First Friday

Downtown Raleigh has LOTS of great things to see and do. There are restaurants, museums, art galleries, stores, and interesting people. The best time to see everything is First Friday.

What is First Friday?

On the first Friday of every month, there is a special event downtown. The museums and art galleries stay open later, so you can go in the evening, after dinner. Sometimes they have live music as well as art to look at. Also, many restaurants and stores have special prices! For example, at The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery, you get a free cupcake when you buy one cupcake on First Friday! In the summertime, there are often outdoor concerts on Hargett Street and in City Market.

Click here for a complete list of museums, galleries, and participating businesses.

How can I get around downtown?

Parking on the street downtown is free after 5:00 p.m., and there are lots of parking decks. When you are downtown, you can use the R-Line bus, which is free, or you can pay for a rickshaw (a small car pulled by a bicycle). Of course, you can also walk.

Your Turn

What would you most like to see and do at First Friday on May 1? Do you prefer looking at art or listening to music? Would you rather shop or eat? How would you like to get around downtown? With your classmates, make the perfect First Friday plan!

  • Where/What time will you meet?
  • Where will you eat? Why?
  • Which galleries/museums will you visit?
  • How will you travel?