First Friday Monthly Art Festival Downtown Las Vegas



9.0 Awesome
  • Experience 9
  • Quality 8
  • Value 10


First Friday is focused on local artists, all of whom have varied histories and backgrounds. Many of these are found in the intricacies of their art. There was a time recently that First Friday was in real danger of no longer being. This event is still a hit today, even though it event has shrunken from its peak.  First Friday survived the Great Recession and repeated attempts to dismantle it.  Almost anything can be found here, and this variety is a huge mark to its success. The art itself is varied from 2-D paintings to jewelry to woodworks. The event weaves through the ephemeral tents and through the stable studios in the surround buildings. Texture and space is different with each step, varying the experience each time and for each person.

First Friday is free and open to the public, everyone can come and everyone is encouraged to come. It is a family and animal friendly event. Children run free through the art, covered in paint with smiles wide in fascination, and their laughter seems to make everything magical. First Friday is about connecting people to art more than anything else, whether that is performance art or art for your walls. It is designed to awaken in you the desire to create and be the artist, and to become involved in this great city intimately and proudly.  Downtown Las Vegas is in the process of a huge growth spurt, and it may eventually push out the artists from their beloved studios and into other neighbors. But artists are the seeds that come before the forest. They take the darker parts of a city and awaken it to people, create traffic, and bring business.

First Friday Monthly Art Festival and Food Truck Gathering
1025 First Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101




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