Drive to Success and The Bearded Strangers concert open to public for May’s First Friday ODTX Series

Everyone is invited to join this Friday, May 3, at Odessa College Downtown for OC’s 16th Annual Drive to Success Finale car giveaway, followed by a free community concert by The Bearded Strangers. The festivities are part of the evening’s First Friday ODTX Series with Odessa Arts and Downtown Odessa.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., OC will celebrate the success of its students during the Drive to Success Finale, and one of seven student finalists will be awarded a brand new 2024 Ford Mustang.

Afterwards, guests can enjoy free hot dogs, treats prepared by the OC Culinary Department, the splashpad, and a giveaway of car sunshades.

At 7 p.m., The Bearded Strangers take the stage for a lively evening filled with music and an appearance by their special guest NBC The Voice’s Austin Allsup. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy another concert as a part of OC’s Music Masters Series of events.

This month’s First Friday event also offers something for everyone including:

Young Professionals of Odessa (YPO) First Friday Passport Challenge: YPO has put together a passport highlighting participating First Friday stops. If you visit 20 or more stops on the passport, you can turn it into the Odessa Arts and Downtown Odessa booth (at 5th and Grant vendor market) to be entered to win a Cowboy Cocktail Prize Pack.

Passports can be picked up at any “participating businesses” locations or the vendor markets after 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3.

Medical Center Health System 75th Anniversary Kick-Off: Join MCH to celebrate its 75th Anniversary with the first-ever MCH Diamond Dash Fun Run as part of the First Friday ODTX Series. Registration for the 2K Fun Run is only $10; each runner will receive a free T-shirt. Register at The race begins at 6 p.m.

MCH will also host a free concert featuring Brian Milson followed by the Barnhearts out of Lubbock. The concert will be in the MCH parking lot at 3rd and Alleghaney. Concertgoers are invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy music and dancing! Parking will be available in the MCH parking garage and the MCH lot at 2nd and Golder.

Fire Artist’s Dinner Party Art Show (Homemade Wines, 400 N. Texas Ave.): In collaboration of 27 local West Texas ceramic artists, “Fire Artists’ Dinner Party” will be hosted May 3 at Homemade Wines. Each of the 27 place settings was created to showcase the artist’s unique style and is meant to be a reflective narrative. This event is free to the public. No reservation is needed. The 27 local artists featured are:

Julie Lyon; Natalie Jordan; Daiken Akasawa; Armida Ramirez; Lauren Van Zandt; Beatris Mata; Charlie Atchley; Kathy Jones; Judith Guerra; Abby Blalock; Gabriela Granado; Laura Holder; Christina Ramirez; Marina Arreguy; Cindy Duke.

Also Jana Elrod; Rosario Carrillo; Nayeli Bracamontes; Nathan Jordan; Danielle Collins; Brett McElmurry; Daniel Dayon; Tim Smith; Beau More; Jesse Trejo; Mike Richardson; and Paige Gate

There will also be a number of vendors on hand.