First Friday events in downtown Phoenix include kids’ activities, music


Those planning on staying in town for Labor Day weekend and looking for something to do may want to consider First Friday activities in downtown Phoenix.

The monthly art walk is still on hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but some galleries, museums and other venues are open with special events for the evening. Additionally, artists and vendors have taken over the sidewalks of Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and other downtown areas

If you plan to venture inside a museum or gallery, make sure you have a mask handy as some places require face coverings for entry, even for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

It’s best to check in advance with the location you plan to visit to find out what security policies and protocols are in place.

Here are some of the first Friday activities taking place on September 3rd.

Interactive art at Found: RE Phoenix Hotel

There will be Labor Day festivities all weekend long at Found: RE, but for the First Friday, visitors can catch an interactive art experience with Mohan Toopal. There will also be live music by McKenzie Hayes.

The first Friday event is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Details: FOUND: RE Phoenix Hotel, 1100 N. Central Ave. 602-875-8000,

First Friday at Tap That Downtown

The festivities include artists showing off their wares, more vendors, live music, food, wine and craft beers. At 9 p.m., DJ Smooth takes over the afrobeats, Latin, hip hop and trap spinning.

Details: Tap That Downtown, 909 N. Fifth St. Phoenix. 602-812-3222,

Call me Ishmael at Five15Arts

This solo exhibition by Michael Pierre Price presents 13 abstract and surrealist works that weave a thought-provoking story. According to the gallery’s description, “Call Me Ishmael” merges physics with neuroscience and spirituality to present the artist’s perspective on the nature of reality, consciousness and existence through the digitally created art. Augmented reality animations enhance the artwork and a 33-minute soundscape adds to the experience.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Face masks / covers are mandatory for all gallery visitors.

Details: Five15Arts @ Chartreuse, 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 602-717-1194.

ADMIXT ARTS: writing * and * at the ASU Step Gallery

Stop by the opening reception for this multimedia art exhibit at the Step Gallery at ASU’s Grant Street Studios. The exhibition features collaborations from: fiction writer Christina D’Antoni and ceramicist Jan Davids, poet M McDonough and printmaker Daniella Napolitano, photographer Bria Thompson and poet Monica Garcia, lithographer Maggie Pierce and poetess Carina Muñoz, story punctuated with collages by Winslow Schmelling and Julia Martin and photo collage with poetry by Erin Peters and Benjamin Moore. There will also be concrete poetry by Nicole Arocho Hernandez, soundscapes by Hayden Casey and poetry / photo collages by Avery Meinen.

Reception is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Details: ASU Grant Street Studios, 605 E. Grant St. Phoenix.

Alwun House Art Park

Monthly First Friday festivities at Alwun House include beer, wine, food trucks, music and a variety of artists and artisans selling their creations. At this month’s event, Embry Health will also provide COVID-19 testing.

Details: Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-253-7887,

Summer mix at the First Studio gallery

Meet at the First Studio Gallery from 6 pm to 9 pm, for an artists reception for the creators of “Summer Blend”. This exhibition presents the works of four artists: John David Yanke, Barbara Bagan, Kyllan Maney and Cindy Schnackle. ‘Summer Blend’ showcases abstract art through bright, playful, soft and serene tones. Sculptures, paintings and cold wax are some of the artistic styles you will see.

The closing reception for “Summer Blend” is scheduled for September 17th. Visitors can also take a self-guided tour of the gallery Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are mandatory for those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Details: First Studio Gallery, 631 N. First Ave., Phoenix, 602-957-7760,

“Freedom Must Be Lived: America by Marion Palfi, 1940-1978” at the Phoenix Art Museum at the Phoenix Art Museum

“Freedom must be lived: America by Marion Palfi, 1940-1978” tells the story of Marion Palfi. Palfi visually documented 20th century American injustice.

Visitors can view over 100 photographic prints as well as photo books, magazines and research journals, all from the Center for Creative Photography’s Marion Palfi Archives. Many of these documents have never been exhibited or published.

Free admission hours for the first Friday are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors.

Details: Phoenix Museum of Art, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-257-1880.

Amy Sansbury “Safe Zone” at Eye Lounge

Amy Sansbury’s ceramic murals will be on display until September 12. “Safety Zone” represents everyday objects such as telephone poles, lampposts, utilities and traffic signs used to create symmetrical patterns inspired by geometric patterns of Islamic tiles and rose windows. of Talavera tiles. According to the Eye Lounge website, this work examines where the pattern breaks down and becomes uncomfortable.

The first Friday event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eye Lounge asks visitors who are not fully vaccinated to follow CDC guidelines for wearing masks and maintaining social distancing in the gallery.

Details: Eye Lounge, 419 E. Roosevelt St. 602-430-1490,

Free entry to the Phoenix Children’s Museum

Take your kids to the museum’s latest exhibit “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit”, which lets kids explore an interactive exhibit where they can create works of art using the Eric Carle’s techniques, weave their own spider web and complete an obstacle course in the “Very Clumsy Click Beetle game landscape”. The exhibition will be available until September 6.

Masks are mandatory for all clients aged 2 and over, regardless of their immunization status. The first Friday at the museum will be 5 to 9 p.m. on August 6.

Details: Phoenix Children’s Museum, 215 N. Seventh St, Phoenix, 602-253-0501,

Free entry to the Heard Museum

Stop by the Heard Museum to see their current exhibitions, including “Small Wonders”, “All at Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving” and “Larger than Memory: A Digital Experience”, an exhibition showcasing two decades of works by art from all over the United States. States and Canada.

All CDC guidelines are applied. Masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors regardless of their vaccination status.

Entrance to the museum is free on the first Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Details: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. 602-252-8840,

Print a poster at Hazel & Violet letterpress

Print a free poster on Grand Avenue at Hazel & Violet Letterpress. The store also has cards, coasters, calendars, and stationery available for purchase.

The first Friday event will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Details: Hazel & Violet Letterpress, 1301 Grand Ave., Phoenix. 480-544-2162,


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