Downtown Raleigh Alliance

About First Friday

Next First Friday: October 5, 2018

Experience First Friday in a climate-controlled environment! On Friday, September 7, ride a GoRaleigh bus or the R-LINE and show your bus ticket or photo of yourself on the bus (don’t forget to tag it @goraleighnc and #FirstFridayRaleigh) at Poyner YMCA, Brovelli Oil, Vinegar & Gifts, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County or Raleigh Union Station to get a free exclusive bag full of goodies! There are a limited number of bags, so arrive early to claim your prize!

People visiting Raleigh Union Station may stop in to learn more about the station and how to connect to Downtown Raleigh and beyond using GoRaleigh transit. You may also take a brief tour of the new facility!

Thank you to our First Friday sponsor GoRaleigh!

First Friday, presented by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, showcases the vibrant art and creative community in downtown Raleigh on the first Friday of every month from 6-9 pm. The free public event features a variety of local art galleries and studios, museums and exhibitors that stay open late, put on special events and often offer refreshments. Retailers and restaurants participate by showcasing art, music or offering a First Friday special. First Friday is an annual fee-based membership program for downtown Raleigh storefront art galleries and businesses. 

For a list of participating venues, please visit our venues page and check out our venue map. Pick up a printed First Friday map and guide at participating venues. Look for First Friday flags hanging outside venues on First Friday to easily locate participating galleries, stores, and restaurants.

Contact Us

Are you a downtown art gallery or storefront business interested in becoming a member of First Friday? Or are you an artist, musician or performer looking to exhibit your work or perform? For the above and for general First Friday inquiries, please contact Chase Bryan at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance at 919.821.6972 or

Are you interested in sponsoring or advertising with First Friday? Please contact Kathleen Louis at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance at 919.821.6972 or



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