Friday Nights in the Valley of the Sun

phoenix friday nightsPhoenix Friday Nights (#pfn) has been going on now since January of 09 and has gained much success over the past few months. From their “About” page: “Committed to highlighting Phoenix’s vibrant nightlife, focusing on the arts, culture, food, and just plain fun that await in our burgeoning desert metropolis. Through participation in and partnerships with local businesses, arts organizations, and unique events in downtown Phoenix.” Both the East and West valley groups do things a bit differently but fun is still a side effect of the evening.

Tyson Crosbie, the one that got it all started, says that he broke off from yet another popular Friday night get together; Phoenix Friday Coffee (#pfc). “Austin Baker is passionate about coffee and started a Friday after work meetup to visit the local coffee shops. I started going and loved the community that built up. I saw that the groups were getting bigger than the venue and attempted to create an additional PFC coffee meetup on Friday. This caused a lot of tension in the community and a lot of confusion on Friday and so Phoenix Friday Nights was born. It had a similar call to action: Go out on Friday with friends and have a good time, but a different venue and geography. It was a place to meetup at local downtown businesses: Restaurants, Bars, Coffee, etc. as a starting point for the night.”

After a few weeks of meeting up in central Phoenix Evo Terra and few others from the East Valley decided to create their own spin off dubbed East Valley Friday Nights (#evfn). “Props for the concept go to Austin Miles for Phoenix Friday Coffee. It was nice & local for me, but coffee isn’t on my list of post-week libations. Tyson started #pfn. More like what I wanted, but too far & too late. So I made a commitment to show up at a place with good beer & good food on Friday on the east side of Phx. Turns out, lots of folks wanted to join me!” Since then, 3 more spin offs have come and spread across the valley. Never again can anyone in Phoenix say they have nothing to do on a Friday night; no matter what part of the valley you live in.

I personally know a lot of the people that attend these events and between watching them on Twitter, seeing the photos on Flickr, and hearing stories from them later on; these are meetups you don’t want to miss. Due to personal schedule conflicts, I am unable to attend these events on a regular basis but will be making a effort to at least start hitting up #wvfn in the future.

So check the site every week to find out where the meetups will be around the valley and join the fun. You’re guaranteed to at least meet some new people.

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