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First Friday Gallery Walk Downtown Raleigh

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First Friday is a free self-guided tour of downtown's cutting edge cultural hot spots. Local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month to welcome thousands of art-seeking enthusiasts downtown. The event runs from 6 pm-9 pm, but some venue hours may vary.

Attendees may also take advantage of the First Friday specials offered by participating restaurants and retailers.

Look for the First Friday Flags to easily locate participating venues. A detailed map/guide will be available at each location. Pick up your very own copy for easy event navigation.

Visit the galleries and listen to live music. Delight in a divine culinary experience and take advantage of the First Friday Specials offered by all participating restaurants. Experience art in all of its forms!

Meet Our Venues

With over 80 participating venues, First Friday is sure to appeal to people of all ages and interest. The event features a self-guided tour of galleries, studios, and museums as well as alternative exhibition venues, retailers, and services. Shop downtown during the First Friday of every month. All participating restaurants and bars offer First Friday specials.

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