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

    Alacrity Frame Workshop

    215 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Shannon Straney "Albany, NY" Documentary Photography

      Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting
    • Masterworks: Paper
    • Spotlight: Alexander Hamilton

    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!

    City Church

    200 Washington Avenue, NY 12210 (Former Key Bank Building)


    • Open House
    • Performance by Stephen Steward and other various artists.
    • Wine & Cheese reception – 6-9 PM


    248 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    In The Gallery:
    Paintings by Kevin Bruce – Secret Garden

    Eba Theater

    351 Hudson Avenue Albany, NY 12210


    • Open House
    • Free class give always

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Elissa Halloran Designs

    229 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    For a kid, or for the kid in you - 10% off all kid stuff!

    GreatFinds Thrift Boutique

    260 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    A program of Equinox, Inc.
    Artful Windows: "10 Amazing Years"
    Seasonal Sales and light refreshments.

    Healthy On Lark

    274 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Samples of Sweet Eats granola bars and organic iced teas

    Lark Vegas Piercing

    273 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Handmade Jewelry by Rootsey & Co. – Sidewalk Sale

    PaJ Gallery

    321 Hamilton Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Postcards from the RoadPhotographs by Paul Shapiro
    • Join us for refreshments!
    • MEeet the artist! 6PM - 9PM

    Romeo'S Gifts

    299 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    25% Off Store-wide Sale for the Month of September!!!!

    Stacks Expresso Bar

    260 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Featured Artist: Cara Hanley

    The National Upholstering Design Studio Gallery

    231 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Featured Artist: Bill Pettit

    University Club

    141 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    • Opening Reception for Artist in Residence Geoffrey Doig-Marx (GDM)
    • Help welcome the U Club's 7th Artist in Residence, Geoffrey Doig-Marx-GDM! Currently a resident of NYC, he has a long relationship with the Albany area, including several turns as choreographer at Park Playhouse! Reception from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. with light fare and cash bar, stay for dinner and after-party in the Grille Room from 8 - 10! http://conta.cc/2aepcx4

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Upstate Artists Guild

    247 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Show Title: Folklore, lowbrow, Pop Surrealism
    • Featured Artist, Guest Juror & Curator: Sarah Martinez
    • Music: DJ Jason Clark

  • Downtown District

    African American Cultural Center Of The Capital Region

    135 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Writer & Poet Robin R. Rabii will read selected poems from his recent publication, "The Poems of Robin R. Rabii".
    • Music by The Drummers - a unique all-drum ensemble, performing original composition that invoke liberation, inspiration, self-examination, and transformation.
    • Refreshments served.

    Albany Barn

    56 Second Street Albany, NY 12210


    12th Annual Youth Talent Exhibition

    Albany Center Gallery

    39 Columbia Street Albany, NY 12207


    • "If This, Then That"
    • September 2, 5-8pm
    • Featuring works by Kyle Avery, Jenny Hutchinson, and Christine Snyder.
    • Exhibit runs August 30 to September 23, 2016
    • Artists' reception to be held from 5pm to 8pm on September 2, 2016

  • Uptown District

    Esther Massry Gallery @ College Of Saint Rose

    1002 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12203



    @Standish Atrium Gallery
    Danny Ginsburg ‘14
    "Hitting Bumps on the School Bus"

    Opalka Gallery @ Sage College

    140 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208


    Siona Benjamin: Beyond Borders

    The Little Gallery @ Sage College

    140 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208


    • "One Ground Beetle: A Year in Haiku-- poems by Melody Davis and prints by Harold Lohner"
    • Opening Reception 6:00 - 8:00pm
    • Free and Open to the Public

  • After 1st Friday

    Albany First Friday Swing Dance

    Albany Elks Lodge
    25 South Allen Street Albany, NY 12208


    Band: Doc Scanlon's All Star Swing Band
    • Free Swing Dance LESSON at 7:00 - 8:00 PM, no partner needed.
    • DANCE to Doc Scanlon's All Star Swing Band 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 by Gary Taylor 7-10pm

1st Friday News:

September's 1st Friday is on September 2, 2016

Written: Aug 29, 2016
School is in session. Fall is in the air. And this Friday is going to ROCK! . . . continue reading . . .

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 . . .