1st Friday - December

1st Friday - December


Throughout Downtown & Lark Street

A monthly arts and culture event, 1st Friday takes place the first Friday of each month from 5:00 - 9:00 PM, bringing you the best in dining, shopping, and entertainment throughout Downtown and Lark Street. Bonus: it's all easily accessible by riding the FREE Capital City Trolley!

1st Friday for December 2019 will take place on December 6. Download a complete list of participating businesses here.

  • 677 Prime | Buy one get one drinks at the bar up to $15
  • Albany Center Gallery | Members' Show Opening Reception, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, award ceremony at 7:00 PM
  • Albany Modern Body Art | Tattoo artists showing their portfolios & original artwork
  • Broadway Plaza Liquor | Mix of wine tastings
  • The City Beer Hall | Drink specials for Capital City Trolley Riders; Live music from 7:00-10:00 PM; DJ Citrus Minute at 11:00 PM
  • Downtown Decorating Contest | Check out festive holiday displays at more than 20 Downtown businesses and vote for your favorite for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate! Pick up your ballot at the Fort Orange Holiday Market. More info.
  • dp: An American Brasserie | 15% off total bill (may not be used in conjunction any other promotions or discounts)
  • The Excelsior Pub | Pinball tournament; winner receives happy hour pricing for the month (7:00 PM); Drink specials for Capital City Trolley riders and pinball players
  • Fort Orange General Store | 10% off any store purchase
  • Fort Orange Holiday Market | Featuring up to 30 vendors selling locally made and sourced goods, live entertainment, art exhibits, craft beverage tastings, and more at the Arcade Building (488 Broadway)
  • Fresh & Fly Clothing | Mention 1st Friday for 15% off any purchase (Open until 8:00 PM)
  • Holiday Span Lighting | Lighting of new 80-foot-long holiday display with music by the Choir of St. Peter's Church, Cider Belly donuts, and special limited keepsake giveaways at 5:00 PM. More info.
  • The Hollow Bar + Kitchen | Complimentary signature cocktail, draft beer, or house wine with any entrée purchase
  • Jack's Oyster House | Mention the Capital City Trolley and receive our offer of Buy One, Get One Free Glass of House Wine
  • LaSerre | Mention 1st Friday for complimentary glass of wine or dessert with dinner purchase• Loch & Quay | $1 off all drafts
  • McGeary's Irish Pub | Mention 1st Friday for 10% off total bill
  • Open Gallery | A new public art exhibit from the Downtown Albany BID and Albany Center Gallery reimagines doors throughout Downtown as an outdoor gallery, featuring the work of 13 local artists. More info.
  • Palace Theatre | The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical at 7 PM (ticketed event)
  • Pearl Street Pub | Happy hour trivia with beer specials at 5:30 PM; Friday Night Karaoke at 9:00 PM
  • Root3d | Class schedule: The Write Situation at 5:30 PM (fees apply); Family Members of Incarcerated Recovering Emotionally at 7:15 PM (donation-based)
  • Speakeasy 518 | Live music with George Muscatello Trio at 9:00 PM
  • Stacks Espresso Bar | Pop-up art exhibit featuring Rachel Baxter (open until 7:00 PM)

All events are offered free of charge unless otherwise indicated.

Download the free Cityfinder app by Transfinder to find trolley stops and real-time arrivals!

Want to park your car before you hop on the trolley? There's FREE on-street and public garage parking in Downtown after 5:00 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends & holidays! Park for free in the Riverfront or Quackenbush Garages and hop on the trolley at nearby stops for easy access to all the 1st Friday venues. Visit parkalbany.com for more information.

1st Friday and the Capital City Trolley are brought to you by Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), ParkAlbany, the Lark Street BID, and the Downtown Albany BID.

December 6 | 5:00 - 9:00 PM