1st Friday In Albany, NY

1st friday logoThe first Friday of every month marks a funky and fun night of the arts in Albany.

Starting at 5pm, residents and visitors flock to downtown Albany for "1st Friday," a highly anticipated celebration of arts and culture, administered by the Upstate Artists Guild in collaboration with local businesses and sponsors.

Various neighborhoods throughout Albany host open houses, special events, live music, artist receptions, exhibitions, and more throughout the evening. Some restaurants, bars, clubs, and boutiques even offer specials and discounts in honor of the event.

people visiting artisan vendors

1st Friday: April 7, 2017

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials at Bombers Burrito Bar, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, Romeo's Gifts, and Elissa Halloran Designs
    • Wine Tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Albany Institute of History & Art, 3 Fish Coffee, Albany Barn, City Church, and Alacrity Frame Workshop
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: May 5, 2017

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials at Bombers Burrito Bar, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, Romeo's Gifts, and Elissa Halloran Designs
    • Wine Tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events, performances, and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, City Church, First Presbyterian Church, University Club, The Albany Barn, Rocco's Art Gallery, National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: June 2, 2017

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials at Bombers Burrito Bar, Lark Street Natural Foods, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, Romeo's Gifts, and Elissa Halloran Designs
    • Wine Tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events, performances, and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Institute of History & Art, City Church, Upstate Artists Guild @ Stage 1 Gallery, Enigma Company, First Presbyterian Church, University Club, The Albany Barn, Rocco's Art Gallery, and National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: July 7, 2017

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials at Bombers Burrito Bar, Lark Street Natural Foods, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, Romeo's Gifts, and Elissa Halloran Designs
    • Wine Tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events, performances, and/or exhibitions at Albany Institute of History & Art, City Church, Gallery at theRep, Savoy Taproom, Alacrity Frame Workshop, and The Gallery at Enigma
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: August 4, 2017

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials at Bombers Burrito Bar GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, Romeo's Gifts, and Elissa Halloran Designs
    • Wine Tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Tea Tasting at Slavonian European Cafe
    • Special events, performances, and/or exhibitions at Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany Barn, City Church, Albany Center Gallery, Savoy Taproom, Alacrity Frame Workshop, and the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc.
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: September 1, 2017

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials at Bombers Burrito Bar, Elissa Halloran Designs, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, and Romeo's Gifts
    • Tea Tasting at Slavonian European Cafe
    • Wine Tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events, performances, and/or exhibitions at Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany Barn, University Club of Albany, Opalka Gallery @ The Sage Colleges, Fort Orange General Store, Albany Center Gallery, Savoy Taproom, Alacrity Frame Workshop, Engima, and the Romaine Brooks Gallery at the Pride Center of the Capital Region
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: October 6, 2017

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials at Bombers Burrito Bar, Elissa Halloran Designs, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, LAX Restaurant & Lounge, and Romeo's Gifts
    • Wine Tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Free Tea Tasting at Slavonian European Cafe
    • Special events, performances, and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Barn, Albany Institute of History & Art, Ben & Jerry's, Center Square Barber Shop, Enigma, First Presbyterian Church, Hounds on the Hudson, La Luce Boutique, New York State of Mind, Preservation League of NYS, The Romaine Brooks Gallery at the Pride Center of the Capital Region, Savoy Taproom, Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar, Albany Elks Lodge, Esther Massry Gallery, and Opalka Gallery
    • And much more!!

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