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About First Friday

First Friday, presented by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, showcases 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. Retailers and restaurants participate by showcasing art, music or offering a First Friday special. First Friday is an annual fee-based membership program for Downtown Raleigh storefront art galleries and businesses.

For a list of participating venues, please visit our venues page and check out our venue map. Pick up a printed First Friday map and guide at participating venues. Look for First Friday flags hanging outside venues on First Friday to easily locate participating galleries, stores, and restaurants.

Contact Us

Are you a downtown art gallery or storefront business interested in becoming a member of First Friday? Or are you an artist, musician or performer looking to exhibit your work or perform? If so, fill out this simple form, and we'll share your information with interested First Friday venues.

For general First Friday inquiries, please contact David Moore at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance at (919) 821-6982 or

Are you interested in sponsoring or advertising with First Friday? Please contact Kathleen Louis at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance at (919) 821-6972 or


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Presenting Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Atlas Stark Holdings

Cline Design

Duke Raleigh Hospital

French West Vaughan