Here’s the lineup for the First Friday Event scheduled for May 1 2009.

May 1, 2009

6:00 pm -10:00 pm

May First Friday promises to be another great night for seeing new art and old friends.

More live tiki carving at Casino Center and California by Charles Christians. We will be hosting more than 50 artists on the street (including the Outdoor Exhibition Spaces) and in the gallery spaces within the outdoor festival area on Casino Center Blvd and Colorado Ave.

Stop by the Whole Foods booth for a sample of some of their products.

The Art Institute will be here with information about their many programs.

To make a tax deductable donation to First Friday just go to

We have a minimal $2 entry fee at the gates to the outdoor festival (children twelve and under free when accompanied by an adult). All of the entry fees go to support the First Friday arts event with more artists and live performance. This also allows us to continue to pay for all of the necessary infrastructure for an event that has grown as First Friday has. Each month we pay for trolleys, barricading, artist tents, stages and supporting equipment, porta-potties, tables and chairs, power and technicians for the event, security, police, safety (ambulance, EMT’s etc.), set up and clean up crews and more! All of these things are done to enhance the experience for our visitors and to continue to give artists in the Las Vegas community the opportunity to show their work to a large and diverse audience.

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 Main Street and Colorado 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.


This First Friday, the ‘i love First Friday 2!’ sticker will be redeemable at Big Island Smoothies ( 2 for 1 smoothies), located at 1516 Las Vegas Blvd. S., next to Dino’s Lounge. For the best Mexican food around try La Cabana located at 526 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., $2 off any entree. The sticker is valid throughout April 2009!


Buy a Best Friend of First Friday card and get free entry for one year ($25). We also have special “I ‘heart’ First Friday” t-shirts available for just $10 at the Friends of First Friday Information Table. Within the gated outdoor festival area there are NO DOGS, skateboards, hacky sacks or bikes. City ordinance requires no glass bottles or cans! All of these rules are for everyone’s safety and comfort.

Outdoor Artists Exhibition Spaces

First Friday Outdoor Exhibition spaces featuring art work in a variety of mediums by several artists. Provided free-of-charge to selected artists, the Outdoor Exhibition Spaces give creators of a variety of disciplines the opportunity to showcase their latest works in the heart of the popular First Friday festival grounds. Artists can apply at

Live Entertainment

The Land Rover Stage:

6pm Marina V (Acoustic)

7pm Leaving Springfield (Original Rock)

8pm John Zito and the Electric Church (Southern Rock/Blues)

9pm Think (Funk/Jazz/Rock)


The California Stage:

6pm Jimmy Angel (50’s rock)

8pm Marina V (Acoustic)

8:30pm The Inhalers (Classic Rock)


Colorado and Casino Center

Break dancers provide more entertainment on Colorado near Main St.
Architecture and Neon in Clark County is the topic of the May 1 panel at 6 pm at the Clark County Government Center. Panelists include Brian “Buzz” Leming, sign designer at YESCO, Helga Watkins, Associate Professor, UNLV Art Dept., architect Eric Strain and Dr. David Schwartz, UNLV Library. The free discussion, which will be broadcast live on CCTV 4, is part of the First Friday series “Centennial Stories:Examining Our Past.”

Gypsy Den on east Colorado showing art by Ragdoll, Jon Purtill, Seashell Fingernails, Wesker, and Aaron Garcia

Joseph Watson collection
Suite 115 arts factory at first friday and preview Thursday


Trifecta Gallery: Stop and Glow- the artists. Selected artists by the RTC stop and glow bus shelter project exhibit their current work to show the past, present and future tense process of public art submissions.   Catherine Borg, Stephen Hendee, Brian Porray, Todd VonBastiaans, Sean Russell, Evan Dent, and Danielle Kelly.   Through May 29, 2009