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First Friday Raleigh

First Friday is celebrated on the first Friday of each month throughout Downtown Raleigh to showcase the best of our city's creative community. Thousands venture downtown to visit art galleries & studios open late to host exhibits, artist talks, and creative activities. Retailers and restaurants also get in on the fun with live music, vendor markets, specials/discounts, and more. There's something for everyone each First Friday.


Jurassic First Friday
Friday, August 2nd | 5-7pm | Downtown Raleigh

Let's give our Downtown Dinosaurs a warm-welcome during Jurassic First Friday! Visit all 3 topiary installations and take advantage of free photographers for your prehistoric photo-op, authentic Jurassic Park Jeeps, and other dino-themed festivities at each location.

  • Moore Square with Bex the T-Rex
  • Exchange Plaza with Pterry the pterodactyl
  • Morgan & Fayetteville Street with Trish the triceratops

Check out more events hosted by businesses across Downtown Raleigh and build your custom itinerary.

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Interested in a collaboration or partnership for First Friday? Submit your idea here 

If your company is interested in sponsoring First Friday, please contact Lucy McInnis at