First Friday Downtown Las Vegas: Artists Appearances, Special Art Installations and New Hours

Get Involved!

The Theme of First Friday Las Vegas to Kick Off the New Year

With new winter hours, an expanded footprint in the Arts District down 3rd Street, a new Fremont East location in “Get Back Alley” and an open call to action, First Friday Las Vegas is ready to move full steam ahead for 2012

First Friday Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – January 2, 2012– First Friday Las Vegas continues to grow with more artwork, galleries, entertainment and events at the popular outdoor festival, which brings thousands of locals and visitors to Downtown Las Vegas. The next First Friday Las Vegas takes place Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. (January – March hours).

For 2012, the team at First Friday Las Vegas encourages everyone to Get Involved! Attend the event, volunteer to help make it all happen, present your art, submit to have your band perform and shop the night away as you support the ever-growing network of art, galleries, entertainers and vendors.

FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS HIGHLIGHTS:

ARTS DISTRICT HUB

Location: Casino Center just north of Colorado Ave.
Art Style: Emerging and established artists, arts, crafts

Activities:
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Kids Zone will feature an exhibition of interactive art for kids featuring re-positionable wall TANGRAM graphics and special guest appearance from acclaimed digital artist Yiying Lu, creator of the ‘TWITTER FAIL WHALE’ as well as the ‘YES VEGAS’ ad campaign seen on billboards across the city. Other activities will include the ultimate video game extravaganza as kids can experience the ‘Game Truck of Las Vegas.’

Entertainment:
5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Two stages with live music and DJ performances. Golden Nugget Main Stage located on Casino Center just south of Colorado Ave. The Lyon’s Den Stage located on 3rd Street just south of Colorado. Both programmed from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. with 10 different live bands and DJ performances.

FREMONT STREET EAST
Location: Get Back Alley located just north of Fremont Street between 6th and Las Vegas Blvd.
Art Style: Urban and street art

Activities: Deriving its name from the long-running and hugely successful DJ funk and soul dance party held every First Friday, Get Back Alley is the newest part of the First Friday expansion to Fremont Street East. The project involves the recruitment of local arts collective/at-risk youth advocacy nonprofit Push Forward. Under Push Forward’s direction and volunteer force, the group will transform the alley behind Downtown Cocktail Room, The Griffin, Beauty Bar and Le Thai into a phantasmagorical arts hallway.

This area will include live murals, street art, live music and performance arts demonstrations. Esoteric Jazz, alternative hip-hop, reggae and rock steady music will help set the tone for the evening. Also slated for the space is an interactive stop motion animation project involving colorful characters set in a surrealist desert landscape designed by painter Orlando Montenegro.

Entertainment:
Live bands and DJ performances programmed in Get Back Alley from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
5 p.m. until 11 p.m.

PARKING/SHUTTLE:
Shuttle service will run from 4:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
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.

FREE PARKING:
The Stratosphere parking garage; shuttle runs to the Arts District Hub
City Hall Garage (Stewart and Las Vegas Blvd.); shuttle runs to the Arts District Hub
Clark County Government Center; shuttle loops to the Arts District Hub as well as Fremont Street East.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
For more information on First Friday Las Vegas, please check back on the website www.firstfridaylasvegas.com or on the facebook page www.facebook.com/firstfridaylasvegas.

ABOUT FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS

First Friday Las Vegas has been a mainstay of arts and culture in downtown Las Vegas for nine years. In 2011, just shy of the October nine year anniversary, the arts and culture festival welcomed a new ownership group, First Friday Las Vegas, LLC, comprised of  Zappos.com executives Tony Hsieh, Fred Mossler and Steve Hill, as well as downtown developer Andrew Donner and marketing executive Joey Vanas. The outdoor event features several areas throughout Downtown Las Vegas that showcase artists of all calibers and genres, supplementing with live music, food and other celebratory events.

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