First Fridays 10th Anniversary


First Fridays was started 10 years ago by a single business owner who kept her doors open a little longer than usual on the first Friday of the month inff-nov-4 hopes that more foot traffic would walk through the door. Month after month she continued to keep her doors open and encouraged other business owners to do the same. As time went on, businesses began showcasing artists and musicians inside their shops and more and more patrons would come out to enjoy this unique grassroots event. 10 years later each month there are over 50 participating store fronts, 15 live musical acts, over 30 artists, and an entire community worth of support! Thank you for making First Fridays great Long Beach!

  • MOVE will perform their First Fridays greatest hits at Ground Control, 4313 Atlantic Avenue.
  • Face Painting Stations: Pixie Toys, Esquire Barber Shop
  • Celebrate Twig & Willow 1- year anniversary with games and giveaways! They will be celebrating with ice cream and cocoa from Long Beach Creamery, a t-shirt pop-up shop from For Better Not Worse, and tunes providing by DJ Dave Zee!
  • First Books story time is back and has moved locations to Pixie Toys newest location specializing in baby accessories and toys! Story time starts at 6pm at 3920 Atlantic Avenue.
  • Secrets of the Island will provide a FREE lei after each 10 minute chair massage and an opportunity to pose with their mascot, PUNCHIE the Pineapple!hot club 2
  • Drop into the Allery for its 7th art installation. This round features artist Daniel Echeveria. Also in the allery, Majic Bullet Theory will be bringing their jazzy vibe to the crowd!
  • The Expo Art Center has a full night of culture from painters to poets to dancers to thespians!
    • The main room will have over 30 different artists with various styles from fine art to photography to animation!
    • The north room will feature photographs by local artist, Nash Jacquez.
    • Let the Addams Family welcome you to The Kids Theatre Company at 7pm for a fall play preview! They will be preforming pieces from Phantom of the Opera!
    • Toaster Music and Connie Ericson have curated two amazing shows in the north and south galleries. The north gallery will feature music by Toaster Music with guest artist Stephen Holman, and dance by Maha & Co. The south gallery will feature a group show focusing on animation from a handful of local artists!
    • The Back Room Theatre will host the First Fridays “Never Speak” poets with special guests Shy but Flyy and October Blue.dare-allery
  • Drop the kids off at Digital Revolution for their First Fridays Minecraft work shop for only $25! Spaces are limited.
  • Long Beach Clothing has curated a night of music with special guests LAW and Long Beach Motor Devils . Music starts at 7pm!
  • The Better Half Boutique is going all out for our First Fridays anniversary with 15% off all fall decor and FREE cupcakes and balloons!
  • The Homeland Cultural Center will be pop locking with the help of Dubs One spinning all the best hip-hop and R&B and the First Fridays spray crew providing the art on 3939 South.
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  • Free Spirit Yoga will host an exhibit by Southern California Art Therapy and tunes will be provided by Eusebio Akasa.
  • Pop into the First Fridays Night Market at Bixby and Atlantic. The market features a farmers market, artisan crafters, and live music!
  • Stop by Jammin’ Music for their monthly student showcase and jam session!
  • FREE parking at the Bixby Business Center on the corner of Atlantic and San Antonio.
  • Special guest entertainment for the month: Billy Rose at Cartagena and Atlantic, Jon Tomlinson at Willmore Wine Bar, Majic Bullet Theory at The Allery, Michelle Mangione at Aura Thai/Bella Pizza, DJ Tommy Gunn at Lola’s, LAW and Long Beach Motor Devil’s at Long Beach Clothing, Takahito Mori at Society of Long Beach, The Potential Lunatics at 3939 North platform, Kelly Fitzgerald at EJ Malloys, Luke Elder at DRNK, DJ Bill at About U, and John Dean at Clover.
  • First Fridays favorites are back such as MOVE at Ground Control, Hedgehog Swing at Coffee Bean, Lee Hansen at Goldhill Salon, The Funny Valentines at West Bistro, Joe Perez at Bake n Broil, and Hot Club at Georgie’s Place.
  • Get your vinyl fix with the Record Truck!potential-lunatics

When the businesses start to close, “First Fridays After Hours” begins. Rasslebock, Lola’s Mexican Restaurant, Weiland Brewery, Willmore, and EJ Malloy’s go late into the night with food, drinks, and music. Why go home early? Stay out late and continue the energy Dine on Art-Lantic Avenue at one of our tasty restaurants then grab the trolley that will transport you venue to venue from designated stops at the participating businesses