First Friday Las Vegas

What is the first word that comes into your mind when you hear Las Vegas? Some people would probably say casinos. The city is full of casinos after all, which even led people from all over the world to dub it as the Sin Capital of the World.

For me, the word is vibrant, and it’s not because of the nightlife entertainment that some highly regard the city for. Rather, it is because of the love for the arts that is evident in its culture. This is what non-profit organization First Friday Foundation is upholding through its First Friday Las Vegas Event.

Do a little shopping at First Friday in Las Vegas.


The First Friday Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that aims to promote local culture and arts through the First Friday Las Vegas festival. It is a huge believer in the creativity of Las Vegans and how creativity is deeply embedded in the culture of Las Vegas.

One of the murals you’ll see at First Friday

Basically, First Friday Las Vegas is an event that gives all sorts of artists and food vendors a space to showcase their passions. It is a gathering of the local community in support of local art and culture. What for? Well, it seems to me that it is all for the purpose of upholding the creativity in the culture of Las Vegas.


First Friday is held in various places around Downtown Las Vegas. This includes the Las Vegas Art District, the Fremont District, and the Smith Center. Some of the locations where the previous First Friday Las Vegas events were held are at 1025 First Street and Charleston and Casino Center. The event usually takes place from 5 pm to 11 pm. 

If you wish to showcase your art masterpieces, you can submit your application online. A jury composed of three, which can be gallery owners, photographers, or artists, will review and approve it. The application has stringent requirements. For more info, click this link. 

There are Food Vendors available at First Friday.

For food vendors, the booth fees are $400 for food trucks, $300 for food tents, and $300 for vendors that offer dessert only. For the last kind, you must send in your menu for approval. Furthermore, the prices may still vary depending on additional requirements. For more info, click here

The admission to the event is free! But as you’ve read, there will be lots of art forms and food. It only implies one thing: bring cash! And oh, you can also attend the event as a volunteer, by the way. You can help in conducting surveys, taking photos, helping in organizing the event, and many more! 

First Friday Foundation also accepts donations and sponsorships. It very much appreciates all organizations that help in making the First Friday Las Vegas possible.


Take part in celebrating local arts, thus your local culture. Check out the video below to see a glimpse of what’s happening in the First Friday Las Vegas. See you there!

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