Autumn is here, which means the nights are getting longer, the temperatures are starting to drop, and spending an evening outside can be quite enjoyable.

With that in mind, expect to see plenty of people exploring the art galleries, museums and other destinations in downtown Phoenix this Friday.

The official monthly art walk is still on hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped art spaces from hosting special events for the evening. Additionally, performers and vendors have returned to the sidewalks of Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and other downtown areas.

Although many activities take place outdoors, you will always want to have a mask handy as some indoor venues require face coverings for entry, even for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

It is best to check in advance with the location you plan to visit to find out what security policies and protocols are in place.

Here are some of the first Friday activities that will take place on October 1st.

Scenes from the first Friday of September:First Friday Events in Downtown Phoenix

Chaos Theory at Legend City Studios

One of Arizona’s largest group shows and an annual highlight on the Phoenix art scene is back after being canceled last year due to COVID-19. Chaos Theory co-founder Randy Slack said 71 artists were invited to take part in this year’s event. Masks are recommended, those who want to avoid the Friday night crowds can come on Saturday afternoon.

The event is from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday and again at 2 p.m. until closing on Saturday, October 2.

Details: Legend City Studios, 521 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. 602-321-2887.

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“Water/Air: An Exhibition of Visual and Soundscapes” at the Found:RE Phoenix Hotel

This exhibition featuring the works of Shomit Barua, Ann Osgood and Brianna Voron is the second of two devoted to landscapes. The gallery’s description page says the exhibit celebrates how the forces of nature can be used to create landscape art. Osgood and Voron are painters while Barua uses sound waves to map different spaces.

The first Friday event takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Details: FOUND: RE Phoenix Hotel, 1100 N. Central Ave. 602-875-8000,

‘Evolution: From Microcosm to Macrocosm’ at Five15Arts

This solo exhibition by multimedia artist Deborah Hodder opens October 1. Over the past 30 years, Hodder’s work has alternated between drawings, prints and clay, according to the gallery’s description. Some of the pieces presented in this exhibition are inspired by scientific string theory, with vibrating strings replacing subatomic particles.

The opening event runs from 6-9 p.m. Masks/face coverings are mandatory for all gallery visitors.

Details: Five15Arts @ Chartreuse, 1301 NW Grand Ave., Phoenix. 602-717-1194.

This piece, Stringed Guitar, by Deborah Hodder is part of the 'Evolution: Microcosm to Macrocosm' exhibit at FIVE15ARTS@Chartreuse Gallery in Phoenix.

TAG Exhibit Closing Reception at ASU’s Step Gallery

There are actually two events at the Step Gallery on October 1st. In addition to the TAG (The Arts Grads) closing reception, a trio of graduate students will present performance pieces. Abby Galvin, Memo Gutierrez and Anton Lapov will present performances including a performative lecture and an audiovisual work. The TAG exhibit is the work of more than two dozen graduate students in a variety of media.

The reception is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Details: ASU’s Grant Street Studios, 605 E. Grant St. Phoenix.

‘Monsters Menagerie’ at Alwun House

The juried exhibition, which features what the Alwun House website describes as provocative and uncensored art in a variety of media, opens on Friday. Monsters Menagerie is filled with grotesque and secular art in a variety of media from local artists.

Details: Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-253-7887,

"Serenity" by Eric Simmons is part of the 2021 exhibition "Menagerie of monsters" at the Alwun house in Phoenix.

‘Piecing It Together’ at First Studio Gallery

Meet at the First Studio Gallery from 6-9pm, for an artists’ reception for “Piecing It Together”. This multimedia show presents pieces by more than 50 artists, from amateurs to professionals.

There will be four receptions for “Piecing It Together” on the first and third Fridays of October and November (closing November 19). Visitors can also take a self-guided tour of the gallery Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Masks are mandatory for those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Details: First Studio Gallery, 631 N. First Ave., Phoenix, 602-957-7760,

‘In This Moment’ at the Phoenix Art Museum at the Phoenix Art Museum

This dance performance is choreographed by Kleiton Sistelos and inspired by the current exhibition “Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich”. The performance will take place from 3-7 p.m. at Whiteman Hall or can be viewed online at

Free admission hours for the first Friday are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors.

Details: Phoenix Museum of Art, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-257-1880.

‘Kat Davis: Not at Home’ at the Eye Lounge

Davis uses the mediums of photography and collage to explore the presentation and performance of individual identity and its relationship to social, historical and political boundaries, according to the Eye Lounge website. This exhibition takes a look at the interactions with the family, in particular his parents.

The first Friday event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eye Lounge asks visitors who are not fully vaccinated to follow CDC guidelines for wearing masks and maintaining social distancing in the gallery.

Details: Eye Lounge, 419 E. Roosevelt St. 602-430-1490,

Free admission to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Two special performances are scheduled to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company (the official folk group of Phoenix) and the all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Pasion, will perform.

Masks are mandatory for all guests aged 2 and over, regardless of their vaccination status. The first Friday at the museum will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 6.

Details: Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. Seventh St, Phoenix, 602-253-0501,

Free admission to the Heard Museum

Stop by the Heard Museum to check out their current exhibits, including “Small Wonders,” “All at Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving,” and “Grand Procession: Contemporary Plains Indian Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection,” an exhibit presenting a collection of dolls or soft sculptures. This will be the last first Friday the Navajo Weaving Expo will be available as it is scheduled to close on October 17th.

All CDC guidelines are enforced. Masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors, regardless of their vaccination status.

Admission to the museum is free on the first Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Details: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. 602-252-8840,

Print a poster at Hazel & Violet letterpress

Learn about the printing process and print a free Grand Avenue poster at Hazel & Violet Letterpress. The store also has cards, coasters, calendars, and stationery available for purchase.

First Friday event takes place from 5-10 p.m.

Details: Hazel & Violet Letterpress, 1301 Grand Avenue, Phoenix. 480-544-2162,

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