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First Friday Gallery Crawl

Art is the blood of the culture in downtown Wichita and the First Friday Gallery Crawl brings it to life on the first Friday of each month. What started as Final Friday shifted to First Friday in September 2019 so businesses could align with a national push to celebrate art & creativity. The start of the month welcomes many new exhibition openings, making First Friday a gateway to those "first looks," for galleries & museums.

The First Friday Gallery Crawl is a unique opportunity for art lovers to engage with local art each month at unique locations in downtown Wichita and throughout the city. Find details for each month's event on the First Friday Facebook page or Downtown Wichita's website.

Browsing Art Galleries at First Friday

Recognize the importance and beauty of all kinds of art as local galleries, studios, museums, restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late to welcome visitors. This free event brings the community together in an appreciation of creativity and uniqueness.

First Friday locations are across the city, including a large concentration in the downtown area where visitors can ride the free Q-Line to visit more than 30 gallery showcases and venues, many of which offer free hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

Hours vary between galleries, but all are open during the core hours of 7-9 p.m. Several locations will incorporate artist demonstrations and/or live music.

An artist performs her routine with fire in front of a large audience for First Friday in Wichita

Not only does this event give guests the opportunity to view creative art space, it also is an excellent time to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists, or explore live performances like fire-breathers and live music.

While you’re experiencing the cultural vibe of downtown Wichita, be sure to keep an eye out for the many murals and other urban art.

2024 Schedule

Feb. 2, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 9, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Dec. 6

Artists, events, and locations vary each month. For specific First Friday info, visit Downtown Wichita's First Friday page.

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