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South Bend: First Friday at the Chocolate Cafe, Laura Whidden Live

  • South Bend Chocolate Cafe 122 South Main Street South Bend, IN, 46601 United States (map)

Downtown South Bend will be going to the dogs for the September First Fridays, as we celebrate the "Dog Days of Summer." Bring your furry friend downtown for a fun night out! 

Over 25 booths will line Michigan Street filled with animal rescue groups, animal nonprofits, and groups who provide goods and services for animals. There will be a doggy fashion show, an ugly dog contest, and 4-H will give an agility demonstration. Dine with your dog at one of our pet-friendly patios, or take a horse-drawn wagon ride with your pet!

In addition to pet-friendly activities, there will be plenty for humans to do as well, like attend the architectural walking tour, SBMA exhibitions, or First Fridays Latin Dance party. 

Plus, as always, enjoy free shuttle service from Transpo - South Bend Public Transportation Corporation, live music, art exhibits, dining specials, and much more. 

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Explore downtown South Bend for one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, art galleries, studios, museums, salons, clubs, cafes, restaurants and more. Each month DTSB will host movies, live music and other entertainment. The downtown South Bend businesses open their doors to host entertaining events such as:

  • Live musical performances.
  • Special one night promotions/coupons/sales.

  • Demonstrations/classes (yoga, cooking, art etc.)
  • Activities and Experiences for kids, adults & families
  • Artist receptions, celebrations & festivities
  • Refreshments, food and wine tasting

**Most events are free or at a reduced admission rate.

September's theme: "Dog Days of Summer"..may be a fun night to bring your canine.