Unicorns, rainbows & mythical beasts to descend on Camas

June First Friday festivities kick off at 5 p.m. June 2

First Friday participants enjoy a children's craft event hosted by the Girl Scouts at LiveWell Camas on Friday, June 3, 2022.

Contributed photo courtesy of Downtown Camas Association

Christopher B. Mooney's "Morning Light Camas Paper Mill" oil painting (top) and Sara Hildebrandt's "Camas Lily" acrylic painting (bottom) hang in the Second Story Gallery's "Common Threads" art show on Friday, May 2, 2023.

Contributed photo courtesy of Downtown Camas Association (Contributed photo courtesy of the Downtown Camas Association)

Contributed photo courtesy of Downtown Camas Association (Kelly Moyer/Post-Record)

LiveWell Camas owner Jacquie Hill (right) and instructor Allie Baden (left) dress up for the June 2022 First Friday event in downtown Camas on June 3, 2022. (Contributed photo courtesy of the Downtown Camas Association)

The Downtown Camas Association will present its annual June First Friday festivities from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, throughout historic downtown Camas.

This year’s June First Friday theme is “Unicorns, Rainbows and Mythical Beasts.”

“We’re excited to add ‘Mythical Beasts’ to the beloved ‘Unicorns and Rainbows’ theme for June First Friday,” Leah Nichelson, the DCA’s event and project manager, said. “We encourage people to dress up and have fun with the theme. Sasquatches, mermaids, yetis and more are all welcome. This is a great opportunity to explore downtown Camas and have a whimsical evening with your family and friends.”

The event will feature several family friendly activities, including free children’s crafts with volunteers from Girl Scout Troop No. 47503 at LiveWell Camas (417 N.E. Birch St.); themed face painting with Camas High School Key Club volunteers; photos with Sasquatch at Sweet Intention Gift Boutique (218 N.E. Fourth Ave.); and a mobile children’s museum courtesy of the Columbia Play Project at 334 N.E. Fourth Ave.

The event also features after-hours shopping, dining specials and live music throughout the city’s historic downtown and several art openings, including:

• The second month of the May-June “Common Threads” group art show exploring the history of Camas and Southwest Washington, inside the Second Story Gallery, located on the second floor of the Camas Public Library (625 N.E. Fourth Ave.);

• An abstract exhibit featuring more than 30 paintings by 12 gallery artists as well as live music by John Stowell, wine and chocolates at Attic Gallery (421 N.E. Cedar St.); and

• Art shows, demonstrations and receptions at the 411 Collective (411 N.E. Dallas St.), the Camas Gallery (408 N.E. Fourth Ave.) and Pike Art Gallery (302 N.E. Sixth Ave.).

The evening also features a 5 p.m. ribbon-cutting at Next Dough Neighbor, Camas’ newest eatery featuring made-from-scratch, gourmet doughnuts and other sweet treats, located in the former Gogi Grill location at 412 N.E. Fourth Ave.

For more information about the June 2 event or other First Friday festivities, visit downtowncamas.com or the DCA’s First Friday Facebook page at facebook.com/camasfi rstfriday.