1st Friday 2018-05-04T17:07:37+00:00

1st Friday 

May Event Listings:

  • Lark Area Galleries, Exhibit Spaces, Events

  • Alacrity Frame Workshop
    Lark St.  5-9pm
    Featuring “The Art of the Schwag”
    by Luke Ryan

  • Albany Institute Of History & Art
    125 Washington Avenue
    Free Admission from 5-8pm
    Special exhibition: The City School District of Albany 2018 Elementary School Art Show
    In addition:
    – Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Fashion from the Albany Institute Collection
    – Paintings of Addy®: Dahl Taylor’s Original Illustrations for American Girl
    – Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania
    – The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute of History & Art

  • Bombers Burrito Bar
    258 Lark Street  5-9pm
    Drink Specials

  • Café 217
    12 ½ Delaware Avenue 5-9pm
    Buy a bottle of wine and receive a free appetizer.  Plus $1 off all drinks
    The Dan Cuatt Quartet @ 7pm

  • Café Hollywood
    275 Lark Street 5-9pm
    ½ price drinks with food purchase.

  • Capital Wine
    Corner of State & Lark Street 5 – 9 p.m.
    Wine Tasting

  • Center Square Barber Shop
    225 Lark Street 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    New Artworks by Sir Saunter
    Replica Wooden boats by Mike Mirsky
    Sculptures and shell creations by Stephanie LeVay
    Live Music by John Hill | Cookies | Beer

  • Ebabil Photo & Video
    300 Lark St. 5-9pm
    Hello Spring! Photo Booth
    $2 per photo strip – you are welcome to use our Spring-themed props!

  • Elissa Halloran Designs
    229 Lark Street 5-9pm
    10% off all flower items

  • El Loco Mexican Restaurant
    465 Madison Avenue 8 – 9 p.m.
    Stop in and ask for our 1st Friday Drink Special!

  • El Mariachi
    271 Lark Street – 4-7pm
    $5 Margueritas & Sangria
    Spanish & Mexican Tapas $5

  • First Presbyterian Church
    362 State Street
    Art Gallery: 5:30-8:00 pm
    Featuring Anthony Salamone Photographs and George Dirolf Paintings/Prints/Drawings
    Concert: 6:00 pm
    Will Hayes Cello Recital

  • GreatFinds Thrift Boutique
    A Program of Equinox, Inc.
    260 Washington Avenue, 11-6pm
    Artful Windows: “Blooms Unfolding”,  store hours  11am till 6pm, Spring sale and light refreshments

  • La Luce Boutique
    248 Lark Street – 5-8pm
    Featuring Kyle Barden
    10% off entire purchase. (Excluding art)
    Opening Reception

  • Lark Tavern
    453 Madison Ave. 5-9pm
    ½ priced drinks with food purchase

  • L.A.X Restaurant & Lounge
    205 Lark Street  9pm-1am
    Open Mic with Live House Band

  • Lionheart Pub
    448 Madison Avenue 5-9pm
    $1 off Draft Beer

  • McGuire’s Restaurant
    353 State Street 5-9pm
    Burger and a Beer $15

  • Mio Posto
    200 Lark Street 5-9pm
    Complimentary glass of wine with an appetizer/small plate

  • NoHo & SoHo Pizza
    195 & 269 Lark Street 5-9pm
    $3 off any large pizza

  • Oh Bar
    304 Lark Street 5 – 9 p.m.
    $3 Fireball and $3 Labatt Tall Boys

  • Pint Sized
    250 Lark Street
    Drink & Doodle at Pint Sized!   Draw up a beer themed doodle and get $1 off a draft beer.  Best doodles will be traced on the Pint Sized chalkboard wall.

  • PizzaRoni
    420 Madison Ave.
    10% off any dine in or pick up order

  • Romeo’s Gifts
    299 Lark Street 5-9
    25% Off Storewide Sale for 1st Friday!

  • Savoy Taproom
    301 Lark Street
    Highlighting and supporting local artists on the 1st Friday of each month
    Featured artists: Amy Ackermann & Sabrina Leviton

  • Shocker Tattoo
    302 Lark Street 5-9pm
    Tattoo artist showing their portfolios and original art work

  • Stacks Espresso Bar
    260 Lark Street – 5-9pm
    Featuring artist Mary Ashwood
    Enjoy our specialty drinks and pastries.

  • Susie’s Pub
    8 Delaware Avenue
    1/2 Price Appetizers while sitting at the bar. $1 off all drinks!

  • That Store
    247 Lark Street 5-9pm
    20% discount on all incense, incense accessories, and body oils on 1st Friday
    Featuring:   Planchet a solo multi-media photographic exhibit by Leon Ferri.

  • The National Upholstering Design Studio/Gallery
    231 Lark Street  6-8pm
    Jewelry by Danica Barnes, paintings by Gerald Cooley , Bill Pettit and Wren Panzella.
    Photographs by Jim Flosdorf

  • University Club of Albany
    141 Washington Ave.
    5:30-7:30 p.m. — Albany History: Lost and Found
    The excitement of discovery is the focus of this program. We’ve invited six Albany historians to talk about their research finds and explain the significance.
    8:00-10:00 p.m. Off the Record in the Grille Room
    Off The Record is a rock n’ roll lounge band that takes vintage 60’s hits and transforms them into 21st Century rock n‘ roll.   Come  see for yourself what a great time it will be.

  • Yamaguchie
    221 Lark Street 5-9pm
    20% off of all art and art related items – hats, shirts, necklaces, bracelets

  • Midtown

  • Albany First Friday Swing Dance
    Albany Elks Lodge, 25 South Allen St.
    Band: Moon Indigo Band
      – Free Swing Dance LESSON w/ pro Emily Vanston from 7 – 8pm, no partner needed
    – DANCE from 8 – 11pm to Moon Indigo Band
    Admission including lesson:  $15; DFO members $12; Seniors/Students $10.

  • Esther Massry Gallery @ The College of Saint Rose
    1002 Madison Ave. 5-7pm
    Senior Show
    Opening Reception

  • Opalka Gallery @ Sage College of Albany
    140 New Scotland Ave. 5-8pm
    The 14th Annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition
    Opening reception
    This annual showcase features work by seniors in the Sage College of Albany Art + Design BFA programs: Fine Art, Photography, Interior Design and Graphic + Media Design.
    The Annual BFA Exhibition offers a glimpse of the best of what the BFA programs at Sage have to offer.

  • Downtown

  • African American Cultural Center
    135 S. Pearl St. 6-10pm
    Featuring artist:  Ken Wilson

  • Albany Center Gallery
    488 Broadway 5-8pm
    High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition 
    Featuring the work of 100 high school students from 24 high schools in the Capital Region. This exhibit showcases a variety of student work including: painting, drawing, photography, film, digital media, and sculpture.  Opening Reception

  • Albany Modern Body Art
    7 S. Pearl St  5-9pm
    Tattoo artist showing their portfolios and original art work

  • Capital Repertory Theatre
    111 No. Pearl St.  5-7pm
    And Other Spirits, a retrospecitve from renowned artist GC Myers
    Lobby/Gallery Open Daily from 10-5pm
    Show runs thru May 6th in conjunction with Blithe Spirit