The Paseo is OKC’s vibrant living community of artist and seeks to enrich, educate, entertain and inspire through the arts.
First Fridays submitted by Jennifer Barron.
The Paseo Arts District built in 1929 first as a shopping district north of downtown now is the oldest arts district community in Oklahoma City. The historic streets wind and twist through Spanish Village style buildings topped with clay tile roofs. The environment is very close, calm and intimate. The Paseo is home to 17 galleries which represent more than 60 artists. What makes this district unique is that the first Friday of every month galleries and shops open their doors to the public and have a walk-around. The galleries are within walking distance, so there is no need to worry about getting in and out of a car. Just find a place to park, get there early, and enjoy an evening of music, art, and people.
For those who are less familiar with First Fridays, it takes place every month, rain or shine, on the First Friday of the month from 6-10pm. Paseo art studios and businesses open their doors to host the gallery openings, wine tastings, and live music amid a festival atmosphere. Most galleries have extended hours on Saturday from 12-5pm following the First Gallery Walk.
The fun laid-back atmosphere at this event is like no other. The gallery owners are friendly, some of the artist are available to speak with, and most galleries have some appetizers of sorts for you to snack on as you survey the art. If you haven’t had the chance to experience First Fridays, we would encourage you do so. It always fun to go explore and see how people view the world around them. Be sure to check out their website for other events.