Final Friday started as First Friday and has had various hosts and venues over the decades. For many years before her death, Molly Ivins hosted the once-a-month party at her home. In more recent times, Final Friday has moved from house-to-house each month with several different hosts throughout the year.
The Texas Observer Final Fridays are borne out of longtime gatherings of progressive Texans—artists, academics, politicians, activists, and a bunch of other folks who care about civil liberties and social justice. Each month, the Observer community gathers in cities around the state—and even outside of Texas—to celebrate (and sometimes commiserate) with one another. From backyard barbecues to lectures in a community hall, no two parties look the same, but each are unified in a vision for a better Texas.
You’re invited to join in on this Observer tradition. Once a month, we’ll send out a reminder to check out the events section of our website for information on what’s going on at your local Final Friday.
We’re always looking to expand. If you’re interested in starting a Final Friday in your area, send your contact information to [email protected]. You can also write us if you want to host a Final Friday or add yourself to the Final Friday email list in your city.
We’re looking forward to gathering in backyards, bars, and businesses around the state and beyond this year to discuss what matters most to Texans. Make sure you’re there to raise the rabble with us.
The Texas ObserverFinal Fridays for 2015 will be held in: Austin, TX
Rio Grande Valley (Weslaco, TX)
San Antonio, TX