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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: 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!

See a full schedule of 1st Friday happenings »