First Friday Transportation and ParkingFirst Friday is held in the Arts District of downtown Las Vegas. The spacious district also referred to as 18b, is home to a variety of galleries and boutiques that participate in this highly popular event. It’s so popular, in fact, that reaching the festival by car can sometimes be a challenge. Consider using a parking garage, such as the free lot at 7th and Ogden – just make sure to arrive early at this lot to get a space. Paid parking areas are also an option, such as the Fremont St. Experience lot on 4th and Carson, or The Plaza Hotel & Casino lot on Main and Carson. Royal Rewards members may qualify for free parking. If possible, walking to First Friday is a hassle-free option, although crowds can get heavy at times.
The First Friday ExperienceFirst Friday is an art event; however, guests also enjoy incredible food and live entertainment. The event is a great opportunity for both visitors and locals to discover talented local artists. Thanks to this venue, pedestrian traffic in the downtown area has grown by leaps and bounds. First Friday has also helped promote the fantastic small businesses in the district.
Area AttractionsThe Arts District spans 18 blocks; here, you’ll find art galleries and so much more. Visit Glam Factory Vintage on Colorado for incredible vintage clothing. If its home décor you’re after, stop by Inside Style, a boutique specializing in interior décor. You’re likely to work up an appetite at First Friday — luckily, there are plenty of palate-pleasing downtown Vegas food options available. Casa Don Juan serves up authentic Mexican cuisine, and for fusion fare and cocktails, head to Mingo’s. There are even hair salons and tattoo parlors in this eclectic district.
First Friday: Something for EveryoneAlthough there’s nothing wrong with relaxing in your plush downtown Vegas hotel suite, First Friday is a fantastic opportunity to get outside and mingle with guests and locals.
The ScintasWhen: April 8, 9, 15 & 16 / May 6, 7, 13 & 14 / June 3, 4, 24, 25 / July 8, 9, 15, 16 / August 19, 20, 26, 27 / September 16, 17, 23, 24 / October 7, 8, 14, 15 / November 4, 5, 11, 12 Where: The Plaza You don’t have to travel far to enjoy world-class entertainment — because it’s right here at the Plaza! The Scintas are a four-person comedy troupe that offers variety show style entertainment that varies at every show. The Scintas truly offers something for everyone. At any given time during a show, you have the opportunity to see Mick Jagger, Dean Martin, Bruno Mars, exciting music from a full horn section, opera numbers, and more. The show is an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing, crying, and hoping it never ends! If you’ve seen this act before, don’t worry — you’re guaranteed to see new material from this talented foursome. The Plaza is also currently running The Scintas and a Steak $99 special where guests can enjoy a delicious dinner at Oscar’s Steakhouse before heading down to the iconic showroom for The Scintas.
My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m Still in Therapy…Where: The Smith Center When: Throughout April Get ready to laugh! Steve Solomon will take you on a journey through his hilarious and often brow-raising family life in this show that centers around his eclectic family. If you like stand-up comedy, you’re sure to appreciate this comedic offering.
Exhibitions at The Arts FactoryWhere: The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd. When: Throughout April Thanks to First Friday and an impressive array of art galleries, downtown Vegas has earned a reputation as an art hot spot. Many galleries – like The Arts Factory, hold regular exhibitions. Every month, The Arts Factory showcase changes and is not announced until First Friday. Although, if you want to get an early peek, attend Preview Thursday. Regardless of what kind of art is on display, The Arts Factory is sure to delight art lovers from all walks of life.
Disney’s Beauty and The BeastWhere: The Smith Center When: Throughout April If you’re in the mood for some Disney magic, you won’t want to miss Beauty and The Beast at the Smith Center.
Mozart, Poulenc, & BeethovenWhere: The Smith Center When: April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of beautiful classical music at The Smith Center. Masterpieces by Mozart, Poulenc, and Beethoven will be performed by talented musicians on piano and wind instruments. Get your tickets at the Smith Center website. Downtown Las Vegas has it all — arts, entertainment, and so much more. In addition to the shows listed above, there’s always the Omaha Lounge at the Plaza. Every night, guests are treated to a rotating variety of entertaining performances.
The BeginningFrankie Scinta began performing at the age of 9 and instantly knew he wanted to spend his life on the stage. “Once I heard that applause that was it, I knew that’s what I was going to do for the rest of my life,” said Frankie. The Scintas formed and began performing in their hometown of Buffalo, New York before relocating to Las Vegas in 2000. The group started at the Hilton where their show was much different than what you see today. “It was my brother, my sister, myself, and our drummer,” said Frankie, “we had no band, no horn section, no rhythm section, we were the band!”
Vegas Then & NowWhile performing at the Hilton, The Scintas quickly gained recognition because their show was perfectly suited for Vegas. “It was an incredible time in Vegas because there were other shows,” said Frankie, “there were other resident headliners here that you could see who were performers — not just comedians, but entertainers.” And, as Frankie explained, those entertainers had a strong relationship with the hotel they were performing at, something The Scintas are looking to replicate during their time at the Plaza. “This, at the Plaza, it’s a marriage between the Plaza and The Scintas,” said Frankie, “and so far, it’s working out very well!” The relationship between The Scintas and the Plaza also aims to bring back aspects of what Frankie refers to as vintage Vegas. “What I really miss about vintage Vegas is that every hotel had a headliner,” said Frankie, “you could go to the MGM, and you would know Tom Jones was going to be there, and people made a night of it.”
To encourage the idea of a full night out on the town, visitors can indulge in a fine meal at Oscar’s Steakhouse before heading down to the plush showroom to enjoy The Scintas.
During the show, every member of the audience is then invited back up to Oscar’s Steakhouse for a cocktail and the chance to meet and chat with the performers. This is another nod to keeping the vibe of vintage Vegas alive at the Plaza. “That’s what entertainers did in the old days,” said Frankie. Although it may seem like much of the show’s emphasis is on returning to old Vegas, the show truly offers something for everyone.“Our show offers those who are between 30 and 70 somewhere to go where they can have an emotional connection to a show and can leave with a feeling,” said Frankie. After all, where else can you see Michael Jackson, Dean Martin, Bruno Mars, and Mick Jagger in one place?