Downtown Raleigh is a treasure trove of surprises, whether you’re in the mood to eat, shop, play, or browse. It’s a special downtown full of fascinating people and places that’s simply Raleigh. It’s the perfect place to start your next urban adventure.
First Friday is a Raleigh tradition year-round. On the first Friday of each month, museums, art studios, restaurants and shops offer extended hours, and all the participating restaurants offer specials. Many of the art venues have live music and the museums offer special programs. Look for the First Friday Flags to easily locate participating venues. A detailed map and guide is available at each location for this free self-guided tour of downtown Raleigh’s cutting edge cultural hot spots.
Local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month welcoming enthusiasts’ downtown. Generally the event runs from 6 pm-9 pm, but some venue hours may vary.
Visit the galleries and listen to live music. Enjoy a culinary experience and take advantage of the First Friday Specials offered by all participating restaurants. Experience art in all of its forms in Raleigh! Many of the First Friday participating retailers offer specials for you to take advantage of as well.