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First Fridays in Las Vegas

Updated on April 28, 2011

Where is the culture in Las Vegas? If you’re tired of partying on the Strip or don’t gamble, what else is there to do? Well, at least one night out of every month brings about an answer. First Friday. There are art galleries and music acts playing up and down the Strip, but not in such a setting as in the Arts District. There are drum circles and bands playing along closed down streets accompanied by all walks of life, young and old. There’s something for everyone.

The Arts Factory is a hub of activity with so many different artists showcasing their talent and so many art-going Nevadans causing foot traffic. It’s like a maze. After browsing through, you’ll wonder if you had seen it all. Then you might return later in the evening and realize you missed an entire wing. And be careful! Some of the art might even be ALIVE! It may not bite you in the ass, but this trans-bunny-grenade might blow you up with laughter. This bunny artwork was released on April First.

That's right. Silly rabbits!

This artist released his bunny bomb April 1st.

Mayor Oscar Goodman was here! Unfortunately, he's also getting stepped on.

Not that much into art? There's also photography exhibits in the Arts Factory and in some of the other galleries nearby in the Arts District. Walk along Casino Way and grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks or food stands.


Need extra love? Get a free hug.

Like antiques? There’s a wonderful shop on the corner where you can discover nostalgic turntables, lamps made out of Popsicle sticks, and the original Smurf figures.

Like sitting by a warm fire?

Well, check out the array of fire dancers Hula-Hooping and playing with fire at the Bistro by the Arts Factory.

Darlene and Izzy

First Friday is a great way to share good times with friends. It leaves you with a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Ross and Izzy

Check it out every first Friday of the month in the Arts District of Downtown Las Vegas at Charleston and Casino Way.


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