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

    • Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting
    • The Capital Region in 50 Objects
    • Ancient Egypt

    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


    • 10% off all jewelry!
    • 30% off clothing, shoes, & purses!

    First Presbyterian Church Art Gallery

    326 State Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Art Gallery: Slices of Life @ 5:30 PM.
    • Concert: Funf Woodwind Quintet, Maurise Ravel, Mother Goose Suite @ 6:00 PM.

    GreatFinds Thrift Boutique

    260 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    A program of Equinox, Inc.

    • Artful Windows: "Smitten-Shades of Red"e;.
    • Winter Sales!
    • Light refreshments.

    Lark Tavern

    453 Madison Ave Albany, NY 12210


    • Happy Hour drink specials: 4 – 8pm
    • Half Price Appetizers: 4 – 7pm
    • Live Music: 6 – 9 pm

    Romaine Brooks Gallery @ Pride Center Of The Capital Region

    332 Hudson Ave Albany, NY 12210

    Photographs by Chris Holmes.

    Romeo'S Gifts

    299 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    25% Off Storewide Sale!!!!

    The Brakes Coffeehouse And Provisions

    227 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Even If It Kills You: Works by Lindsay Kirk.
    • Live sounds by Andrew Sblendorio (Bicycle Myself) with a visual presentation by Alexis Aguam.
    • Free coffee or tea with evening purchase.

    The Treasure Chest Thrift Store

    295 Hamilton Street Albany, NY 12210


    Many great items!
    • 25% Off Everything!!!
    • Live Entertainment featuring Luke Ryan!
    • Free coffee and snacks!

    University Club

    141 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Upstate Artists Guild

    247 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Be Still: Still Life Exhibition
    • Featured Artist: Torin Nielsen
    • And works by New Russia Cultural Center.
    • Russian Winter Festival.
    • Russian artist Olga Aleksandrova.

  • Downtown District

    African American Cultural Center Of The Capital Region

    135 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Select work by local artists.
    • Performances by young “Spoken Word”.
    • Artists beginning at 6:30 PM.

    Albany Barn

    56 Second Street Albany, NY 12210


    • "e;Activate"e;: an exhibition inspired by activism in our region.
    • Guest Curated by Annie O.
    • Live Performances from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

    Albany Center Gallery

    39 Columbia Street Albany, NY 12207


    • Opening reception @ 5:00 PM.
    • The artists at VV have been recognized for their work on groundbreaking video games including Skylanders: SuperChargers and Guitar Hero – but are excited to come together for the first time to share their most personal work. Unrestricted is a glimpse into the inspirations and passions that fuel their creativity.

  • Uptown District

    Esther Massry Gallery @ College Of Saint Rose

    1002 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12203


    • Animating Destiny: Electric Paintings and Other Works by John Knecht thru February 28.
    • Animated videos, paintings, and works on paper by Central New York State artist, John Knecht.

    Opalka Gallery @ Sage College

    140 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208


    • The Housed by Kate Teale thru April 10.
    • Exhibit walk through with artist @ 5:15PM.
    • London-born, New York City-based artist Kate Teale will create an original site-specific wall drawing in the gallery to accompany her exhibition of atmospheric paintings and large-scale drawings of waves and bedsheets that float between figuration and abstraction. “The Housed” travels to the Opalka from Western Michigan University’s Richmond Center for Visual Arts.

    The Little Gallery @ Sage College

    140 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208


    • Faces of Humanity - Community Art Project thru Feb. 25.
    • Opening ReceptionThe Little Gallery, Rathbone Hall, Sage College of Albany.

  • After 1st Friday

    Albany First Friday Swing Dance

    25 South Allen Street Albany, NY 12208


    The Eldorados
    • Free Swing Dance LESSON by Jason Fenton at 7:00 - 8:00 PM, no partner needed.
    • DANCE to the El Dorados 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


    • Ladies Nite: ½ price selected drinks & appetizers.
    • Top 40 hits from the 80's, 90's and today!

1st Friday News:

Feb 03, 2016: There is no winter but art!

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 . . .

Jan 25, 2016: Announcing The New 1st Friday Website!

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 . . .