First Friday: Downtown Greensboro's Monthly Open House

First Friday Event

Meet the Artist. Hear the Music. Dance with the people. First Friday is a FREE monthly self-guided walking tour that includes Downtown Greensboro's eclectic shops, art galleries, studios, museums, and alternative art venues. Participating stops stay open from 6-9pm on the First Friday of every month with free arts programming to showcase local artists, musicians and various other artistic endeavors. First Friday is a great way to get to know the local. Every month you will experience something different. Bring friends and family! You'll never know what you'll see next!

Downtown Greensboro is home to many of the city's creative venues that include independent galleries, a “living art museum,” the area's leading regional theatres, the Cultural Center, and the area's largest concentration of locally owned shops offering specialty clothing, accessories, antiques and much more.

First Fridays is a program led by Downtown Greensboro Incorporated in partnership with ArtsGreensboro. Look for the green balloons for the participating sites.

Past First Fridays have included:

Belly dancing, Caricatures, opera singing, salsa dancing, pottery demos, improv music, public picnics, handmade and upcycled vintage clothing and accessories, open air market, antiques, square dancing, improve comediy, puppet shows, live music, the world's largest diversity flag, Tai-Chi, spoken word, giant paper balloons and more.

Upcoming First Fridays:

2016: August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2 

First Friday is a rain or shine event. 

Submit your First Friday Event: 

For businesses in the downtown BID district, participation in First Fridays offers promotional and advertising opportunities. Submit your information to the form below by the 15th of each month prior to First Friday to be included in advertisements: 

To find out how to participate in First Friday, see the FAQ's.