Phoenix's First Friday art walk adding more artists, performances and a beer garden

Posted at 7:56 AM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 15:53:23-04

The monthly art walk and street fair in downtown Phoenix is expanding and adding a beer garden.

Starting on the first Friday of May -- May 5 to be exact -- the First Friday art walk will add more artists, live performances, and a beer garden at the Phoenix Center for the Arts.

The Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation, Artlink, Inc., and Phoenix Center for the Arts have collaborated on the expansion, according to a news release sent out Wednesday.

The added activities will take place on Moreland Street between Second and Third streets. Moreland is one block block north of Roosevelt Street.

The beer garden will be in the art center's courtyard, according to Lauren Henschen, deputy director for Phoenix Center for the Arts.

The arts center will also launch "date night child drop-off," a program where parents can drop-off their children for a 2 1/2-hour art class while they get dinner or mill around the art walk. The program runs from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and costs $25 per child, according to the release.

Organizers said more vendors and performances will be added as the year goes on. 

First Friday is a free street fair that takes place on the first Friday of every month in downtown Phoenix. From 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. local artists, musicians, street performers and galleries set up shop and open their doors along Roosevelt Street -- and now Moreland.

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