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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. 


Women's History Month
Feminist First Friday
Friday, March 1st | Moore Square

Mark your calendars for a special First Friday celebration presented by UNC Health dedicated to the incredible contributions of women throughout history, and today. Visit Moore Square for...

  • A vendor market with 20+ local, women-owned businesses
  • Food & drinks from The Hippo Wine Bar, Golden K Dog, and The Kupkake Fairy
  • An interactive public art installation with Artspace
  • The opportunity to learn more about local organization No Woman, No Girl and donate brand new clothing, sanitary supplies, etc.
  • Free headshots
  • Marbles Kids Museum Activity: Use math and science to create a paper airplanelike Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Mann, the hidden figures, in the great space race.
  • And more!

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

Thank you to our presenting sponsor presented by UNC Health!


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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 Lucy McInnis at