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

    Local musicians are welcome to share their talents with the community with an open mic night to continue the celebration of music that is evident in the Rock & Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron exhibition.
    • Rock & Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron
    • Joan Steiner’s Look Alikes©

    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!


    248 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Featured Monthly Artist

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Elissa Halloran Designs

    229 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Winter sale!!
    • 10% off jewelry!
    • 20% off scarves!
    • 50% off bags!!

    Lark St. Natural Foods

    217 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    10% Off any purchase – Must mention 1st Friday deal at Checkout.
    Cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer.

    Romeo's Gifts

    299 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    25% Off Storewide Sale on 1st Friday!!!!

  • Beyond Lark Street

    GreatFinds Thrift Boutique

    260 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    Artful Windows: 'Luminaries'
    • New Year Sales

    The Cheese Traveler and Changing Spaces 2.0

    540 Delaware Avenue Albany, NY 12209


    A showing of three artists, featuring visual artworks by Sanny Williams, Jaime Courcelle, and David Austin; a poetry reading by Tara Needham & Kenyatta JP Garcia; and live music by Adam Coolong; and a cheese demo at The Cheese Traveler 7-10 pm.

    University Club

    141 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    Artist in Residence: Ed O'Donnell
    Opening Reception

  • After 1st Friday

    Albany First Friday Swing Dance

    Albany Elks Lodge
    25 South Allen Street Albany, NY 12208


    Band: Sonny & Perley Jive Five
    • Free Swing Dance LESSON at 7 - 8pm, no partner needed
    • DANCE to Sonny & Perley Jive Five from 8 - 11pm
    • Admission including lesson: General $15; Dance Flurry members $12; Seniors/Students $10.

1st Friday News:

1st Friday, December 2016

Written: Dec 02, 2016
Merry Christmas and we'll see you next year! . . . continue reading . . .

November's 1st Friday is on November 4, 2016

Written: Nov 04, 2016
OK. You ate too much candy. Take a walk, look at some art, and think healthy thoughts! . . . continue reading . . .

October's 1st Friday is on October 7, 2016

Written: Oct 04, 2016
A ghostly experience of art . . . and terror. . . . continue reading . . .