It’s No Joke – First Friday is on April 1st!

It’s No Joke – First Friday is on April 1st!

It’s hard to know what is real and what’s a prank on April Fool’s Day each year, but we are not kidding about the fantastic line up of events this First Friday in April. Check out the stops below and get more information on their website or Facebook pages.

GDAC First Friday April pic

2nd Annual ARTS ALL NIGHT at the Arts Center on Friday, April 1, 6 PM – 6 AM, at the
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. $10 for public, FREE for GDAC members and children under 12. Celebrate the arts ALL NIGHT with the Greater Denton Arts Council! Dance the night away with Brave Combo and Jessie Frye and enjoy performances in the galleries, artist demos, family art activities, flashlight tours, films, storytelling, karaoke, food trucks, and much more! For details, visit dentonarts.com

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Join Artists Enclave and A Creative Art Studio for an April Fool’s First Friday Celebration at
A Creative Art Studio, 227 West Oak, from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.. Featured artists will be on site, including visual artist, Shay “Pono” McAnally, and musical guests, County Rexford. Enjoy evening entertainment from Denton Community Theatre, Sundown Collaborative Theatre, James West from Tejas Storytelling Association, UNT’s Juggling & Flow Arts and Surprise “Jesters”!

It’s sure to be an unforgettable April Fool’s Day.  Jester’s Attire Welcome! Free admittance. For more information: www.facebook.com/artistsenclavedentoncounty

DIME Store Hand-Made is celebrating its third anniversary on April 1 during First Friday! Come for a fun (and free!) make + take craft collaboration with KDB (Keep Denton Beautiful). Plus, enjoy refreshing beverages and new spring merchandise from our makers! First Friday hours are 6-9 pm. Check out more details on the Facebook Event: Birthday Bash + Bazaar!

SCRAP Denton, 402 S. Bell Ave., will host First Friday, April 1st, from 6-8 pm with a Denton-themed coloring book release party, UNT CVAD Art Show, live music, and refreshments.

Serendipity on the Square, 108 W. Oak, will also be open during First Friday. Mention First Friday when you go in and get 15% off everything in the store (except vintage furniture paint or painting workshops).

Circa 77 Vintage is open First Friday and has a 25% off sale until 8 p.m. or until the party is over.

Stop in to Mellow Mushroom on your way around downtown on First Friday and spin the prize wheel to get some fun free stuff!

Top off your evening at Harvest House and at 10 p.m. listen to Starmother. Cover charge may apply.

Spring has sprung and it’s First Friday March 4th!

Spring has sprung and it’s First Friday March 4th!

This March 4th features good times and sneak peeks into Denton’s art scene. Check it out Friday night and bring your friends!

First Friday pic March

First Friday at the DIME Store has a special treat in store!  WILDlife Coloring Book from Otter Illustration is ready to hit the shelves. This book features 101 original animal drawings created by Matthew Gordon Sallack. Come check out “The WILDlife Coloring Book (extra WILD edition), which is a deluxe version with 101 different animals, including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects, and other invertebrates.

Be one of the first people to get the book and meet illustrator, Matthew Gordan Sallack of Otter Illustration, who will be on hand autographing copies and giving out freebies with the purchase of the book.

All of this, plus Make ‘n Take coloring pages and refreshments from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Eggs-ibition_3Decor First Friday March

Artists Enclave of Denton County will be at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. hosting an inaugural EGGS-ibition and silent auction. Bid on some beautiful handcrafted ceramic eggs painted by over 30 local artists, businesses and civic leaders. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Denton High School Family Assistance Foundation/Denton High Cares.

GDAC First Friday March

Stop in to the Greater Denton Arts Council’s Center for Visual Arts and enjoy their opening reception of Arts Open Call from 6 – 8 p.m.

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A Creative Art Studio is always open on First Friday from 7 – 9:30 pm.. This evening also kicks off Spring Open House Weekend in downtown Denton. The featured artist of the month is painter Chase Gentry. Chase also has made prints of his work and will have a special sale on his prints during First Friday. Music by The Pearl Snap Shirts starts a little after 7. Come try hand at painting for $5 a canvas or join in on the community painting. The event is free.

West Oak and Square Area and East, beyond the Square:

Vintage Bleu Home will be open until 9 pm and will be serving refreshments. Come check out the vendors and some awesome vintage stuff.

Circa 77 Vintage will have 50% off sale open until 8 p.m. or until the party is over.

This Friday night the some of downtown merchants had Spring Open House Sneak Peek and will be open for extended hours to shop.  See Garden Gate and The Palm Tree Boutique on Elm Street and Serendipity on the Square on Oak Street who are all open until 8 p.m.  And, just beyond the square will be Weldon’s Saddle Shop & Western Wear and Twice as Nice ReSale open until 7 p.m..

Stop in to Mellow Mushroom on your way around downtown during First Friday and spin the prize wheel to get some fun free stuff!

Come out to Harvest House at 8 p.m. and listen to international reggae sensation Cas Haley with support from Johnny Cooper and The Effinays. $5 cover charge.

Other stores will be open later on Friday night for the Denton Main Street Association’s Spring Open House Sneak Peek event in downtown Denton, so be sure to stop in to Garden Gate and  The Palm Tree Boutique, and Serendipity on the Square who are open until 8 p.m.. And, also holding Spring Open House hours  until 7 p.m. on East Oak street, just down from the square, are  Weldon’s Western Wear and Twice as Nice Resale.

Denton shows its love for the arts during First Friday in February

Denton shows its love for the arts during First Friday in February

Kick off the month and share the love for the arts by visiting the many stops Friday night, February 5th at First Friday Denton.  A steam punk costume and art event, open-mic poetry night, opening reception of Materials Hard + Soft, and stops with sweet treats, make & take crafts, along with live music are all in store for a fantastic evening.  Downtown is the heart of the arts in Denton.

First Friday Line Up

A Creative Art Studio

3rd Annual Steampunk Event: steam punk costume contest, steampunk artists, and live music.  Just what is Steampunk?   Steampunk is often described as Victorian with a little science fiction and early machinery sprinkled on top. Free event from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m..

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Artists Enclave of Denton County

Spoken-word artist Joaquin Zihuatanejo will be the guest host for “Love Me. Love Me Not: An Evening of Poems about Adoration and Heartache” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Walnut Street Annex of Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm Street.  Artist Enclave also welcomes special guest Joshua Butler of Thin Line Film Festival and will have valentine treats from She & Bee Confectionary.

Open mic sign up for poets begins at 5:30 p.m.. The event is FREE event for all attending.

JoaquinZ pic Artist Enclave

Greater Denton Arts Council

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 29th annual Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, corner of Bell and E. Hickory.

Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, this year’s call for submissions drew over 800 entries by artists from over 40 states. Juror Elizabeth Kozlowski, former curator of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, has selected over 60 works for this year’s exhibition. To learn more, visit dentonarts.com

Public opening is from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Juror Awards with Curator Elizabeth Kozlowski at 6:45 p.m.

GDAC pic for Feb

UNT Gallery on the Square

Gallery opening for Harlan Butt National Parks Project.  Gallery is open until 7:30 p.m..

SCRAP Denton

SCRAP is hosting its 1-year Belliversary Party (1-year at its Bell Ave. Location) and it will also feature the opening reception for the Denton ISD art show. Other art activities include:  Found-photo slide show; Cupcakes; Drinks; Live Music; Make &Take Craft; raffle drawing. Come enjoy the fun until 8 p.m.

SCRAP's Belliversary and Feb. First Friday (2)

DIME Store

Get ready for Valentine’s Day and come peruse a great selection of handmade, local goodies.  Plus pre-order a very special ValenDIME fresh flower bouquet while there. Enjoy complimentary drinks and a free craft– this month’s edition is a cute cupid’s arrow!

DIME Store pic Feb

Circa 77

Stop on your way around to enjoy 50% off at Circa77 Vintage

Circa pic Feb

Harvest House

End the evening with some live music at 8 p.m. featuring Jah Born: Celebrating the Life of J Dilla  at the Harvest House stage.

Happy New Year from First Friday Denton

Happy New Year from First Friday Denton

As 2015 comes to a close, First Friday Denton wishes you and yours a happy, healthy 2016.  Come see us at the various First Friday Denton events each month at participating locations. Since First Friday in January is New Year’s Day, many First Friday participants are taking a much needed day off, but some are holding some special activities.

Come downtown to Mellow Mushroom Denton on Jan. 1st from 5-8 p.m and try your new year’s luck by spinning their prize wheel for cool, free stuff like pizza, appetizers, cups, shirts and stickers.

Then come back Friday, Jan. 8th, for a “Second Friday” Denton event at The DIME Store from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. . The event will feature a make and take mini-weaving workshop hosted by Savvie Designs and some refreshments.

Looking ahead, get your costume ready for First Friday in February as A Creative Art Studio is hosting its 3rd Annual Steam Punk Party. More to come on that good time.

Stay tuned to the First Friday Denton Facebook page for updates on all First Friday participant activities in 2016. Happy New Year!

Come Wassailing at First Friday December

Come Wassailing at First Friday December

Join us for this special holiday First Friday Denton with a few of the regular First Friday stops participating in Wassail Weekend on Dec. 4th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. during the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival and offering more tastings on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 2 – 5 p.m.. For a complete list of all Wassail Stops downtown, visit www.dentonmainstreet.org and see the Events page.

Friday night check out the Wassail and art at A Creative Art STUDIO. Our featured Artist will be Alexis Alfaro. For this special holiday even our music will begin at 5 pm with the sounds of Katrina McPherson and Mark Anthony followed by one of our favorite Denton groups OUI BIS. Come see the beautiful work of Alexis and check out the studio part of the gallery. Several of your favorite artists will be set up with their wares for your holiday shopping. We will also have Wassail, snacks and a photo opportunity outside the studio. (you know….the kind you put your head in and take a pic) Music, art and fun!

Other First Friday participants are serving Wassail on Friday night during the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival, so stop by DIME Store, Serendipity on the Square, Garden Gate, Oak Street Draft House and East Side Denton. Then, come back on Saturday for some strolling and sipping during the second half of tastings from 2 – 5 p.m.. Saturday stops include Sweetwater Grill with Artists Enclave of Denton and SCRAP Denton, as well as Harvest House,  Mellow Mushroom, Oak Street Draft House, East Side Denton, Serendipity on the Square, and A Creative Art Studio.  Plus, visit all the other stores and restaurants serving Wassail! Come on downtown for a festive First Friday!