First Friday ~ Las Vegas 2014

First Friday ~ Las Vegas 2014

Those who look for something different to do on a Friday night when visiting Las Vegas have a good option to consider. The First Friday Festival Of The Arts only takes place one day out of the month, so it is best to chalk this event up on the calendar, because the name is so simple that is easy to forget!

The First Friday Festival Of The Arts is held on the first Friday of the month in the Las Vegas Arts District. The Arts District bridges the gap between the north end of the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Fremont Street, which are the two busiest tourism destinations in the entire valley. The First Friday event zone stretches from the Strat Casino to East Fremont Street, so the weekend warriors will find plenty of room to roam when parting in this section of downtown Las Vegas. City bus routes are close by, so these “rolling drunk tanks” are a nice convenience for the artsy party animals.

The Las Vegas Arts District is saturated with antique shops, pawn shops, art galleries, Las Vegas memorabilia shops, dive bars and diverse ethnic restaurants. Next to the arts District is the old Skin City section of the Las Vegas Strip, so a heavy seedy undertone is present. Old hostels, street hustlers, motels with hourly rates, working girls and an active police presence adds to the atmosphere. Throw in a few graffiti artists, skateboard gangs, street musicians and some good old fashioned carnival style flimflammery and you will see that this is an art district like no other anywhere else. This hip seedy Las Vegas dive neighborhood certainly is an inspirational place for an event like First Friday!

If watching the bank account drain right into a slot machine is not your idea of fun on a Friday night in Las Vegas, then the First Friday Festival Of The Arts will be to your liking! This big event has become a local Las Vegas tradition in recent years. First Friday only happens once a month, so be sure not to miss out on the fun!


Author: wildwestdestinations

I worked as a chef in remote resorts and National Parks, which provided the time to explore western travel destinations. I have a BA Degree in Culinary Management with high honors and currently I am working on a Masters Degree in Adult Education. My food and travel blog writing began as a means to generate income during college and now photo journalism has become my lifestyle.

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