The air is light, the spirit festive and the drinks cold in Downtown Las Vegas’ Arts District, where, once a month the pedestrian-friendly streets transform into a huge block party on the FIRST FRIDAY of the month!
Each celebration, the entertainment shifts and multiplies as ice sculptors, fire breathers and fortune tellers serve as a back-drop for this ongoing festival of art perusal and appreciation. Local bands perform throughout the evening, and the streets turn into canvasses for children (young and old) to decorate with chalk.
FIRST FRIDAY is a stage for local galleries and Las Vegas’ vital Downtown cultural scene.
It’s a place to meet friends new and old, and rejoice in the preservation and innovation of an historical neighborhood. In this land of suburbs and strip malls, visitors come from near and far to people-watch, sample new restaurants and revel at area bars.
Since it began in October of 2002, FIRST FRIDAY has only continued to grow. It is now considered the premier arts event in Las Vegas. From the shops and galleries on Charleston (the Arts Factory, S2, Modify and more) to the new galleries on Main Street (Dust and Godt-Cleary Projects) to the recently opened spaces on Commerce, down to the whimsical offerings of the Funk House antique store, and the innovative artists’ cottages at Colorado and Casino Center.
While many people love to walk the neighborhood and work is underway to make the area even more foot-traffic friendly, the City of Las Vegas also kindly provides arts tour buses that make rounds throughout the area, and make pick ups every 15 minutes throughout the evening. And no matter how you decide to get around, you can always expect a diverse crowd, cool local art, live music, street performances and plenty of surprises!
Join us at the next FIRST FRIDAY and see for yourself what everyone is talking about!