Yesterday, Negene and I decided to participate in Long Beach Bixby Knolls’ First Fridays just to see what the hype was all about. The First Fridays event is described as a way to “ promote and support local artists and musicians by providing them with an outlet to showcase their work. Every first Friday night of the month, participating Bixby Knolls businesses will unite to promote local artists and musicians through extended operating hours”.
My sister and I basically walked the portion of Atlantic Avenue where the First Fridays event was going on. It totally killed our legs and feet but it was worth it.
Say hello to my First Fridays buddy!
I took pictures of the establishments I would love to pay a visit soon.
We passed by an art expo where they were selling paintings and all sorts of crafty things. Everything looked amazing!
There was a double decker bus around the neighborhood and Negene and I was planning on getting on it but we were afraid of getting lost! Later that day, we found out that it’s actually for free and it only drove around the whole of Bixby Knolls. What a bummer! I hope I can give it a try next time!
There was a small booth of beekeepers where they were showcasing tiny beehives and selling different flavored honey sticks for a quarter each.
After an hour or so of walking around, mom finally joined us!
The best thing about First Fridays is getting stuff for FREE.
There was a stall giving out free plants. We got a marigold.
Then there was this store giving out chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven.
Free chili dogs!
And my favorite, free books!
I didn’t find a book I liked but I went inside the store to check their stuff out. They were selling second hand books and most of them looked like they were brand new! I can’t wait to go back to hoard!
Check out these cute little boys drawing on the floor. I think they were twins, or brothers? I don’t know.. But they looked identical.
Porky’s Pizza were selling slices for a dollar each.
And then there was this store, ‘Reptiles Unlimited’, where they were showcasing the snakes they were selling. It was terrifying cause the head of this snake was directly on my index finger. I genuinely thought I was going to get bitten.
We spent the rest of the night walking some more, checking a couple of stores out and watching street performances. My first First Fridays was lots of fun and I hope I could catch the next one! :)