June First Fridays: Kids’ Night Out 

About June First Fridays

Downtown South Bend will be in partnership with Best. Week. Ever. again for June’s First Fridays: Kid’s Night Out. Downtown will be bursting with activities for kids of all ages, including horse-drawn wagon rides, ROC Ur Body Family Fun FestMeet Me on the IslandRiverlights Music Festival, face painters, Trivia Trolley, balloon art, roving mascots, FREE East Race Rafting, and the Best Fireworks Show Ever.

Most events are free. Free parking and free Transpo shuttle rides are also available. Check out all the details below!

Free Parking

Parking (on-street and in DTSB-managed garages) is always free in downtown South Bend nights and weekends. Due to this being the busiest First Fridays of the year, additional parking with shuttle service has been created at St. Joe High School. For full details on downtown parking options, click here.


First Fridays Road Closures

  • Jefferson Bridge will be closed starting at 11 a.m. Friday for fireworks setup, and will reopen later much after midnight, once everything is cleaned up.
  • Colfax Bridge will be closed starting at 8 p.m. to set up a viewing area for the fireworks show, and that will reopen after the bleachers are cleared from there, probably around midnight.
  • Niles Avenue will be closed on the block between Jefferson and Washington all day Friday and Saturday for the Riverlights Music Festival.
  • Washington Street will be closed Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a Touch-a-Truck event.

Free Transpo Shuttle – back with “Trivia Trolley”

Transpo will be offering FREE shuttle rides on one of their new CNG buses from 5:00 to 10:30 pm. Click here for a map of the shuttle route. Transpo shuttle service will pass each stop approximately every 15 minutes.

The popular “Trivia Trolley” will be making its return to this First Fridays, where our normal First Fridays Transpo shuttle is turned into our very own local version of Cash Cab. Take a ride on the shuttle and answer trivia questions for the chance to win fun prizes!

The shuttle service also 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.

First Fridays Events & Promotions

ROC Ur Body Family Fun Fest

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

Be a ROC Star and help the The Reducing Obesity Coalition of St. Joseph County in the fight against childhood obesity. Visit the Gridiron for an entertaining evening of family fun activities, dancing, playing, and learning! This free event features tons of vendors, who will be providing activities and information on health, wellness, and fitness. Additionally, free water bottles will be provided by Culligan. Here is a list of the organizations taking part in ROC Ur Body, and the activities they plan on having there:

Beacon Health System: Best. Obstacle. Course. Ever
​Farmer’s Market: Cooking/food demo
HealthLinc: give-aways
HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum: Fit Feastival
Joy’s Gymnastics: Basic tumbling, hula hoops
​Kroc Center: RJ
Let’s Spoon: #bestweekbestspoon selfie booth
​Martin’s: School of cooking
​Notre Dame: Chef Alan food demo
On my Way Pre-K/Head Start: Activities
Ready to Grow: Best. Diaper Drive. Ever
SB Fire Department: Fire truck and hose equipment drag
SJC Cares: Resiliency
​SJRMC: Basketball
St. Joseph County Parks: Disc golf
T2 Sports Performance: Agility testing
Tobacco Free St. Joe: Giant board games
U93: Remote/music
Urban Garden Market: Gardening activities
VPA: Kids rock climbing wall and giant parachute
YMCA: Physical activities

ROC Ur Body Stage Schedule

ROC Ur Body will include a stage on the Gridiron this year, with fitness opportunities throughout the event:

5:30-6:00 Yoga with Eleigh of Children’s Dance Workshop
6:00-6:30 Best. Dance. Fitness. Party. Ever. with Beacon Community Health
7:00-7:30 Yoga with Kay of Therapeutic Indulgence
7:30-8:00 Hoop Dance Workshop w/Dana of Wonderflow Hoop Co.

Children’s Entertainment at Jon Hunt Plaza

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
211 N. Michigan St.

Enjoy a free showcase of performances both by and for children at Jon Hunt Plaza:

5:00 – 5:30 – Mr. Dan the Music Man
5:30 – 6:00 – Kids Dance Party
6:00 – 6:30 – South Bend Civic Theatre
6:30 – 7:00 – Wendy Daly from The Music Village
7:00 – 7:30 – Bad Entertainment
7:30 – 8:15 – Clay High School: “Big Fish”

Rockin’ Wagon Rides

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Chocolate Cafe

Take a “Rockin’ Wagon Ride” around downtown South Bend with the King himself – Elvis! Rides are $4 per person, excluding infants.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be sold just before 6:00 p.m. outside the South Bend Chocolate Cafe. Don’t forget your camera! Stay up to date on all horse-drawn events by Liking Dream Coach Carriages on Facebook.

Balloon Art, Face Painting, & More

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Various locations (see below); small fees may apply for these services

Fun by the Yard balloon art: Gridiron
Balloon artist: Barnaby’s
DTSB Glitter Tent: Gridiron
Magician Kevin WilsonSouth Bend Chocolate Cafe
Behind the Mask Face PaintingSouth Bend Chocolate Cafe
Michiana Facepainting: Gridiron
Fancy Schmancy Face Painting: Studebaker Plaza

Kennedy’s Kitchen at Fridays by the Fountain

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
211 N. Michigan St.
Kennedy’s Kitchen is headlining the first Fridays by the Fountain of the summer. The Morris Performing Arts Center presents Fridays by the Fountain on the Jon R. Hunt Plaza, in front of the Morris Theater, from June to August. A free outdoor lunchtime concert series, Fridays by the Fountain is a summertime tradition in downtown South Bend. Food vendors are available and they offer a variety of lunchtime favorites including pizza, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies.  You may choose to bring your own lunch. Tables are set in and around the plaza to give concertgoers a space to eat – or bring a blanket and relax on the lawn.

Downtown South Bend Architectural Walking Tour

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

Enjoy a fun and informative guided walking tour of South Bend landmark buildings, exploring their history and present day use. Tours are given by the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend & St. Joseph County. Cost for these 90-minute tours are just $4/person (cash only.) Space is limited so reservations are recommended- reserve your spot here. NOTE: The June 1 Tour is fully booked, but there is still space on the remaining 2018 tours.

Meet Me on the Island at the Century Center 

5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Kick off your summer with art, music, refreshments, and mingling on the Island! The South Bend Museum of Art presents Meet Me on the Island featuring art on the island and music by The Whistle Pigs. You’ll be dancing all night, and this will be an excellent viewing location for the Best. Fireworks. Ever. taking place at 10:00 p.m. Admission $5 (kids under 12 get in free.)


Magic Show and Face Painting at the Chocolate Cafe

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

The South Bend Chocolate Cafe will be an explosion of activities for kids this First Fridays, including their new sidewalk games, face painting and a free magic show by Kevin Wilson  (6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.). There will also be a free concert by Laura Whidden 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.

Best. Latin. Dance. Ever.

8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
111 N. Main St.

South Bend Latin Dance will return to Studebaker Plaza with special guest, DJ Neon.  Enjoy Sonido Neon while you dance to salsa, bachata, merengue and all the usual groove-gettin’ Latin jams. All ages, $5 cover, everyone welcome. Lesson at 8:30 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. 21+ only; $3 cover after 11pm.

TMV Open House

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

Stop by The Music Village‘s new location for live music, kids activities, snacks, and beer samples from South Bend Brew Werks. Tour the new facility, try many different instruments, and meet TMV staff.

Libraries Rock!

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
304 S. Main St.

Rock out at St. Joseph County Public Library‘s all-ages Summer Reading Challenge kick-off party. What better way to start off a book-filled summer. SJCPL staff will help you register for the challenge so that you are ready to log your summertime reads. Receive an exclusive party prize (while supplies last). Enjoy rock-and-roll music, food, and fun for the whole family.

Architectural Scavenger Hunt

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

Participate in an architectural scavenger hunt and learn more about the second annual Treasure Hunt North event coming up on July 21.  Treasure Hunt North will a one-day event, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., along historic West Washington Street on the western edge of downtown South Bend, with antique vendors on two corner grass lots at the intersection of West Washington Street and LaPorte Avenue, and on the grounds of Indiana Landmarks’ Kizer House, where a limited number of indoor booths also will be available.  The outdoor event – free and open to the public – features antique, collectible and architectural salvage dealers, artists, live music, food vendors, and family friendly activities throughout the historic West Washington Street neighborhood. Click here for more information.

Free Bicycle Checks

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
by South Bend Brew Werks (216 S. Michigan St.)

South Bend Cycles will provide free bike checks and information about bicycle commuting, safety, and rides. Sponsored by Bike Michiana Coalition to encourage cycling for fun and transportation.

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!

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 5:00 p.m.  21+, $10 cover.

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 near Studebaker Plaza (corner of Jefferson and Michigan) and you are invited to go inside and explore.

Best . Screen Printing. Ever at Purple Porch Co-op

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

1440 Press will be at Purple Porch Co-op screen printing t-shirts including a custom Purple Porch shirt designed by Maclovio Cantú IV! The custom Purple Porch shirt will be available this night only. This event is kid & family-friendly.

The Vessel Show at Fire Arts

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

Fire Arts Inc. is excited to invite the public to view this year’s annual juried show, The Vessel.  This show features three dimensional work in clay, stone, metal, and mixed media emphasizing the vessel. A total of 39 unique pieces created by 24 artists are represented. Their distinguished juror was Katharine Schmidt, recently retired art professor and chair of the Bethel College Art Department. The show will be open from June 1 – July 28, with an opening reception on June 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and an awards presentation taking place at 7:00 p.m. The public will also have the opportunity to cast their vote for best piece throughout the month of June, as there will be a “People’s Choice Award” presented the evening of the First Fridays in July.

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: Brenden Sweeney from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and The Buddy System from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.


Food & Drink Specials

National Donut Day Celebration at Edible Arrangements

123 S. Michigan St.
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Edible Arrangements is celebrating National Donut Day by giving out their new Edible Donuts (made with apples.) Their strawberry mascot will also be out front passing out smoothies, plus they will have $3 apple/berry smoothies for sale and 50% off a box of dipped fruit (pick-up only.)

Shrimp Boil at Chicory Cafe

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

Chicory Cafe will be hosting another of its famous Shrimp Boils this First Fridays. Each order will receive  shrimp, potatoes, corn on the cob, and andouille sausage for $16 (add garlic butter for an additional $1.) Enjoy it there or take it to go. Also, take advantage of the Chicory First Fridays specials: $1.50 one scoop gelato, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $5.00.

Best. Patio Party. Ever. at South Bend Brew Werks

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

South Bend Brew Werks will be hosting the Best. Patio Party. Ever. – kicking off the Music Under the Marquee season with Graffiti Black (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), serving housemade ice cream flights, raffling off Mug Club Memberships and South Bend Cubs tickets, and just having a generally awesome time for First Fridays.

Best. Prime Rib. Ever. at Tippecanoe Place

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
620 W. Washington St

A Tippecanoe Place Tradition for 38 years and counting! Enjoy their signature entrée at a Best. Week. Ever. Price. and take in a bit of South Bend History. The Historic Studebaker Mansion was completed in 1889 when the Studebaker family operated the worlds largest wagon manufacturing company.
Lunch: 8oz cut & chefs vegetable – special price $ 13.89 (reg $18)
Dinner: 10oz cut & chefs vegetable – special price $ 18.89 (reg $24)

Free Kids’ Meal at Vegetable Buddies 

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

Vegetable Buddies will be offering a free kids’ meal for one child (under 12) with each paid adult entree (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

30% off Flavored Sodas at The General

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

The General Deli & Cafe will be offering 30% off their sodas and cream sodas. Flavors include: blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, watermelon, strawberry, cherry, peach, pineapple, banana, and mango.

$4 Craft Pints & Balloon Artist at Barnaby’s

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

Take advantage of the regular First Fridays special at Barnaby’s of $4 craft pints. There will also be a balloon artist there from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 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.

Strawberry Shortcakes/Brownie Delight from Olivet AME

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

Olivet AME Church will be dishing out their famous Strawberry Shortcakes/Brownie Delights,  featuring homemade cakes and brownies made with fresh berries and ice cream.

Sandwich Sale at Chimichurri

11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
601 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Chimichurri will be having their Argentinean beef sandwiches for sale, and will feature a tent sale for Ten Thousand Villages.

Pop-up Coffee Bar

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
DoubleTree atrium

Pop-up coffee bar will be set up inside the DoubleTree atrium, with coffee, and other drinks for purchase.


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

PEGGS will be open for special dinner hours this First Fridays.

Madi’s Market 

12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
209 S. Michigan St.

Madi’s Market will be featuring their new rib tips ($6) and pulled pork sandwiches ($5), plus hot dogs.

Other Best Week Ever events in downtown this First Fridays

Best. Fireworks. Ever.

10:00 p.m.
Jefferson Bridge

Get ready to ooh and aah! It’s going to be the biggest and best fireworks show that South Bend has ever seen from the Jefferson Street Bridge. Get here early and snag a seat on the Colfax Bridge – the best place to view the best fireworks. (NOTE – Jefferson Bridge will be closed to all traffic -including pedestrian and bicyles – starting at noon on Friday, and the Colfax Bridge will be closed starting at 8:00 p.m. for fireworks viewing.)

Riverlights Music Festival

3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
East Race/Niles Ave. (in and around Emporium parking lot)

Riverlights Music Festival 2018 is gearing up this year with a huge selection of local bands spotlighting great diverse Midwest artists at South Bend’s favorite venues, including back to back days of mainstage shows outdoors along the St Joseph River! And this year, admission is FREE! Click here to visit the website for the full band line-up and more information.

Free East Race Rafting

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
126 N. Niles Ave.

Enjoy white water rafting in the heart of downtown South Bend! The East Race Waterway is the first man-made white water rafting course in North America. Since opening in 1984, it has provided fun entertainment for residents and visitors alike. Rafting rides will be FREE all weekend for Best. Week. Ever!

Best. Give Back. Ever.

3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
210 S. Michigan St.

Visit Notre Dame Federal Credit Union to play with a gigantic crane game machine filled with money and prizes! This free experience is all about being invested in and giving back to this community. Year to date, Notre Dame FCU has been able to give back more than $250,000 to this community—and that number continues to grow. Stop by the Downtown Branch on Michigan Street to play for free and win your own #GiveBack. Representatives, who have experience helping members save money, will also be on hand to #TalkSavings to anyone who wants to know more about lowering their monthly payments.

Sunburst Health & Wellness Expo

12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Century Center

Visit the Health & Wellness Expo on Friday to check out local vendors and running organizations before you lace up for some Saturday fun.

Polkas & Pierogis

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
553 E. Washington St.

Visit the Knights of Columbus for a Polka band, dancing, Pierogi and other polish foods, plus beer and wine.


5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Washington Street

Ever wondered what it’s like to sit in the driver’s seat of some of the biggest and fastest trucks on the road? Now is your chance! The event will house many fun and exciting trucks that you can explore like: tractor, backhoe, chipper, hi-ranger, South Bend International Airport’s fire truck, dump truck, loader, bobcat, and more.


5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Gridiron parking lot

After visiting the trucks, unlock your inner pilot and take a seat in a cockpit! A Varga Kachina, an American, all-metal, low fixed-wing two-seat light aircraft, will be availble to explore. Event guests are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the veterans that will be on-site during the experience.

History on Wheels

5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
near Riverlights Music Festival

An exhibit dedicated to Indiana’s automotive and racing heritage is coming to Best. Week. Ever. We’re proud to present History on Wheels, a 53-foot double-expandable semi-trailer and state-of-the-art traveling exhibit. The exhibit touches on the history of more than 100 Indiana automakers and manufacturers, such as Cord, Duesenberg and Studebaker. It also delves into the lives of Hoosier innovators and inventors, such as Carl Fisher, Elwood Haynes, and Ralph Teetor.

South Bend Cubs Game, with TMV Music on the Concourse

7:35 p.m.
501 W. South St. 

The South Bend Cubs will be home this First Fridays, and The Music Village will be presenting Music on the Concourse: live music to entertain South Bend Cubs fans on the ballpark concourse before the game begins. In addition, it’s Fantastic Friday Fireworks: Stick around after the game for a spectacular fireworks show.

The Best Pre-Schools and Activities Ever

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Inside DoubleTree

Stop by the tables of  Early Childhood Alliance and approved “On My Way Pre-K” Programs throughout St. Joseph County and enjoy kids activities. These activities will promote cognitive skills in Math, Language, Physical, Personal Care and Social/Emotional Development. Each table will have the name of their program and information about their program.

Head Start Enrollment Table

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Inside DoubleTree 

Get more information on Head Start and the federally funded Pre-K program.=, from the Elkhart & St. Joseph Counties Head Start Consortium.

Fun With STEAM

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Inside DoubleTree

Get your brain moving with Kennedy Primary Academy! Visit them inside the DoubleTree atrium and explore hands-on activities for elementary-aged children. These activities will have a STEAM focus – science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

Best. Diaper Drive. Ever.

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

To celebrate the success of the Community Diaper Drive throughout the month of May, Ready to Grow St. Joe will host the Best. Diaper Drive. Ever. with interactive diaper-themed games for kids of all ages. Kids and families can move through different stations on the Gridiron next to Roc Ur Body. Help support families in our community by bringing a pack of diapers when you visit the booth.

Vision Screenings with the SB Lions Club

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

The South Bend Lions Club will be hosting an informational booth on the Lions Club and all that they do. As the world’s largest service organization, their motto is “We Serve”, and that slogan encompasses a lot of things. Stop by the booth for more information! Free vision screenings for school age kids will be offered.

Language in Literacy

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
304 S. Main St.

Andrews University Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology presents “Language in Literacy.” Learn and have fun inside the Main Branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library with several activities focused on language and literacy, including creating Mad Libs, songs and stories, and craft projects.

Volunteer Open House at South Bend Civic

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
403 N. Main St. 

Discover South Bend’s best volunteers ever – at South Bend Civic Theatre! Drop in to learn about the many volunteer opportunities they have to offer – from acting to ushering to painting to sewing, there’s a place for everyone at SBCT. Plus, you can catch the SBCT youth perform only a short walk away from the open house from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Jon Hunt Plaza. Stop by to have a snack, sign up for a volunteer opportunity, enter a raffle for SBCT merch, and listen to some show tunes!

Woodworking Experience with South Bend Woodworks

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Studebaker Plaza

Find hands-on woodworking experience with South Bend Woodworks. Build your own tool box, color ornaments, and watch a demonstration of a laser machine (weather permitting) cutting and engraving wood used in production of some of their best products.

Best. Youth Theatre. Ever. Photo Booth

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Key Bank Plaza

Stop by United Youth Theatre‘s booth in Studebaker Plaza and make slime, bookmarks, and so much more! Remember the night by taking a picture at their Best Photo Booth Ever, where there will be silly props and costumes for you to try on.

Button Making

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Key Bank Plaza

Create your own 1″ or 2.25″ buttons at the League of Women Voters table, and while you’re at it, register to vote in the 2018 November election!


5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Washington Street 

Say hello to the LimeBike team and try out a LimeBike for yourself with a guided ride around downtown.


Specials on Retail/Services

Best. South Bend Skyline. Ever

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

Stop in to The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery and show your pride in the city by painting a South Bend skyline mug or plate. A custom decal locally designed by The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery and Bandera Designs. Only $25, and paint it however you want! This is a walk in style class. Potteristas will be on hand to help. Matching T-Shirts are also available for purchase. Makes a great Father’s Day gift!

Best. Hair. Ever. Promotion at Hair Crafters

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
602 Lincolnway East

New Guests take 20% of your service and 10% off your retail purchase! Just mention Best.Hair.Ever when scheduling. Offer valid for new guests only, with any service provider.

Best. Dressed. Week. Ever. at Ali on the Boulevard

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

Come celebrate your style at Ali on the Boulevard May 29th – June 2nd. Dress it Down May 29th & 30th: buy a pair of jeans and receive a FREE V-neck shirt. Dress it Up May 31st – June 2nd:  buy a dress and receive a FREE cardigan.

Best. Book Signing. Ever. at Idle Hours

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

Award-winning, local author AJ Sarell will be at Idle Hours Bookshop selling her kids books, coloring book, and adult poetry book. There will also be coloring and opportunities for photos. Sarell was at last year’s June First Fridays signing her first book: “Itty Bitty the Kitty” – a story about a very small kitty who learns that she is enough how she is and the world needs all kinds. She will be back this June First Fridays with  a new book and a new character to help kids through the challenges of maintaining good mental health. Sarrell also writes work for adults, including new age, feminist poetry to give words to the plethora of feelings we have as we grow in tumultuous times.

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. Plus, as part of Best. Week. Ever, the first 200 people to visit the June 1 sale will receive a free Book Buck (while supplies last), good for $1.00 off purchases at the Book Store or merchandise for sale at any SJCPL location.

Free Masks and Headbands at Bombay International

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

Bombay International will have free masks, headbands, and oriental masks for kids, and a special Reiki set up for kids. They will also hve energy field scans from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


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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