First Friday

Named “Best
Event” by
San Diego Magazine


This popular free arts event takes place on the First Friday of every month from 5-9 pm throughout the 28 acre campus. After 10 years, it has grown into San Diego’s biggest innovative arts event! Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances featuring community partners and discover intriguing public art installations. Wander and explore the galleries, museums, artist studios, distinctive shops and dining at historic Liberty Station.



Special quarterly FIRST FRIDAY events will be AMPLIFIED with the addition of the highly successful Liberty Station Concerts in partnership with Beer, Food and Music, a pop-up market produced by The Local Bazaar, a Beer Garden, plus so much more!

FIRST FRIDAY (((amplified))) dates are June 7, September 6 and December 6.

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April 5th, 2019 - Shake up Spring


Shake up Spring at First Friday ARTS DISTRICT with creative experiences on April 5th! During San Diego’s biggest month art walk, guests can enjoy dance performances, make art, see new art exhibitions, immerse yourself in film, walk a labyrinth, and so much more! Thank you program sponsor Rock Academy!


DANCE | San Diego Ballet performs Poetry in Motion! Bringing the beauty of classical ballet front and center featuring excerpts from Giselle and more! Performance at 6:30 PM & 7:30 PM in Barracks 17 Plaza – 2710 Historic Decatur Rd.


DANCE | Malashock Dance Company performs excerpts from John Malashock’s choreography. Mix, mingle, and meet professional dancers and staff! Performance at 6 PM in Barracks 17 Plaza – 2710 Historic Decatur Rd.


ART | Rock Academy Student Gallery Exposition in Barracks 17 Plaza – 2710 Historic Decatur Rd.


HAPPY HOUR | The LOT invites you to enjoy happy hour specials until midnight and see the latest movies like Captain Marvel! Bring a Friday Night Liberty program flyer to receive promotion in Bldg. 35 – 2620 Truxtun Rd.


MUSIC | Recreational Music Center invites you to Open Mic Night, hear music students of all ages perform their best work as they celebrate the magical music of Disney! 5 – 8 PM in Bldg. 176, second floor – 2590 Truxtun Rd.


LECTURE + FILM | New Americans Museum presents a lecture from Štěpán Černoušek and a 30 min movie screening of A Journey to the Gulag about his expeditions to abandoned Soviet Gulag camps in the Siberian taiga from Stalin’s era. in Barracks 17 Plaza – 2710 Historic Decatur Rd.


NEW EXHIBIT | Visions Art Museum showcases Playing with a Full Deck, featuring 56 artists that have redesigned the traditional playing deck. 5 – 8 PM in Building 202 – 2825 Dewey Rd.


NEW EXHIBIT | The San Diego Watercolor Society presents “The Language of Art” a new art exhibition juried by award-winning artist Kathleen Scoggin. Opening Reception 5 – 8 PM in Building 202 – 2825 Dewey Rd.


NEW ART | MKGoodwin Fine Art features original paintings of contemporary realism artist Michele Goodwin with subject matter emanating from nature, landscapes, and drama derived from color and extreme light. 5 – 9 PM in Barracks 19, second floor.


ART | Susan’s Salazar and Lisa Bryson Artists Studio open 5 – 8:45 PM in Barracks 19, second floor.


ART | And Something Different Studio Gallery showcases We Need More Heroes!! new art from artist Leslie Pierce depicting people in our society who are acting heroically. 5 – 9 PM in Barracks 19, second floor.


COMMUNITY ART | M Fischbeck Studio Gallery open with the opportunity to participate in a community art painting. 5 – 9 PM in Barracks 19, second floor.


ART | June Rubin Studio features Dream Catchers by artist June Rubin. Come enjoy the night air filled with dreams both good and bad, and see Rubin’s take on sacred Ojibwe dream catchers. 5 – 9 PM in Barracks 19, second floor.


ART | EAS Art Studio showcases new art work with new styles, come by to see. 5 – 9 PM Barracks 17.


PHOTOGRAPHY | MK Envision Galleries invites you to their brand new Spring Exhibit featuring photographer Manuela Durson. 5 – 9 PM in Barracks 17.


ART SHOW | San Diego Writers, Ink. hosts artist Alyssa Razo, fluid paintings using alcohol ink as well as mixed media with resin. 5 – 8 PM in Barracks 16, second floor.


NEW EXHIBIT | San Diego Brain Injury Foundation invites you to Come Meet Sunset Sam, after rehabilitation from a brain injury Sam has experienced healing through sharing the beauty of sunsets as photography. Come hear his story, 5 – 8 PM in Barracks 16, second floor.


ART | Veltz Fine Art showcases Water and Orchid, contemporary paintings inspired by Hawaiian traditions of giving flowers to the sea. 5 – 9 PM in Barracks 16.


ART INSTALLATION | Lauren LeVieux Artist Studio hosts LeVieux Labyrinth, an art installation for tonight only. For centuries, labyrinths have been a tool for problem solving, self-discovery, community connection and ceremonies. Artist Talk at 5:30. Walk the Labyrinth 5 – 9 PM in Barracks 15/16 plaza.


ART | Blue Pearl Art opens her working artist studio to feature live painting and works for sale. 5 – 9 PM in Barracks 15.


NEW EXHIBIT | Outside the Lens features Our Family/Our Story, an exhibition of military families exploring their stories through photography, and creating visual imagery on what connects them. 5:30-7:30pm in Barracks 15.


JEWELRY DEMO | Anneville Jewelry Lab invites guests to come watch acclaimed metalsmith Ford Hallam create intricate metal designs using the Japanese metalsmithing technique known as uchidashi. Live demos at 6 PM, 7 PM and 8 PM in Barracks 15, second floor.


RAFFLE | Alexia Rose Art unveils the upcoming 1st Annual Palette X Progressive Dinner Party and hosts a drawing for a free ticket to attend the event! 5:30 – 8:30 PM in Barracks 14, second floor.


ART DEMO | MERE TO MERE showcases in their new studio here at ARTS DISTRICT a live painting demonstration in realistic oil medium. 5 – 8:30 PM in Barracks 14, second floor.

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