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
    • Masterworks: Paper
    • Spotlight: Alexander Hamilton

    Free samples of gelato at Crisan Café at the Albany Institute.

    Albany Social Justice Center

    33 Central Avenue


    Featured Artist: Clarese Portofino

    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


    In The Gallery:
    Painting by Alex Waters: "The Skin You Call Home"

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Elissa Halloran Designs

    229 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    NEIGH!! 10% off all horse items!

    GreatFinds Thrift Boutique

    260 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    A program of Equinox, Inc.
    • Artful Windows: "ClothesHorse"
    • Store hours 12-7 PM
    • Summer Sales
    • Light refreshments

    Romaine Brooks Gallery @ Pride Center Of The Capital Region

    332 Hudson Ave Albany, NY 12210


    "A Haircut and a Bean Pie"

    Rayann Czarnecki, rtc photos

    Romeo'S Gifts

    299 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


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

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Upstate Artists Guild

    247 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Show Title: Annual Members Show
    • Featured Artist: The UAG's Own Christoph Speenburgh
    • Music: DJ Jason Clark

  • Delaware Avenue Corridor

    Delaware Trolley House & Café

    292 Delaware Avenue Albany, NY 12209


    Featuring work by Alex Stoke

  • Downtown District

    Albany Barn

    56 Second Street Albany, NY 12210


    • "Engraved Illusions" solo exhibition by Stacy Caldwell sculptor/painter, opening reception 5-8pm
    • Opening reception 5 - 8 PM

    @Stage 1 Gallery
    46 N. Swan Street
    "Anything But Canvas" group exhibitions featuring works using non-traditional materials.
    Opening reception 5-8 pm

    Enchanted Florist

    54 Columbia Street Albany, NY 12207


    • Dan Seegars, Photography
    • Opening Reception 5:00-8:00 PM

  • After 1st Friday

    Albany First Friday Swing Dance

    Albany Elks Lodge
    25 South Allen Street Albany, NY 12208


    Band: Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers
    • Free Swing Dance LESSON at 7:00 - 8:00 PM, no partner needed.
    • DANCE to Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers 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

1st Friday News:

Announcing 1st Friday: August, 5 2016

Written: Jul 31, 2016
The dog days of summer are here. Go look at some art! . . . continue reading . . .

Announcing 1st Friday: June, 3 2016

Written: May 29, 2016
Come enjoy the show, summer is (almost) here! (This show is still a work in progress.) . . . continue reading . . .

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 . . .