First Friday Las Vegas Extends Hours - Largest Arts and Culture Festival in Western US

First Friday extends hours to midnight and exhibits into 18b- Stages, Art, Vendors, Food and more are north of Charleston 


September First Friday Las Vegas – Celebrating Heritage


First Friday Las Vegas, the largest arts and culture festival in the Western United States, continues to evolve and draw huge crowds from around the valley and beyond for a night of art, music, food and more. Now in its 10th year, First Friday celebrates art and builds community with plenty of free activities for every age.


First Friday is a busy place

On Friday, September 6, First Friday extends festival hours until midnight and following the resounding success of August’s festival, First Friday will continue to push installs, vendors, food trucks and stages into the neighborhood of 18b, encouraging attendees to get out there and explore. Multiples stages with varying musical genres can be found at Artifice, The Bar + Bistro Patio, The Main Stage at Casino Center and Art Way, The Welcome Tent at Casino Center and Colorado and Soap Box Stages throughout the festival for music and entertainment for all tastes.


Art abounds at First Friday




Location: Casino Center and Colorado Ave.

Art Style: Emerging and established artists, arts, crafts


5 p.m. – Midnight – The Hub, located at Casino Center and Colorado Ave., will have assorted interactive activities and music to enjoy all evening. Wandering Minstrels and Singing Statues from Sin City Opera will be performing heritage themed music for $.01 donations throughout the evening while they roam the festival and entertain the crowds. Join them at their booth to try on wigs and take pictures, near the Welcome Tent on Colorado Ave. between Casino Center and Main St.

The Art of Law will be offering free seminars on trusts, wills and estate and digital planning inside their tent located on the corner of Casino Center and California Ave.


Artwork abounds

KidZone 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. is back with fun activities for little First Friday enthusiasts. Star Nursery brings a Kids’ Garden Club to plant cool season plants with recycled paper. The area will host the Native American Activation by Deebege Newe. A nonprofit organization that supports the land and people of The Great Basin, the activation will have Native American crafts and a speaker series throughout the evening. Social Paintbrush returns in a special location with art classes at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  

Green Street is the place where First Friday patrons can learn about spreading the love to the environment through multiple vendors and a great place to hang out, listen to music, make friends and get green. Star Nursery will decorate the area with seasonal plants, perfect for the desert climate. Also, Electric Vehicles Create a Change Now, March Against Monsanto, Vegas Roots, BottleHood, Clay Arts Vegas, Stitch-N-Time and Summerlin Energy.

HOURS OF OPERATION: 5 p.m. – Midnight

PARKING/SHUTTLES: Shuttle service will run from 4:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Four Open Top Sightseeing Shuttles, two Celebrity Coaches and an additional handicap equipped shuttle will make a constant loop around the entire event route.

For Handicap Transportation to event, call: 702-736-6491

There will be ample free parking as well as $5 parking lots. **If you park in unauthorized parking areas, you may be subject to towing.   

Fremont Route Shuttle Stops:

* El Cortez - pick up and drop off on 6th St. across from the El Cortez valet entrance

* Golden Nugget - lobby doors just south of Rush Tower

* Arts District Hub at Colorado and Main

Government Center Route Shuttle Stops:

* Government Center

* Arts District Hub at Colorado and Main

Additional free parking at City Hall Garage at Stewart and Las Vegas Blvd. (must walk to Fremont shuttle stops)


For more information on First Friday Las Vegas, check the website www.firstfridaylasvegas.comthe Facebook or on twitter at @firstfridaylv.



First Friday Las Vegas has been a mainstay of arts and culture in downtown Las Vegas for ten years. In 2011, the arts and culture festival welcomed a new ownership group, First Friday Las Vegas, LLC, comprised of executives Tony Hsieh, Fred Mossler and Steve Hill, as well as downtown developer Andrew Donner and executive producer Joey Vanas. The outdoor event which averages 20,000 patrons each month features several areas  throughout Downtown Las Vegas like KidZone, Green Street, The Hub and Shuffle Zone that showcase artists of all calibers and genres.

Stages throughout the festival feature live music, food vendors and food trucks offer the finest in cuisine and other celebratory events each month are always working to build community in Las Vegas.


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