1st Friday Albany

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About 1st Friday

Albany's First Night For Art!

Current Participants / Sponsors:

1st Friday is a monthly arts and cultural event that takes place on the 1st Friday of every month in Albany, NY. Event sponsors and participants host events from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, in various neighborhoods throughout the city. 1st Friday is an active and unique collaboration between the Upstate Artists Guild (UAG), Lark Street BID, the local arts community, and local businesses. Please support our participants and sponsors!

  • Lark Street District & Central Avenue District

    Alacrity Frame Workshop

    215 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Featuring: Albany to the Adirondacks by Brad Wenskowski

    • The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute
    • 2017 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region

    Bombers Burrito Bar

    258 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    • $3 Dos Equis Drafts
    • $6 Original Margaritas

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Capital Wine & Spirits

    348 State Street Albany, NY 12210


    Wine Tasting!


    250 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Featuring the photography of Joe Oppedisano

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Elissa Halloran Designs

    229 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    10% off all drinking glasses!!!

    Romaine Brooks Gallery & Pride Center Of The Capital Region

    332 Hudson Ave Albany, NY 12210


    The Saratoga Ghost Horse Series by Cat

    Romeo's Gifts

    299 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    25% off Storewide Sale for 1st Friday!!!!

    Savoy Taproom

    301 Lark Street, NY 12210


    Highlighting and supporting local artists on the 1st Friday of each month

    Slavonian European Cafe

    189 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Free Tea Tasting

  • Beyond Lark Street

    Albany Barn

    56 Second Street Albany, NY 12210


    Thirteenth Annual Summer in the City Youth Talent Exhibition

    Albany Center Gallery

    488 Broadway Albany, NY 12207


    • Launch of Listening Here, with artists Stephanie Loveless and Cristyn Magnus
    • Closing Reception ofPassage,a journey through prints, curated byAlana Akacki

    Fort Orange General Store

    296 Delaware Avenue Albany, NY 12206


    Join us for 1st Friday in downtown Albany! In partnership withAlbany Center Gallery, local artist Alex Waters will have a pop-up exhibit opening reception; the exhibit will be on display throughout the Labor Day weekend

    GreatFinds Thrift Boutique

    260 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    Artful Windows: 'Hues', New Fall arrivals, Summer Sales

    Opalka Gallery & Sage College

    140 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208


    Featuring Kathryn Field

    The University Club

    141 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    Meet the U Club's 10th Artist in Residence, Stacy Caldwell
    In partnership with Albany Barn

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Upstate Artists Guild @ The Barn Stage 1 Gallery

    46-48 North Swan Street Albany, NY 12210


    Annual Member Show: August and September

  • After 1st Friday

    Albany First Friday Swing Dance

    25 South Allen Street Albany, NY 12208


    • Band: Moon Indigo w/ guest Peter Davis
    • Free Swing Dance LESSON at 7 - 8pm, no partner needed
    • DANCE to Moon Indigo w/ guest Peter Davis from 8 - 11pm
    • Admission including lesson: General $15; Dance Flurry members $12; Seniors/Students $10.

    L.A.X. Restaurant & Lounge

    203-207 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Live music from 7 - 10pm with a local artist - $5 margarita specials.

1st Friday News:

1st Friday, September 01 2017

Written: Aug 23, 2017
Fall back into school, and ART! . . . continue reading . . .

1st Friday, August 04 2017

Written: Jul 29, 2017
Welcome to the dog days of summer. Let's look at some art. . . . continue reading . . .

1st Friday, 07 2017

Written: Jul 01, 2017
Happy Fourth of July, and may God Bless America . . . continue reading . . .