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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 event

1st Friday: December 6th, 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, Lark St. Poke Bar, Lark Street Yoga, Lark Tavern, Lionheart Pub, The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery, NoHo & SoHo Pizza, Oh Bar, PizzaRoni, Romeo's Gifts, Susie's Pub, That Store, Yamaguchie, 677 Prime, The City Beer Hall, dp: An American Brasserie, Fort Orange General Store, Fresh & Fly Clothing, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Jack's Oyster House, LaSerre, Loch & Quay, McGeary's Irish Pub, Pearl Street Pub
    • Free wine tasting at Capital Wine & Spirits; mix of wine tastings at Broadway Plaza Liquor
    • Special events and/or exhibitions at 3Fish Coffee, Alacrity Frame Workshop, Albany Barn, Albany Institute of History & Art, The Cathedral of All Saints, First Presbyterian Church, L.A.X. Restaurant & Lounge, Savoy Taproom, Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar, Albany Elks Lodge, Art Associates Gallery Inc., Esther Massry Gallery at The College of Saint Rose, Pine Hills Library, Susan Stuart Studio, Albany Center Gallery, Albany Modern Body Art, Excelsior Pub, Fort Orange Holiday Market, Palace Theatre, Root3d, Speakeasy 518, Stacks Espresso Bar
    • Free Capital City Trolley from 5:00pm - 12:30 am
    • And much more!

See a full schedule of 1st Friday happenings »

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