First Friday – Raleigh

From Sarah C:

Looking for a family friendly event, date night or mom’s night out idea? Consider First Friday in downtown Raleigh. Each month from 6-9pm on the first Friday, various art spots and museums stay open late. This is a chance to get out of the house, explore our Capitol City’s downtown and get a little culture.

I’ve been a few times. Most recently DH and I got a sitter for D and headed to Raleigh City Museum for the opening of the “Painted Archives” exhibit by Raleigh artist Pete Sack. If you’ve never visited this museum, I highly recommend it. It’s located inside the old Briggs Building on Fayetteville Street and covers the history of the city. As a transplant to the area myself who’s seen quite a bit of growth since moving here, I find it very interesting to learn more about how the city has grown and evolved throughout the years.

Another personal favorite stop on First Friday is ArtSpace. Many (if not all) of the artists are in their studios on these nights giving you the opportunity to stop in and talk to them about their work. Sure it’s nice to see a piece of art on display and read the commentary, but so much more can be gained from talking to the artist face-to-face. You can learn about their inspiration behind a piece, get details on why they love their particular artistic media and perhaps inspire a budding artist in yourself or child.

These locations barely touch on the fun though. There are plenty of other venues open from galleries to retail shops, live music to enjoy as well fabulous restaurants & bars to stop into for refreshment. Head downtown tonight and take a look around. First Friday locations are designated with First Friday Flags making them easy to spot (also see links below) and you can pick up a free map at any location to help you chart your course to your next stop. Enjoy!

First Friday – Raleigh | Parking | Venues
First Friday of each month, 6-9pm
Downtown Raleigh

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