April First Fridays: Downtown Spring Break

About April First Fridays

You don’t have to take a trip out of town to have a good time for Spring Break. Head to downtown South Bend where we will have fun activities for kids of all ages. 

Stop by the DoubleTree atrium for some fun drop-in games, including potato sack races, giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, a giant parachute, and more. The South Bend Chocolate Cafe will have a face painter and balloon artist (small fee). Kids can also enjoy a book signing by a local children’s author at Idle Hours Bookshop.

Big kids can enjoy live music, art exhibits, dining specials, and much more. Check out all the details below!

Discover the details below!


Free Parking

Parking (on-street and in DTSB-managed garages) is always free in downtown South Bend nights and weekends. For this First Fridays, please note that the Main Street Garage will be charging event parking due to the Phantom of the Opera showing at the Morris Performing Arts Center. However the Leighton and Wayne Street Garages will still be free of charge.

For full details on downtown parking options, click here.

As always, Transpo will be offering FREE shuttle rides on one of their new CNG buses from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Click here for a map of the 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

Drop-in Games

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
123 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Head to the DoubleTree by Hilton atrium for some fun, free drop-in games and activities, including potato sack races, giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, a giant parachute, and more. The DoubleTree will also have a drink station set up with cocoa, coffee, and other drinks for purchase.

Popcorn, Refreshments, & Coloring at NDFCU

9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
210 S. Michigan St.

Notre Dame Federal Credit Union will be offering popcorn, refreshments, and coloring pages during their normal branch hours this First Fridays.

Book Signing at Idle Hours Bookshop

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
212 S. Michigan St.

Local author Erika Pullin-Costilla will be signing copies of her new children’s book “Benny and the Jett meet La Luna” at Idle Hours Bookshop. “Benny and the Jett meet La Luna” is a great story for children up to 7 years of age.

Five Year Birthday Party at The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery

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

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery invites you to come join them in celebrating five years of being in business. They will have cake, fun, and prizes at the party, and any customer who brings in a can of La Croix (their favorite beverage) will receive a 10% discount.

Phantom of the Opera at the Morris

8:00 p.m.
211 N. Michigan St.

The Phantom of the Opera will be at the Morris Performing Arts Center this First Fridays, and will have additional performances Saturday (2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.)  The beloved story will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.

Exhibition Reception at South Bend Museum of Art

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

The South Bend Museum of Art will be holding a reception for their new exhibitition “Agentive Valley” by artists Katie Duffy and Eric Souther. They will participate in a gallery walk and talk, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Warner Gallery. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, free admission, and 10% off purchases in SBMA gift shop – The Dot Shop.

Latin Dance at WXYZ Bar 

8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
111 N. Main St.

South Bend Latin Dance – the same group that you see in Studebaker Plaza during the summer First Fridays – have moved to their new indoor First Fridays location at the WXYZ Bar in the new Aloft Hotel. This geat new South Bend venue offers a beautiful welcoming environment, full bar, food options, and more. Dance to salsa, bachata, merengue and all the usual groove-gettin’ Latin jams. All ages, $5 cover, everyone welcome. Lesson at 8 p.m. followed by open dancing; and head to Cinco 5 afterward to continue the party!

Latin Dance Party at Cinco 5

10:00 p.m. to 3:00 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.

Laura Whidden, Face Painting, and Ballon Twisting at South Bend Chocolate Cafe

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

Laura Whidden will be performing a free concert at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Laura will be performing pop/rock selections mixed with her own song creations. Fun by the Yard will be at the Chocolate Cafe twisting balloons from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (small fee) and Michiana Facepaintingwill be there as well from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (small fee.) Also take advantage of their First Fridays special: 2 for $17 any crunch/pretzel combo.

Kevin Scott Joiner and Beauty & The Beast Characters at Chicory Cafe

5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
105 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Costumed cast members of the United Youth Theatre‘s upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast” will be at Chicory Cafe from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a meet and greet and pictures. They will also be doing a bookmark craft for children and selling tickets. Also enjoy free live music by Kevin Scott Joiner (8:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m.) and take advantage of the Chicory First Fridays specials: $1.50 one scoop gelato, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $6.00.

Dream Team Live at Vegetable Buddies

10:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
129 N Michigan St.

Vegetable Buddies will be featuring a concert by Dream Team Live. Come out early for a great dinner and to make sure you get a good seat. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.  21+, $8 cover.

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: Cambraefrom 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Paul Erdman from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

Sculpture Exhibit and Fable Reading at Fire Arts

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

Enjoy two events at Fire Arts this First Fridays. The exhibit of art dolls by sculptor Rhonda Whitledge “Wandering the Periphery” is still on display, and will be open until April 27. Additionally, Tuck Langland will be reading from his new book “50 Fables for Fun, Fantasy and Filosophy” beginning at 6:00 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a special price of $10 (normal price is $15.)

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!

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.)

Tour the Golden Roamer: Mobile Visitor Center

4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Studebaker Plaza

The Golden Roamer is a 24-foot recreational vehicle complete with brochures for visitors detailing the area’s offerings as well as satellite TV, and more. It will be parked by Studebaker Plaza this First Fridays and you are invited to go inside and explore for free.

Retail & Dining Specials

Friends of the Library Book Sale 

12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
333 S. Michigan 

The Friends of the Library Book Sale is back open in their newly renovated space – with extended hours. Enjoy amazing bargains on books, CDs, magazines, and more for both kids and adults from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hops with History at Tippecanoe Place

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
620 W. Washington St.

Tippecanoe Place is introducing a new craft beer tasting event series- Hops with History – featuring local breweries with craft beer inspired appetizers. These will take place the first Friday and Saturday of the month, February through May. Each event in the series will have a presentation of craft beer by a featured brewery (April is Burn ‘Em Brewing), appetizers, four tastings and a full pint of beer of your favorite selection. They will also be providing guided tours of the mansion and answering any questions of their historic landmark throughout the evening. Also, take advantage of their First Fridays special of 1/2 price appetizers In the Studebaker Lounge.

Tickets are $20/person;  21+ ; Advance tickets can be purchased online here, but walk-ins are also welcome. For more information, please call (574) 234-9077.

Chance to win $100 Gift Card at Ali on the Boulevard

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
722 E. JEfferson Blvd.

Check out the new spring styles at Ali on the Boulevard, and for every $50 you spend, you will get entered to win $100 gift card shopping spree.

NOTE – PEGG’s will NOT be open for dinner this First Fridays


Ongoing First Fridays Promotions

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.

Ben’s Pretzels

122 S. Michigan St.
3 pretzels for $10 (not including sauce)


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)

Hair Crafters

602 Lincoln Way East
20% off for new guests and 10% off all retail

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


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