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First Friday Raleigh


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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. 


Dine Out @ First Friday — Warehouse District
Friday, November 5 | 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.

Participating restaurants

Experiences 
Union Station Plaza     

  • DJ Luxe Posh 
  • Live paintings by Zero Period
  • Photography exhibit with YSL808
  • Digital artwork from NCSU students 
  • Interactive painting activity with Wine & Design 
  • Driveway Drag Show from 9:00-9:30pm 

Morgan Street Food Hall 

  • Live music by Tre Charles from 7:00-8:30pm

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Contact Us


For general First Friday inquiries, please email communications@downtownraleigh.org. 

If your company is interested in sponsoring First Friday, please contact Kathleen Louis at kathleenlouis@downtownraleigh.org.


Gold Sponsor



Silver Sponsors


Atlas Stark Holdings

Cline Design

Duke Raleigh Hospital

INDY Week

Monarch Realty Co.

York Properties