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Events for October 6, 2023

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. 

Create your own First Friday itinerary by selecting the hearts for events and experiences you don't want to miss. Receive a custom map and itinerary to guide your First Friday evening!

311 Gallery
311 W Martin St - Warehouse District
Opening Reception: Within/Without and Solo Show by Kate Chassner
6pm - 9pm

Join us for an opening reception for two new exhibitions!

Within/Without is a small group invitational exhibition exploring the artists' complex journey of self, spirituality and being through intense, often psychedlc visual art works.

Molly Chopin
Stephanie Elaine Kolpy
Taylor Bragg
Ella Dickerson Blackburn

Also opening is Everything Sooner or Later is Part of Everything Else, a solo exhibition featuring select works by Kate Chassner.

Receptions are free, with light refreshments.

421 N Harrington St (Smoky Hollow)
421 N Harrington St - Downtown Raleigh
Decorate Your Own Caramel Apple with Lizzee's Apples
6pm - 9pm

What dessert is more "fall" than a delicious caramel apple? Decorate your own caramel apple with local dessert-expert Lizzee's Apples in Smoky Hollow for October First Friday.

Kids Activities: Face Painting & Crafts
6pm - 9pm

October First Friday is a family-friendly event with kids-centered activities including face painting and crafts (first come, first serve).

Make Your Own "Cemetarium" with Urban Pothos
6pm - 9pm

Terrariums are a wonderful way to brighten up your space with a bit of contained nature but this time we are "cemetariums." A "cemetarium" is a terrarium with spooky motifs. The hardscape is the star here so get ready to decorate your terrarium with spooky figurines creating the perfect little haunted setting.

In this workshop, you'll build a mini living environment and learn some fun plant facts along the way. Urban Pothos will lead you through the terrarium building process while showing you design techniques and giving you advice on the care of your terrarium.

Spooky, Fall Selfie Station
6pm - 9pm

Modern House Events will have an epic backdrop for festive, fall portraits to celebrate the new season. 

Tarot Readings with Okaasan's Tarot (FREE)
6pm - 9pm

Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a newcomer curious about the world of Tarot, visit Okaasan's Tarot during October First Friday for a free reading that may help you gain insights into your life or relationship.

First come, first serve. Arrive early to secure your spot!

Umbrella Dry Bar Mocktail Pop-Up
6pm - 9pm

Umbrella Dry Bar will pop-up in Smoky Hollow to serve mocktails and non-alcoholic beverages during October First Friday.

201 East Davie Street - Moore Square District
First Friday
6pm - 10pm

Join us for First Friday on October 6 from 6-10pm!

-Opening of exhibition Carolina Roots with work by artists living in or from rural North Carolina counties in Gallery 1
-Artspace Studio Artist Showcase in Gallery 2
-ReMix exhibition with work by Artspace studio artists in the Upfront Gallery
-Visit and shop with our 30+ studio artists
-Ofrenda Flowers art activity, 6-8:30pm
-Live music by Sophia Enriquez, 7:30-9pm

images, l-r: Erin Castellan, Grotto/Beneath the Shell, detail; detail of necklace by Hsiang Ting-Yen/HTY Jewelry

The Bird's Nest
715 N Person St - Seaboard + Person Street District
First Frightday - A Spooky Salon
6pm - 9pm

Live storytelling and hauntingly beautiful handcrafted wares at the wickedest salon in Historic Downtown Raleigh.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! We're celebrating October at The Birds Nest Beauty Parlor with our very first First Frightday! Come hear local lore from a live storyteller, shop gorgeous handmade art and accessories, and enjoy wine and mocktails all evening at the salon's new home on North Person Street in Raleigh, NC.

Legends, lore & apparel from Sisterhood of Spirits . Handcrafted art, jewelry, & accessories from New Moon Leather and Oddities.

Doors open at 6 pm. Showtimes every half hour starting at 6:30. All ages

Black Friday Market
23 W Hargett St - Fayetteville Street District
Thank You Small Business (TYSB) Block Party!
6pm - 8pm

Black Friday Market, Black Oak Society, and Thank You Small Business are excited to bring the TYSB Block Party to Raleigh!

Powered by Silver Lining™ and Supported by Spotify Advertising and The Hartford, the TYSB Block Party will include:

A Small Biz Scavenger Hunt,
Free swag,
Delicious treats,
A storytelling booth,
And so much more!!

Mark your calendars for October 6, and join us in the heart of Raleigh for an incredible gathering. 🎊🌆

See you there! 🌟🎈

The Carter Building
22 Glenwood Ave - Glenwood South District
CoLab First Friday: Dark Arts
6pm - 11pm

Join CoLab as we dive into the Dark Arts with over 20 amazing local artists. Live Collaborative Painting! The Five Dollar Sketch Wall!
CoLab is exploring the darker side during the spooky season with Dark Arts. Come see all the witchy, creepy, macabre, shadowy work summoned from the imaginations of over 20 amazing local artists!
Also, join us in painting a collaborative piece, live! Come paint with us!
There's also the amazing Five Dollar Sketch Wall- a novel way to build your art collection and help support CoLab, thanks to generous donations from our artists.
The Carter Building will be hopping Friday! While you're here, visit our awesome neighbors throughout the building.
Let's create a supportive community of artists that’s accessible and inclusive! Uncomfortable, together!

Church on Morgan
136 E Morgan St - Moore Square District
Learning to Be Here: Laura Pritchett Art

This is an art exhibit at Church on Morgan featuring the art of local artist Laura Pritchett in her series, "Learning to be Here."

City Market Artist Collective
300 Blake St - Moore Square District
“ He Made a Face: New 2D Work by Thomas Sayre” Guest Artist at CMAC
6pm - 10pm

“ He Made a Face: New 2D Work by Thomas Sayre”
Similar to the reliance on the serendipitous offerings from dirt in the earth casting sculptural work, the 2D work has used processes employing the qualities of roofing tar, gunshots, smoke, and dirt to create the spirit of the work. Here, in this new work begun in late 2022, the faces emerged solely from the effects of smoke (carbon/”soot”) aimed at an array of  carefully arranged small objects. Besides the very interesting process, I was struck by how the character of the people depicted changed in both appearance and emotion from the original line drawing from photographs.

Clyde Cooper's Barbecue
327 S Wilmington St - Moore Square District
First Friday Music Bingo @ Clyde Cooper's BBQ
6:30pm - 8:30pm

DJ Shannon is back with First Friday Music Bingo by popular demand!

Open for dinner service at 5:30, music bingo starts at 6:30!

Fun times, good good, local drinks, and prizes... See ya there!

Crude Bitters & The Bittery
501 E Davie St - Moore Square District
Free Martini and Bitters Tasting!
6pm - 8pm

We'll be offering four mini bitters classes from 6-8pm. Tastings will occur approximately every 30 mins, starting at 6pm and the last tasting will be at 7:30p.
We'll be tasting a classic Martini with bitters pairings. Gin, dry vermouth, and your choice between two bitters.

A non-alcoholic option will be available too.

Curate Raleigh
15 W Hargett St - Fayetteville Street District
First Friday Raleigh - DIY Sun Catcher Propagation Station
6pm - 9pm

Curate Downtown hosts The Plant Committee for a special DIY Sun Catcher Propagation Station event on Friday, October 6 from 6-9pm. Join us for complimentary drinks, DIY Sun Catcher Prop Stations assembled by The Plant Committee, and shopping from 60+ local NC makers and artists.
DIY Sun Catcher Propagation Stations:
--> 1 cement charm + 2 gemstones + 1 sun catcher crystal for $35
--> 1 brass charm + 4 gemstones +2 sun catcher crystals for $65


[ Suncatchers ]
Suncatchers capture rays of light that can cast a dazzling array of colors across a room.
[ Propagation Stations ]
(n.) a designated home for your propagates in water; watch their roots develop through the glass vial


[ Meet The Plant Committee! ]
(Her name is Hannah!)
Hannah loves house plants and wanted to combine her love of art and plants to create functional gifts and decor. She is all about the cutesy plant things for all the plant girlies (and soon-to-be plant girlies).

Current Wellness
219 S East St - Moore Square District
First Friday: Neurographic Art (free!)

Drop by Current Wellness on Friday, October 6th any time between 5:30 and 7:30pm for a free introduction to the neurographic art therapy technique. This is a meditative, mind-centering technique that you will be able to repeat at home.

No previous art skills required! Current Wellness will provide all the supplies you need.

Non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at our Wellness Bar. Members get a free beverage!

Designed For Joy
517 W Cabarrus St - Warehouse District
Designed For Joy First Friday in the Studio
5pm - 7pm

Shop and enjoy a tour of Raleigh nonprofit, Designed For Joy in the Warehouse District.

Designed For Joy's brand of leather handbags, jewelry and home decor (including charcuterie boards) provides women in crisis with stability through immediate employment and support, removing the stigma of vulnerability. To date, over 100 women have been hired with $300,000 in living wages earned.

Fifi + Talbot
300 W Hargett Street - Warehouse District
Fifi + Talbot's First Birthday Celebration!
5:30pm - 8pm

Join us as we celebrate our first year in business! Stop by anytime and enjoy Prosecco, cupcakes, giveaways, permanent jewelry, energetic personalized poetry, and our new Hat Bar!

Fish Market Gallery
133 Fayetteville St - Fayetteville Street District
DARK ARTS: Fish Market's October Gallery Show
6pm - 11am

Dark Arts is Fish Market Gallery's annual October show and is themed around eerie and surreal art. As well, alluding to the "dark room", Dark Arts focuses on student film photography and other light sensitive processes.

Fish Market Gallery is an organization committed to displaying the artistic work of NC State students in a professional environment. Students are free to use this opportunity to display their work in downtown Raleigh and sell their work during First Fridays.

Gallery C
540 N Blount St - Capital District
Passages: New Paintings by Gayle Stott Lowry
6pm - 8pm

Gallery C is proud to announce its new partnership with the acclaimed painter Gayle Stott Lowry. Please join us on Friday October 6 for the premier of her show featuring her new architectural collection along with select landscapes from her recent travels.

The Gathering Gallery
111 E Hargett St - Moore Square District
Fall Cocktail Event
6pm - 9pm

Happy fall! Come try out some delicious fall cocktails mixed by local celebrity bartender, Robert Courts, the Mortgage Professor and Citizen Reporter for Your Back Yard Raleigh.

Aged & Infused is one of our best sellers and we will have samples of At The Orchard (mulled honeycrisp apple with cinnamon and nutmeg) and Bundled Up (persimmon and chai). If you've wanted to try this delicious brand, this is your chance! They will be infused with bourbon for the tasting.

We will also have a yummy fall mocktail to tempt you- The Playful Pomme! It's a delightful combination of French apple cider and ginger!

Don't miss the chance to sip and shop our Fall and Halloween collections! You can even make your own Halloween pin or magnet!

Glenwood Fine Art
20 Glenwood Ave - Glenwood South District
It’s time for our First Friday Fall Festivities!!
5pm - 8pm

Glenwood Fine Art opened April 2023 in the Glenwood South District and displays work from 12 area artists. There are varying styles depicting landscapes, seascapes, florals, cityscapes, figurative, and more.

We’re excited to announce the gallery will be OPEN on Saturdays beginning the month of October from 12 Noon - 5 PM.

This month’s Featured Artist is Lyudmila Tomova Clark, a professional artist for more than 25 years. Lyudmila is a nationally acclaimed, award winning, signature artist. Our Featured Artist wall is filled with her artwork. Here’s what she says about her work:
“In my work I merge abstract and realistic elements together to create mood, movement and an impression of the world around and within us. My brush strokes are moving, pushing, emerging and overwhelming, but never still and quiet. In my recent work I paint alla prima style adding spontaneity, boldness and elegance all at once. I paint loosely telling magical stories and evoking complex emotions.”

Lyudmila will be at our gallery painting on Saturday, October 7, from Noon - 5 PM
Her website is

We are also happy to announce Say Yes the Band will be providing our live music. There will also be wine, sweets and light treats.

We hope to see you at our First Friday Event on October 6, 5 PM - 8 PM

Glenwood Fine Art gallery is a working art studio and artists will be on site regularly. In addition to Saturdays, the gallery is open by appointment or when an artist is painting in the studio. Send us an email to receive our current schedule.

We hope to see you there!!

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About Glenwood Fine Art
Location: 20 Glenwood Ave
Hours: Saturday 12 Noon - 5 PM
-Other times by Appointment
Contact us:

Kenda Kist Jewelry
901 N West St - Glenwood South District
Kenda Kist Jewelry Hosts Pamut Apparel Pop Up
4pm - 7pm

Kenda Kist Jewelry is thrilled to host a First Friday Pop Up feathering our incredibly talented friend Kat from Pamut Apparel. If you are into locally-made, all-inclusive fashion, you won’t want to miss this!
Join us from 4-7pm for an in-person look at Pamut latest Fall collection. Designed thoughtfully, and made by hand just like our jewelry right here in Raleigh, NC.

Moore Square
200 S Blount St - Moore Square District
First Friday Market & Movie Night by Popup Carolinas
5pm - 9pm

Join us every month for First Friday Markets and Movie Night at Moore Square with food trucks, live entertainment, local market, free games and a free outdoor movie night.

**Event Info**
Featuring: Food Trucks, Local Market, Live Music, Games for Families, Free Movie.
Market: 5:00-9:00 pm
Live Music: 5:30 - 7:30 pm by John Sierra
Free Movie: “The Mummy", starts ~ 7:30 pm *(presented by the City of Raleigh!)

So come on down and bring a blanket or a chair and relax on the lawn for the movie, stroll through the market, grab a snack and experience the best of Raleigh.

**Note:** The lawn fills up quickly for the movie. If you plan on staying for the movie, please arrive early to secure a preferred spot on the lawn.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on event info and news: @popupcarolinas

For Sponsorship opportunities contact

Raleigh Convention Center
500 S Salisbury St - Fayetteville Street District
Downtown Raleigh Treasure Hunt - First Friday - Walking Team Scavenger Hunt!

Guests will meet at the Sir Walter Raleigh statue at the Raleigh Convention Center (500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601) and then depart with their treasure map on a walking team scavenger hunt where they will use their minds and feet to follow clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes to find and unlock the treasure chest for a grand prize!

The hunt involves walking a distance of 1.5-2.5 miles in total and will take place rain or shine, so long as the weather does not become dangerous. The hunt typically takes about 60-90 minutes to complete.

Children under 10 years old are welcome to participate for free with the purchase of an Adult ticket.

Raleigh Podcast Studio
313 E Martin St - Moore Square District
Raleigh Podcast Studio Tour
6pm - 8pm

Stop by and learn more about Downtown Raleigh’s FIRST Video Podcast Studio. Meet the crew and hear the vision for this new content creation studio space.

Taverna Agora
326 Hillsborough St - Glenwood South District
Greek Night at Taverna Agora
8pm - 11pm

Join us at Taverna Agora for Greek Night every first AND third Friday of the month in 2023!

Enjoy live entertainment, including belly dancing, and bouzouki music, all while having an authentic Greek dinner! Live music starts at 8pm with belly dancing starting at 8:30pm. Our talented belly dancer, Yara Sultan, will showcase her skills during three sets throughout the night. Plan your reservation around the 8:30pm, 9:30pm, or 10:30pm set!

And don’t just think you’ll get away with watching all the dancing. We’ll be moving out the tables and encouraging dancing as the night goes on! Don’t be shy!

Virgil's Cocktails & Cocina
126 S Salisbury St - Fayetteville Street District
Friday DJ Set
10pm - 2am

Friday Night DJ Sets!
@ Virgil's Cocktails and Cocina
1st and 3rd Fridays
Free Entry and drink specials all night!

YogaSix Glenwood South
621 Hillsborough St - Glenwood South District
YogaSix First Friday Free Flow
4:15pm - 6:15pm

Introducing First Friday FREE Flow! Flow with us for FREE every First Friday @ 4:15pm & 5:30pm. Book classes online or in the Y6 app.

Stick around the Bloc after your flow to enjoy a cold beverage with our new neighbors, Incendiary Brewing!