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Events for September 2, 2022

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.

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Amorino Raleigh: Excellence in Italian Gelato
137 E Davie St - Moore Square District
20% off entire purchase
6pm - 9pm

Get 20% off your entire purchase on First Friday at Amorino Raleigh!!

City Market Artist Collective
300 Blake St - Moore Square District
Guest Artist: Ambiorix Santos
6pm - 10pm

Guest Artist Ambiorix Santos
Inner dialogue,
The works of Ambiorix Santos

Ambiorix Santos is a painter raised and trained in The Dominican Republic. His work is created from the experiences and objects that surround him on a daily basis. Santos says of his art “it is rooted in and evolves from my sense of wonder, and the desire to add simple yet profound dimension to the world around me. I look to bring life to the ineffable by developing new spaces, structures, and visual possibilities”.

Santos seeks to integrate form and light in in his paintings in order to establish a dialogue between the physical and the possible. His work provides closer reflection on the marks left by the consequences of his actions. He looks to spark life into these inert materials, and discover their secrets, by reviving the collective memory they contain.

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August 5, October 2, 2023

Designed For Joy
517 W Cabarrus St - Warehouse District
Tour the Designed For Joy Studio
5pm - 7pm

Designed For Joy provides employment and support to women in crisis. Come tour our studio and shop our brand of leather handbags, jewelry and home decor in the Warehouse District.

Moore Square
200 S Blount St - Moore Square District
First Friday Night Market with Pop Up Carolinas
5pm - 9pm

Join us every month for First Friday Night Markets at Moore Square with local growers and makers plus entertainment and a free outdoor movie after sundown hosted 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 the Raleigh summer nights.

Side Quest Game Lounge and Bar
317 W Morgan St - Warehouse District
Side Quest's D&D Monster Makeover by Bex
6pm - 9pm

Bex from Bubblegum Pets is updating our look with some iconic D&D monsters. Come take a look play some D&D or other games or enjoy a beverage from our Geek-tastic drink menu.

State of Beer Bottle + Sandwich Shop
401 Hillsborough St - Glenwood South District
Artisan Mini Market
5pm - 8pm

State of Beer & Pop-Up Raleigh have joined forces to bring more art to downtown. Every First Friday, a handful of our favorite local artisans will be popping up inside & around the patio at State of Beer on Hillsborough Street. In addition to the bottle shop, a rotating menu of delicious sandwiches, salads and drinks will be available. The vibe is casual and this is a family friendly event with something for everyone-even the pup!

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

Looking for something fun and adventurous to do? Join us at Taverna Agora on every First Friday of the month for Greek Night! A Night to experience the sounds, food and culture of the Greek Isles.

Greek Culture is very much about the celebration of life, family and friends. Our Greek Night is a celebration of Greek Culture, showcasing the food, drink, songs and dancing of our much loved heritage. From the traditional recipes, with a modern flare, the music throughout the dining rooms and upstairs rooftop patio, decor and entertainment, you will be swept away to another place. You may even find yourself planning your next Greek vacation after your visit with us!

Enjoy live entertainment, including belly dancing, and bouzouki music, all while having an authentic Greek dinner! 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!