More than First Friday: A guide to tonight’s Downtown events

A scene from the Night Parade in 2009.
Photo: Leila Navidi

Each month, First Friday brings a sizeable crowd to the streets of Downtown.

But September’s installment isn’t your ordinary First Friday. The City of Las Vegas expects that “sizeable crowd” to swell to 40,000 people tonight, as the monthly cultural festival is complemented by a multitude of other events.

Heading that way? Consider pairing your usual gallery hopping with one of these out-of-the-box occurrences:

Harvest Festival The annual art and craft show returns to the Cashman Center Friday through Sunday. The event features over 250 exhibitors, selling all kinds of handmade crafts—everything from Christmas ornaments to ceramics to furniture and décor. You’ll want to arrive early if you’re looking to score some artisan goods, as the festival closes at 6:00 p.m. (the official First Friday start time). 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $4-$9, 850 N. Las Vegas Blvd., 386-7100, harvestfestival.com.

Wicked The acclaimed, Tony-winning musical is in the midst of its six-week run at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts—and as of 1:15 p.m., tickets for tonight’s performance were still being sold. And you can score ‘em cheap! The Smith Center is offering musical theater lovers a shot at discounted tickets with a lottery for $25 seats. All you have to do is arrive at the box office at 5 p.m. to enter your name, and winners will be chosen a half hour later. 7:30 p.m., $42-$181, 361 Symphony Park Ave., 749-2000, thesmithcenter.com.

Pride Parade The Southern Nevada Association of Pride’s annual parade returns to Downtown tonight. Celebrate the LGBT community while watching fabulous floats, Pride royalty and glamorous drag queens roll right by. Did we mention comediennes Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho and Joan Rivers are honorary grand marshals? Also, you can catch their pre-parade appearances at the Main Parade Stage (7 p.m., 4th St. and Bridger Ave.). 8 p.m., down 4th Street from Charleston Blvd. to Ogden Ave., lasvegaspride.org.

Under the Neon Lights Krave puts on a drag queen festival in the center court of Neonopolis, which doubles as one of the many afterparties for the evening’s Pride Parade. Catch performances by Sharon Needles, Yara Sofia and Shannel of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the iconic Lady Bunny and, of course, the ladies of Drink & Drag. 6 p.m.-2 a.m., free entry, 450 Fremont St., kravelasvegas.com.


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