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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: August 3, 2018

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe 217, Cafe Hollywood, Cafe Lark Pizza, Cap City Boutique, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Loco, El Mariachi, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, La Luce Boutique, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, McGuire's, Mio Posto, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Susie's Pub, That Store, and Yamaguchie
    • Wine tasting at Capital Wine
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Barn, Albany Institute of History & Art, Center Square Barber Shop, LAX Restaurant & Lounge, Pint Sized, Romaine Brooks Gallery, Savoy Taproom, Albany Center Gallery, Albany First Friday Swing Dance, and Albany Modern Body Art
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: July 6, 2018

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe 217, Cafe Hollywood, Cafe Lark Pizza, Cap City Boutique, El Loco, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Mariachi, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, La Luce Boutique, Lark Natural Foods, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, McGuire's Restaurant, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, Pint Sized, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Susie's Pub, That Store, and Yamaguchie
    • Wine tasting at Capital Wine
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Barn, Albany Institute of Art, King's Place Gallery, LAX Restaurant & Lounge, Mio Posto, Savoy Taproom, Albany First Friday Swing Dance, African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Albany Modern Body Art, Capital Repertory Theatre, and Stacks Espresso Bar
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: June 1, 2018

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe 217, Cafe Hollywood, Cafe Lark Pizza, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Loco, El Mariachi, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, La Luce Boutique, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, McGuire's, Mio Posto, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, Pint Sized, PizzaRoni, Susie's Pub, That Store, The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery, and Yamaguchie
    • Wine tasting at Capital Wine
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Barn, Albany Institute of History & Art, Ben & Jerry's, Center Square Barber Shop, City Church, First Presbyterian Church, Iron Gate Cafe, Lark & Hudson Streets, LAX Restaurant & Lounge, Savoy Taproom, University Club of Albany, Albany First Friday Swing Dance at Albany Elks Lodge, Esther Massry Gallery, First Lutheran Church of Albany, Opalka Gallery, Albany Center Gallery, and Albany Modern Body Art
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: May 4, 2018

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe 217, Cafe Hollywood, Ebabil Photo & Video, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Loco Mexican Restaurant, El Mariachi, La Luce Boutique, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, McGuire's Restaurant, Mio Posto, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, Pint Sized, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Stacks Espresso Bar, Susie's Pub, That Store, Yamaguchie, and more!
    • Wine tasting at Capital Wine
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Institute of History & Art, Center Square Barber Shop, First Presbyterian Church, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, LAX Restaurant & Lounge, Savoy Taproom, Shocker Tattoo, The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery, University Club of Albany, and more!
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: April 6, 2018

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe 217, Cafe Hollywood, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Loco Mexican Restaurant, El Mariachi, La Luce Boutique, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, McGuire's Restaurant, Mio Posto, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Susie's Pub, That Store, Yamaguchie
    • Wine Tasting at Capital Wine
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at 3Fish Coffee and Downtube Bicycle Works, Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Barn, Albany Institute of History & Art, Center Square Barber Shop, First Presbyterian Church, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, LAX Restaurant & Lounge, Savoy Taproom, Shocker Tattoo, The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery, University Club of Albany, Albany Elks Lodge, Esther Massry Gallery, Opalka Gallery, African American Cultural Center, Albany Modern Body Art, Capital Repertory Theatre
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: March 2, 2018

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe 217, Cafe Hollywood, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Loco, El Mariachi, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, La Luce Boutique, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, McGuire's, Mio Posto, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Susies Pub, That Store, Yamaguchie
    • Wine Tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Albany Barn, Albany Institute of History & Art, Center Square Barbershop, First Presbyterian Church, LAX Restaurant & Lounge, Savoy Taproom, Shocker Tattoo, Umana Restaurant, University Club of Albany
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: February 2, 2018

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Al-arabi Shawarma, Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe 217, Cafe Hollywood, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Loco Mexican Restaurant, El Mariachi, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, La Luce Boutique, Lark Tavern, LAX Restaurant & Lounge, Lionheart Blues Cafe, McGuire's Restaurant, Mio Posto, Noho & Soho Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Rain Modern Chinese, Romeo's Gifts, Susie's Pub, TapAsia, Teassertz, That Store, and Yamaguchie
    • Free admission to Albany Institute of History & Art from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Wine Tasting at Capital Wine
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Barn, Center Square Barber Shop, First Presbyterian Church, Savoy Taproom, Shocker Tattoo, The National Upholstery Design Studio/Gallery, Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar, Albany Elks Lodge, Esther Massry Gallery, Opalka Gallery, Albany Center Gallery, Albany County Historical Association, Albany Modern Body Art, and Capital Repertory Theater
    • And much more!!

1st Friday: January 5, 2018

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe 217, Cafe Hollywood, Center Square Barbershop, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Loco, La Luce Boutique, Lark Tavern, LAX Restaurant & Lounge, Lionheart Blues Cafe, Maguire's, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, Rain, Romeo's Gifts, Susies Pub, TapAsia, Teassertz
    • Free admission to Albany Institute of History & Art
    • Capital Wine & Spirits - Wine tasting
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Barn, Savoy Taproom, University Club, Albany First Friday Swing Dance at Albany Elks Lodge, African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region
    • And much more!!

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