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1st Friday in Albany, NY: Experience the Arts

Editor's Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been no 1st Friday updates since March 2020. We will update this page when 1st Friday returns.

The 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.

outdoor vendor event

1st Friday: March 6th, 2020

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe Lark Pizza, El Loco, El Mariachi Tapas, Lark St. Poke Bar, Lark Street Yoga, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Susie's Pub, That Store, Yamaguchie, Your CBD Store New Scotland, 677 Prime, Acacia's Basement, Angie's Pineapples and Things, The City Beer Hall, dp: An American Brasserie, Excelsior Pub, Fort Orange General Store, Fresh & Fly Clothing, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Jack's Oyster House, LaSerre, Liberty Tax, Loch & Quay, McGeary's Irish Pub, Pearl Street Pub, Vintage Treasures by Deborah
    • Free wine tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits; mix of wine tastings at Broadway Plaza Liquor
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Albany Barn, Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany Public Library, Byron & Gill Mercantile, First Presbyterian Church, Savoy Taproom, Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar, Albany Elks Lodge, Art Associates Gallery, Susan Stuart Studio, Van Ostrande-Radliff House, Albany Modern Body Art, Root3d, Speakeasy 518, Stacks Espresso Bar, Times Union Center
    • Free Capital City Trolley from 5:00pm - 12:30am
    • And more!

See a full schedule of 1st Friday happenings »

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