Come down this month to enjoy both visual and performance art! There will be tiki carving, programming the Land Rover stage, live improv on the street, artist, vendors and more!

We will be hosting more than 100 artists on the sidewalks and in the gallery spaces within the outdoor festival area on Casino Center Blvd and Colorado.

Donate to support First Friday:


El Cortez/First Friday Express Trolley
The El Cortez Hotel & Casino joined with First Friday and is sponsoring an Express Trolley. The trolley will take patrons from the El Cortez, 600 East Fremont Street at the Cortez Garden Gateway (with 1,200 free parking spaces in the garage and also valet) to The Funk House Trolley Stop at First Friday (and back again). The bus will run from 6:00 p.m.(starting at the El Cortez) until 10:00 p.m. with the last First Friday stop at approximately 9:30 p.m. Take advantage of the convenient parking and avoid traffic after the event. You can also enjoy the Entertainment District’s First Friday after parties when you arrive back at the El Cortez.


Buy a Best Friend of First Friday card and help support your favorite Las Vegas arts event ($25). We also have special “I ‘heart’ First Friday” t-shirts available for just $7 (for 7 years) at the First Friday Las Vegas Information Table (located in front of The Funk House). Make a $2 donation at the info table and receive a raffle ticket for valuable prizes.

City ordinance requires no glass bottles or cans!


Below is a partial listing of our Outdoor Artist Exhibits:
Curated by Enrique Nevarez
Luis Martinez–oil painting
Fred Morledge–photography
Steve Shuck–mixed media/metal
Giovani Morales–mixed media
De La Luz–acrylic/ink



New exhibits:
Art @ The Funk House showing Derrick McAdoo from Feb 5-March 1, 2010. Abstract watercolors and prints. 1228 S. Casino Center Blvd. LV, NV 89104 702.678.6278
Brett Wesley Gallery is proud to present Full Figured Neon Kiss opening exhibition February 4, show runs through Feb 28th – This exhibition will feature established painters Constance Edwards Scopepolis from Indianapolis, Kristine McCallister from Las Vegas and Sculptures by Christopher Schulz from Los Angles. For more info visit our website at
City of the World, February’s featured artist Gia Ray has been drawing since the age of four.  At 14, she began to experiment with oil based paints and discovered that her broad strokes were covered by her left hand while finite details were to be done with her right.  Come see her fascinating artwork at City of the World. 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd.

The Contemporary Arts Center presents Tomorrow People -February 4-March 20 Painting, drawing and sculpture by emerging artists Leah Craig, Catherine Cruise, Justin Favela, and Thomas Willis. First Friday 6-10 at the CAC. 101 E. Charleston, Suite 107 in the Arts Factory. Visit for more information.

DAMNED INK STUDIOS, Suite 204, showing new work. Located in the Arts Factory upstairs. Open First Friday Fri/Sat 1-6pm and by appointment. (702) 480-9090.

THE FALLOUT GALLERY– “Instantaniation”  through Feb 5, 2010–1551 S. Commerce St. Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.678.6278  Open First Friday 6-10pm.

Gaia Flowers, Gifts and Art –Opening Feb. 4 is “Ancient Art of the Mojave,” an exhibition of photographs by artist Hamilton Moore of Jumping Lion Photography. The show includes Moore ‘s photos of ancient rock art, evocative landscapes and modern development of the Mojave, juxtaposing the enormity of creation and thousands of years of human habitation with the insignificance of modern civilization. On behalf of Jumping Lion, Gaia is donating half of its storefront window display space to the Southern Nevada Rock Art Association, a local nonprofit that works to preserve ancient rock art. During First Friday, 6-10 p.m. Feb. 5, SNRAA will unveil its display.
Gainsburg Studio will host many artists in many media such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, fabric, and mixed media for Feb 5, First Friday Las Vegas.
The Green Gallery in the Arts Factory is pleased to announce the unveiling of the “Dresses” collection of artist Kimberly Cockrum at February’s First Friday. Cockrum hails from Arkansas, where she has been contracted for murals and custom home decorating. In addition, Cockrum also created hundreds of pieces of artwork in her nature and life collections. For more of her work, go to
PLACE on Main is now open, showing art from local and out of state artists. New shows every month. Opening receptions every first Thursday and First Friday of the month. Open daily Fri-Sun 11-7 as well as some hours during the week. Call for details.  (702) 782-0319 Place gallery is located at 1054 Main. N.W. corner of Main and Charleston. A few doors down from the world famous ATTIC.
TRIFECTA Gallery :  Angela Kallus “small” new work.  Presenting the Kallus classic concentric circle and rosebud paintings in a smaller scale. Preview night Thursday February 4, 2010 from 5-9pm.   702.366.7001  in the Arts Factory.
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We here at Whirlygig/First Friday Las Vegas love the tremendous visitorship we receive each month for our First Friday Programming. Our licensing with the city allows us to facilitate and enjoy the event from 6pm -10pm the first Friday of each month. Recently, and due to the fantastic response, some vendors and local businesses have requested that we continue our events until Midnight or later. As much as we would love to be able to accommodate this request our permitting and financial resources simply do not allow us to remain open after 10 pm.

For that reason we would like for all of our friends, advertisers, visitors and interested parties to know that the HOURS of First Friday are and will remain from 6-10pm. Any activities sponsored or organized by individuals, groups, businesses or otherwise organized AFTER 10 pm are not part of Whirlygig or First Friday. Whirlygig and First Friday will in no way be responsible in any way whatsoever for any activity or potential liability that may occur during the hours after 10pm in the area where regular First Friday activities take place.

At Whirlygig we work closely with the City of Las Vegas and the Metropolitan Police Dept. to make the First Friday activities as fun and as safe as possible for all visitors until 10 pm. If you choose to participate in any events or activities after 10pm, you do so without the support and assistance that Whirlygig provides for visitors during regular festival hours. Although we cannot limit businesses from hosting activities after 10pm, we just would like you to know that the care and assistance we provide during festival hours will not exist and visitors will be participating at their own risk and discretion.

Cirque du Soleil is an international company from Quebec dedicated to the creation, production and distribution of artistic works. Their mission is to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people throughout the world. With seven permanent productions in Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil continues to participate and take an active part in the local community.

Cirque du Soleil–in February once again supports First Friday Las Vegas. Ever since it has had the resources to follow its dreams and to present shows around the world, Cirque du Soleil has chosen to be involved in the community. Every year, an amount equivalent to 1% of Cirque du Soleil gross earnings is committed by the company and its founder for various cultural programs supporting emerging artists, social action and responsibility programs including Cirque du Monde, Cirque du Soleil’s social circus intervention program geared to underprivileged youth, as well as the ONE DROP Foundation.

Whirlygig Inc., the non-profit producer of the First Friday arts event is fortunate to be one of the cultural programs Cirque du Soleil supports here in Las Vegas.


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