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First Friday Raleigh


First Friday is celebrated on the first Friday of each month at locations throughout Downtown Raleigh. Art galleries and studios are open late with rotating exhibits and artist talks. Exhibitors feature artists, music, and special offers. Retailers and restaurants can offer discounts and specials. There's something and somewhere for everyone. First Friday is free and open to all. 

What's Happening This Friday
Dine Out @ First Friday
Friday, September 3 | 7:00pm-10:00pm

We are combining First Friday with Dine Out Downtown to bring you Dine Out @ First Friday. Enjoy food, music, and art all in one night, all in Downtown Raleigh. Art galleries + studios are open late with rotating exhibits and streets are closed for extended outdoor dining.


  • MOFU Shoppe
  • Vic’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria 
  • Woody’s at City Market 
  • City Market Sushi
  • El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant 


  • Jones Lemonade Slushy
  • Pana Flavor


  • Triangle Pop-Up Market from 7:00-10:00pm
  • Live music by Ben Youngblood from 7:00-8:30pm 
  • Live music by XOXOK from 8:30-10:00pm 
  • Live painting by Akira Dudley from 7:00-9:00pm 
  • Live demo by Loren Pease with Sweet Pease Art from 7:00-9:00pm
  • Poetry Fox
  • Henna Art by Nadia
  • Caricatures by Cartoon Jordan Draws 


  • Single Handed Foods - Bulletproof Sauces
  • Olive & Oak Essentials
  • Wind Blown Jewelry LLC
  • Bijoux by Catherine
  • Just for Hue
  • Ayda Rose Art
  • Foxxy’s Floras & Gifts
  • MAM Crafted
  • Just Natural Soap
  • Black Girl Pots
  • Ex’s And Oh’s Studio
  • Claynut Studios
  • Oak City Hot Sauce Co
  • SoAdmired Tie Dyed Designs
  • Surly Squirrel
  • Wearology
  • The Tatted Potter
  • Lizzee’s Apple
  • Light is Love Candles
  • The bakesmith LLC/
  • Oak City Scents
  • Soul Sista Body Essentials
  • CJ Monet Art
  • Mind's Eye Tea
  • Papermill Creative


Thanks to our generous gold sponsor Secure Parking, Dine Out @ First Friday attendees can receive 50% off their parking using the code DineOutDTR online or in the app at the lots below.  

314 Davie Lot
415 S Person Lot
417 S Person Lot

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Contact Us

For general First Friday inquiries, please email 

If your company is interested in sponsoring First Friday, please contact Kathleen Louis at

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Atlas Stark Holdings

Cline Design

Duke Raleigh Hospital


Monarch Realty Co.

York Properties