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January 2021 First Friday


First Friday

Celebrate the First "First Friday" of 2021 on the second Friday of January, the 8th. With nasty weather in the forecast, we encourage you to order food to-go, cozy up on the couch, and watch more than 30 virtual performances from previous First Fridays. See musical performances, art demonstrations, and more on our YouTube channel here

Share your own photos with us on social media using #FirstFridayRaleigh.

Questions? Email communications@downtownraleigh.org.

First Friday Murals


DRA worked with four local artists to create murals that would bring pops of color to downtown’s districts, include fun interactive and instagrammable elements, and promote DRA’s First Friday program. Each mural has a plaque with a QR code for you to learn more about First Friday including participating businesses, programs, specials, and more. See the art, artists, and locations below. 

Kalee Calhoun at 400 W Martin St

Kalee Calhoun was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. Her artwork celebrates a family exploring the neighborhood’s history, community, and local shops during a First Friday outing. Learn about Kalee here. 

Derrick Beasley at 201 E Davie St

Derrick Beasley is a visual artist and cultural organizer from Durham, NC. His educational background is in public policy and his professional background is in community organizing and higher education. This piece is a part of the Black (W)holes collection. Learn about Derrick here.

Raquel Assanoua at 719 N Person St

Raquel Assanoua is a multimedia artist from Miami, FL now living in Raleigh. She created her First Friday mural using only digital painting techniques to convey the beauty and tranquility of diversity we are privileged to experience. Read more about Raquel.

Sarahlaine Calva at 510 Glenwood Ave

Sarahlaine Calva is a self-taught artist based in Raleigh, NC. She speaks through acrylics, spray paint, and graphic design. Sarah’s piece includes four interactive features and iconic buildings located in Glenwood South. See more about Sarah here.