Fairfield First Fridays Host Blues and BBQ in Central Park

Fairfield First Fridays continues outdoors to enjoy the summer season!  The August event, Blues and BBQ, will be held in Central Park on August 3rd, from 6:30 to 10 pm.  Come hang out in Central Park to celebrate the warm weather, our community and enjoy the beautiful summer season!

There will be live music by Van and the Movers from 6:30 to 10pm, amazing food and food vendors, many local artists, local businesses, non-profits and a few new additions.   There will be a section of the square set up with lawn games for some friendly competition with your family and friends.   There will be many businesses, restaurants, galleries and venues open on and around the square.  There will be  an Aikido demonstration at 7:00 in the South West corner of the square. Don’t miss out!

 August marks 16 years of First Friday events!  It is time to celebrate!  Stop by the Fairfield First Fridays tent for a piece of cake or a cookie!  Come say hi and grab a treat!

There will be many galleries, stores and venues open for the event, a few are listed below.

Americus Gallery-100 W. Burlington Ave.  “Americus Gallery will be showing Christopher Kufner’s original oil paintings, featuring Italian/French Landscapes, Figurative works and Large Format Photography on archival paper of the Tuscan Countryside.  Also, showing original oil paintings by Kim Kufner, New Original watercolor and ink paintings by Genevra Bell, Art Glass Vases by David Lotton and diochroic glass jewelry by Pedro Lujano.”   Gallery Hours:Tuesday – Thursday 10 – 6, Friday 10 – 8 and Saturday 10 – 5

At Home– 52 N. Main St.– Stop in and see what Rosie has going on!  Always a fun place to shop and visit!

Carnegie Historical Museum112 S. Court St, 5:30 to 8pm- Come down to the Carnegie Museum for some fun and state fair history. We have face painting, sand art, bean bags/corn hole, and giant bubbles. We’ll also be playing ‘State Fair’ upstairs in honor our Fairfield hosting the 1st state fair. All activities are free but there is a free good will offering inside the museum.

Central Park Furnishings-  Everybody Sings starts at 8pm.  Stop in!

Chakra Steps- Chakra Steps will be open for Art Walk until 10pm. August Anniversary Sale!  Come help celebrate! 10% off the entire store, Free item with over $10 purchase, 50% off first Tarot Card reading.  Unleash your spiritual being.  Crystals, Sage, Natural Products and more!

Crest Jewel48 N. Main St.  Featuring Bold Color:Wearable Art from 3 new Artists, The last of the Colorful Mae jewelry line made by Jeri Mae Felix herself.  New Shibori Silks from North Carolina Artist Michael Smith. Wendog Designs Ice dyed and hand painted Summer styles. Latest Acrylics by David Kupferman. Photo Paintings and Portraits by Terrence Kennedy.  Plus Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies, Fine Jewelry and Unusual Mineral Specimens.Open 7PM-Late!

Fairfield Art Association (inside the FACC)  “Take it to the Canvas (or Paper)Paint In” Creating a Gallery Exhibit Start to Finish in 2 hours (6-8pm).  Atrium in FACC.  Artists taking the challenge- John Preston, Elaine Duncan, BJ Grimmer, Kella Tschopp, Ann Weigel, Deb Baughman, Gin Lammert, Jessica Kirby, Joanne Worley, Ann Porter, Suzan Bates Kessel, Pam Lander, Kathleen Almelien, and David Pattison.  Complimentary Snacks – Concession Beverages- Seating and table for viewing artists at work

ICON Gallery58 N. Main St. –  Show in the main gallery: Dots and Dashes – Steven Erickson, Alexandra Janezic, Bill Teeple. Bill’s Room on the ICON mezzanine-  Bill Teeple Studio artists inspired by the Dot Show – featuring Care Connet.

Thymely Solutions- 104 N. Court St.  Excited to be hosting Mindy Ihrke, a local vocal artist! She will be singing songs from her children’s lullaby album, with accompaniment. She will do one 20 minute set at 7pm, and another at 7:30pm. All little ones and their parents are encouraged to join us for a cozy song session! Showcasing topical CBD pain relief balms at 20% off, and introducing some new product- including a natural collagen, superfood snacks, and more! Stop in!!

Special Event! 500 S. Main St. Open House, 5-7pm- James F Clarke House– This Prairie School house was built for Dr. Clarke in 1916. It was designed by Francis Barry Byrne, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Byrne was a part of the Prairie School until its demise, and this house shows his movement away from its formal expression, but not its ideals. The two-story brick structure is capped with a low-pitched gable roof. It follows the idiom’s use of open and flowing plans, but deviates in its use of simpler decorative forms and De Stijl-like colors.  The windows, doors and baseboards are all plain and flat. Clarke was one of the first people in Jefferson County to own an automobile, and the house has one of the first attached garages. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

The owners of this lovely home would like to invite you to take a peek!  Please be respectful of the fact that this is their home and follow the suggestions they have listed below.

  1. The house is not handicapped accessible. This is an unavoidable reality when it comes to historical and culturally significant artifacts. 2. There is no parking at the house. We live on a corner, and street parking is prohibited by the city on all sides of the residence. Additionally, our driveway is too small for more than our own cars. 3. As it is our home, and we have a toddler to put to bed, we will be open from 5 to 7. Guests who are interested in viewing the house should respect our privacy, and arrive before the open house is closed. 4. As a working house, some spaces like the basement and closets will be off limits to the public. 5. We have a cat and two dogs. Guests with allergies should be mindful.

Mark your calendars, bring your lawn chairs and come enjoy the evening!

If you would like vendor space for any of the upcoming events, or would like to volunteer for an event, please call Marla Brader at 641 233-8883 or email fairfieldartwalk@gmail.com



First Fridays



Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk has grown to become Fairfield’s signature cultural event. Each month, the Art Walk celebrates creativity, culture and community and supports the arts in all forms, bringing diverse groups together to express their creativity and passion for the arts. Whether you enjoy touring art galleries, tasting incredible foods, watching wonderful performances, every 1st Friday fills the air with magic and fun for all.

In January 2017, the logo and name was changed, to Fairfield First Fridays