ArtsPartners - First Friday

Various locations

First Fridays was created by the Central Illinois Artists Organization (CIAO) to give the community the opportunity to visit artist’s studios after normal business hours. First Fridays has grown so large that we have put all the resources in one place. Below are the links to the First Fridays websites of neighboring cities. Each city has different hours and activities that happen the First Friday of every month.

Price: Free


First Friday is a national movement among artists in many cities across the United States. Artists open their studios to present their work to the public.

First Friday events keep the arts in the forefront of a community.

First Friday is a beautiful sensory experience presenting the heart and soul of a city. These evenings begin around 5pm and the studios stay open until around 9pm. Contact individual studios to get their exact opening or closing times before going. Some studios occasionally offer after parties with special musicians, masquerades, dances or even late night dinners.

Many studios will have complimentary wine and appetizers to entice the community to stay a while, take a look and buy original works of art. Don’t miss this cultural experience!