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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 offer deals and refreshments. And restaurants feature First Friday-only specials. There's something and somewhere for everyone.

311 Gallery

311 W Martin St
view website
(919) 594-1944
Hours: Open until 9:30 pm

Gallery featuring 30+ working artists with regional artist exhibitions monthly

Alter Ego Salon & Blow Dry Bar

119 E Hargett St, # 200
view website
(919) 832-6239
Hours: 9 am - 9 pm

Hair salon and art venue in a beautiful loft with monthly art exhibits and periodic music, dance performances, and special events

Amorino Gelato Al Naturale

137 E Davie St
view website
(919) 239-4411

First Friday Special: 10% off large cup or cone

Authentic Italian Gelato and hot drinks in an upscale ambience

Artspace

201 E Davie St
view website
(919) 821-2787
Hours: 10 am - 10 pm

Visual art center with artist studios, exhibitions, and educational programs

Bella Vita Home + Lifestyle

323 Blake St
(919) 900-7526

First Friday Special: 10% off with First Friday mention 10% off store with First Friday mention

Explore home decor and furnishings, from inviting living spaces to modern decor, welcoming dining rooms and beyond. Global minimalist boutique, home decor, and unique gifts

The Big Easy

222 Fayetteville St
view website
(919) 832-6082

First Friday Special: Local artist meet and greet

Cajun and Creole restaurant

Brasco ///

305 W Martin St
view website
(919) 745-8091

Brasco /// is a creative branding and digital marketing agency

Caffe Luna

136 E Hargett St
view website
(919) 832-6090

First Friday Special: Free bottle of San Pellegrino with purchase of two entrees

Authentic Italian food, well chosen wine list, great service and ambiance

CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum)

409 W Martin St
view website
(919) 261-5920
Hours: 6pm - 10pm

First Friday Special: Free admission from 4 pm - 10 pm

Exhibitions, make and take art, DJs, food trucks, and more!

Capitol Smoke

215 W Martin St
view website
(919) 916-5966

First Friday Special: 25% off glass

Glass art from national and local artists, wall art, and the finest imported cigars

The Carter Building

22 Glenwood Ave
view website
Hours: 6:30 pm-10 pm

A collection of art studios, retailers, and service providers

The Centerpiece

719 N Person St
view website
(919) 838-8580

Exceptional fine art, custom framing, and art consulting services

City Market

215 Wolfe St
view website
(984) 232-8661

City Market features several local shops, restaurants, and First Friday attractions along the cobblestone streets of the historic market place

City Market Artist Collective

300 Blake St
(919) 219-0350
Hours: 6-9pm

Art happening space- art displays, creation, teaching, demonstrations, and lectures

City of Raleigh Museum

220 Fayetteville St
view website
(919) 996-2220

Raleigh history museum featuring rotating exhibits and pop up programs

DECO Raleigh

207 South Salisbury St
view website
(919) 828-5484
Hours: 11 am - 9 pm

First Friday Special: Refreshments, entertainment, and meet the artists

Unique, local smart: items to decorate your life

Dogwood Country Club

301 W Cabarrus St, # 201
view website
(919) 327-9707

First Friday Special: 20% off retail merchandise (some exclusions apply)

Urban golf facility equipped with TrackMan radar technology and owned and operated by a Class A PGA professional

Downtown Raleigh Alliance

333 Fayetteville St, # 1150
view website
Hours: 6 pm - 9 pm

Downtown Raleigh Alliance produces First Friday Raleigh and regularly organizes live events, activations, and more throughout downtown.

DRINK

215 Glenwood Ave, # C
view website

First Friday Special: 10% off glasses of wine and cases

Enjoy tastings, wine education, curation, and art all for you

Five Star

301 N West St
view website
(919) 833-3311
Hours: 3 pm - 12 am

First Friday Special: $5 appetizers and $5 glasses of wine

Five Star is the answer to sophisticated Asian dining and entertainment.

The Flourish Market

307 W Martin St
view website
(984) 202-5035
Hours: 10 am - 9 pm

First Friday Special: 20% off

Your purchase spreads dignity across the globe

Gallery C

540 N Blount St
view website
(919) 828-3165
Hours: 12 pm - 9 pm

Contemporary and historic NC artwork and fine picture framing services

Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown @ Glenwood South

600 Glenwood Ave
view website
(919) 825-4770

Featuring local artists along with sandwiches, cocktails, wine, and beer

Hibernian Irish Pub & Restaurant

311 Glenwood Ave
view website
(919) 833-2258

First Friday Special: $19.50 Ribeye, $3 Bud Light drafts, $4 Stella & Blue Moon drafts

Irregardless Cafe

901 W Morgan St
view website
(919) 833-8898

First Friday Special: Half price bottles of house wine

Real food and live music every night of the week.

The L Apartments

205 W Davie St
view website
Hours: 6pm - 8pm

First Friday Special: Waived application fee

Experience downtown Raleigh living at it's finest featuring repurposed art and #sustainableliving #lifebeyondyourwalls

LGBT Center of Raleigh

119 E Hargett St
view website
Hours: 12 pm - 9 pm

Highlighting art by and about LGBTQIA people in the Triangle

The Lincoln Apartments

408 E Hargett St
view website
(919) 838-0754

Enjoy First Friday with local artists at The Lincoln and rediscover downtown

Link Apartments Glenwood South

202 N West St
view website
(844) 308-0873

Hip downtown apartment community

Litmus Gallery & Studios

312 W Cabarrus St
view website
Hours: 6 pm - 9 pm

Cutting Edge gallery featuring original fine art and open studios

Little City Brewing + Provisions Co.

400 W North St, # 120
view website
(919) 502-7155

Local Color Gallery

311 W Martin St
view website
(919) 819-5995
Hours: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Co-op of women artistsans in fine art, glass, functional pottery, sculpture, and jewelry

The London Bridge Pub

110 E Hargett St
view website
(919) 838-6633
Hours: 11:30am-2:00am

First Friday Special: Free dessert with purchase of an entree

Great pub grub and pints with sun trap patio

Lump Projects

505 S Blount St
view website
(919) 390-1445

Lump showcases ambitious projects by a variety of contemporary artists

The Mahler Fine Art

228 Fayetteville St
view website
(919) 896-7503
Hours: 6pm - 8pm

A full-service fine art gallery

Marbles Kids Museum

201 E Hargett St
view website
(919) 857-1078
Hours: Open until 7pm

First Friday Special: $3/per person after 3pm; members play free

Create and innovate every First Friday

Moore Square

200 S Blount St
view website
(919) 996-6485
Hours: 6-9pm

First Friday Special: Culture Pop Ups featuring food, dance, music, and crafts celebrating various cultures + artist meet and greets

Since 1792, Moore Square has been a place of gathering, reflection, entertainment, and recreation for the citizens of Raleigh

The Morning Times Cafe

10 E Hargett St
view website
(919) 836-1204
Hours: 6:30 am - 11 pm

First Friday Special: Live music and art market

Coffeehouse and gallery serving locally roasted coffees, house-baked pastries, and sandwiches

Munjo Munjo Pop-Up Shop

120 S Wilmington St
view website

First Friday Special: Beer/wine samplings and free buttons with a purchase

Get a behind-the-scenes glance at our creative process.

My Way Tavern

522 St Mary's St
view website
(919) 900-8273
Hours: Open until 2:00am

First Friday Special: Draft beer and drink specials and 25% off appetizers

Gathering place with full bar and over 20 beers on tap serving all American food

Peace Raleigh Apartments

417 W Peace St
view website
(919) 504-5529
Hours: 6-9pm

Come for snacks and drinks on our Harrington Street terrace and in our expansive club room!

Quercus Studio

201 S Salisbury St
view website
(919) 960-1355

Jewelry workshop and gallery

Raleigh Denim Workshop + Curatory

319 W Martin St, # 100
view website
(919) 917-8969
Hours: 6:00-8:00pm 6:00-8:00pm

First Friday Special: Curated experiences in Raleigh Denim Workshop every month!

Raleigh Denim Workshop is an American enterprise / art project / romantic adventure started by Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko.

The Raleigh Wine Shop

126 Glenwood Ave
view website
(919) 803-5473
Hours: 11 am - 9 pm

First Friday Special: 10% off bottle purchases from the WineStation and/or tasting wines to drink on-site or to go

Fine wine and provisions

Retro Modern Furnishings

300 W Hargett St, # 24
view website
(984) 444-9240
Hours: 6-9pm

First Friday Special: Sip beverages and meet local artists; 10% off select merchandise

Specializing in customizable handmade and original mid-century modern furniture plus housewares and accessories made in small batches by independent designers

Short Walk Wines

123 E Martin St
view website
(919) 909-2492

First Friday Special: $8 glasses of wine

Join us for a wine special and to meet the artist of the month

Shred415 Raleigh

218 S Harrington St
view website
(984) 200-8067
Hours: 6-9pm

First Friday Special: Stop by for a First Friday class from 5:30-6:30pm and open house until 9:00pm

Shred415 is an all levels, family friendly HIIT studio

SkyHouse Raleigh

308 S Blount St
view website

First Friday Special: Credited application fee toward's first month's rent

Premier high-rise apartment community in Downtown Raleigh featuring local artists' work on display

Studio R.E.D.

311 W Martin St
view website
(919) 395-6877

Working artist studio and gallery

Taverna Agora

326 Hillsborough St
view website
(919) 881-8333

First Friday Special: Belly dancers, Greek Bouzouki, and music along with seasonal cocktails and special dinner entrees

Greek Night celebrations with entertainment from 8:30pm- close.

Tonbo Ramen

211 S Wilmington St
view website
(919) 977-3625

First Friday Special: $4 buns - pork belly, lamb, and veggie

Ramen restaurant serving homemade broths and fresh noodles. Upstairs, enjoy our Izakaya Japanese small plate bar with unique cocktails full sake selection.

Tuscan Blu

327 W Davie St, # 108
view website
(919) 834-5707

First Friday Special: 10% off any wine purchase

Authentic Italian restaurant

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County

410 Glenwood Ave, # 170
view website
(919) 839-1498
Hours: 6 pm - 8 pm

Located in Glenwood South exhibiting art curated by VAE Raleigh

Unleashed, the Dog and Cat Store

329 Blake St
view website
(919) 977-6529
Hours: 10 am - 9 pm

First Friday Special: Rotating specials from product discounts to free stuff and a free treat buffet

The best dog & cat supplies at the best prices

Urban Outfitters

400 W Martin St
view website
(919) 296-8447

First Friday Special: 10% off full price merchandise for UO Rewards Members

Lifestyle retailer dedicated to inspiring customers through a unique combination of product, creativity and cultural understanding

Vidrio

500 Glenwood Ave, # 100
view website
(919) 803-6033

First Friday Special: Monthly cocktail events

Weaver Street Market

404 W Hargett St
view website
(919) 429-7800

First Friday Special: Varies monthly

First Friday events are held on the Dillon Patio.

WHITE of Raleigh

307 Blake St
view website
Hours: 6-9pm

First Friday Special: 10% off purchase at first bridal appointment

Couture bridal boutique that's intimate and all about the bride

Wine & Design

510 W Martin St, 3rd Floor
view website
(919) 410-6101
Hours: 6-9pm

First Friday Special: $5 off Pop in and Paint

Creating the most fun art experience for anyone wanting a fresh, surprising way to connect with the people in their lives

Woody's at City Market

205 Wolfe St
view website
(919) 833-3000
Hours: 11 am - 2 am

First Friday Special: $4 Bartender's Choice | $5 Tito's | 1/2 priced appetizers 4-6pm

Neighborhood tavern offering entertainment, outstanding drink specials, and bar fare

Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing

201 S Boylan Ave
view website
(984) 200-1189

First Friday Special: Varies monthly

Alter Ego Salon & Blow Dry Bar

119 E Hargett St, # 200
view website
(919) 832-6239
Hours: 9 am - 9 pm

Hair salon and art venue in a beautiful loft with monthly art exhibits and periodic music, dance performances, and special events

Brasco ///

305 W Martin St
view website
(919) 745-8091

Brasco /// is a creative branding and digital marketing agency

City Market

215 Wolfe St
view website
(984) 232-8661

City Market features several local shops, restaurants, and First Friday attractions along the cobblestone streets of the historic market place

City of Raleigh Museum

220 Fayetteville St
view website
(919) 996-2220

Raleigh history museum featuring rotating exhibits and pop up programs

Downtown Raleigh Alliance

333 Fayetteville St, # 1150
view website
Hours: 6 pm - 9 pm

Downtown Raleigh Alliance produces First Friday Raleigh and regularly organizes live events, activations, and more throughout downtown.

Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown @ Glenwood South

600 Glenwood Ave
view website
(919) 825-4770

Featuring local artists along with sandwiches, cocktails, wine, and beer

The L Apartments

205 W Davie St
view website
Hours: 6pm - 8pm

First Friday Special: Waived application fee

Experience downtown Raleigh living at it's finest featuring repurposed art and #sustainableliving #lifebeyondyourwalls

LGBT Center of Raleigh

119 E Hargett St
view website
Hours: 12 pm - 9 pm

Highlighting art by and about LGBTQIA people in the Triangle

The Lincoln Apartments

408 E Hargett St
view website
(919) 838-0754

Enjoy First Friday with local artists at The Lincoln and rediscover downtown

Link Apartments Glenwood South

202 N West St
view website
(844) 308-0873

Hip downtown apartment community

Marbles Kids Museum

201 E Hargett St
view website
(919) 857-1078
Hours: Open until 7pm

First Friday Special: $3/per person after 3pm; members play free

Create and innovate every First Friday

Moore Square

200 S Blount St
view website
(919) 996-6485
Hours: 6-9pm

First Friday Special: Culture Pop Ups featuring food, dance, music, and crafts celebrating various cultures + artist meet and greets

Since 1792, Moore Square has been a place of gathering, reflection, entertainment, and recreation for the citizens of Raleigh

Peace Raleigh Apartments

417 W Peace St
view website
(919) 504-5529
Hours: 6-9pm

Come for snacks and drinks on our Harrington Street terrace and in our expansive club room!

Shred415 Raleigh

218 S Harrington St
view website
(984) 200-8067
Hours: 6-9pm

First Friday Special: Stop by for a First Friday class from 5:30-6:30pm and open house until 9:00pm

Shred415 is an all levels, family friendly HIIT studio

SkyHouse Raleigh

308 S Blount St
view website

First Friday Special: Credited application fee toward's first month's rent

Premier high-rise apartment community in Downtown Raleigh featuring local artists' work on display

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County

410 Glenwood Ave, # 170
view website
(919) 839-1498
Hours: 6 pm - 8 pm

Located in Glenwood South exhibiting art curated by VAE Raleigh

Wine & Design

510 W Martin St, 3rd Floor
view website
(919) 410-6101
Hours: 6-9pm

First Friday Special: $5 off Pop in and Paint

Creating the most fun art experience for anyone wanting a fresh, surprising way to connect with the people in their lives

Amorino Gelato Al Naturale

137 E Davie St
view website
(919) 239-4411

First Friday Special: 10% off large cup or cone

Authentic Italian Gelato and hot drinks in an upscale ambience

The Big Easy

222 Fayetteville St
view website
(919) 832-6082

First Friday Special: Local artist meet and greet

Cajun and Creole restaurant

Caffe Luna

136 E Hargett St
view website
(919) 832-6090

First Friday Special: Free bottle of San Pellegrino with purchase of two entrees

Authentic Italian food, well chosen wine list, great service and ambiance

DRINK

215 Glenwood Ave, # C
view website

First Friday Special: 10% off glasses of wine and cases

Enjoy tastings, wine education, curation, and art all for you

Five Star

301 N West St
view website
(919) 833-3311
Hours: 3 pm - 12 am

First Friday Special: $5 appetizers and $5 glasses of wine

Five Star is the answer to sophisticated Asian dining and entertainment.

Hibernian Irish Pub & Restaurant

311 Glenwood Ave
view website
(919) 833-2258

First Friday Special: $19.50 Ribeye, $3 Bud Light drafts, $4 Stella & Blue Moon drafts

Irregardless Cafe

901 W Morgan St
view website
(919) 833-8898

First Friday Special: Half price bottles of house wine

Real food and live music every night of the week.

Little City Brewing + Provisions Co.

400 W North St, # 120
view website
(919) 502-7155

The London Bridge Pub

110 E Hargett St
view website
(919) 838-6633
Hours: 11:30am-2:00am

First Friday Special: Free dessert with purchase of an entree

Great pub grub and pints with sun trap patio

The Morning Times Cafe

10 E Hargett St
view website
(919) 836-1204
Hours: 6:30 am - 11 pm

First Friday Special: Live music and art market

Coffeehouse and gallery serving locally roasted coffees, house-baked pastries, and sandwiches

My Way Tavern

522 St Mary's St
view website
(919) 900-8273
Hours: Open until 2:00am

First Friday Special: Draft beer and drink specials and 25% off appetizers

Gathering place with full bar and over 20 beers on tap serving all American food

Taverna Agora

326 Hillsborough St
view website
(919) 881-8333

First Friday Special: Belly dancers, Greek Bouzouki, and music along with seasonal cocktails and special dinner entrees

Greek Night celebrations with entertainment from 8:30pm- close.

Tonbo Ramen

211 S Wilmington St
view website
(919) 977-3625

First Friday Special: $4 buns - pork belly, lamb, and veggie

Ramen restaurant serving homemade broths and fresh noodles. Upstairs, enjoy our Izakaya Japanese small plate bar with unique cocktails full sake selection.

Tuscan Blu

327 W Davie St, # 108
view website
(919) 834-5707

First Friday Special: 10% off any wine purchase

Authentic Italian restaurant

Vidrio

500 Glenwood Ave, # 100
view website
(919) 803-6033

First Friday Special: Monthly cocktail events

Weaver Street Market

404 W Hargett St
view website
(919) 429-7800

First Friday Special: Varies monthly

First Friday events are held on the Dillon Patio.

Woody's at City Market

205 Wolfe St
view website
(919) 833-3000
Hours: 11 am - 2 am

First Friday Special: $4 Bartender's Choice | $5 Tito's | 1/2 priced appetizers 4-6pm

Neighborhood tavern offering entertainment, outstanding drink specials, and bar fare

Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing

201 S Boylan Ave
view website
(984) 200-1189

First Friday Special: Varies monthly

311 Gallery

311 W Martin St
view website
(919) 594-1944
Hours: Open until 9:30 pm

Gallery featuring 30+ working artists with regional artist exhibitions monthly

Artspace

201 E Davie St
view website
(919) 821-2787
Hours: 10 am - 10 pm

Visual art center with artist studios, exhibitions, and educational programs

CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum)

409 W Martin St
view website
(919) 261-5920
Hours: 6pm - 10pm

First Friday Special: Free admission from 4 pm - 10 pm

Exhibitions, make and take art, DJs, food trucks, and more!

The Carter Building

22 Glenwood Ave
view website
Hours: 6:30 pm-10 pm

A collection of art studios, retailers, and service providers

The Centerpiece

719 N Person St
view website
(919) 838-8580

Exceptional fine art, custom framing, and art consulting services

City Market Artist Collective

300 Blake St
(919) 219-0350
Hours: 6-9pm

Art happening space- art displays, creation, teaching, demonstrations, and lectures

Gallery C

540 N Blount St
view website
(919) 828-3165
Hours: 12 pm - 9 pm

Contemporary and historic NC artwork and fine picture framing services

Litmus Gallery & Studios

312 W Cabarrus St
view website
Hours: 6 pm - 9 pm

Cutting Edge gallery featuring original fine art and open studios

Local Color Gallery

311 W Martin St
view website
(919) 819-5995
Hours: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Co-op of women artistsans in fine art, glass, functional pottery, sculpture, and jewelry

Lump Projects

505 S Blount St
view website
(919) 390-1445

Lump showcases ambitious projects by a variety of contemporary artists

The Mahler Fine Art

228 Fayetteville St
view website
(919) 896-7503
Hours: 6pm - 8pm

A full-service fine art gallery

Quercus Studio

201 S Salisbury St
view website
(919) 960-1355

Jewelry workshop and gallery

Studio R.E.D.

311 W Martin St
view website
(919) 395-6877

Working artist studio and gallery

Bella Vita Home + Lifestyle

323 Blake St
(919) 900-7526

First Friday Special: 10% off with First Friday mention 10% off store with First Friday mention

Explore home decor and furnishings, from inviting living spaces to modern decor, welcoming dining rooms and beyond. Global minimalist boutique, home decor, and unique gifts

Capitol Smoke

215 W Martin St
view website
(919) 916-5966

First Friday Special: 25% off glass

Glass art from national and local artists, wall art, and the finest imported cigars

DECO Raleigh

207 South Salisbury St
view website
(919) 828-5484
Hours: 11 am - 9 pm

First Friday Special: Refreshments, entertainment, and meet the artists

Unique, local smart: items to decorate your life

Dogwood Country Club

301 W Cabarrus St, # 201
view website
(919) 327-9707

First Friday Special: 20% off retail merchandise (some exclusions apply)

Urban golf facility equipped with TrackMan radar technology and owned and operated by a Class A PGA professional

The Flourish Market

307 W Martin St
view website
(984) 202-5035
Hours: 10 am - 9 pm

First Friday Special: 20% off

Your purchase spreads dignity across the globe

Munjo Munjo Pop-Up Shop

120 S Wilmington St
view website

First Friday Special: Beer/wine samplings and free buttons with a purchase

Get a behind-the-scenes glance at our creative process.

Quercus Studio

201 S Salisbury St
view website
(919) 960-1355

Jewelry workshop and gallery

Raleigh Denim Workshop + Curatory

319 W Martin St, # 100
view website
(919) 917-8969
Hours: 6:00-8:00pm 6:00-8:00pm

First Friday Special: Curated experiences in Raleigh Denim Workshop every month!

Raleigh Denim Workshop is an American enterprise / art project / romantic adventure started by Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko.

The Raleigh Wine Shop

126 Glenwood Ave
view website
(919) 803-5473
Hours: 11 am - 9 pm

First Friday Special: 10% off bottle purchases from the WineStation and/or tasting wines to drink on-site or to go

Fine wine and provisions

Retro Modern Furnishings

300 W Hargett St, # 24
view website
(984) 444-9240
Hours: 6-9pm

First Friday Special: Sip beverages and meet local artists; 10% off select merchandise

Specializing in customizable handmade and original mid-century modern furniture plus housewares and accessories made in small batches by independent designers

Short Walk Wines

123 E Martin St
view website
(919) 909-2492

First Friday Special: $8 glasses of wine

Join us for a wine special and to meet the artist of the month

Unleashed, the Dog and Cat Store

329 Blake St
view website
(919) 977-6529
Hours: 10 am - 9 pm

First Friday Special: Rotating specials from product discounts to free stuff and a free treat buffet

The best dog & cat supplies at the best prices

Urban Outfitters

400 W Martin St
view website
(919) 296-8447

First Friday Special: 10% off full price merchandise for UO Rewards Members

Lifestyle retailer dedicated to inspiring customers through a unique combination of product, creativity and cultural understanding

WHITE of Raleigh

307 Blake St
view website
Hours: 6-9pm

First Friday Special: 10% off purchase at first bridal appointment

Couture bridal boutique that's intimate and all about the bride