Oklahoma City's amazing growth over the past several years has led to a renaissance in older neighborhoods and business districts throughout the city's core. The renewal of these neighborhoods has led to a happy byproduct: monthly festivals that highlight the flavors and features of these historic areas.
Paseo is Oklahoma City's official arts district and the host of First Friday, a monthly "open house" on the first Friday for the galleries in the district. The Paseo is home to more than 20 galleries, and more than 80 artists display their work, much of it for sale, for the First Friday gallery walk. The Paseo District is located about two miles north of downtown, and all the galleries are within a short walking distance of each other. In addition to the artists, some of the district's best restaurants, including Paseo Grill and Picasso's Café, offer live music and special menu items. Picasso's Cafe is open for lunch Saturday as well. Guests can view artists at work in their galleries, art openings and new featured artists. A wide variety of media art is available, including painting, sculpture and mixed media.
Located just a mile northwest of downtown is the fun and funky Plaza District. This historic area at NW 16th Street and Blackwelder Avenue hosts live on the Plaza the second Friday of every month. The event is an art walk, and local businesses, including restaurants and retail stores, stay open late. Vendors set up tables and booths along the district selling handmade items, vintage clothing, art and many other products. Street entertainers, live music and some of the metro's best people watching make this an energetic event suitable for all ages.