First Friday Las Vegas, the largest arts and culture festival in the Western United States, celebrates their monthly festival of arts and entertainment on Friday, September 5 with the “Harvest.”
“Harvest” is designed to celebrate renewal in all forms, capture the bountiful goodness the earth provides and harvest community outreach, passion and imagination. First Friday Las Vegas has become the leader for family-friendly activities, art, cultural enrichment, educational efforts, community and more; mostly low cost or free of cost, for every age.
The “Harvest” features a variety of entertainment throughout all festival zones, art activations, inspirational concerts and dance while providing place where First Friday Las Vegas-goers can join local artists and community leaders to collectively celebrate new beginnings. There will also be a special re-showing of Brock Nordstrom’s winning installation from August’s “Wonderland” event on Colorado between Casino Center and Main.
Local guerilla artist/builder, Ruzo Logic, will be on hand demonstrating his custom built gardening beds which have been popping up throughout Downtown Las Vegas. Through this innovative approach to urban sustainability, Logic converts industrial shipping palettes into remarkable, raised urban garden beds. Logic will display several examples through the building process and invite the public to help decorate one of these unique pieces of sustainable art during the event.
As First Friday celebrates life throughout the “Harvest,” the Think Safe Zone features Pink Hearts as the special charitable partner of the month. Pink Hearts recently raised over $30,000 to assist with the medical treatment of local four-year-old Jillian who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of neuroblastoma. To mark Jillian’s miraculous recovery and new life, children attending First Friday are invited to decorate pots and plant a flower or vegetable. Donations are encouraged and will go to Childhood Cancer Research.
“Harvest” also features a dose of down-home entertainment with a wide variety of musical performances at The Hub, Artiface and Cowtown, as well as square-dancing and members from the gay rodeo.
First Friday Las Vegas “Harvest” also features the zones made popular by patrons of the monthly arts and culture mainstay. Running down Casino Center from Colorado to Charleston, the Arts District continues to feature works of emerging Las Vegas artists in Arts Row, arts and crafts vendors in The Bazaar and live music in The Hub. Shuffle Zone returns behind Art Square providing an all-night electronic dance party.
First Friday Las Vegas zone favorites also return for the “Harvest” including:
KidZone – the place for fun activities specifically for little First Friday enthusiasts features Lug Vegas legos and artwork, face painting and dance lessons from Krevenko. Open from 5 – 9 p.m.
Green Street – 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. September features a variety of electric cars and ideas to repurpose Halloween costumes
Cowtown – a western zone featuring a variety of country inspired activities including Horses 4 Heroes, a petting zoo and the Helldorado cowboys.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Shuttle service will run from 4:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.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, please 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
* Container Park – Newest Stop
* Arts District Hub at Colorado and Main
Government Center Route Shuttle Stops:
* Government Center
* Arts District Hub at Colorado and Main
ABOUT FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS
First Friday Las Vegas has been a mainstay of arts and culture in downtown Las Vegas for eleven years and has become the leader for family-friendly activities, art, cultural enrichment, educational efforts, imagination, community and more; mostly low cost or free of cost, for every age. The outdoor event which averages 20,000 patrons each month features several areas throughout Downtown Las Vegas like KidZone, Green Street, The Hub Stage 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. First Friday Las Vegas, LLC’s Managing Partner is Joey Vanas. For more information on First Friday Las Vegas, please check the website www.firstfridaylasvegas.com.