First Friday to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

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First Friday Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, announces that First Friday’s Nov. 5 event celebrates November’s Native American Heritage Month with ‘Plentiful.’ The art walk area on Boulder Avenue and First Street will feature an estimated 40 First Friday artists and craftspeople. The food garden and bar area remain in the Art Square parking lot, along with the stage. Local musicians will play near the food court stage and the Indie Genius Stage in the Art Walk.

Key elements for this month include:

  • Hours of Operation – 5:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • First Friday Footprint – The Art Walk is on Boulder Ave. in front of the Arts Factory and on 1st Street. The food garden and bar are in the Art Square parking lot and on S. Art Way.
  • COVID-19 Requests – Guests are asked to be mindful of others. There are no mask requirements or social distancing requirements currently. First Friday will continue with its program of sanitation and asks guests to continue washing/sanitizing their hands.
  • First Friday’s Featured Artist – Steph Littlebird is an artist, writer, curator, and registered member of Oregon’s Grand Ronde Confederated Tribes. Littlebird earned her degree in Painting and Printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College in Portland, Oregon. She currently lives and works in Las Vegas. Her work frequently touches upon issues of contemporary tribal identity, cultural survivance, and responsible land stewardship. Steph has received three creative grants from the Art + Science Initiative and is the 2020 N.O.A.A. National Artist Fellow. She is known for her vibrant imagery, combining the traditional totem styles of her indigenous ancestors with contemporary illustration aesthetics. Instagram: @artnerdforever.
  • Entertainment – Welcoming the San Manuel Band of Indians to the community and grateful for their support, First Friday will feature POW WOW dancers, songbirds and education on spirit mountain AVI KWA MAE throughout the evening. Classic Rock Band beginning at 8:00 p.m. on the main stage.
  • Car Show – Benefitting the Las Vegas Miracle League – on the main stage, curated by Paul Casey. Featured cars are 1970s Full Size Dragster, 1953-1962 Chevrolet customers (one from the Beach Boys), 1955-62 Ford customs (several used in TV, movie and Las Vegas media events, 1941 Ford Hemi Blower Custom, 1959-60s Beetle and Van VWs and the Delorean Time Machine (used to promote Back to the Future).
  • Pin Plugged – an artist convention on First Street with over 25 pin artists showing their work.
  • Food Trucks – Over fifteen favorite gourmet food trucks will be featured in the food garden.
  • Other arts district art galleries, restaurants, bars and other retail businesses will also be open for First Friday.
  • Roadwork
    • Expect street improvements that will delay traffic throughout the coming months. However, we look forward to the beautiful improvements in the area. 
  • Parking Info
    • City paid Parking Lot (only $5) located at 500 S. Main Street will be open with free shuttle drop off at Hoover and 1st.
    • First Friday paid parking lot located at Arts Square/Mission Linen Building parking lot on Coolidge and Arts Way.
    • Ride share drop off also located on Hoover and 1st.

The First Friday Foundation will post updates and special offers on scheduled First Friday events and other programming through its social media channels – on Facebook at www.facebook.com/firstfridaylasvegas and Twitter @FirstFridayLV. The website, www.ffflv.org, is active and applications for artists and vendors are currently being accepted.

NOVEMBER 5 FIRST FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:

Alternative to driving to the event:

  • Downtown Loop provides transportation throughout downtown and to First Friday during the event.

Art Style: Emerging and established artists, craftspeople.  Interactive painting for those who want to explore their own creativity. Artists in tents at the event and in the many galleries surrounding the event.

Art Walk 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. showcases work by primarily local artists. Check out the artists booths in the event and be sure to stop in the many galleries in the arts district – Arts Factory, Art Square, along Main Street.

Family fun – there is always something fun for the whole family at First Friday.

Music – Check website for live entertainment. Classic Rock Band beginning at 8:00 p.m. on the main stage.

Food & Drink – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Explore the many options for your taste buds as the First Friday culinary experience is back in full force with delicious options from the many food trucks, artisan food vendors and restaurants throughout the First Friday footprint and the entire arts district.

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