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South Bend’s First Fridays event celebrates Dog Days of Summer

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Downtown South Bend is going to the dogs this Friday.

South Bend’s September First Fridays event will celebrate the “Dog Days of Summer.”

Residents are invited to bring their furry friend downtown for a fun-filled night. There will be booths with animal rescue groups providing goods and services, an opportunity to dine with your dog at many pet-friendly patios, live music and much more.

Downtown South Bend will close off the 200 block of S. Michigan Street for distanced dining in the street. The American Hotel System will perform live music from 6-8 p.m. and The Drop Comedy Showcase will take place from 9-10 p.m.

Masks will be required except when eating and drinking.

Many downtown businesses will also host promotions and activities, which are listed below:

  • Architectural Walking Tour (101 N. Michigan St.): Informative guided walking tour of South Bend landmark buildings. The cost is $4 per person and reservations can be made at 574-282-1110. The tour meets at 6:00 p.m. Masks are required.
  • Ali on the Boulevard (722 E. Jefferson Blvd.): Holding their annual Dog Photo Contest, plus their shop is pet-friendly. Vote online on their Facebook page and get a double vote by stopping in to Ali on the Boulevard on Friday.
  • Baker’s Bar & Grill (123 N. St. Joseph St.): Buy one appetizer, get one 50% off.
  • Barnaby’s (713 E. Jefferson Blvd.): $4 pints every First Fridays. Also, featuring First Saturdays special, any large 2 topping pizza, an order of breadsticks, and a pitcher of pop for $19.69 plus tax.
  • Bruno’s (131 S. Michigan St.): Get one 14” 1-topping pizza for $12.
  • Center Stage Pizza (428 Lincoln Way West): Get one 18” 1-topping pizza for $15.
  • Chicory Café (105 E. Jefferson Blvd.): Shrimp Boil from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Dog Days of Summer Booths (Studebaker Plaza): Bunk and Biscuit, For Pet’s Sake, Gordon’s Grooming, Hiking Pawz, Patty’s Pack, Sheltie Rescue of Central Indiana, South Bend Animal Resource Center, Sudzy Puppy Grooming Salon.
  • Edible Arrangements (123 S. Michigan St.): From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – 50% off a box of dipped fruit (pick-up only), free treats and fresh water for dogs, $0.99 pineapple dog bone, and $2.99 strawberry/pineapple smoothies.
  • Friends of the Library (333 S. Michigan St.): Enjoy bargains on books, CDs, magazines, and more for both kids and adults from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Masks required and capacity limited to 10 people at a time.
  • Hair Crafters (602 Lincoln Way East): 20% off for new guests and 10% off all retail.
  • Ironhand Wine Bar (1025 Northside Blvd.): Live music by Paul Erdman 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and 20% off bottles of Henri & Madeleine.
  • Pet-friendly Downtown Patios: Bruno’s, Cafe Navarre, Chicory Café, Chimichurri, Fiddler’s Hearth, Hammer & Quill, Ironhand Wine Bar, Linden Grill, Nom Nom Pho, PEGGS, Purple Porch Co-op, South Bend Brew Werks, South Bend Chocolate Café, The Garage Arcade Bar, The Hideaway, The Lauber, Vegetable Buddies, Woochi.
  • Pink Lemonade Pastries (231 S. Michigan St.): Selling treats for both humans and pets in front of their future location in the former Dainty Maid space, from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • South Bend Brew Works (216 S. Michigan St.): New seasonal beer release, plus enjoy beer and food at large physically-distanced seating area in the street in front of South Bend Brew Werks.
  • South Bend Museum of Art (120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.): Hosting a free, public reception for Rising Sound – a show of work that examines the lives of Black Americans living in a racially negligent society. A remote artist talk by Andrea Ellen Reed will be livestreamed via Zoom and Facebook Live into the gallery beginning at 6:30 p.m. until approximately 7:00 p.m.
  • Studebaker Grill (620 W. Washington St.): ½ price appetizers in the Studebaker Lounge, plus BBQ, Band & Brew Fest Tent Party on the grounds of Tippecanoe Place from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • The Lauber (504 E. LaSalle Ave.): Any guest that dines with their dog on their patio will get a free “mess in a bag” dessert and a piece of Tito’s swag.
  • The Pigeon and The Hen Pottery (217 S. Michigan St.): Pottery painting in the streets, in physically distanced seating area. Also – make a memorable dog paw print keepsake ornament with dog’s name included for $10.
  • The South Bend Chocolate Café (122 S. Michigan St.): 2 for $20 any crunch/pretzel combo.
  • Unique Boutique International (122 S. Michigan St.): 50% off the entire store.
  • Urban Picnic (200 Block of S. Michigan St.): Physically-distanced seating areas in the street 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. with beer gardens, pottery painting, a free concert by The American Hotel System from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., and a free Comedy Showcase presented by The Drop Comedy Club from 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (note – content matter for the Comedy Showcase is best suited for mature audiences.)
  • Vegan Pop-up (200 block of S. Michigan): In keeping with the theme of animal love, there will be a vegan pop-up at the event with food vendor SteMartaen.

For a complete listing of September 4th First Fridays activities, times, and locations visit or call Downtown South Bend, Inc. at 574.282.1110.

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