The first Friday of every month, Downtown Raleigh showcases its art, music and food during its First Friday Gallery Walk. It’s a free self-guided tour and a chance to visit art galleries, studios, alternative art venues and more.
First Friday July 1st, 2022
Learn more about each of these venues and events at Downtown Raleigh’s First Friday Raleigh Events page.
311 W Martin St – Warehouse District
Opening Reception: Slice of Life
6pm – 9pm
Slice of Life is a contemporary blending of two time-honored genres of art: still lifes and landscapes. Featuring works from across the U.S., this exhibition showcases both traditional and experimental renditions of these two classic genres.
As always, this event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, masks recommended.
Amorino Raleigh: Excellence in Italian Gelato
137 E Davie St – Moore Square District
20% off entire purchase
6pm – 9pm
Get 20% off your entire purchase on First Friday at Amorino Raleigh.
201 East Davie Street – Moore Square District
Artspace First Friday
6pm – 10pm
Join us for a free and fun First Friday!
- Meet our Summer Artist in Residence, Claire Alexandre and learn more about the artist and their artwork
- Check out Serendipity, a site-specific hanging installation created by Universal Access Artist in Residence, Ann Roth and community volunteers
- Enjoy our free Subtractive Drawing activity in the Education Room from 6-8pm
- Take part in Summer Flow, an interactive mini mural series, which will also be translated into a pocket-sized printable zine available for download led by local artist Jesse White
- Engage with Raleigh Arts and learn more about Raleigh’s draft Public Art Plan from 6-9pm in our lobby
219 S East St – Moore Square District
First Friday at Current Wellness
Swing by Current Wellness to check out their featured artist of the month. Our Wellness Bar will also be open for mocktails, kombucha, and snacks.
City Market Artist Collective
300 Blake St – Moore Square District
Guest artist Pat Scull shows a collection of paintings and sculpture.
6pm – 10pm
Pat says these recent works evolved from a visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences a few years ago. With the pandemic changing human activities and behaviors world-wide, I thought about this invisible virus that was floating around the earth and inside us. With the fact that viruses have been on earth before humans ever evolved, I used photos I had taken from museum exhibits of fossils, crystals, dinosaurs bones, insects and other unusual creatures. I then created paintings and sculptures emphasizing the sense of helplessness and foreboding that we all have been experiencing from something that is neither alive nor dead but ancient and now permanently fixed in our collective human psyche.
Designed For Joy
517 W Cabarrus St – Warehouse District
Tour the Designed For Joy Studio
5pm – 7pm
Designed For Joy provides employment and support to women in crisis. Come tour our studio and shop our brand of leather handbags, jewelry and home decor in the Warehouse District.
Pop-Up Shops at Martin Street
17 E Martin St – Fayetteville Street District
Sip, Shop & Spin with The Bath Place
6pm – 9pm
Visit Us at Pop Up Shops this First Friday for FREE chilled wine and even cooler sounds while you shop. Be sure to “Spin The Wheel” for savings and a shot at free items. Every spin is a winner!
First Friday Market & Movie Night
5pm – 10pm
Local vendors, food trucks, entertainment and FREE outdoor Movie: “National Treasure”
Join us every month for First Friday Markets and Movie Night at Moore Square with local makers, artisans and food trucks. There will be entertainment plus a free outdoor movie at sundown hosted by the City of Raleigh!
July 1st Event Info:
- Market: 5:00-9:00 pm
- Live Music: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
- Free Movie: “National Treasure” Starts at sundown around 8:30 pm
The Raleigh Wine Shop
317 S Bloodworth St – Moore Square District
First Friday Artist Series with Jenny Fassino
7pm – 9pm
Join us for a continuation of our First Friday artists series at the new shop! We’re welcoming back Jenny Fassino, a local artist who uses her global experiences to create beautiful works of art. She paints with an emotional perspective from 20 years of living throughout the US, Canada, and Japan. Her combination of painting with this passion and mental connection to her work has allowed her to create freely. Her positive outlook on life is reflected in her art, which draws a connection to the viewer and guides their eyes on a visual path of excitement and curiosity.
Come see her works and enjoy a special by the glass feature as you tour Raleigh’s art scene for July’s First Friday.
Sir Walter Coffee
145 E Davie St – Moore Square District
Sir Walter Coffee Presents: Coffee House Sessions
7pm – 11pm
Join us once again at Sir Walter Coffee for our Coffee House Sessions. The DJ’s are back in house getting groovy while we offer great drink specials and fun games on the patio. Kick off your weekend with a good time!
326 Hillsborough St – Glenwood South District
Greek Night at Taverna Agora
8pm – 11pm
Looking for something fun and adventurous to do? Join us at Taverna Agora on every First Friday of the month for Greek Night! A Night to experience the sounds, food and culture of the Greek Isles.
Enjoy live entertainment, including belly dancing, and bouzouki music, all while having an authentic Greek dinner! And don’t just think you’ll get away with watching all the dancing! We’ll be moving out the tables and encouraging dancing as the night goes on! Don’t be shy!
State of Beer Bottle + Sandwich Shop
401 Hillsborough St – Glenwood South District
Artisan Mini Market
5pm – 8pm
State of Beer & Pop-Up Raleigh have joined forces to bring more art to downtown. Every First Friday, a handful of our favorite local artisans will be popping up inside & around the patio at State of Beer on Hillsborough Street. In addition to the bottle shop, a rotating menu of delicious sandwiches, salads and drinks will be available. The vibe is casual and this is a family friendly event with something for everyone-even the pup!
Upcoming Events in the TriangleCheck out our full events calendar, where you can enter any date, or look at the events for the next few days here:
Monday, July 4, 2022
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Wednesday, July 6, 2022