A Guide To First Fridays in Phoenix

A Guide To First Fridays in Phoenix

Roosevelt Row’s Arts District (often called RoRo) is the place to be on the first Friday of the month! That’s when this walk able, central hub of art and culture in downtown Phoenix comes to life. Take in the art, performances, and award-winning food in one of the nation’s largest art walks. It’s a great option for families, ladies’ nights, or date nights. And it’s free, so you can’t lose! (But you don’t have to take my word for it; Roosevelt was recently called one of the Top 10 Art Districts in the US by USA Today.)

First Fridays in Phoenix

I happened to be in Phoenix, compiling a guide to the city, when a friend said this was something I just had to see. I sipped on a pineapple lemonade while wondering the streets and taking it all in. I lost track of the number of fabulous street art and murals on the building exteriors after about 30. I couldn’t believe how many people were out and about in that 100 degree weather, but I’d say it was definitely worth it.

First Fridays in Phoenix

The History First Fridays in Phoenix

To give you a little bit of backstory, Roosevelt Row has been a mixed use area since Phoenix was first established around the early 1900’s. (Fun fact: The flower shop at Fifth Street and Roosevelt has been in continuous operation since 1948!) In the ‘70s, some of the area was re-zoned as a high-rise incentive district, leading to a decline of the neighborhood that lasted 20 years. Artists flocked to the area, because boarded-up buildings were affordable for studio and gallery space. This unintentionally led to the revitalization of the area. Crime rates dropped and a community emerged. Today, visitors consider RoRo to be a must-see stop in their Phoenix vacations. I say the best time to see it for yourself is on First Fridays!

Must Visit Locations First Fridays in Phoenix

With so much to see and do (and lots of people), it can be easy to miss something. Not sure where to start? Let me be your guide.

Stop into any of the galleries to see renowned artists’ works in a traditional setting.

Next, check out the three Hot Box Galleries, provided by the Phoenix Institute for Contemporary Art, located between Fifth and Sixth streets on Roosevelt. These pop-up containers showcase national and international artists’ works.

First Fridays in Phoenix

Head to Fifth and Sixth streets for books, coffee, wine and vintage clothing shops.

Browse the Roosevelt Row Market, located on 2nd Street between Roosevelt and Portland Streets, where you’ll find local, handmade goods.

Later, you can explore the art scene beyond Roosevelt, like Grand Avenue, Van Buren, the Warehouse District, and Arts Central District. (Oh, and coffee aficionados should definitely stop in Street Coffee, located on the side of 7th Street, on the border between Roosevelt Row and Garfield. With a black-and-white bull’s eye, impossible to miss.) First Fridays in Phoenix

First Friday runs from 6:00 pm till 11:00 pm and even has shuttles that take visitors throughout the downtown area.  (You’ll find them appropriately headquartered at the Phoenix Art Museum.) Be sure to share the love on social media using the hashtag #PHXFridays.

First Fridays in Phoenix

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35 Comments

  1. July 24, 2017 / 9:20 am

    I love street art. Totally enjoyed your post. And the information that you have put here for Phoenix is also very useful.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:48 am

      I am glad you enjoyed it.

  2. July 24, 2017 / 10:56 am

    I appreciate your post. It’s nice and informative. Looking forward to upcoming post.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:46 am

      Thank you!

  3. July 24, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    I enjoyed your post! Traveling and going to places makes you understand the culture and become grounded. Thanks for sharing!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:46 am

      Thanks for visiting our blog!

  4. July 24, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    We have these in Topeka Kansas as well and I look forward to each one! I sometimes miss a First Friday and always kick myself. So many wonderful things to see and enjoy from arts and crafts to amazing food. I would love to visit your First Friday in Phoenix!
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    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:45 am

      I agree!

  5. Shell
    July 24, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    I didn’t know about this! I’m going to go check this out! ( I’m from the Valley too 🙂 )

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:39 am

      You definitely should.

  6. Yeu Doi
    July 24, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Some amazing and cool artwork. Will have to check it out next time I am in town.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:38 am

      Enjoy it!

  7. July 24, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    This is great! I’ve been there so many timescale and I’ve missed this. Absolutely I will take the time on my next visit to see these! Thank you!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Thank you for visiting our blog.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:35 am

      Yes, it really is.

  8. July 25, 2017 / 2:18 am

    The street art looks amazing!!! What a great and informative post!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:33 am

      Thank you for reading it!

  9. kelly reci
    July 25, 2017 / 6:25 am

    nice work of art! i would like to go here and have some photoshoot..

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:32 am

      Yes, it’s great.

  10. July 25, 2017 / 7:16 am

    To be very honest, I have a love hate relationship with street art. Some of them are bloody beautiful they are gorgeous. But some are really bad, I wished they weren’t there. But i guess everyone appreciate art in their own way :p

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:32 am

      I appreciate your honesty.

  11. July 25, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    OMG I love these pictures. This is an awesome post. I especially love the fact that you are showcasing a more eclectic side.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:30 am

      Thank you!

  12. July 25, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Art is amazing and beautiful. I have a vivid imagination so I appreciate art in any form!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:30 am

      Yes, it truly is breath-taking.

  13. July 25, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    I haven’t heard about this but it looks an awesome post and I love to learn more about Art

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:48 am

      Thank you!

  14. July 25, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    WOW the content is stunning! Never really thought about visiting – might have to change that.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:47 am

      Thanks for reading!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:14 am

      Thank you for visiting our blog!

  15. August 1, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    I’ve never been to the United States, but now I really want to go

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Hope you get an opportunity soon!

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