Video:First Friday in Phoenixwith Judy Hedding
Want to get a peek into Phoenix's best galleries and museums? Take part in First Friday next time it rolls around for a fabulous way to start your weekend.See Transcript
Transcript:First Friday in Phoenix
What Is Phoenix First Friday?It's the first Friday of the month, so tonight I'm in Phoenix, Arizona for an event that is appropriately named, First Friday. First Friday was created by an organization called Artlink Phoenix. It's one of the largest organized art walks in the country.
So, what happens at First Friday? Galleries and businesses in the downtown and central Phoenix area open their doors to visitors. On the first Friday of the month, in the evening, people of all ages and walks of life are invited to wander in and out of participating museums, art galleries, art studios and art spaces of all kinds.
First Friday Art WalkThe self-guided First Friday art walk is free and there are many ways to do it. For the newcomer to the event, I recommend that you start at the main shuttle stop. That is usually at the Phoenix Art Museum and there's plenty of parking there. Volunteers from Artlink will be on hand to answer questions, and you can get a map showing the participating galleries and the shuttle stops.
The shuttles will leave you close to most of the galleries and arts spaces. Pick a route and get on the bus. First Friday veterans might drive to certain areas, find a free parking spot on a side street and visit a few stops before heading back to the car. You can also get to many of the stops by taking METRO Light Rail. If that's your preferred mode of transportation, I recommend purchasing an all day pass.
First Friday ParticipantsSome Phoenix attractions open on First Friday evenings with special programs and free admission. Check the Phoenix Art Museum, Irish Cultural Center, Japanese Friendship Garden, Rosson House Museum, Childrens Museum of Phoenix and Arizona Science Center. When you need a break, stop and enjoy one of the many cafes and eateries along the way. Not only can you buy snacks and wine, but you can check out the art on display inside.
While the museums have displays of fine art, the galleries and art spaces that participate in First Friday typically represent new and aspiring Phoenix artists. First Friday is is a bit edgy and bohemian. These aren't the fancy galleries of Scottsdale.
Phoenix First Friday TipsThere's no dress code, wear comfortable shoes and remember that it will be hot outside for the First Friday events during the summer months. As the sun sets in Phoenix on First Friday of the month, the streets come alive. You won't get to see everything in one evening. Relax. You can see the rest next month.
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