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Soft music playing in the air, the buzz of the local people around you, artists on corners of the street, antique shops, modern art galleries, and family entertainment mix together on the first Friday of every month in downtown Bryan.
From 5-10 p.m. downtown Bryan offers First Friday, an event for the cities of Bryan and College Station and surrounding areas to join together and have an enjoyable evening. Whether your evening consists primarily of dining out and visiting with friends or bringing the kids along for a carriage ride and movie, the choice is yours.
Madden’s Casual Gourmet is a popular favorite spot for dinner. All of their food is made from scratch, including every soup and mayonnaise on the menu. Chef Madden is constantly seeking to widen the variety on his menu and challenging himself to find additional flavorful combinations for customers. Madden’s uses top quality products and their presentation of food is nothing short of artistic. The restaurant strives to provide only the freshest ingredients for their customers. Relationships with local producers and manufacturers, as well as a garden of their own, provide Madden’s with top quality food. Madden’s also hosts a movie night for families on First Friday. Movies such as Alice in Wonderland, Thumbelina and the Blind Side have been played in the past.
Wine bars and coffee houses are hotspots at any time in downtown Bryan but take on a certain quaintness on First Friday. The Village Downtown is an art café that specializes in soup, salad, pastries, and sandwiches. The Village offers a place for live music, and an art gallery which support their mission to create an awareness of all things local in the Brazos Valley. Downtown Uncorked Wine Bar is located next to the Village Café and is a place to come and take a load off while you enjoy a glass of wine. Revolution Cafe & Bar is another venue offering live music and artwork.
The historic buildings of downtown Bryan are beautifully constructed and create a feeling of being back in the early 1900’s, when the Carnegie Library was built. This library, located in downtown Bryan, served as the community’s library for nearly 70 years before becoming a center that houses stacks of files and books of the city’s history. The LaSalle Hotel is another historic building that has been renovated. When it first opened in 1928, this hotel was seven stories tall and contained 100 guest rooms. It also housed a ballroom, a meeting space, and several small businesses including a tailor, a barber and a café. The hotel went through several conversions, and a period of being closed but is now reopened and a major attraction for the city of Bryan. The Queen Theatre is another historic location that is currently under construction.
Many art galleries offer live jazz, free art activities and numerous exhibits from local artists. Square One Studio & Gallery displayed an exhibit of art by graduating seniors majoring in Art, from Texas State University during the First Friday of April. Live painting demonstrations were held at the Arts Council of Brazos Valley’s info tent, as well.
Shopping for unique accessories or one of a kind antiques is another popular attraction of downtown Bryan, and First Friday only brings in more jewelry pieces and antiques. Corner of Time Antiques & Collectibles Mall, is one place where customers are free to browse the antiques and then stop by the soda fountain for a drink. Corner of Time offers pottery wheel throwing and wood carving demonstrations in addition to live music. Jim.n.i. offers a wide variety of women’s clothing and accessories; from baby items, handbags, gifts, to all types of clothing.
Custom stained glass pieces and demonstrations of how to stain glass are offered by Brazos Glassworks.
Parking for this event is available in the brand new parking garage located at 27th St. and N. Washington, next to the Clara Mounce Library.
Downtown Bryan is located at 105 S. Main St., Bryan, TX.
See you there!
PS – I’m Steve Santos, I do what I say I will do, sometimes more just never less!