So you want you want a taste of real local Vegas culture?
(YES, we have local culture).
Then nothing will give the vibes in one fell swoop better than heading down to the monthly First Friday Festival in the Downtown Arts District.
I know what you're thinking..."Wait a second, Vegas has an ARTS DISTRICT????"
WE SURE DO!
Located about half-way between the most notable part of the The Strip and Fremont Street the Arts District 18B encompasses an area dissected by Main St and Charleston. Not ONLY do we have Arts District 18b but, it's quickly exploding beyond it’s original 18 blocks into one of the most exciting locals-centric areas of town. From the smorgasbord of Mid-Century focused vintage stores, an ever expanding bar and coffee scene, some of the of the best places to eat in town and of course THE ART the Downtown Art District is becoming the new face of cool. There's no better time to witness it in all its glory than the monthly FIRST FRIDAY.
On the First Friday evening of every month all of the artists inside Art Square and the Arts Factory throw open the doors for everyone to enjoy their art and the area surrounding them turns into one big, glorious street festival pulsing with the energy of the local Las Vegas flavor with live music, food trucks, all kinds of vendors, artists working live on the street and of course PLENTY of adult beverages. Plus because this is Vegas you can actually stroll around with your cocktail while taking in everything like an adult instead of being sequestered in the playpen they call the Beer Garden like practically everywhere else.
Wander inside the Arts Factory and get lost upstairs in the labrinyth of small galleries and engage with many of the artists at work on different mediums. While you’re there make sure to check out one of my favorite local artists Kat Tatz at The Wonderland Gallery. Once you’ve scoped out all the nooks and crannies of the Arts Factory wander across the alley to Art Square for more local galleries and then across the street to 1st and Main to the not to be missed Burlesque Hall of Fame.
By now you’re probably feeling pretty peckish so be on the look out for my favorite food truck Honey Dog. The addictive truck hand dips its own MAMMOTH corn dogs to order and then slathers them in the suprising yet kind of life changing addition of honey which is made even more amazing when dipped in mustard. I love these corn dogs so much my husband is sick of hearing about them. Make sure to do me a favor and get one and when they totally change your life SPREAD THE WORD!
If you're ready to sit down with a cold one head over to Mingo or Artifice Bar where you can take a load off those feet and round out the night while still remaining in the heart of the action.
Are you marking your calenders yet?
I hope to run into you down there one of these days!
First Friday is the First Friday of the month YEAR-ROUND from 5 pm-11pm
You can get there FOR FREE from Fremont St using the Downtown Loop Shuttle
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