January First Fridays: Pay it Forward Friday

About January First Fridays

We’re extending the holiday spirit of giving this First Fridays, with the “Pay it Forward Friday” theme. Participating downtown businesses will be donating a percentage of their sales during this event to the nonprofit of their choice. So you can feel good that you’re not only supporting local businesses, but also helping local charities.

There will also be the usual First Fridays fun events and promotions, live music, Latin dancing, and more.

Discover 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

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.


Tuck Langland Opening 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” will be open from January 5 through February 23, with an opening reception on Friday, January 5, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 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.


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.


Dream Team Live at Vegetable Buddies

10:00 p.m. to 2:00 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: Justin Staublin from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Jaik Willis from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.


Kennedy’s Kitchen at Fiddler’s Hearth

5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
129 N. Michigan 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!

Pay it Forward Promotions

Kelly Morgan Fundraiser at The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery

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

The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery will be donating 15% of sales this First Fridays to the Kelly Morgan Fund. Kelly recently discovered, while recovering from a hip replacement surgery, that she has stage 4 lung cancer. Kelly just started chemotherapy and is facing a long road ahead. Your prayers for this are also very much appreciated.


Volunteer Recruitment Night at SBMA

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

Learn. Inspire. Connect. Volunteering at the South Bend Museum of Art is a great way for lifelong learners to make new friends and share their passion for art. From helping with events, donating your graphic design skills, or volunteering in their retail shop, the museum offers a variety of fun ways to get involved. Learn how you can help with their mission by speaking with SBMA staff about their current volunteer opportunities.
Also enjoy free admission to the galleries, refreshments, the 2017 Student/Faculty Exhibition, and 10% off at The Dot Shop.


Food Bank Collection at Vegetable Buddies

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
129 N Michigan St.

Vegetable Buddies will be collecting food for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana this First Fridays, and will be offering a free kids meal with a non-perishable food donation from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. One kids meal per adult.


Chicory Beignet Sales to Benefit St. Margaret’s

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

Chicory Cafe will be donating $1 to St. Margaret’s House for every beignet order sold after 5:00 p.m.


Idle Hours Donating to Boys & Girls Club

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

Idle Hours Bookshop will be donating a portion of their First Fridays proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County.

Retail & Dining Specials

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.


New Year Menu at Woochi

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

Woochi is serving a special New Year Menu. Click here to view.


25% off at Ali’s

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

Ali on the Boulevard will be having 25% off the entire store, plus an extra 25% off sale items.

First Fridays Notes

  • Pegg’s will NOT be open for dinner this First Fridays
  • Hoffman Hotel will NOT be doing tours 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)

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

903 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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