It only happens once a month, but First Friday is a great way to see experience downtown Raleigh. The next First Friday event is November 2.
Events run from 6-9 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and involve tons of galleries, restaurants and other venues in downtown Raleigh.
All places participating in First Friday will have flags outside.
Our Best Bet for this month's First Friday:
Nicole's Studio & Art Gallery is hosting the encore reception of The Carolina Ballet on Canvas, an exhibition of 20 oil paintings by Raleigh artist Nicole White Kennedy. The paintings depict the graceful movements of the dancers through the dramatic use of light and shadow.
There are so many things going on, we decided to compile a list of some of them:
Food and drink (All First Friday deals are 6-9 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Battistella's - All appetizers are $5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Big Easy - Half price dessert with purchase of two entrees
The Borough - Half price appetizers from 4-7 p.m.
Brewmasters Bar and Grill - Discounted beer (open until 2 a.m.)
buku - Flight of wines from different parts of the world for $15
Busy Bee Cafe - New artist every month and $2 craft beer
Cafe Helios - Buy one coffee drink, get one free
Caffe Luna - Free bottle of San Pellegrino with purchase of two entrees
Capital Club 16 - Half price appetizers from 5-7 p.m.
Centro - $2 off tequila flights
Crema on Fayetteville - Free cone with purchase of ice cream
Cupcake Shoppe - Buy one get one half price
The Daily Planet Cafe - $3 pints and free live music
Deep South the Bar - $2.50 PBR cans, $5 Disco Lemonade
Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Free regular dessert ($2.75 value) with purchase of barbecue meat plate and drink or one free kid's meal (12 and under) per paid adult meal
Five Star - From 5:30-9 p.m., get $5 appetizers and $5 wine specials by the glass. There will be a dance party from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Gallery Restaurant and CityScape Bar - Three-course meal served with a bottle of house wine for $40/person ($30 without wine)
Hibernian Irish Pub and Restaurant - Half price appetizers
Irregardless Cafe - Half price bottles of house wine.
Isaac Hunter's Oak City Tavern - $4 glasses of house wine, $4 select local drafts and new local artists featured monthly
Jibarra Modern Mexican - $5 tequila tastings
Joel Lane's Public House - $4 Bud Light Tall Boys, $6 Long Island Ice Tea, $7 Vodka Redbull
The London Bridge Pub - $2 domestics, $4 Newcastle drafts, $5 Fireball Whiskey Shots, $5 Olympic Ring Shots
Mo's Diner - Half price wine by the bottle with purchase of two entrees
Mosaic - Featuring different artists, DJs, and musicians and monthly specials
Napper Tandy's - Discounted specialty traditional Irish fare
PieBird - $3.50 draft beers
The Remedy - $5 glasses of wine
Rum Runners - Free admission from 6-11 p.m., half off all shots, $3 beer special and $6 double Long Islands
Solas - Live music and the Chef's selection dinner - three courses for $30 per person
Spy Raleigh - Live music and local and national artists; $3 mystery craft beer
Square Rabbit - Buy one dessert, get one of equal value for free
Stir Lounge and Nightclub - Exhibits, $5 select wine by the glass and $5 craft-made martinis
Tir na nOg Irish Pub - $3.75 microbrew bottles
Tuscan Blu - Free dessert with purchase of two entrees
Union Tavern - Rotating art exhibits, light appetizers, $3 select local beers, $4 glasses of wine and after-party until 2 a.m.
Volcano Cafe & Lounge - Volcano Hawaiian drip coffee, spiced cider, or Russian Tea for $1.49; beer and/or wine specials
Woody's at City Market - Half price appetizers and wings from 4:30-6:30 p.m.; 20 percent off appetizers from 6:30-9:30 p.m.; $3.50 Jose Cuervo shots and $5 Jagerbombs (open until 2 a.m.)
Zely & Ritz - Three course prix fixe dinner for $25 per person
Other deals (All First Friday times are 6-10 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Alter Ego Hair & Nails, 119 E. Hargett St., Suite 200
What? Salon that specializes in hair care and exhibits art
Artcraft, 406 Hillsborough St
What? Commercial art, large scale works, paintings, sculptures, photography, and more by co-op artists
Atomic Salon, 905 W. Morgan St. (Hours 7-10 p.m.)
What?: The Triangle’s only rock-n-roll vintage hair salon featuring art exhibits on First Fridays
Special: 10 to 50 percent off select products
Bottega Hair Studio, 301 Glenwood Ave., Suite 130
What? Raleigh's first environmentally friendly hair studio
Special: Light food and beverages served
Burning Coal Theatre Company, 224 Polk St
What?: Small professional theatre company with classic shows and modern plays
Special: $5 off your ticket price on First Friday shows with an advance reservation (shows begin at 7:30 p.m.)
Cardinal Club, 150 Fayetteville St., Suite 2800 (Hours 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
What? Local art on display and great views of downtown
Special: Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar for guests to enjoy
Carter Building Studios, 12-22 Glenwood Ave.
What? A collection of art studios featuring up to 80 working artists
CityGate Real Estate, 404 Glenwood Ave. (Hours 6-9 p.m.)
What? Art walk with opening cocktail reception and exhibition with featured local artist Paul Friedrich
City Market, 200 E. Martin St.
What? Houses multiple First Friday venues
Special: Live outdoor music by Day 2
David Wade Salon, 612 Glenwood Ave.
What? Salon that hosts artist receptions
Special: Complimentary food and beverages
Epitome Boutique and Beauty Bar, 300 W Hargett St, Suite 56
What? Niche boutique specializing in designer timepieces, apparel, and spa services
Special: 10% off apparel
The Gallery at Vintage 21, 117 S West St. (Hours 7-10 p.m.)
What? Gallery with exhibits and live music
The Montague Building, 128 E Hargett St.
What? A collection of full-service marketing and multimedia companies
Special: Art and refreshments by Giant Head, Triangle Blvd, El Toro Interactive, and Motion Adrenaline
Ornamentea, 509 N West St.
What? Fine beads and jewelry making supplies
Special: Free project (this month it's "Grape Vine Earrings")
Raleigh Wine Shop, 126 Glenwood Ave.
Special: 10 percent off of bottle purchases from the WineStation to drink on-site or to go
Simkin, 718 B W Lane St.
What? Hair studio and gallery space
Special: Complimentary food and drinks
Stitch & Holly Aiken Bags
What? Holly Aiken designs beautiful bags and the place also contains contemporary art
Special: 10 percent off all bags
STOREFRONT 4 art and architecture, 704 N Person St.
What? A forum for exploring emerging ideas in art and architecture
Special: All books half off retail price
Vault Yoga, 234 Fayetteville St
What? A yoga studio in a bank vault featuring monthly exhibits
The Wine Feed, 18 Glenwood Ave. Suite B (Hours 6:30-9 p.m.)
Special: Taste eight different wines
Marbles Kid Museum (Hours 5-8 p.m.)
Special: An evening of play and adventure for the whole family! Free for members, $10 for families or $6 for an adult and a child, $2 for each additional guest.
NC Museum of History Museum Shop, 5 E Edenton St.
Special: 20 percent off any purchase over $30
Contemporary Art Museum, 409 W Martin St.
Special: Purchase a museum membership and get in free with a friend
Art on display
There are also some art exhibits happening throughout downtown. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance has a list of the exhibits and a complete rundown of the galleries and museums participating in First Friday.