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First Friday Raleigh


First Friday is celebrated on the first Friday of each month throughout Downtown Raleigh to showcase the best of our city's creative community. Art galleries and studios are open late to host exhibits, artist talks, and creative activities. Retailers and restaurants also get in on the fun with live music, vendor markets, specials/discounts, and more. There's something for everyone each First Friday. 

If you are a musician, entertainer, or performance artist apply to be a First Friday performer here

December First Friday 
Friday, December 2

December's First Friday is coinciding with the kick-off of the highly-anticipated holiday lights event Illuminate Art Walk! You can enjoy extended art gallery hours, events at your favorite businesses, delicious food & drinks, and large-scale light installations all in one night, all in Downtown Raleigh.

Check out more events and activities hosted by community members across Downtown Raleigh on First Friday here 


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Contact Us

For general First Friday inquiries, please email 

If your company is interested in sponsoring First Friday, please contact Patina Robinson at


Atlas Stark

Clancy & Theys Construction Co. 

Cline Design

Duke Raleigh Hospital