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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. 


June First Friday 🏳️‍🌈
Friday, June 2nd | Fayetteville Street

We're hosting Pride First Friday on Fayetteville Street with live performance art, music, 50+ local vendors, and the unveiling of our large-scale public art installation Rainbow River. Stay tuned for more details!

Check out events and activities hosted by community members across Downtown Raleigh on First Friday here 


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Contact Us

For general First Friday inquiries, please email 

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

If your company is interested in sponsoring First Friday, please contact Patina Robinson at



Atlas Stark

Clancy & Theys Construction Co. 

Cline Design

Duke Raleigh Hospital