First Friday Arts District: Liberty Station’s Arts And Culture Events Get Expanded FormatArts & Culture Already very popular Friday Night Liberty event becoming a more energized arts experience!
For nearly 10 years, San Diego residents and visitors have made ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station their destination for arts and culture every first Friday, thanks to a community open house called Friday Night Liberty — a fun, fresh, free arts experience.
With the remarkable growth of the ARTS DISTRICT since 2009, and with much more in the DISTRICT for arts lovers to wander, experience and enjoy, event producers at the NTC Foundation are hitting the reset button with a new name and new expanded format.
Beginning on April 5, and taking place on the First Friday of every month throughout the 28 acre campus, the event will be renamed FIRST FRIDAY ARTS DISTRICT and expanded with additional activities and more programming from community partners for a more energized arts experience.
Come for the Art, Stay for the Party
Launching on June 7, FIRST FRIDAY will be supersized each quarter as FIRST FRIDAY ARTS DISTRICT (((amplified))) with live concerts, a craft Beer Garden and a Pop-Up Market so attendees can experience even more creative activities for the mind, heart, soul and stomach.
For June 7, September 6 and December 6 in 2019, these bigger and expanded FIRST FRIDAYS will cap the evening with the highly successful Liberty Station Concerts. For the third year, ARTS DISTRICT is partnering with Beer, Food and Music to present leading local bands in fully produced outdoor concerts on the grassy North Promenade.
Expanded Arts Experience for San Diego
Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances featuring community partners and discover intriguing public art installations. Wander and explore the galleries, museums, artist studios, distinctive shops and dining at historic Liberty Station. Connect more fully to the arts and culture of San Diego.
This expanded vision of the visitor experience is driving the vision of growth and investment at ARTS DISTRICT.
“When we started in 2009, the ARTS DISTRICT had seven completed buildings,” said Andrew Waltz, NTC Foundation Associate Director of Marketing & Communications. “Ten years later we’ve grown to 45 renovated buildings filled with over 120 art galleries, artist studios, museums, cafés, a food market and much more. The new name reflects our new approach to this signature event and puts the focus on the arts, the community and the visitor experience. Now, the FIRST FRIDAY ARTS DISTRICT name says when it is and where it is!”
April’s First Friday Schedule:
DANCE | San Diego Ballet
Performs excerpts from Poetry in Motion! at 6:00 PM & 7:00 PM in Barracks 17 Plaza – 2710 Historic Decatur Rd.
DANCE | Malashock Dance Company
Performs excerpts from John Malashock’s choreography at 6:30 PM in Barracks 17 Plaza – 2710 Historic Decatur Rd.
Rock Academy’s Rock the Arts program displays award-winning student pieces. 5 – 9 PM in Barracks 17 Plaza – 2710 Historic Decatur Rd.
Lauren Allen LeVieux Artist Studio hosts LeVieux Labyrinth, an art installation for tonight only. Artist Talk at 5:30. Walk the Labyrinth 5 – 9 PM in Barracks 15/16 plaza.
THE LOT invites you to enjoy happy hour specials until midnight and see the latest movies! Bring a First Friday program flyer to receive promotion – 2620 Truxtun Rd.
Michele Goodwin Fine Art features original paintings of artist Michele Goodwin with subject matter emanating from nature, landscapes, and drama. 5 – 9 PM in Barracks 19, second floor.
Meredith Andrew Rupe Fine Art showcases a live painting demonstration 5 – 8:30 PM in Barracks 14, second floor.
Anneville Jewelry Lab invites guests to come watch live demos by metalsmith Ford Hallamat 6 PM, 7 PM and 8 PM in Barracks 15, second floor.
Alexia Rose hosts a drawing for a free ticket to Palette X Progressive Dinner Party! 5:30 – 8:30 PM in Barracks 14, second floor.
M Fischbeck Studio Gallery open with the opportunity to participate in a community art painting. 5 – 9 PM in Barracks 19, second floor.
Explore the Full Schedule
Click here to visit the First Friday Arts District website and learn about the full schedule of activities planned in the coming months!
See you there!