2018 Dates: January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7,

October 5, November 2, December 7

In 2008, the Arts Council (now ArtsGreensboro) launched First Fridays in downtown Greensboro. The project brought downtown merchants and artists together on the “first Friday” of each month to celebrate Center City Park and support the vitality of downtown.

Now co-hosted with Downtown Greensboro, Inc. (DGI), these popular evenings of entertainment offer everything from pop-up events to impromptu street performances, drawing thousands of participants to this free self-guided tour of downtown Greensboro’s shops, local art galleries, studios, museums, and alternative art venues on the First Friday of every month from 6-9 pm.

For businesses in the downtown BID district, participation in First Fridays offers promotional and advertising opportunities, as well as a listing of your event at FirstFridayGreensboro.org.

Whether you are a business looking for a First Friday artist to partner with – or an artist looking for a First Friday venue, ArtsGreensboro can help. Contact Arts Greensboro for more information.


What is First Friday?
First Friday is a free public event led by ArtsGreensboro and Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI). Every
month, First Friday attracts new and returning patrons of all ages to celebrate what Downtown
Greensboro has to offer during the extended hours of 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the First Friday of each
First Friday 2018 Dates
January 5
February 2
March 2
April 6
May 4
June 1
July 6
August 3
September 7
October 5
November 2
December 7
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 found at this link CLICK HERE by the 15th of each month prior to First Friday to be included in advertisements.

How can artists, musicians, and vendors participate in First Friday?
Artists, musicians, and vendors may take part in First Friday by contacting Downtown businesses and inquiring about collaborating on events. A list of downtown businesses can be found at downtowngreensboro.org.
ArtsGreensboro also maintains a list of artists and musicians who would like to participate in First Friday.
Downtown merchants and businesses can access this list when they are looking for an artist or musician to collaborate with. To be added to this list please email gsofirstfriday@gmail.com.
Please note that ArtsGreensboro and DGI do NOT hire artists, musicians, or vendors for First Friday events. We encourage these groups to partner with downtown businesses.
What happens if there is bad weather or if First Friday falls on a holiday?

First Friday happens every month – come rain, shine, or holidays!

Where can I park on First Friday?
Downtown Greensboro has ample parking available, both on the streets and in parking decks.
Here are some helpful tips for using parking in Downtown:
  • The first hour of parking in the decks is free. After the first hour, the rate is 75 cents per hour.
  • Parking is free at all four City-owned decks after 6 pm entry until 9 pm. After 9 pm, there is a $2 flat rate per entry until 3 am.
    • Parking in City-owned surface lots is free after 6 pm, Mondays through Fridays.
  • All parking decks and City-owned surface lots have handicapped parking available.
  • Enforcement of parking meter spaces is from 8 am to 6 pm Mondays through Saturdays, excluding Sundays and City-designated holidays.
Parking deck locations:
  • Bellemeade Street Deck – 220 N Greene Street
  • Church Street Deck – 215 N Church Street
  • Davie Street Deck – 109 E Market Street
  • Greene Street Deck – 211 S Greene Street
Surface lot locations:
  • Washington/Eugene
  • Federal/Washington
  • Elm/Greene Pay Station
  • Elm/McGee Pay Station
  • Elm/MLK
  • Depot/S Davie Street
For more information about parking, visit greensboro-nc.gov.
How is First Friday Promoted?
First Friday is promoted via press releases, print ads in Go Triad and Greensboro.com, e-blasts, social media posts, and on the First Friday Greensboro website.
Please use the hashtag #FirstFridayGSO and like our page: First Friday in Downtown Greensboro.
Participating merchants are encouraged to post their First Friday events on the First Friday Facebook event page. Official First Friday events are also promoted on artsgreensboro.org and downtowngreensboro.org. Participating venues receive green balloons to welcome visitors to their First Friday event.

First Fridays are marketed and promoted by ArtsGreensboro in partnership with Downtown Greensboro, Inc.