SOUTH BEND — Downtown South Bend Inc.’s (DTSB) August First Fridays celebrates “Arts Alive,” this Friday, August 4th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free entertainment, live demonstrations, food & drink specials, and other activities can be found throughout downtown South Bend within the 38 participating businesses.
August’s “Arts Alive” themed First Fridays is celebrating with a sneak preview of Art Beat 2017! We will be showcasing some of the visual and performing artists who will be participating in this year’s Art Beat with an Art Walk, live performances and a free art Friday scavenger hunt!
For easy transportation, Transpo will be offering free shuttle rides throughout downtown. The shuttle will run at each stop every 15 minutes from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The shuttle rides will also include a free mini tour of downtown, as the Shuttle Tour Guide entertains riders with historical tidbits, fun facts, and info on First Friday activities and promotions.
Downtown Business First Friday’s Activities:
Architectural Walking Tour Informative guided walking tour of beautiful West Washington Street area. The cost is $2 per person and reservations can be made at 574-282-1110, the tour meets at 5:30 pm.
A.R. Drew Art (121 S. Niles) Enjoy a fantastic evening of music, fashion, artists, collectors, community, and a cash bar.
Art Beat Performance Preview (Throughout Downtown) Doug Harsch 5:00 – 9:00 pm at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe, Grounded 6:00 – 6:45 pm at Studebaker Plaza, Ziynne-Kid of Pop 6:45 – 7:00 pm at Studebaker Plaza, Ruby Jazayre & The Sisters of the Nile 7:00 – 7:45 pm at Studebaker Plaza, and Marty Miles 8:00 – 11:00 pm at the Chicory Cafe.
Art Walk (Downtown Storefront Windows) Art Beat visual artists will be showcasing their work in downtown storefront windows.
Baker’s Bar & Grill (123 N. St. Joseph St.) Buy one appetizer, get one 50% off.
Barnaby’s (713 E. Jefferson Blvd.) $4 pints and 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.
Bruno’s (131 S. Michigan St.) Get one 14” 1-topping pizza for $12.
Chicory Café (105 E Jefferson) Live music from Marty Miles from 8:00 – 11:00 pm. $1.50 one scoop gelato, and 16 oz. Hurricanes for $6.00.
Cinco 5 (112 W. Colfax Ave.) Black light Latin dance party. 21+. 10:00 pm – 2:00 am.
Dismas Desings (Studebaker Plaza) Jewelry and craft sale. All the profits to benefit Dismas House.
Drug Awareness Trailer (Gridiron Parking Lot) The South Bend Elks 235 promotes their kids drug awareness program.
Edible Arrangements (123 S. Michigan St.) 50% off a box of dipped fruit (pick-up.)
Fiddler’s Hearth (127 N. Main St.) Free live music from Kennedy’s Kitchen from 9:00 pm – Midnight.
Fire Arts (305 E. Colfax Ave.) See the art exhibit of “Wit, Whim, and Whimsy” by Doug Barton.
Free Art Friday (Throughout Downtown) A special scavenger hunt for hidden artwork. Clues will be posted on the DTSB Facebook page throughout the night for visitors to travel around finding it.
Friends of the Library (333 S. Michigan St.) Sale on books, magazines, CDs, and much more from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Golden Roamer (The Gridiron) Tour the 24-foot recreational vehicle.
Hoffman Hotel Apartments (120 W. LaSalle Ave.) Free tours of their renovated historic apartment spaces, free refreshments, and an art table.
Idle Hours Bookshop (212 S. Michigan St.) Outdoor sidewalk sale.
South Bend Art Museum (120 S. St. Joseph St.) Visit with artist from Logan Adult Day Service. Free Admission.
South Bend Brew Werks (216 S Michigan St.) Live music from Buddy Pearson from 5:00 -7:00 pm. Releasing their new Blueberry Wheat Ale.
South Bend Latin Dance (Studebaker Plaza) A beginner lesson at 8:30 followed by open dance at 9:00 pm. $5.
The General Deli & Café (609 E. Jefferson Blvd.) Live music from Woolen Lover, Joce Dugan, and Kristin Eleanor. 8:00 -10:00 pm.
The South Bend Chocolate Café (122 S. Michigan St.) Live music from Doug Harsch. 2 for $17 any crunch/pretzel combo.
Therapeutic Indulgence (904 E. Jefferson) 20% off gift cards.
Tippecanoe Place (620 W. Washington St.) ½ price appetizers in the Studebaker lounge or patio.
UZIMA Dance Class (Outside between the Music Village and St. Joseph Public Library) The Music Village and St. Joseph Public library present a free dance class.
Vegetable Buddies (129 N. Michigan St.) Live music from Eddie Turner & Trouble at 10:00 pm $10 cover. 21+.
For a complete listing of August 4th activities, times, and locations visit www.DtsbFirstFridays.com or call Downtown South Bend, Inc. at 574.282.1110.
DTSB First Fridays features over 35 participating businesses and takes place from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, year-round. Participating businesses remain open or host special events at a free or reduced rate. Future 2017 First Fridays date are September 1st, October 6th, November 3rd, and December 1st. First Fridays are sponsored by Visit South Bend Mishawaka, Peoplelink Staffing, The LaSalle, U93, and Transpo.