July First Fridays: Around the World

Join us for the July 7 First Fridays where the theme will be "Around the World." We will be celebrating with Latin dancing, international cuisine, and more!

Summer Restaurant Week will still be going strong, and, because we're not too far away from the 4th of July, there will be a special fireworks presentation with the South Bend River Lights at dusk.

Find 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 just last month they launched  their new shuttle route, which includes the South Bend Museum of Art! Click here for a map of the 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

Latin Dancing in Studebaker Plaza

8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Studebaker Plaza (southwest corner of Jefferson and Michigan)

South Bend Latin Dance will be hosting a Latin Social Dance in Studebaker Plaza. Beginner lesson is at 8:30 p.m., with open dancing to follow until 11:00 p.m. Enjoy salsa, bachata, merengue and more under the stars!  Drinks available at the Whiskey Exchange adjacent. All ages. $5 cover.

Latin Dance Party at Cinco 5

10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
112 W. Colfax Ave.

The Latin dancing continues at Cinco 5, where they will be playing bachata, salsa, cumbia, merengue, and more. No Cover; 21+ only.

Meet Me on the Island

5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Century Center Island

Enjoy art, music, refreshments and mingling on the island! Featuring art on the island and music by Southside Denny Snyder & The Snyders. Admission $5 (kids under 12 get in free.) SBMA and WVPE members will receive tickets in the mail. A fireworks presentation with the South Bend River Lights will take place at dusk!  

Book Reading & Signing at Idle Hours

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
212 S. Michigan St.

Idle Hours Bookshop will host a book reading and signing event this First Fridays with two authors. Kathy Smart (author of "Melvin") and Amy Moses (author of "The Littlest Heart") will both be there to celebrate their children's books with a meet and greet, and signing copies. It's a perfect way to get your kids excited about reading this summer!

Guided Walking Tour of Historic West Washington District - SOLD OUT

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
302 W. Washington St.

We're switching up our normal historic walking tour that takes place during the summer First Fridays. This time we're touring the beautiful West Washington Street area, a National Register District showcasing an exemplary and eclectic blend of architectural styles and structures. Once home to influential citizens, titans of industry, civic leaders, and other prominent families; West Washington Street is now replete with businesses and residents that value and preserve the fine architectural legacy left in their care by those that preceded them.

Tours are given by the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend & St. Joseph County. Cost for these 90-minute tours are just $2/person (cash only.) Reservations can be made by clicking here or by calling 574-282-1110. This tour will meet at 5:30 at the historic Ambassadors for Christ Church, 302 W. Washington St. (the southwest corner of Washington and Lafayette.)

NOTE - there are no more spots available for this tour, but you can make your reservation for the August, September or October tours by clicking here or by calling 574-282-1110. The August tour will also be of the historic West Washington District.

Board Games & Kombucha at Purple Porch

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

The Purple Porch Co-op is celebrating their one-year anniversary of carrying Presto Kombucha on tap! Presto will launch a new kombucha flavor this First Fridays for the occasion, and will be offering free samples of all of their products. They will also have 64oz growlers for the first time with screen printed art on them. Purple Porch will also be hosting their second board game night this First Fridays. The first one was lots of fun, so be sure to check it out!

Peace Corps Info Booth and Live Music at Chicory Cafe

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

Members of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Northern Indiana will be at Chicory Cafe this First Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to share stories and information about their service. Make a mini-flag or see if you can locate current PC countries on a map while learning about one of the United State's premiere international programs. Chicory will also be featuring free live music by Linsay & Russell John from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Plus, take advantage of their regular First Fridays promotion of $1.50 one scoop gelato, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $6.00.

Opening of "Wit, Whim and Whimsy" Exhibit at Fire Arts

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

Something "punny" is happening at Fire Arts this summer! Fire Arts Inc. invites the public to an unusual exhibit by stone artist Doug Barton. His exhibit "Wit, Whim and Whimsy," chock full of visual puns and artful figures of speech, will be opening this First Fridays and will run July 7 through August 11.

Free Concert at The Music Village

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
301 S. Michigan St.

Stop by the new/future site of The Music Village this First Fridays for a free concert by punk rock band Graffiti Black

T-shirt Tie-Dying with Healthworks!

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Gridiron

Visit the Healthworks! Kids' Museum booth on the Gridiron to tie-dye some T-shirts!

Travel "Over the Rainbow" with South Bend Civic Theatre

7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Studebaker Plaza

Meet Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, all the way from the wonderful world of Oz! Costumed characters from the classic story will be live at Studebaker Plaza shaking hands and singing the famous numbers you know and love. Full performances of The Wizard of Oz begin July 14 and continue through July 30 right down the yellow brick road at South Bend Civic Theatre, 403 N. Main St. Tickets are $15-22 and can be purchased at this link.

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!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Vegetable Buddies

10:30 p.m.
129 N Michigan St.

The South Bend Hot Patooties will be performing their 2nd Pride-themed Performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Vegetable Buddies this First Fridays. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., with pre-movie activities commencing at 10:30 p.m. and the movie beginning at 11:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at this link

Historic Hoffman Hotel Tours

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

The Hoffman Hotel Apartments will offer free tours of their renovated historic apartment spaces, along with 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. Kevin Joiner will play from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and The Unit will play from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

Marcus Clingaman at South Bend Chocolate Cafe

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

Marcus Clingaman 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. 

Free Wooden Car Craft from Montessori Academy Edison Lakes

5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Studebaker Plaza

Montessori Academy Edison Lakes will have free wooden toy cars for kids to decorate at their booth at the Gridiron from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

United Youth Theatre "Lion King" Preview

6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Studebaker Plaza

The United Youth Theatre will be giving a preview of their upcoming "Lion King" performance at 6:30 p.m. at Studebaker Plaza. Stop by their booth, also located at Studebaker Plaza, for advance ticket sales from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Food & Drink Specials

Summer Restaurant Week

June 26 - July 9

The July First Fridays will coincide with Summer Restaurant Week, which takes place June 26 through July 9. Restaurant Week offers diners the opportunity to experience the variety of cuisine downtown South Bend has to offer with value-priced menus at $11, $22, or $33 (view menus here.) Your taste buds can enjoy a trip "Around the World," with Italian, Mediterranean, Irish, Japanese, and many other dining options. Downtown South Bend restaurants have something for every palate. The menus include breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, and 17 restaurants are taking part.

Restaurant Week takes place twice a year - one in the summer, and one in the winter. Approximately 10% of the proceeds from each meal purchased will be donated directly to the Memorial Children’s Hospital. It’s a great way to experience downtown South Bend’s dynamic culture and exciting local food and drink, and support a great cause while you’re at it.

International Specials at Le Peep

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

Enjoy special dinner hours at Le Peep this First Fridays, where they will be featuring some dishes with international flair, such as Oriental Stir Fry Pasta, Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich, and Greek Salad.

Live Music and Beer Release at Brew Werks

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

South Bend Brew Werks will be releasing their new Smoky & Spicy seasonal IPA, and will be featuring free live music by 45 to Argos 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. South Bend Cycles will also be at Brew Werks this First Fridays - with a booth near the patio to provide free bike checks and information about bicycle commuting, safety, and rides. Sponsored by Bike Michiana Coalition to encourage cycling for fun and transportation. 

Whiskey Tasting at City-Wide Liquors

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

Sample an exciting lineup of Corsair Whiskey including a breakfast whiskey. Free, 21+. 

Specials on Smoothies and Dipped Fruits at Edible Arrangements

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
123 S. Michigan St.

50% off a box of dipped fruit at Edible Arrangements on First Fridays (pick-up only); plus $10 off a Patriotic Swizzle Berry Box and $1 off any size Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie.

Food Truck Appearances

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Studebaker Plaza 

Check out some unique eats at the following food trucks that will be at Studebaker Plaza this First Fridays: Waffle Wagon, Kona Ice, Martin's Side Street Deli.

Retail Specials

Kids Paint & Take Clay Cookies at The Pigeon & The Hen

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

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery will have paint & take clay cookies for just $5 each, plus their outside glitter station will be available, with an array of shiny new colors. They will also be hosting Olivet AME Church, who will have a booth outside the shop selling their homemade Strawberrry Shortcake and Chocolate Delight desserts.

Jewelry & Craft Sale by Dismas Designs

5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Studebaker Plaza

Dismas House is a nonprofit organization founded in 1974 to provide transitional housing and support services to men and women who have been recently released from incarceration. Through Dismas Designs, a social enterprise of Dismas House, residents are trained to make bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and other crafts. This gives residents a “second chance” and empowers them to develop their artisan and business skills for future employment. All of the profits from Dismas Designs are used to benefit Dismas House and its residents. 

Friends of the Library Book Sale 

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

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.


Fireworks Show with South Bend River Lights

10:00 p.m.
A fireworks presentation with the South Bend River Lights will take place at dusk (approximately 10:00 p.m.) this First Fridays, at the end of the Meet Me on the Island event. The best places to view the show are: Century Center Island (Meet Me on the Island), Pier Park, Seitz Park, and the Colfax Bridge sidewalk (Colfax Bridge will NOT be closed to traffic, so please remain on the sidewalk.) The fireworks launch site and fallout area will be on the sandy area by Stephenson Mills Apartments, where On the River used to take place. This area must be clear from 9:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Please see map above for places to view the show and areas to avoid. Click here for to view the map in a larger PDF form. 


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 

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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