanilla) and Lake Effect Snow ($5; vodka, peach schnapps, white cranberry juice, velvet falnernum with fresh cranberry)
LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern: Ancho Mamma ($5; tequila, Ancho Reyes liquor, simple syprup, and fresh lime juice) and Blue Snow ($5; vanilla vodka, Blue Curacao, white cranberry, and pineapple)
Le Peep: iced mocha and iced coffee; also featuring the following food specials - Jerk BBQ Burger, Honey Lime Wrap, and Red Velvet French Toast
South Bend Chocolate Cafe: Mexican Hot Chocolate (with chili pepper & cinnamon; $2 for 8 oz sample, $3.25 for small, $3.75 for medium, $4.25 for large)
Tapastrie: Fire & Ice Bloody Mary ($7)
The General Deli & Cafe: hot or iced cinnamon spiced latte; "Dragonball" (Fireball, Kahlua, hazelnut liqueur, and coffee)
Vegetable Buddies: One Love Fire & Ice Cocktail (Flaming Pineapple Rum Punch) ($6)

Violet Sky Chocolate at Purple Porch

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

Join Purple Porch Co-op for an evening of Violet Sky Chocolate. Sample handcrafted truffles and single origin chocolate bars. These chocolates are handmade right here in South Bend at Lang Lab. Bars and truffles will be available for purchase the night of the event and pre-orders can be made for Valentine's Day.

$2 "Flaming" French Pastries at Cops & Doughnuts

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

Cops & Doughnuts will be offering a special on $2 French pastries (reg $2.79) decorated with red and orange flowers to look resemble flames.

Frozen Hot Chocolate at Edible Arrangements

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

Edible Arrangements will be giving out samples of their Frozen Hot Chocolate this First Fridays and offering $1 off the full size. Plus take advantage of their regular First Fridays special: 50% off a box of dipped fruit (pick-up only.)

$4 Pints at Barnaby's

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

Barnaby's will be offering $4 pints every First Fridays this year, and they are 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 $19.95 plus tax. 

New Stout Release at Brew Werks

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

South Bend Brew Werks will be releasing their newest First Fridays beer, The Music Village's "Sweet Kiss". This sweet milk stout features 3 types of chocolate malts, lactose sugar and Violet Sky cacao nibs. It's a dark, chocolatey, decadent treat for the month of romance. 

Cardinal Spirits at City-Wide Liquors

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
109 E. Jefferson Blvd.

City-Wide Liquors will be hosting a sampling with Cardinal Spirits - a Hoosier craft distillery located in Bloomington, Indiana. Stop by and taste cocktails featuring Lake House spiced rum and new Terra gin. Feel free to try their whole line of award winning spirits available to take home with you. 


Retail Specials

Grand Openings of A.R. Drew Art and Luxe Wagon

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
121 S. Niles Ave.

Come celebrate a fusion of art and fashion at two grand openings in the Emporium Building this First Fridays! A.R. Drew Art and Luxe Wagon have just moved in to their new digs, and are our newest First Fridays participants. Join them as they celebrate with music, champagne, oysters, food from Render, and more. (Note: this event is 21+ only.) 

Aurora Borealis Class at The Pigeon & The Hen

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
217 S. Michigan St.

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery will be hosting a special Aurora Borealis class this First Fridays. Create the northern lights on a Lotus Bowl with this Aurora Borealis inspired technique. Specialty glitter glazes complete the feel of solar particles blown into earth's magnetic field inside your bowl! Class costs $19 and includes all materials and following. RSVP by ticket purchase only by clicking here.

20% off Romance Novels at Idle Hours Bookshop

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

Idle Hours Bookshop will have a "Love Your Books" sale, which will include 20% off certain romance novels. Stop in and see what you can pick up for your special Valentine. Plus they will have their sale table out, and their Children's Story Hour at 4:00 p.m.

Free Earrings with $25 Purchase at Ali's

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

Enjoy extended hours at Ali on the Boulevard (open until 8:00 p.m.) and receive a free pair of sparkle stud earrings if you spend $25 or more.

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.



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 $19.95 plus tax. 


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

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

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


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