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


    Looking Up A Showcase of Small works in Acrylic Casein and Airbrush of Places in Albany by Dillard Parker.

    Special event: WMHT premiere of the new documentary Hamilton's Albany. This 30-minute film specifically focuses on Alexander Hamilton’s ties to New York’s capital and showcases many local historic sites and treasures. Screenings will be held at: 5:30, 6:15, & 7:00pm
    Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Bombers Burrito Bar

    258 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    • $3 Dos Equis Drafts
    • $6 Original Margaritas

    Capital Car Share

    194 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210 - 'til 8pm


    Application Fee Waiver ($20 Value) for Anyone who signs up to become a Carshare member on First Friday.

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Capital Wine & Spirits

    348 State Street Albany, NY 12210


    Wine Tasting!

    Cathedral of All Saints - The City School District of Albany

    62 South Swan Street Albany, NY 12210


    The City School District of Albany annual art and music show.
    The Cathedral will also be holding their Compline service (which is open to the public) at 9 pm.

    City Church

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


    UAG Benefit Show


    248 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Select sculptures by Peter Leue, Posers 2014.
    • Excerpts from Confetti Stage's upcoming production, The Santaland Diaries, Preformed by Larry Brock.

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Elissa Halloran Designs

    229 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    20% off scarves, 50% off purses!

    First Presbyterian Church Art Gallery

    326 State Street Albany, NY 12210


    Concert: 6:00 pm—Camille Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio Performed by the Musicians of First Presbyterian.

    GreatFinds Thrift Boutique

    260 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    • Artful Windows: 'Fete'
    • Holiday Sales
    • Light Refreshments

    PaJ Gallery

    321 Hamilton Street Albany, NY 12210


    Photography specials - holiday gifts!
    Join us for refreshments and some holiday cheer!

    Romaine Brooks Gallery @ Pride Center Of The Capital Region

    332 Hudson Ave Albany, NY 12210


    Open For Discussion by Stephanie Levay

    Romeo's Gifts

    299 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    25% Off Storewide Sale thru December 4th!!!!

    That Store

    244 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Works by Mahodd Harvin, Ali Strickland (Kazmir), Rachel Whitney & Patrick Gator.
    • 15% off of any Glass Artwork and 20% off all Aromatherapy Products.

    The National Upholstering Design Studio Gallery

    231 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Pre holiday sale 10% all art, jewelry, and glass.
    • Featuring jewelry by Danica Barnes.
    • Also work by Gerald Cooley, Jim Flosdorf, Wren Panzella and Bill Pettit.

    Umana Restaurant And Wine Bar

    236 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    'Crisan Holiday at Umana' featuring treats from your favorite Lark Street Bakery.

    1st Friday Sponsor!

    Upstate Artists Guild

    247 Lark Street Albany, NY 12210


    Holiday Market, music, and light fare.

  • Beyond Lark Street

    African American Cultural Center Of The Capital Region

    135 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12210


    • Callalloo Theater Company Presents: Fires In The Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities
    • General Admission is $20.00
    • For more information call 518-227-0154 or e-mail callalootheater@gmail.com

    Albany Barn

    56 Second Street Albany, NY 12210


    4th annual Gifted Artisan Holiday Fair, 6-9 PM

    Esther Massry Gallery @ College Of Saint Rose

    1002 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12203


    Lisa Hoke: Common Side Effects

    • Exhibition continues: Wall murals and floor sculpture made from discarded packaging thru December 4

    @Standish Atrium Gallery: Danny Ginsburg '14 Hitting the Bumps on The School Bus
    thu February 26
    Paintings made from traditional and non-traditional materials.

    Liberty Street Studio

    8 Liberty Street, Albany 12207

    Open House
    Robert Gullie, Naomi Lewis, Laura Mandelson, Gary Maggio, Margye Zitomer

    Opalka Gallery @ Sage College

    140 New Scotland Ave Albany, NY 12208


    Gravity and Light: Caroline Ramersdorfer, Sculpture, 1985-2016
    Opening Reception


    435 New Scotland Avenue 12208


    The event will feature video game themed artwork, virtual reality (VR) demos, and video game-inspired musical performances. Artists and experts will showcase the art and technology related to this creative industry, along with the opportunity for attendees to demo games and purchase artwork. Artists and experts will include Ilium VR, 1st Playable Productions, Spaceout VR, Geek Musica, Nic Hansen, and Jeff Fugelsang. For more information, visit ArtAtOverit.com.

  • After 1st Friday

    Albany First Friday Swing Dance

    Albany Elks Lodge
    25 South Allen Street Albany, NY 12208


    Band: The Resonators
    • Free Swing Dance LESSON at 7:00 - 8:00 PM, no partner needed.
    • DANCE to The Resonators 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

    University Club

    141 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210


    A Very Retro Holiday with Off The Record

1st Friday News:

1st Friday, December 2016

Written: Dec 02, 2016
Merry Christmas and we'll see you next year! . . . continue reading . . .

November's 1st Friday is on November 4, 2016

Written: Nov 04, 2016
OK. You ate too much candy. Take a walk, look at some art, and think healthy thoughts! . . . continue reading . . .

October's 1st Friday is on October 7, 2016

Written: Oct 04, 2016
A ghostly experience of art . . . and terror. . . . continue reading . . .