First Friday Downtown

June 7, 2019


It’s easy to register your location to participate in VDA’s First Friday Downtown! Just fill out the form below by the end of the day on the 22nd of May.  Please note that we will no longer be printing the hot sheets for distribution, but we will be creating a digital hot sheet that will be emailed to you and also be available on our website to download.

Any questions, please contact Beth Thrasher, Interim Director, at

The best day of the month is First Friday! Our city center is filled with creativity, your friends, great art, great food, options, and inspiration. Come down and explore! Here’s your guide and map to the evening’s event. This event is sponsored by Vancouver’s Downtown Association. Participating businesses who have invested in VDA are noted on the HOT SHEET. Have fun!

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Angst Gallery

VDA Investor
Mosaic Arts Alliance presents Spring Surprise. The show features member artwork as well as work by other local and regional artists. 5-9 pm

Art On the Boulevard

VDA Investor

Four Seasons is a group show featuring Steve Hill, Tracy Leagjeld, Romona Youngquist and Yong Hong Zhong and gives a unique perspective on how each of these artists interprets the changing seasons. 5-9 pm.

Aurora Gallery

VDA Investor

John Kay will be showcasing his series “From Barcelona to Portland Urban Works” at Aurora Gallery for the month of May. Join us in the conversation of Urban Artwork and its role with Fine Art. 5-9 pm



Burnt Bridge Cellars

VDA Investor

Featured Artist: Vicki McArdle. Live Music: Dave Wentz, guitar. New Art: Vicki McArdle, textiles/mixed media and Ted Magarian, photography. Food: Class Cooking, Cinco de May theme. Wines by the glass, growler, open bottles. 4-9 pm

Cellar 55 Tasting Room

View Pamela Sue Johnson’s encore art show at Cellar 55 Tasting Room. Empowering mixed-media work by local instructor and artist. Pamela vibrantly explores the power of the creation and expression. 12-9 pm


Clark County Historical Museum

VDA Investor

Featured Artist: Misty Mamas. Four galleries filled with stories from the past, including the musical history of Clark County, Vancouver Clinic, SP&S railroad, local history vignettes, old-time fiddler open jam, and more! 5-8 pm

Kafiex Roasters

We will be hosting a lotería night (Mexican bingo)! Celebrate first Friday and 5 de Mayo weekend with us! The first Friday Passport will be available also!  5 – 7 pm

Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie

VDA Investor

In honor of May the 4th be with you” – Join us for Fandom Friday! Don your most adorkable costume and come have some fantastic fantasy fun with us. Explore treasures from Middle Earth to Galaxies Far Far Way, rub antennas with magical beings of every origin. Test your nerd knowledge and win nifty prizes! Plus, complimentary Wookie Cookies and Jedi Juice, of course! 5-9 pm

Northwest Personal Training

VDA Investor

Join us for this 90-minute celebration!

In honor of the month of Cinco de Mayo, we want to shake our way into May!

Join us for this high energy, motivating Zumba class with the AMAZING Jenna Nirode! You can use our showers after to get cleaned up so you can hit the town to see what everyone else is doing on Vancouver’s First Friday!

You can expect light refreshments.

This is a FREE event for all!

5:30 – 7 pm

Soldera Properties, Inc.

VDA Investor

Featured Artist: Jennifer Neal. 5-7 pm

Syrup Trap

VDA Investor

Let your inner artist out by singing karaoke with us! In addition to our famous Liege Waffles, we serve beer, champagne, and mimosas. 5-9 pm

Art at the CAVE Gallery

VDA Investor

Featured artist: Rainbow Giraffe. Rainbow Giraffe was born in the land of 10,000 lakes. It was also the land of 10,000 water sprites and 10,000 nightmares. Minnesota, of course, inspired escape. Thus began The Quest. 6-9 pm.

The Difference – Women’s Clothing Store

VDA Investor

Hardwear by Renee is a handbag line specializing in contemporary handbags. Renee Sonnichsen is the artist and designer. Her bags are designed with atypical items such as hardware and recycled materials. The collection features a range of modern colors with a clean urban style. She’ll be here from 5-7 pm and we will have wine and be open late for shopping!

Tom Relth Studio

Tom will be painting a large demo in the front lobby at Union Chapel during first Friday!


VDA Investor

Featured Artist: Pamela Sue Johnson. Body positive, mixed-media collage art. 5-9 pm.

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