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1st Friday in Albany, NY: Experience the Arts

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 eventNote: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing requirements

1st Friday: November 6, 2020

  • Highlights include:
    • Specials/discounts at Elissa Halloran Designs, Lark Street Mercantile, Lark Street Yoga, Romeo's Gifts, City Beer Hall, dp | an American Brasserie, Far Shot Albany, The Yard Hatchet House & Bar
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at Alacrity Frame Workshop, Art Associates Gallery, Inc., Susan Stuart Studio, Women's Club of Albany, Your CBD Store New Scotland, 48 Hudson, Albany Center Gallery, Open Gallery, Root3d
    • And more!

See a full schedule of 1st Friday happenings »

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