The first Friday of every month, Downtown Raleigh showcases its art, music and food during its First Friday Gallery Walk. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., but venues’ hours may vary. It’s a free self-guided tour and a chance to visit art galleries, studios, alternative art venues and more.
Museums stay open late on the first Friday of the month. Live music is plentiful and many restaurants and retailers offer specials. Look for the First Friday flags to identify participating venues.
Here’s a First Friday map.
Here’s some of what’s happening Friday, February 1st, 2019. The following descriptions were provided by the venues.
“TOO MUCH COTTON CANDY ON A HOT SUMMER DAY” – THE VISUAL RAVINGS OF SAM KTUL ART RECEPTION OPENING @ IMURJ – THE ARTISTS’ CAFE
February First Friday at Imurj will feature a solo show of work by Sam Ktul. Sam Ktul is a painter, illustrator, a minstrel of sorts with unsorted stacks of stasis of time, disintegration and drug abuse; his humorous creatures that found themselves planted in paper pulp, flowering their brilliance in color. He’s 5′ 8″ and wanted for opening a can of worms in Waco. That’s Texas for the geographically inept and the reward stands at $25 dead or alive but an extra high five for alive. Join him and the rest of his outlaw guild and pick through his stack of visual ravings. Pocket change, loosies and gas station smoothies, it’s summertime baby.
BIRDS, BIRDS AND MORE BIRDS! @ LOCAL COLOR GALLERY
First Friday Event Time: 6pm – 9:30pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb 1-Feb 28
Lori White is a contemporary realist painter of landscapes and still lifes. An active environmentalist exhibits her latest work ‘Birds, Birds and More Birds!’ Come meet and interact directly with the artists this First Friday.
BRAIN JANITOR BY DANE WINKLER @ ARTSPACE
First Friday Event Time: 6pm – 10pm
Exhibition Dates: Dec 7-Feb 2
The sculptures in Brain Janitor illicit humor, disgust, attraction, confusion, wonder, and loss. Artist Dane Winkler creates an emotional experience for the viewer through the manipulation of familiar objects.
Reception: First Friday, January 4, 2019, 6:00-10:00pm
CUFF : THE LAUNCH PARTY + MORE @ THE ART OF STYLE
Join us for : 3 P A R T I E S I N 1 ….. 1. FRAGRANCE LAUNCH OF OUR WINTER SCENT : CUFF 2. WEBSITE RE-LAUNCH. 3. FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY SHOWCASE FEAT. JENNA WEBB. As usual we will have drinks, treats, art, shopping, a meet + greet with art of the month, Jenna + our perfumer Liz Hull along with so much more!
FIRST FRIDAY COCKTAIL ROUNDTABLE @ VIDRIO
Understanding the alchemy of how each simple to complex ingredient works together from the flavors to the aromas. Our First Friday Cocktail Roundtable Series brings together top bartenders in the region that truly understand the craft, to compete in mixing innovative, one-off cocktails using top-tier spirits.
LIKE A RED, RED @ V L REES GALLERY
Exhibition Dates: Feb 1-Feb 23
Opening exhibition in new gallery space, Studio 8 inside 311 Gallery on West Martin Street.