First Friday Las Vegas Announces Details for Ninth Anniv Event Oct 7

First Friday Las Vegas is already showing marks of new ownership, announcing details for the nine year anniversary event taking place on Friday, October 7 from 6 p.m. until midnight. Oct. 7 to bring more art, entertainment and food, as well as expanded hours and parking to downtown Las Vegas festival.

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First Friday Las Vegas
First Friday Las Vegas

Along with expanded areas that are more focused on different genres of art, the community festival will feature additional areas of art and entertainment, expanded hours of operation, and more parking and food options.

For the first event, event organizers have already doubled the amount of parking and shuttle service. The October Anniversary will also feature 15 mobile food trucks, including the popular Slidin’ Thru, Fuku Burger and Lovegrub Truck. Entertainment and shuttle information can be found below.

“We want to slowly expand the event to appeal and attract a wider audience,” said First Friday Las Vegas, LLC managing partner Joey Vanas. “With these new areas, we are opening up the festival to give emerging artists a larger platform to display their work and to provide the community with an easier way to maneuver through whichever type of art and entertainment they’re attracted to.”

The event will continue to grow over the coming months with the addition of a third art-focused area of downtown that will feature higher-end artwork and sophisticated entertainment.

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Location: Casino Center and Colorado Ave.
Art Style: Emerging artists, arts, crafts
Activities: Pumpkin Art Installation. The first 100 families to arrive between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. will receive a FREE pumpkin during this October event. Limit one per family/household.

The Lyon’s Den Stage (California between Casino Center & 3rd)
Live music begins at 6 p.m. featuring:
DJ Mongo
Black Beans and Hippie Liver
DJ Shoe

The IADT Stage* (Casino Center & Colorado)
Live music begins at 6 p.m. featuring:
Live DJ
Air Drifter
Slow to Surface
Spiritual Messengers
Vince Casas
Theory of Flight

*The International Academy of Design & Technology hosts the main stage of the Casino Center Hub of First Friday Las Vegas. Students enrolled in IADT’s audio production program will provide hands on support in all aspects of the night’s production – from sound and lighting to stage manangement.


Location: Fremont Street between 6th & 7th
Art Style: Urban and street art
Activities: Live painting throughout the evening

Fremont Street East Stage (Fremont between 6th & 7th)
Live music begins at 6 p.m. featuring:
The People’s Whisky
Most Thieves

6 p.m. until midnight

Shuttle service will run from 5:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
There will be ample free parking as well as $5 parking lots. More specific details on lots and shuttle routes will be released on the First Friday facebook page over the next few days
Free parking at the Stratosphere parking garage with a shuttle that will run to the Casino Center Hub.
Free parking at City Hall on Stewart and LV Blvd with a shuttle running to the Casino Center Hub.
Additionally, the Clark County Government Center will have free parking and a shuttle that loops to the Casino Center Hub as well as Fremont Street East.

Artists interested in submitting to be a part of First Friday Las Vegas, can submit using the following form. All types of art will be reviewed, including painting, craftwork, live music, etc. Questions regarding artwork submissions can be directed to

For more information on First Friday Las Vegas, please check back on the facebook page

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 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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