Downtown Raleigh Alliance

About First Friday

Next First Friday: October 6, 2017

First Friday September

Go on a scavenger hunt and find painted rocks from Glenwood South Rocks between 6 pm-9 pm on First Friday, September 1.

Rocks will be hidden inside at various First Friday participants and also outside around Glenwood South. Look for rocks in the followings places: The Cupcake Shoppe, Voda Boutique, Raleigh Wine Shop, Runologie, Devolve Moto, Hampton Inn & Suites, Google Fiber, Gramercy (outside), United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and The Carter Building. You can also check the First Friday Raleigh Instagram and Twitter accounts for clues. 

Return the rocks to The Raleigh Wine Shop between 6 and 9 pm on Friday, Sept. 1 to collect a prize. When you find a rock, we want you to share your discovery! Take a picture of the rock and share it online by tagging @FirstFridayRal, #TGIFFR, and #GlenwoodSouthRocks. Thank you to our Glenwood South retailers and restaurants for donating gift cards for prizes! Collect gift cards and prizes from Runologie, Raleigh Wine Shop, Devolve Moto, Finds, The Cupcake Shoppe, Google Fiber – and more!


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.  For detailed venue information, please visit our venues page.

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!