In conjunction with August's 1st Friday event, 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.
Shop special deals from participating businesses, dine local while enjoying restaurant specials, peruse artwork and exhibits, and shop local with incredible deals.
Please observe all CDC COVID-19 guidelines while attending 1st Friday.
Downtown events & specials include:
Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street
"Michalangelo - A Different View" exhibit, displaying Michelangelo’s world-famous work up close for the first time. | 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM (ticketed event; advance purchase only; more info at albanycapitalcenter.com)
Albany Center Gallery
488 Broadway 12-5pm
SEEN Exhibit, featuring the works of 7 regional artists, free and open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, Noon – 5 p.m. Artists’ Reception from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Mask-wearing will be required for all reception guests, and are recommended during normal daily hours.
Artful Albany podcast
Self-guided history and art tour and
podcast available at
Bites Camera Action
SUNY Plaza Park
Free outdoor movie screening of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” at 8:30 PM www.downtownalbany.org/bca for more information.
82 N. Pearl Street
Trivia Night at 5:30 PM
The Cloud Food Hall
55 Columbia Street
Afro House Vibes with music by Poetic Selektions, 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM
The Cobblestone Lunch Shoppe
37 Maiden Lane
Art Lovers Lunch - details on Instagram @cobblestonelunch (open 10:00 AM - 3:00 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
Fort Orange General Store
Free tote bag with any purchase of $50 or more. Limit one per customer.
Historic Albany Food Tour
Meet at Albany Distilling Company, 77 Livingston Avenue at 12:30 PM
Ticketed event, visit tasteoftroyfoodtours.com for more information.
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen
79 N. Pearl Street
One complimentary dessert per $50
spend for the table | Live music with Girl Blue and special guest Althea Grace at 8:00 PM (ticketed event)
Black Health Matters via Instagram Live @root3dhealing, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
109 State Street
Free brow wax and tint with any specialty facial and 20% off ANY service of $50 or more (Book in advance at 518-463-7161 or shepicskin.glossgenius.com)
Seward Johnson Exhibit
Ten sculptures by the world-renowned sculptor on display throughout Downtown through early November. Visit downtownalbany.org/sewardjohnson for more information and a map of sculptures.
The Yard Hatchet House & Bar
16 Sheridan Avenue
Champe' Bubbly free tasting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with free play of beer pong and/or cornhole on the lawn during the event, plus free samples of the latest Boozy Moo! flavor, "Feelin' Peachy".