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 culture 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 collaboration between the Upstate Artists Guild , the local artists 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


    "Black Paint Matters" works by Donald Jones

    • NEW: Crisan Café & offerings from Ric Orland's New World Catering
    • The City School District of Albany 2016 Elementary School Art Show
      The Albany Institute of History & Art are partnering with the City School District of Albany to present this wonderful showcase of student talent featuring visual art works by students from each of the 12 Albany elementary schools.

    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!

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Elissa Halloran Designs

    229 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Collages by Betsy Gorman of Burnt Barn Studio

    GreatFinds Thrift Boutique

    260 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    A program of Equinox, Inc.

    • Artful Windows: "A Fresh Line"
    • 30% Off Spring Items
    • Light refreshments

    Iron Gate Cafe

    182 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    • Cinco de Mayo Patio Party!
    • Featuring works by  Ryan Charbonneau and Reggie Baker

    Lark Street Business Improvement District

    248 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Featured Artist: Poppy An Abstract Look at Nature and Natural Materials

    Romeo'S Gifts

    299 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    25% Off Storewide Sale for the month of May!!!!

    The Treasure Chest Thrift Store

    295 Hamilton Street Albany, NY 12210


    Many great items!
    • 25% Off Everything!!!
    • Complimentary coffee and snacks!

    Umana Restaurant And Wine Bar

    236 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    • Authentic Ethiopian food
    • Entertainment by DJ Trumastr

    University Club

    141 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    Opening Reception for Artist in Residence Bill Pettit

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Upstate Artists Guild

    247 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Cadmium Show: Annual Color Show
    • Featured Artist: UAG's very own, Gary Masline
    • Music: DJ Jason Clark

  • Downtown District

    African American Cultural Center Of The Capital Region

    135 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Featuring a new collection of African masks donated by Gerald Porter
    • Light Refreshments

    Albany Center Gallery

    39 Columbia Street Albany, NY 12207


    • 2016 Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational
    • Artists Fern Apfel, Jess Ayotte, Roger Bisbing and Thomas Huber
    • Artists’ Reception held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • Free and open to the public

  • Uptown District

    Esther Massry Gallery @ College Of Saint Rose

    1002 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12203


    • Featuring: Lauren Pennock, Gabrielle Gapczynski
    • The thesis exhibition by candidates for the Master of Science degree in Art Education Opening Reception

    Opalka Gallery @ Sage College

    140 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208


    • 12th Annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition
    • This annual exhibition features work by graduating students from the Sage College of Albany Art + Design BFA programs. Students have spent the past year focusing on a personal direction in the major in preparation for this exhibition. The BFA Exhibition will showcase the best of student work in Fine Arts, Photography, Graphic + Media design and Interior Design programs. Opening Reception; thru June 18

    The Little Gallery @ Sage College

    140 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208


    • Opening Reception 5-8 pm
    • Spring Ahead
    • Annual Juried Student Art Show
    • Awards presentation @ 7

  • After 1st Friday

    Albany First Friday Swing Dance

    Albany Elks Lodge
    25 South Allen Street Albany, NY 12208


    • Free Swing Dance LESSON at 7:00 - 8:00 PM, no partner needed.
    • DANCE to Crazy Feet from 8:00 - 11:00 PM
      Admission including lesson: General $15; Dance Flurry members $12; Seniors/Students $10.

    L.A.X. Restaurant & Lounge

    203-207 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    • $5 Margaritas
    • Live Music 7-10pm

    University Club

    141 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    In the Grille Room: Off the Record, Albany's own rock 'n roll lounge band, transforms the Grille Room into a swinging cocktail party

1st Friday News:

Announcing 1st Friday: May, 6 2016

Written: Apr 25, 2016
It is time to start thinking summer, sun and fun. Make 1st Friday Albany your FIRST summer stop. . . . continue reading . . .

Announcing 1st Friday: April, 1st 2016

Written: Mar 24, 2016
No Joke! April's 1st Friday is . . . April 1st! . . . continue reading . . .

Mea Culpa

Written: Mar 04, 2016
Oops. The UAG's esteemed Web Monkey (me) messed up the 1st Friday page for March. Read on for the gory details. . . . continue reading . . .

March - Green Art!

Written: Feb 29, 2016
March is the greenest month on the calendar. It also has the best beer. This month 1st Friday is laying out the green to bring you art and events across Albany. And we have awesome volunteer opportunities for you! . . . continue reading . . .

There is no winter but art!

Written: Feb 03, 2016
Winter in the capital district has been practically tropical this year, which means you have zero excuses. Join us for the February 1st Friday and support our sponsors! . . . continue reading . . .

Announcing The New 1st Friday Website!

Written: Jan 25, 2016
With the new year, 1stFridayAlbany.org gets a new website. Our old page has served us well but it was time for a change. Our new home will include more content, news, and art. This is the most substantial update to the 1st Friday website in about two years. We hope you are as excited as we are! . . . continue reading . . .