1st Friday Albany

Albany's 1st Night For Art!

1st Friday in Albany is a monthly arts and culture event that takes place on the 1st Friday of every month, from 5:00 until 9:00 PM, in various neighborhoods throughout the city.

Since its beginnings in 2006, 1st Friday showcases the many offerings that our capital city has to offer! Each month visitors are able to enjoy a diverse range of activities, which include gallery and exhibit openings, free admission to museums, discounts and specials at area boutiques, restaurants, bars and clubs. Live entertainment is showcased as well at a variety of venues. Participants join together each month to offer visitors a chance to explore, enjoy and support.

1st Friday is administered by the Upstate Artists Guild and coordinated by Tammy Maddalla.

We invite artists, community groups, galleries and businesses to join us in the ongoing effort to ensure that 1st Friday continues to be the premier monthly event in the Capital District.

If you would like to learn more about participating in 1st Friday activities or sponsorship opportunities, please contact the 1st Friday Coordinator, Tammy Maddalla Send Email Icon .

1st Friday in Albany . . . . A Capital Region Destination!

1st Friday - December 4, 2015:

This is the last show of 2015! Don't miss it.

See below for this month's participating galleries, exhibit spaces, museums, restaurants and bars. As always, we say THANK YOU! to our sponsors and participating businesses. Without their help, none of this would be possible.

Lark St. & Central Ave District

Downtown District

Uptown District

After 1st Friday!

Lark St. & Central Ave Dist.

L. A. X. Restaurant & Lounge
203-207 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210

Ladies Nite: ½ price selected drinks & appetizers

University Club
141 Washington Avenue Albany NY 12210

In the Grille Room – "A Very Retro Holiday" with Off the Record

Uptown District

Albany First Friday Swing Dance
25 South Allen Street, Albany NY 12208

Eight to the Bar (best band in New England):

  • Free Swing Dance LESSON by pros Linda & Chester Freeman at 7:30pm, no partner needed
  • DANCE to Eight to the Bar (best band in New England) from 8:30 - 11:30pm
    Admission including lesson: General $15; Dance Flurry members $12; Seniors/Students $10.

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