First Friday in September is upon us and there are many exciting activities happening this Friday, September 4, in Downtown Bryan.
Organizacion Fiestas Patrias Mexicanas de Bryan/College Station will present the 25th Annual Cultural Day Celebration at the Palace Theater. This celebration begins at 6 p.m. with the traditional crowning of the 2015 Fiestas Patrias King and Queen, which will reign over all of the festivities during the Fiestas Patrias celebrations. This will be followed by a concert starring Mariachi interpreter Gabriel Solis who comes to join the celebration directly from Mexico City. Mr. Solis will be accompanied by the Mariachi Tradicion de Jalisco, one of Houston’s premiere Mariachi ensembles. The concert will also feature Dallas mariachi artist Javier Aguilar and the Ixtaccihuatl Ballet Folklorico de Elizabeth De La Rosa. This group continues the tradition of the wonderful music and dancing enjoyed throughout the different regions of Mexico through their beautiful costumes and vibrant rhythms.
In Sale Park, a free showing of The Hero of Color City will be shown at 8:30pm, thanks to sponsor St. Anthony Learning and Play Center.
Square One Event Center and Loft will celebrate the grand opening. Owner Cynthia Christner and Director Cadence “Cady” King are excited to welcome the public and show off their renovations to the space. The new space can accommodate up to 75 people for private events and includes a full catering kitchen and full service bar.
SEAD Gallery will host a “monster hunt” in Downtown Bryan along with the new exhibition “Lively Desert” by Danika Ostrowski, and “Mirage,” a pop-up art exhibition by James Thompson in celebration of September First Friday.
The monster hunt will be a scavenger hunt around Downtown Bryan starting at the SEAD Gallery. The monsters were created by students in our SEAD Academy, which were sculpted from clay, digitally transformed on the computer, and then assigned a QR code in which participants can scan with a smart phone app to see the monsters come to life. These QR codes will be hidden around Bryan and participants will be given sets of clues to help find them.
“Mirage” will be held at the Amity Building located at 300 W. 26th next to SEAD Gallery. “Mirage” is the brainchild of local Texas A&M University artist Thompson. Thompson is a photographer and installation artist who will be creating a temporary installation piece for participants to view.
The newest exhibition, “Lively Desert” by Danika Ostrowski, will be on display in the main gallery. SEAD Gallery is located in the Federal Building at 216 W. 26th Street in Historic Downtown Bryan.
In addition to these special events, Downtown merchants and restaurants will be open for all your shopping and dining needs. Parking is available in the Roy Kelly Garage located at 27th and Texas Avenue for a flat $5 rate all evening. For more information and a full list of activities, visit the Downtown Bryan website at www.downtownbryan.com.