One of the niftiest off the radar free things to do in Las Vegas happens one day a month – and that day in June is the 6th. First Friday happens from 5pm until 11pm on the first Friday of every month (duh). Many cities have First Friday celebrations of their arts and culture areas. Las Vegas’ First Friday celebrates music, art and crafts in Downtown Vegas and it’s a Free event. You can spend all night enjoying music and art for no cost besides any food, drink or art you may purchase.
Unlike many things in Las Vegas, First Friday is family oriented event. It’s variety of artists, vendors and activities are fun for all ages. They have a Kid Zone within the event that has different themes each month. You should not be afraid to bring your kids to First Friday. There’s really no reason for them not to appreciate art while they’re young.
First Friday doesn’t take place underneath the Fremont Street Experience canopy that many people think of when they hear Downtown Vegas. First Friday is celebrated in the Arts District of Downtown Las Vegas. The hub of First Friday is on Casino Center Blvd in between Colorado St and California St. with an extension on 3rd St and Colorado. As Downtown Vegas has grown so has First Friday. It now includes Fremont East district where you’ll find live art activations and music in Get Back Alley behind Beauty Bar and The Griffin.
You can explore all Downtown Vegas has to offer by walking from one part of First Friday to the other but you don’t have to. There are free shuttles provided that run from 4:30pm-11:30pm. Big Bus Las Vegas and Celebrity Coaches provide shuttles for First Friday. Celebrity Coaches is the supporting shuttle for entire route and for handicap accessibility. You just have to call 702-736-6491 for handicap service. Big Bus has three stops and two routes which you can find details on the First Friday FAQ.
First Friday isn’t just a great way to spend a Friday night on the cheap in Vegas but it’s a great way to learn about the local arts culture. If you’re really geeked on art many of the art galleries stay open late on First Friday. If you’d like more information on First Friday their Facebook page is updated regularly with information on the event and art community. If you’re less concerned about specifics for each month FirstFriday.com has all of the information you’ll need to check out the event.