Fairfield’s First Fridays Art Walk features art booths, food rucks, lawn games and live music. Check out a video of the event. Photo: Werner Elmker
Writer: Michael Morain
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
If practice makes perfect, count on Fairfield to throw a pretty good party. They’ve been hosting the Fairfield First Fridays Art Walk every month except January for 19 years.
“I probably have the posters for every one of them,” says director Marla Brader. “There’s a Rubbermaid container in my storage unit that feels like it weighs 150 pounds.”
The shindig unfolds around the town square, with its eclectic galleries, shops and restaurants. Outside you’ll find art booths, food trucks, lawn games and live music in the gazebo.
On Sept. 3, Labor Day weekend kicks off with music by singer-songwriter Chad Elliott of Lamoni followed by an open-mic session filled with more music, poetry, stand-up comedy and whatever else Fairfielders of all ages want to share.
Fairfield is one of 13 Iowa Cultural and Entertainment Districts designated by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. But the monthly art walks are uniquely Fairfield—a mashup of small-town and international tastes, sights and sounds.
“Our tagline says, ‘Come celebrate creativity, culture and community,’ ” Brader says. “That’s what we’re all about.”