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First Friday Raleigh


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. 

If you are a musician, entertainer, or performance artist apply to be a First Friday performer here

September First Friday 
Friday, September 2 

First Friday visitors will enjoy extended art gallery hours, great food, and fun activities all in one night, all in Downtown Raleigh.

Check out more 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 

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