February First Fridays: Fire & Ice

About February First Fridays

February’s “Fire & Ice” themed First Fridays will have ice carvers – some featuring a fire element – and a special fireworks show that will include a choreographed River Lights presentation!

Also enjoy amazing Restaurant Week deals, Meet Me in the Gallery at the South Bend Museum of Art, live music, Latin dancing, and much more! Check out all the details below.

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

Meet Me in the Gallery

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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 the Notre Dame Faculty Jazz Trio (w /Jim Catalano, Larry Dwyer, and Darrel Tidaback.) 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.


Fireworks & 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 four 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, and, weather permitting, on the Century Center Island. Click here for a map of viewing locations, and places to avoid for safety reasons.

Five live ice carvings will be taking place this First Fridays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.: in front of South Bend Chocolate Cafe, beside LaSalle Grill, in front of Edible Arrangements, in Studebaker Plaza, and in Key Bank Plaza. Click here for a map of the ice carving locations. Fireworks and ice carvings are sponsored by Downtown South Bend, the Downtown Dining Alliance, LaSalle GrillEdible Arrangements, and South Bend Chocolate Cafe.

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. Look for a mid-evening performance by internationally renowned José Serrano and Mayah Sandock. 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 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. Also take advantage of their First Fridays special: 2 for $17 any crunch/pretzel combo.


Marco Villarreal at Vegetable Buddies

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

Guitarist Marco Villarreal is hosting a great night of music at Vegetable Buddies, with guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque. They’ll be playing tracks from Marco’s solo release Ethereal along with classic Fusion/Rock/Jazz tunes. Along with Buddy Pearson on bass and Robert Gates on drums this will surely be an event not to be missed. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. with a 9:00 p.m. showtime. Tickets are $10 general admission, $15 VIP.  Come early and enjoy a meal off their Winter Restaurant Week menu.


Tuck Langland Show at Fire Arts

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
305 E. Colfax Ave.

Fire Arts Inc. invites the public to an exhibit by sculptor Tuck Langland – “Surprise! Abstract Art by Tuck Langland.”  This unique exhibit will include free-standing sculpture, pedestal sculptures and wall sculptures from Langland’s early prolific period in which he delved into pure abstraction during his years in England and Murray, Kentucky. The show will run through February 23.


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!


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. E-man will play from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and The Buddy System will play from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.


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.)

Food & Drink Specials

Winter Restaurant Week

18 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. 18 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.!


Hops with History at Tippecanoe Place

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

Tippecanoe 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 (February is Zorn Brewery), 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.


Fire & Ice Food Specials at Peggs

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

Enjoy special evening hours at Peggs this First Fridays, where they will be taking part in Winter Restaurant Week and also offering fire & ice food specials: a cheesy jalapeno pasta with penne pasta, jalapenos, and bacon sauteed in a creamy cheese sauce; and a wedge salad with iceberg lettuce, bacon, hard-boiled egg, croutons, and blue cheese dressing.


Free Hot Cocoa at Notre Dame Federal Credit Union

3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
210 S. Michigan St.

Our newest First Fridays sponsor – Notre Dame Federal Credit Union – will be handing out free hot cocoa from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in front of their downtown branch by the I Heart SB Statue, where an ice carving will also be taking place.

Specials on Retail & Services

10% Off Valentine’s Day 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 select Valentine’s Day pottery this First Fridays.


Fire & Ice Color Special at Hair Crafters

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
602 Lincoln Way East

Schedule a color appointment at Hair Crafters to turn yourself into a redhead or icy blonde and take 20% off your color appointment. Before & after pictures will be taken and your fire transformation will be featured on the Hair Crafters’ social media pages. 20% off valid on new color guests only. Also take advantage of their ongoing First Fridays special: 20% off for new guests and 10% off all retail.


Fire & Ice Sale at Idle Hours Bookshop

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

Idle Hours Bookshop will be featuring a Fire & Ice Sale, with 20% off romance novels. Stop in and pick out a gift or two for your Valentine.


Receive $10 in Ali Cash at Ali on the Boulevard

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

Ali on the Boulevard is giving customers $10 in Ali Cash for every $50 that they spend. This deal will be going through Saturday. For this  month’s First Fridays theme, they will have wonderful candles for the “fire” and great new jewelry for the “ice.”

Note — The Friends of the Library Book Sale will NOT be taking place 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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