1st Friday: May
The Downtown Albany, New York Business Improvement District & Lark Street Business Improvement District have partnered to bring you the best in art, dining, and shopping.
Peruse artwork and exhibits, dine local while enjoying restaurant specials, and shop local with incredible deals.
Please observe all CDC COVID-19 guidelines while attending 1st Friday.
Downtown events & specials include:
48 Hudson | 48 Hudson Avenue
Free tours of Albany’s most historic building | 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Albany Center Gallery | 488 Broadway
Mohawk-Hudson Regional Invitational Artists’ Reception | 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Artful Albany Podcast
Self-guided history and art tour and podcast available at downtownalbany.org/artfulalbany
Bites Camera Action movie series | SUNY Plaza (State Street & Broadway)
Free screening of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” at 8:30 PM | Enjoy food from nearby restaurants and ice cream from Boozy Moo! Enter to win Albany Symphony tickets and Star Wars prizes.
The City Beer Hall | 42 Howard Street
Patio launch party with live music by Sydney Worthley, plus raw bar and seafood specials, new cocktails and drink specials | 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Downtown Public Art
Visit downtownalbany.org/publicart for a map and more information on public art exhibits in Downtown, including Capital Walls murals, Downtown is Pawsome sculptures, and Open Gallery exhibits
Empire Underground | 91 N Pearl Street
Live music: Black Sabbitch with Battleaxxx | 8:00 PM (ticketed event)
MVP Arena | 51 S Pearl Street
Katt Williams performance | 8:00 PM (ticketed event)
Lark Street & Midtown area events & specials will be announced soon.
Support the Arts:
African American Cultural Center | aacccr.org | Various membership levels available
Albany Center Gallery | albanycentergallery.org | Memberships and sponsorship opportunities available
Albany Symphony Orchestra | albanysymphony.org | Donation opportunities available
Creative Impact Capital Region Artist Fund | unitedwaygcr.org/creative-impact or text CREATIVEIMPACT to
91999 | Support fund for the Capital Region art community
Irish American Heritage Museum | irish-us.org | Membership and donation opportunities available
Palace Theatre | palacealbany.org | Donation and membership opportunities available