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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. 


October First Friday
Friday, October 6th ⎻ 6-9pm | Smoky Hollow, Downtown Raleigh 

Smoky Hollow meets Sleepy Hollow for this spooky, fall-themed celebration of Raleigh's creative community.

  • FREE tarot readings (first come, first serve)
  • Live entertainment
  • NC State Fair raffle
  • Umbrella Dry Bar mocktails
  • Kids activities including face painting (first come, first serve) and crafts
  • Decorate your own caramel apple and create your own cotton candy
  • Make your own Cemetararium with Urban Pothos
  • Take a glamour shot in front of the epic Spooky Fall backdrop from Modern House Events
  • Tacos/sliders by Midwood Smokehouse

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 Lucy McInnis at



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