January First Friday Las Vegas: Spark

LAS VEGAS – December 27, 2013 – First Friday Las Vegas, the largest arts and culture festival in the Western United States, has become the leader for family-friendly activities, art, cultural enrichment, educational efforts, imagination, community and more; mostly low cost or free of cost, for every age. There is really nothing quite like this monthly event.

On Friday, January 3, First Friday presents its loyal explorers sparks for the new year. Sparks are the inspirations for making a positive change in 2014. They can be more family activities, weight loss, art appreciation, creativity, music, love and community, plus – there are so many more! Find a spark at First Friday and make a commitment to celebrate it each month on the downtown streets in The Arts District, 18b.

The Welcome Tent, on the south side of Casino Center and Charleston, will conduct a community art project to help ignite sparks for attendees. Robots and Dead Girls will guide the project with spark-related art and maybe a little sparkle magic too. Centennial Toyota hosts the Hub Stage with the best of live and local music in Las Vegas, with fire performances, games and giveaways. Hub Stage is located on Casino Center and Colorado.

North of Charleston, there will plenty of opportunities to see live music at multiple stages at Artifice, Bar + Bistro and brand new main stage outside of Art Square, with the best culinary surprises on four wheels from Vegas’ best food trucks.

All interview and photo inquiries can be directed to Alissa Kelly alissa@prpluslv.com or Robert Jarrettrobert@prpluslv.com. If you plan to send a camera, you must contact Robert Jarrett at 702-561-3872 for clearance and parking instructions.

FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS HIGHLIGHTS:

ARTS DISTRICT
Location: Casino Center and Colorado Ave.
Art Style: Emerging and established artists, arts, crafts
Art Row is located on Casino Center between Colorado and Charleston, showcasing works by emerging Las Vegas artists. Try free art classes provided by Social Paintbrush at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The Bazaar, located in the lot on the southwest corner of Casino Center and California offers arts and crafts from over 40 vendors.

KidZone 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. is the place with fun activities specifically for little First Friday enthusiasts. Receive free lessons in dance from Kravenko Dance Academy. Learn some graceful moves and enjoy presentations throughout the evening from their knowledgeable company members. Kids can play with animals looking for a good home with The Animal Foundation, make art and listen to live music.

Green Street is the place where First Friday patrons can learn about spreading the love to the environment through multiple vendors and a great place to hang out, listen to music, make friends and get green. Bike to First Friday and utilize the free Bike Valet or charge devices at the solar powered charging station all inside Green Street. Cafe do Paraiso, a cause-oriented coffee roasting company, will be selling coffee and $1 for every pound sold will go to a local environmental education nonprofit.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

PARKING/SHUTTLES:
Shuttle service will run from 4:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Four Open Top Sightseeing Shuttles, two Celebrity Coaches and an additional handicap equipped shuttle will make a constant loop around the entire event route.
For Handicap Transportation to event, please call: 702-736-6491

There will be ample free parking as well as $5 parking lots.
**If you park in unauthorized parking areas, you may be subject to towing.

Fremont Route Shuttle Stops:
* El Cortez- pick up and drop off on 6th St. across from the El Cortez valet entrance
* Arts District Hub at Colorado and Main

Government Center Route Shuttle Stops:
* Government Center
*Arts District Hub at Colorado and Main

GENERAL INFORMATION
For more information on First Friday Las Vegas, please check the website www.firstfridaylasvegas.com, the Facebook page www.facebook.com/firstfridaylasvegas or on twitter at @firstfridaylv.

ABOUT FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS
First Friday Las Vegas has been a mainstay of arts and culture in downtown Las Vegas for ten years. In 2011, the arts and culture festival welcomed a new ownership group, First Friday Las Vegas, LLC, comprised of Zappos.comexecutives Tony Hsieh, Fred Mossler and Steve Hill, as well as downtown developer Andrew Donner and executive producer Joey Vanas. The outdoor event which averages 20,000 patrons each month features several areas throughout Downtown Las Vegas like KidZone, Green Street, The Hub and Shuffle Zone that showcase artists of all calibers and genres. Stages throughout the festival feature live music, food vendors and food trucks offer the finest in cuisine and other celebratory events each month are always working to build community in Las Vegas.

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