First Friday is a free self-guided tour of Downtown Raleigh’s cutting edge cultural hot spots. Local art galleries, art studios, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month to welcome thousands of art enthusiasts.

The event runs from 6pm – 9pm. For a detailed list of Galleries, Retailers, Exhibitors and Restaurants and Bars that participate in First Friday click here!

Attendees may also take advantage of the First Friday specials offered by participating restaurants and retailers. Look for the First Friday Flags to easily locate participating venues! A detailed map/guide will be available at each location. Visit the galleries and listen to live music. Enjoy the restaurants and take advantage of the First Friday specials offered by all participating restaurants.

The September 2015 First Friday features the following galleries:

Retro Modern Furnishings – “Abstract Acrylics”

Jessica Willis is an artist based out of Raleigh who mainly focuses on abstract art using acrylics. Her artwork will be on display at Retro Modern Furnishing August 22nd through September 27th on the Weekends. Her opening reception and meet and greet will be held as part of First Friday Raleigh.

MedFirst Medical Center – “Amazing Manipulation in Glass”

Full of intricate detail and colorful patterns, you’ll be fascinated to imagine how local artist, Sean Parker formed his works on display for this upcoming First Friday. Help welcome Sean to the Downtown Raleigh Art Walk with light refreshments. Meet Sean and learn more about the process and many uses for glassblowing.

Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery – “Bellissimo Porto”

Nicole’s Studio & Gallery features special Ukranian guest artist, Eugene Segal. Painting in the style of dramatic impressionism, bold colors and bouncing lights, Segal’s canvases travel to beautiful ports around Europe and the Mediterranean.

North Street Beer Station – “Boards & Brews”

Clark Hipolito uses skateboard decks as canvas for his mixed media work, to be on display during First Friday at North Street Beer Station. This reception will feature a Tap Takeover by Goose Island Beer Company, and free refreshments from Relay Foods.

Artspace – “Expanding The Constellation”

This collaborative exhibition between Elsewhere and Artspace features works by six artists who recently completed residnecies through the Southern Constellations program at Elsewhere. The work investigates the museum and its dense collection of material from popular culture.

Unleashed – Grand Opening Celebration

A celebration at the new Downtown Raleigh Pet Shop! There will be Door Prizes, Free raffle drawings for gift baskets full of toys, treats, and other goodies and A Treat Buffet where you can fill your own doggie bag to take home! Free dog cake and cookies, plus some people snacks too!




Getting around Downtown Raleigh is now easier than ever! Eco-friendly transportation such as the Raleigh Rickshaw Company and the R-Line (downtown’s circulator bus service) are available! There are also over 30 parking decks and lots, ample parking is readily available. Street parking is free after 5pm and on the weekends.


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