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Suns Out, Paws Out: Your Dog-Friendly Guide to First Friday

First Friday Raleigh, presented by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, is a self-guided art walk showcasing the vibrant art and creative community in Downtown Raleigh on the first Friday of every month from 6-9 pm. The free public event features a variety of local art galleries and studios, museums and exhibitors that stay open late, put on special events and often offer refreshments.

Want to bring your pup along for the fun? No problem! We've created a list of seven First Friday venues all within the Fayetteville and Moore Square Districts to welcome your dog.

Visit the First Friday venues page for all participating locations, specials, and more.

Shop with your Puppers

A night out on the town calls for a new leash or collar from Unleashed, the Dog and Cat Store. While you’re there, reward your pet with a trip down their dog treat buffet. (Who knew that was a thing?!?)





Warmer days means longer walks. Pick up a new pair of kicks from Apex Outfitter and Board Co. and your dog can enjoy a treat too. 







Swing past Read with Me and Briggs Hardware to wish Ellie Mae, downtown Raleigh’s favorite dog a Happy Birthday! Don’t worry about bringing gifts because Read with Me and Briggs Hardware are collecting pet food donations to benefit the Wake County SPCA.



Photos from Unleashed Facebook Page, Apex Outfitters Facebook Page and Read with Me's Facebook Page


Dig in with your Doggo

Quality time with your pup doesn’t have to end when you head out to dinner. The London Bridge Pub has a great outdoor patio perfect for your pet while you chow down. The purchase of an entrée gets you a free dessert on First Friday. 
Photo from London Bridge Facebook page

If you’re feeling Mediterranean, head to Shish Kabob for gyros, vegetarian dishes, and their specialty grilled kabobs. Grab a seat on City Plaza and enjoy a free hummus sampler and toasted pita when you purchase any gyro.

Have a Nightcap with your Furry Friend

After an eventful First Friday with your dog, relax with a coffee or cocktail on Sir Walter Coffee’s patio. Take advantage of their special with $4 craft drafts and $2 off their spiked Sir Walter favorite cocktails.

If a hot drink isn’t calling your name, stop by Woody’s at City Market. Sit outside and ask for a doggie bowl to keep your pup hydrated. Woody’s offers a variety of First Friday specials including 15% off all starters from 6:30-9pm and $5 Captain Morgan or Kraken Rums.