When you turn the calendar to October, First Fridays start heating up, just as the weather starts cooling down (well, theoretically anyway). In an effort to help you get the most out of those precious four hours (and beyond) tonight, here is DPJ’s October First Friday walking guide.

Design Week

Phoenix Design Week is in full swing, and it’s time to celebrate. Exhibits and receptions will be held at CO+HOOTS (6 to 8 p.m.) and Levine Machine (7 to 10 p.m.) tonight.


CityScape‘s boutique scene is gaining steam with the grand opening of Designer District and its fall runway show (7 to 10:30 p.m.)

Live Tunes

First Fridays are always a hotbed for live music, and tonight is no exception. Hear tunes at Civic Space Park, the Rhythm Room (21+), the Lost Leaf (21+) or the Trunk Space. For more info on these shows, read this week’s Make the Scene blog.

Food Trucks

If you’re east of 7th Street, make sure to visit the lot at 905 E. McKinley St. Phoenix Public Market favorite Torched Goodness and Gilbert’s Udder Delights will be dishing out treats starting at 5 p.m.!

Oh, and art!

Yes, Roosevelt Row, Lower Grand and surrounding ‘hoods will be alive with open galleries, bars, restaurants and street artists. Our can’t miss suggestions: Monsters Menagerie at the Alwun House (7 to 10 p.m.), Morgan McNally’s solo exhibit at the Tire Pit Gallery (7 to 10 p.m.) and Chaos Theory 11 at Legend City Studios (7 to 9 p.m.).

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  • Also if people are looking to laugh there’s a free open mic Comedy Show at 8:30PM inside the Ghost Lounge at Hotel San Carlos (followed by DJs/dancing I think…?) And First Friday Night Live at the Firestage is at 11. Its a sketch show, with some stand up mixed in I think.

    Just gotta make sure people are in the know about local live comedy in addition to music/art which always gets promoted so well.