Are you looking for something fun, free and cultural to do on a Friday night? If it happens to be the first Friday of the month, you are in luck. Pretty much any town with an art venue does a First Friday these days, though some have moved to First Saturdays or other days of the week in an attempt to woo patrons away from what has become a crowded field of First Friday events.
What is First Friday you ask? First Fridays were begun by art galleries hosting opening receptions for artists who were exhibiting their work with them for the month. It has now extended to gift shops, cultural venues, and sometimes retail shoppes, to boost sales and promote downtown shopping.
The perfect First Friday begins with dinner out at a restaurant near the galleries or venues which you plan to attend. Plan to eat early or very late if you don’t want to miss anything, as most First Friday events usually run from 5-9 p.m. If you need something to tide your over, you can usually nosh your way from event to event as most art galleries offer free wine and light snacks.
Take your time and visit each gallery. You will be amazed at the variety and skill of the artists and craftspeople exhibiting. The artists whose work is being exhibited are usually in attendance and are eager to meet with the public and talk about the art that is their passion.
Often there is music on the streets or a mellow act within the many venues. If you are looking for a gift or to add to your own art collection, this is a great time to buy and support your local artists and community businesses.
First Friday events for November 1, 2013:
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