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First Friday goes dark in July

First Friday
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First Friday will go dark next month, as it was announced today that First Friday, LLC would not be seeking a permit to put on the monthly arts and culture street festival for the month of July.

First Friday, LLC’s Charles Ressler said the organization would be taking time to “pause” and “regroup” before August’s installment. “We will capitalize on this time to take First Friday to the next level.”

A number of other announcements were also made at today’s press conference, held within the festival’s grounds at Colorado and Casino Center – and location was one of them. While Ressler said the festival’s footprint will now cover all of Downtown Las Vegas – from the Arts District to Symphony Park to Fremont East – he also dispelled the rumors that First Friday would be moving out of the 18b Arts District hub.

Ressler also revealed the launch date for First Friday’s new website (August 1), as well as the programming themes for the remainder of the year – starting with August’s “Wonderland” theme, which will again feature an immersive art installation on the streets of Downtown (like last August’s “AntARTica” installation). Ressler also announced the organization’s plans to further their environmental efforts, as the large water bins weighing down festival tents will be replaced by concrete blocks.

So, if you were hoping to peruse Downtown’s fine art with a funnel cake in hand anytime soon, tonight’s the night – First Friday’s June festivities begin at 5 p.m.

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