The First Friday of Fall

What you must see on the most artistic day of the month

If you’ve been skipping downtown’s monthly art festival, First Friday, because of the summer heat, then Oct. 1 is the time to go. Not only is the event celebrating its eighth anniversary, but the weather will be perfect. Of the 20 blocks of entertainment, food and art, here’s what you should check out.

More Outside Art

Boulder City’s 48th annual Art in the Park festival features more than 300 arts and crafts vendors, live music and demonstrations to benefit the Boulder City Hospital Foundation. Although the population of Boulder City is less than 20,000, the event draws nearly 100,000 attendees. Ribbons will be awarded in Fine Art, Fine Craft and Traditional Craft categories, as well as an overall “Best in Show.” This year’s featured artist is former Boulder City resident Patricia Ragone. Her watercolor painting of a rooster in pink tennis shoes, “Yippee,” will be on display. The image celebrates her friend Shelley Cranley’s victory over breast cancer.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2-3, Wilbur, Bicentennial and Escalante parks, Boulder City, free.

Local artist extraordinaire Jennifer Henry curates the First Friday Outdoor Exhibition Spaces (OES) and showcases 18 artists; that’s three times the normal number. Gaia Flowers, Gifts and Art (4 E. Charleston Blvd.) will present abstract paintings and painted furniture from Leslie Rowland ( and stained-glass works by Las Vegas’ own award-winning glass artist Christine Curtis Wilson ( D’Arte Designs POP-UP Gallery (, in association with William Powell Interiors, will showcase a sculpture exhibit by the name of “Metallikos” featuring new works by Gregory Allred, Chris O’Rourke and Scott Sandoval at Holsum Design Center (241 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 140). Over at 1211 S. Main St., Retro Vegas ( will be displaying the photography of Las Vegas resident Todd Duane Miller ( whose obsession with old and dusty car lots has translated into some great photos. Local favorite Biscuit Street Preacher’s show, From Zenith to Nadir, opens at Trifecta Gallery ( in the Arts Factory. And while you’re in the building, make sure to check out P. Detta’s exhibit of twisted-mundane photos, Alterna-Life, at Laura Henkel Fine Art gallery (

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