1st Friday Albany

Albany's First Night For Art!

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. Since its beginnings in 2006, 1st Friday has showcased the diversity of offerings that our capital city has to offer!


From art and food to live entertainment, the best of Albany is showcased at 1st Friday. Sponsors and participants offer 1st Friday visitors a chance to explore, enjoy, and support local businesses and the local arts community. Visitors are able to enjoy a diverse range of activities which include:

Get Involved!

1st Friday is an active collaboration between the Upstate Artists Guild, Lark Street BID, the local artists community, and local businesses. Because 1st Friday attracts visitors from across the Capital District, 1st Friday can increase patronage to your business. The best businesses in Albany participate, you should too!

When 1st Friday succeeds, businesses, artists, and the community all succeed. If you or your business would like to sponsor or participate in the next 1st Friday, please contact the 1st Friday Coordinator, Tammy Maddalla.