First Friday Las Vegas wowed locals on Friday night with an estimated attendance of around 10,000 people throughout the night.
Pictured above: Founders of Burning Man and First Friday staff pose with some of the colorful characters who attended First Friday Las Vegas. Left to right in front row: Nanci Elliott (Burning Man), Harley Dubois (Burning Man), Larry Harvey (Burning Man), Jenn Lim (CEO Delivering Happiness), Joey Vanas (First Friday Las Vegas managing partner), Gio Ott (First Friday Las Vegas), Marian Goodell (Burning Man).
The event, which took place both in the original location of Casino Center and Colorado, as well as the first expanded location at Fremont Street East, drew fans of art and culture from around the valley. Art, music, food and all around fun took place until midnight.
First Friday Las Vegas managing partner Joey Vanas made one of the first purchases of the night – a piece titled “Forever Happy” by artists Nicholas Blackham and Corey Anderson. This is the first piece that will be included in the First Friday collection.
Attendees from out of state also made their way out, including the founders of the Burning Man festival.
As part of the festivities for October, local businesses downtown including the Attic, Globe Salon and others painted pumpkins as part of an art display. More than 50 uniquely decorated pumpkins were on display.
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 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.
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