First Friday Las Vegas Presents: CREATIVE FREEDOM!
First Friday Las Vegas celebrates Independence and the artist in everyone
The downtown festival will feature a Freedom Wall, free painting lessons, a video competition for filmmakers, yoga classes by Lululemon and for those unable to attend – live web streaming on the First Friday Facebook page
The First Friday Las Vegas arts and culture festival continues to draw huge crowds from around the valley and beyond for a night of art, music, food and more. This month, First Friday is asking all attendees to unleash the artist within and celebrate the freedom to be creative. The next First Friday Las Vegas takes place Friday, July 6, 2012 from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS HIGHLIGHTS:
ARTS DISTRICT HUB
Location: Casino Center and Colorado Ave.
Art Style: Emerging and established artists, arts, crafts
6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. First Friday Las Vegas provides a blank canvas and asks attendees to get involved and participate in the creation of the art that makes this event what it is. Whether someone’s a painter, filmmaker, musician or other expressionist, there is a place for them at First Friday. At the north entrance to the event, on Casino Center just south of Charleston, a 30’ wide x 8’ tall Freedom Wall will be the place where attendees of First Friday can let their creativity flow. Paint and brushes will be provided and the community will come together to create a collaborative mural celebrating the freedom we have been given to create. Just south from the Freedom Wall, and west of Casino Center on California, attendees will find the bike valet provided by Public Pedal. To the east of Casino Center on California guests will want to check out the Raku firing by Clay Arts Vegas. Not sure what Raku firing is? Don’t worry, organizers are not quite sure either, but it sure sounds cool and is another first for First Friday. Further down Casino Center between California and Colorado guests find the Om Love Yoga Experience provided by Lululemon with free yoga class and workshops from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Participants should bring their own yoga mat and towel.
For those unable to attend the monthly event, a real time, live streaming by Evinar will take place from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. via the First Friday Facebook page (www.facebook.com/firstfridaylasvegas ).There will also be a film competition with an open call to all filmmakers for a 60-90 second video that highlights creative freedom at work during First Friday. Participants will shoot footage at the July 6 event and have two weeks to edit and submit their video. The winning video will be placed on the First Friday homepage for one month and the filmmaker will receive great prizes including the new GoPro camera, one day use of the Silver State Production 34’ production trailer and a $250 gift certificate to JR Lighting. More details will be posted on the First Friday website.
6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The Kids Zone is bustling with activity. 6:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. will feature a dance competition from Children of the World. 8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. School of Rock student house band “The Rifftide Legacy” will perform two 30 minute sets of fantastic music with an intermission where kids and parents can learn more about this school that accelerates musical learning. 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Roos-N-More exotic animals will set up a petting zoo and educate families about the natural habitats of these animals. Carnival games provided by Fun For All gives kids and families even more options for interactive entertainment. Music for the Kids Zone performance stage provided by DJ BABYCHINO, the world’s youngest DJ.
6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Two stages with live music and DJ performances.
Location: Imperial and 3rd Street
The delicious food provided by Las Vegas’ best food trucks can now be found on Third Street between Colorado and Imperial. Stop by the bar located on 3rd and Colorado for specialty cocktails provided by Sky Spirits, Jim Beam, Patron or grab a glass of wine in the Lee’s Liquor Wine Lounge. Miller 64 will be creating a pop-up fun zone on the corner of Imperial and 3rd that includes unique games such as life-sized jenga, skee-golf and a video game pod. Look out for the Uncle Sam stilt walker compliments of Tito’s Vodka.
FREMONT STREET EAST
Location: Get Back Alley located just south of Fremont Street between 6th and Las Vegas Blvd.
Art Style: Street and Interactive 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 showcases more street art and interactive art to Fremont Street East. This area will include art, music and free painting lessons provided by Social Paintbrush.
Two free painting classes will take place 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Live music and DJ programmed in Get Back Alley from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Shuttle service will run from 5:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
Four Open Top Sightseeing Shuttles and an additional handicap equipped shuttle will make a constant loop around the entire event route.
For Handicap Transportation to event, please call: 702- 739-7990
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 in front of Get Back Alley event
* Golden Nugget- lobby doors just south of Rush Tower
* Arts District Hub at Colorado and Main
Government Center Route Shuttle Stops:
* Government Center at Rotunda Gallery
* 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)
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.