April First Fridays: For the Love of the Game

South Bend has no shortage of sports enthusiasts, from fans of the Cubs to the Fighting Irish, so we want to invite all the fans of all the games out for this First Fridays, where the theme will be "For the Love of the Game."

Wear your favorite team's apparel and celebrate your love of the game on April 7. The South Bend Cubs will be offering special behind-the-scenes tours again this month, several businesses will be offering discounts on sports themed items. The Pigeon & The Pottery will be offering specials on their sports-themed pottery, Idle Hours Bookshop will have 20% off baseball books, and Barnaby's and The General will be offering discounts to customers wearing their team's apparel.

Not into sports? We will also be celebrating other types of games. Purple Porch Co-op will be having a Board Game Soiree, and Chicory Cafe will have several board games available for free play as well. There will also be a fun game taking place called "South Bend FrieNDzy" - a social media scavenger hunt planned by students from Notre Dame. 



Transpo will be offering FREE shuttle rides on one of their new CNG buses from 5:00 to 9:00 pm., and just last month they launched  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! 

If you're interested in being a First Fridays Tour Guide, click here for more information.

Entertainment & Activities

Board Game Soiree at Purple Porch

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

Purple Porch Co-op is celebrating the April First Fridays with an evening of German-style board games hosted by Myles Robertson. Game selection will include Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Apples to Apples, and Dominion. Underground Meats, a Wisconsin-based producer, will also be there with samples of their cured meats. Whether you're brand new to board gaming or you've been buying development cards since your youth – come hang out.

South Bend Cubs Tours

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
501 W. South St.

Take a behind the scenes tour and see the locker rooms, Performance Center, Stadium Club, Home Plate Suite, production room, and Team Store. Tours will last approximately 20 minutes and will be given every half hour 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., limited to the first 25 people per tour. Enter from the double glass doors of the home plate side of the stadium. 

South Bend FrieNDzy

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Everyone is invited to join this social media scavenger hunt this First Fridays, with a chance to win South Bend Cubs tickets, Downtown Dollars and Notre Dame apparel. This event is being coordinated by DTSB and Notre Dame students from the Shamrock Leadership Series.There is no registration or fee to participate. To play South Bend FrieNDzy, simply visit the following seven First Fridays locations, and post a picture to social media at each spot, using the First Fridays hashtag: #dtsbff. Winners will be chosen from those that visit the most spots.

  1. I ♥ SB, do you? Show your pride next to this statue!
  2. This cafe has live music every Friday, and enough options on the menu to feed everybody. (Hint: it's Chicory Cafe, and it's awesome. Seriously just go there)
  3. Want to chillout and escape from the world? Come to Idle Hours Bookshop and spend as much time as you want in the world of books.
  4. South Bend Cubs Locker Room (since this one is out of the way we'll just tell you where it is)
  5. Need a bite to fuel your scavanger hunt adventure? Come to the cozy and casual, yet still delicious The General Deli and Cafe for some basic favorites with a bit of local flair.
  6. Feeling inspired by your adventure? Come and express yourself through the timeless medium of pottery. Whether you're a novice or a master this is a place to unwind, relax and enjoy youself.
  7. The last location in the scavenger hunt: River Lights, Art Museums, this place is a sight to behold. Students make your way down here for an amazing view and to be picked up by Transpo on your way back to campus.

Happy Hunting, and don't forget to use the hashtag #dtsbff with all your photos!


Bands and Board Games at Chicory Cafe

5:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m.
105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Enjoy two free shows at Chicory Cafe this First Fridays: Starheart starting at 7:00 p.m. and Shiny Shiny Black starting at 8:15 p.m. No cover. Plus, Chicory will have several board games out. Also enjoy their First Fridays specials of $1.50 one scoop gelato, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $6.00. Plus Montessori Academy Edison Lakes will be there with bingo games and coloring sheets from 5:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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. 

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!

Papier Maché 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 ceramicist and papier maché artist Sandy Ridge. Her exhibit "Politics in Paper," features her recent work in papier maché, which includes caricatures of policitians. Ridge makes and sells custom pinatas for people all around the world. Her show at Fire Arts will run through April 28.

Historic Hoffman Hotel Tours

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

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

Paul Erdman, The Empty Pockets at Vegetable Buddies

129 N. Michigan St.
9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Enjoy two performances at Vegetable Buddies this First Fridays: Paul Erdman and The Empty Pockets. Come out early for a great dinner and to make sure you get a good seat. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. with a 9:00 p.m. showtime. $8 cover.

INFLUX: Live Music & Art Event at The General

7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
609 E. Jefferson Blvd.

INFLUX will be an interactive community evening of creative collaboration and visual and audio stimulation. Featuring a convergence of local visual artists and musicians at South Bend's newest music spot, The General, INFLUX will feature new works and collaborative live painting by Terrible Tony and Dave Blenkinsopp, a digital 3-D projection installation by Sheehan Probst, and an improvisational set of music by Slow Orbit with some very special guests. Be there at The General for this unique First Friday experience.

Opening Reception at South Bend Museum of Art

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

The South Bend Museum of Art will be hosting a reception for the opening of two new exhibitions this First Fridays: "Out of the Ashes: Notre Dame Ceramic Art Symposium" and "2016 Undergraduate Residency Exhibition." Additionally, you can save 10% in the museum shop, The Dot Shop. Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided by Granite City Food & Brewery.


Food & Drink Specials

Gourmet Hot Dogs at Fiddler's Hearth

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
127 N. Main St.

Baseball and hot dogs go hand in hand, and this First Fridays Fiddler's Hearth will be selling their specialty hot dogs at their cart in front of their restaurant (or inside if the weather's not great.) Try one of their following creations: Chicago Dog (authentic complete with fluorescent green relish); Shepherd Dog (shepherd pie filling & rarebit cheese sauce); SB Cubbie Dog (Goat cheese, corn relish, crispy fried onions, topped with a bacon slice); or a Naked Dog (mustard, relish, & ketchup available).  Customer can choose between a Vienna Beef or an Angus Beef hot dog.

Cocktail Tasting at City Wide Liquors

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

Visit our newest First Fridays participant -  City Wide Liquors -  from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a Tattersall Distilling cocktail tasting. Indiana Wholesale will be mixing up some exciting cocktails featuring Tattersall Distilling Gin, Aquavit, Bitter Orange, Fernet, and Sour Cherry. Including cocktails such as Negronis, Nordic Bloody Marys, and Sour Cherry Gimlets. This is a free tasting. Must be 21 years or older and have a valid ID.

50% off Coffee Drinks at The General for Customers in Team Apparel

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

The General Deli & Cafe will be offering 50% off of their coffee drinks for customers wearing their team's apparel. They will also be offering $3 tallboy PBRs all day long.

Pizza Discount for Customers in Local College Team Apparel

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

Barnaby's will be offering $3 off any large pizza for patrons wearing ND, Saint Mary's, Bethel, or IU sportswear. Several lucky customers will win tickets to see the South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field. Plus, take advantage of their regular First Fridays special of $4 pints. 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. 

10% off Hibachi at Woochi

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
123 W. Washington St.

Woochi will be offering 10% off hibachi dishes this First Fridays, calling it "high-bachi", and members of their staff will be wearing sports shirts to celebrate the theme.

10% off at Le Peep for customers in SB Cubs shirt

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

Le Peep will offering 10% off food and soft drinks to anyone wearing a South Bend Cubs shirt this First Fridays. They will also be featuring baseball-inspired specials. 

Baseball Cookies at Cops & Doughnuts

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

Cops & Doughnuts will be featuring sugar cookies decorated like baseballs this First Fridays, and offering them for just $1.59 each (70 cents off their normal sugar cookie prices!)

Crepes and Veggie Burgers at Kim's Cafe

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

One of our newest First Fridays participants - Kim's Cafe - will have special evening hours for First Fridays, and will be featuring scratch-made veggie burgers and crepes made on an official crepe maker from France.

National Beer Day at South Bend Brew Werks

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

Friday is National Beer Day and South Bend Brew Werks is celebrating in a variety of ways: 

  • Double donations
  • Two limited edition beer releases for National Beer Day: the first is a lighly sweetened & spiced version of their popular Big Barrel Brewed Hawaiian. The second is a smoked serrano peppers version of their Mr Elegante.
  • They are giving away season opener seats to the South Bend Cubs, complete with a parking pass! Enter to win all day.
  • Releasing their Beer of the Month, the Tapas & Tango Mango Habanero Wheat benefitting Neighborhood Resources Connection. More Mango & Habanero than ever before
  • Sampling FREE tasty treats from Oh Mamma's
  • $25 gift certificate giveaways for knowing South Bend, Indiana trivia (courtesy of SBBW & NRC). Giveaways at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 (enter to win up to 30 minutes before)
  • First Friday Burgers

Retail Specials

20% off Baseball Books at Idle Hours Bookshop

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

Take advantage of 20% off baseball books at Idle Hours Bookshop. Their sale table will also be out.

10% off Sports-Themed Pottery at The Pigeon & The Hen

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

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery will be offering 10% off their sports-themed pottery this First Fridays.

Spring Scarf Event at Ali on the Boulevard

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

Ali on the Boulevard will be having a spring scarf event this First Fridays, with spring scarf demos and a free scarf if you spend $35 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)

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. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Free refreshments, entertainment and admission

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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