Each First Friday in Downtown Bryan, Texas, tops the one before. Last night, the monthly celebration featured an open-air concert, street-corner magician, outdoor musicians, a metal sculpture contest, an independent film festival, extended shopping hours, delicious food, vendors, and more. While the theme was Fright Nights in honor of Halloween, entertainment options went way beyond the theme with a wide variety of performances and spectator options including simply strolling and window-shopping.
The Red Wasp Film Festival, a local independent film festival in its eleventh year, opened its doors for First Friday and continues tonight, Nov. 2, 2013. The festival showcases films, shorts, and original screenplays for unproduced films. The respected indie film festival draws fans and professionals nationwide, and you can find the film schedule on the festival’s website. The film festival honors the downtown theme this year, with a focus on Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Films continue tonight at StageCenter Theater, with shows starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.
Another ongoing event is MonuMetal, a sculpture competition that benefits the Queen Theatre restoration project. Contest teams had two hours at Bryan Iron & Metal to load up scrap metal, then three weeks to construct an entry. Finished sculptures were displayed in the Queen Theatre during last night’s First Friday, and visitors were asked to vote for their favorites. The People’s Choice winner will be announced on the Historic Downtown Bryan Facebook page Monday, Nov. 4.
Regional residents are discovering that First Friday in Downtown Bryan offers some of the most affordable and diverse entertainment around. In addition to the film festival and sculpture contest, last night’s First Friday offered a chance to adopt shelter animals, buy a book from Friends of the Library, and purchase goods from farmers’ market vendors. The Blues Country Band gave a free open-air concert at the Palace Theatre. There’s just no telling what you’ll find at the next First Friday in Downtown Bryan, Texas.