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1st Friday In Albany, NY: Experience the Arts

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 2, 2019

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe Lark Pizza, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Loco, El Mariachi Tapas, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, Healthy on Lark, Lark Street Poke Bar, Lark Street Yoga, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Susie's Pub, That Store, The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery, Yamaguchie, 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, Loch & Quay, OkiPoki, Pearl Street Pub
    • Free wine tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Institute of History & Art, Bill Pettit - Open Studio, L.A.X. Restaurant & Lounge, Local 217, Savoy Taproom, Vocare Gallery, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Albany Elks Lodge, Albany Modern Body Art, Capital Repertory Theatre, Downtown is Pawsome Exhibit, Stacks Espresso Bar, Parish Public House, Nine Pin Cider
    • And much more!

1st Friday: July 5, 2019

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe Lark Pizza, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Loco, El Mariachi Tapas, GreatFinds Thrift Boutique, Healthy on Lark, Lark Street Poke Bar, Lark Street Yoga, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Savoy Taproom, Susie's Pub, That Store, The Daily Grind, Yamaguchie, 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, Loch & Quay, OkiPoki, Pearl Street Pub
    • Free wine tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Institute of History & Art, L.A.X. Restaurant & Lounge, The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery, Vocare Gallery, Albany Modern Body Art, Henry Hudson Planetarium, Root3d, Stacks Espresso Bar, SUNY Plaza, Albany Elks Lodge
    • And much more!

1st Friday: June 7, 2019

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe Lark Pizza, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Loco, El Mariachi Tapas, Greatfinds Thrift Boutique, Healthy on Lark, Lark Street Natural Foods, Lark Street Poke Bar, Lark Street Yoga, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Susie's Pub, That Store, The Daily Grind, Yamaguchie, 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, Loch & Quay, OkiPoki, Pearl Street Pub
    • Free wine tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at 3Fish Coffee and Downtube Bicycle Works, Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Institute of History & Art, Cap City Boutique, First Presbyterian Church, Kings Place Gallery, L.A.X. Restaurant & Lounge, Local 217 Taproom & Kitchen, Savoy Taproom, The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery, Vocare Gallery, Albany Elks Lodge, Albany Public Library - Pine Hills Branch, Art Associates Gallery, Stuart Studio, Albany Center Gallery, Albany Modern Body Art, Root3d, Stacks Espresso Bar
    • And much more!

1st Friday: May 3, 2019

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe 217, Cafe Hollywood, Cafe Lark Pizza, El Loco, El Mariachi Tapas, Healthy on Lark, Lark Street Natural Foods, Lark Street Poke Bar, Lark Street Yoga, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Savoy Taproom, Susie's Pub, That Store, The Daily Grind, Yamaguchie, 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, Loch & Quay, OkiPoki, Olde English Pub & Pantry
    • Free wine tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Institute of History & Art, First Presbyterian Church, L.A.X. Restaurant & Lounge, The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery, Albany Elks Lodge, Art Associates Gallery, Opalka Gallery, Stuart Studio, Albany Modern Body Art, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Outpost, Pearl Street Pub, Stacks Espresso Bar
    • And much more!

1st Friday: April 5, 2019

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Cafe 217, Cafe Hollywood, Cafe Lark Pizza, El Loco, El Mariachi Tapas, Greatfinds Thrift Boutique, Healthy on Lark, Lark Street Natural Foods, Lark Street Poke Bar, Lark Street Yoga, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Savoy Taproom, Susie's Pub, That Store, The Daily Grind, Yamaguchie, 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, OkiPoki, Olde English Pub & Pantry
    • Free wine tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Barn, Albany Institute of History & Art, Center Square Barbershop, Elissa Halloran Designs, First Presbyterian Church, L.A.X. Restaurant & Lounge, Pint Sized, Pride Center of the Capital Region, The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery, 39 Columbia Street, Albany Center Gallery, Albany Modern Body Art, Capital Repertory Theatre, Klein Art Gallery, Loch & Quay, Nine Pin Cider Works, Parish Public House, Pearl Street Pub, Stacks Espresso Bar, Albany Elks Lodge, Art Associates Gallery, Esther Massry Gallery, Opalka Gallery
    • And much more!

1st Friday: March 1, 2019

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Byron & Gill Mercantile, Cafe 217, Cafe Hollywood, Cafe Lark Pizza, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Loco, El Mariachi, Healthy on Lark, Iron Gate Cafe, La Luce Boutique, Lark Street Natural Foods, Lark Street Poke Bar, Lark Tavern, L.A.X. Restaurant & Lounge, Lionheart Pub, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Susie's Pub, That Store, The Daily Grind, Yamaguchie, Fort Orange General Store, Fresh & Fly Clothing, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Jack's Oyster House, Jonathan's Pizza
    • Free wine tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Albany Institute of History & Art, Center Square Barber Shop, First Presbyterian Church, Greatfinds Thrift Boutique, Lark Street Yoga, The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery, Albany Elks Lodge, Art Associates Gallery Inc., Stuart Studio, Albany Modern Body Art, City Beer Hall, Excelsior Pub, Klein Art Gallery, Loch & Quay, Palace Theatre, Parish Public House, Pearl Street Pub, Stacks Espresso Bar, Times Union Center
    • And much more!

1st Friday: February 1, 2019 ("Jazzed Up" Trolley Good Time)

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Bombers Burrito Bar, Byron & Gill Mercantile, Cafe 217, Cafe Hollywood, Cafe Lark Pizza, Elissa Halloran Designs, El Loco, El Mariachi, Greatfinds Thrift Boutique, Healthy on Lark, Iron Gate Cafe, La Luce Boutique, Lark Street Natural Foods, Lark Tavern, L.A.X. Restaurant & Lounge, Lionheart Pub, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Susie's Pub, That Store, The Daily Grind, Yamaguchie, 677 Prime, Daniel Mozzes Design, Dawn's Victory Sports Cafe, Excelsior Pub, Fort Orange General Store, Fresh & Fly Clothing, Hilton Albany, Jack's Oyster House, Jonathan's Pizza, La Serre, Public House 42
    • Free wine tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at 3Fish Coffee and Downtube Bicycle Works, Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Institute of History & Art, Cathedral of All Saints, Center Square Barber Shop, First Presbyterian Church, Savoy Taproom, University Club, The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery, Albany Elks Lodge, Art Associates Gallery Inc., Esther Massry Gallery, University at Albany Art Museum, Albany Modern Body Art, Capital Repertory Theatre, City Beer Hall, Olde English Pub & Pantry, Loch & Quay, Palace Theatre, Pearl Street Pub, Stacks Espresso Bar
    • And much more!

1st Friday: January 4, 2019

  • 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 Street Natural Foods, Lark Street Yoga, Lark Tavern, L.A.X. Restaurant & Lounge, Lionheart Pub, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Susie's Pub, That Store, Yamaguchie, and African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region
    • Free wine tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Barn, Albany Institute of History & Art, Center Square Barber Shop, Pride Center of the Capital Region: Romaine Brooks Gallery, Savoy Taproom, The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery, Albany Modern Body Art, Albany Elks Lodge, and Art Associates Gallery Inc.
    • And much more!

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