• Downtown Louisville is a creative Hub with 5 vibrant gallery districts: NuLu, South 4th Street, Museum Row, West Main & Butcherblock

  • Explore walk-able galleries in Nulu including: Garner Narrative, Zephyr, Swanson Contemporary, Revelry, Green Building, Mahonia Green Gallery & more.

  • Sample South 4th Street at: Craft[s] Gallery & Mercantile, Blockparty, Gifthorse Artist Space, Brown Hotel Gallery, Cellar Door Cafe Gallery and Regalo.

  • Something for all ages on Museum Row at KMAC, 21c, Muhammad Ali Center, KY Science Discovery Gallery, Frazier, Awesome Possum, Actors Theater Gallery and more.

  • Find revitalization in bloom off of West Main Street with Tim Faulkner Studios, E&S Gallery, Portland Museum, Mammoth, Nelligan, 1619 FLUX, Hite Studio and more.

  • Butcherblock is growing! Find the brand new Pyro Gallery there soon!

Republic Bank First Friday Hop Galleries and Events

On the First Friday of every month, many of our favorite Downtown art galleries, shops, boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment hot spots are open extended hours and offering specials, sales, refreshments, and live music. Go explore the 40+ unique boutiques, artists, galleries, eateries, and more along the Republic Bank First Friday Hop route.
On any given weekday, our favorite places are open normal hours, and you can "hop" on the ZeroBus and ride to a "Z" stop near each location during standard transit hours listed here.

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    Oaks Day Party at Hard Rock Cafe

    • May 5 – Oaks Day Party 3 pm – 6:30 pm on the Republic Bank First Friday Hop Join Gip Palm Productions and friends as we hang out in the 4TH ST Live entertainment district at the Hard RocK Cafe for this 2nd annual event. We are bringing out the Ville’s sexiest crowd for this […]

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    Derby Whiskey Weekend sponsored by Four Roses & Rhinegeist

    • Hey Derby Guests and Race Fans — Haymarket is rolling out all the barrels! Come drink single barrels that we sold out of long ago as we bring some of our greatest whiskey hits back for another go round for the Republic Bank First Friday Hop. DJst! Whiskey! Maker’s Mark Private Select barrel and the […]

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    First Friday May – COLOR from Cletus Wilcox at Tim Faulkner Gallery

    • «COLOR» Opening Reception: May 5th 6pm-11pm on the Republic Bank First Friday Hop This show will hang through May 31st. Cletus Wilcox, a New Albany resident, was born and raised in the Highlands of Louisville, Kentucky. In 2001 Cletus moved away from Louisville and for the next 15 years consistently traveled around the United States. […]

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    First Friday in NuLu!

    • Here’s what to expect in the East Market District’s art galleries – all open and free to the public – for the Derby Eve Republic Bank First Friday Hop, May 5 from 6 to 9 pm. Garner Narrative (642 E. Market St.) Caleb Weintraub’s “Fear No Paint II” – large format paintings, digital works, and hybrids. […]

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    Beats and Eats Volume X: Top Chef Derby Edition at Decca for First Friday

    • Chef Annie Pettry will host fellow competitors from last season’s Top Chef: Charleston for a special Beats & Eats event in the Cellar Lounge at Decca Friday, May 5 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Revelers can mingle with Katsuji Tanabe, Gerald Sombright, season winner Brooke Williamson and other surprise guests while enjoying old-school hip-hop […]

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    21c at 10: A Global Gathering at 21c Museum Hotel

    • 21c at 10: A Global Gathering at 21c Museum Hotel, On display from April 2016 – June 2017 21c was founded in 2006 by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, contemporary art collectors and preservationists who are committed to broadening public access to thought-provoking contemporary art through acquisitions, exhibitions, and innovative cultural programming. Now a […]

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    Docent Tour at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville every First Friday

    • Born out of a desire to integrate contemporary art into everyday life, 21c launched in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky in 2006. Come explore for yourself and discover how 21c is redefining the art of modern Southern Hospitality. For over 10 years now, 21c Louisville has been engaging visitors and locals alike with the art of today. […]

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    The Gestural Line of Equine at Craft(s) Gallery

    • Jeaneen Barnhart is dedicated to the art of drawing on paper, creating works with such diverse line and texture taking on their own dimension. Equine studies, Male Torsos, Sensual Nudes and Loving Couples encompass her extensive repertoire. Although painting is secondary, successful canvases depict similar qualities of classic drawing style and spirited movement. Her exploration […]

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    Derby Eve Jam® at the Waterfront Jam: Gryffin DJ Set

    • Admission to this one-of-a-kind show is free with a 2017 Pegasus Pin. STAY TUNED for concert act information as it’s released. The Kentucky Derby Festival Waterfront Jam will include live music on two stages at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville featuring over 30 local and regional bands and 7 national acts beginning Thursday, April 27.  Admission to all […]

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    The Hunger Games: The Exhibition at the Frazier History Museum

    • The Hunger Games: The Exhibition invites visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created in the films. More than one thousand authentic costumes and props, high-tech and hands-on interactives, and detailed set recreations reveal the amazing artistry and technology that brought the incredible story to life. Visitors follow Katniss Everdeen’s inspirational […]

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    Dauntless Presents Bumpin at DECCA

    • Weather permitting through the summer Bumpin’ will be a not-so-secret garden party in Decca’s gorgeous outdoor space. Restarting April 7th, 2017, Decca will host our dance party ‘for grown-ups’ which includes a special happy hour menu, with unique seasonal beverage options, and features well known local DJs, Narwhal (WFPK) and JP Source (WXOX). Featuring an […]

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    Thread Lines at KMAC Museum

    • April 29, 2016 – August 6, 2017, 2nd Floor Gallery, Donor & Member Preview  April 28, 6-8pm, Artist & Curator Talk at 7pm Curated by Joanna Kleinberg Romanow, Organized by The Drawing Center, New York This group exhibition features fifteen artists who engage in sewing, knitting, and weaving to create a wide-range of works that activate the […]

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    Live Music Friday with Hillbilly Revival at Goodwood Brewing Company

    • Join us for a night of FREE live music with Hillbilly Revival at Goodwood Brewing Company on First Friday! Hillbilly Revival is a five piece bluegrass band from Louisville whose style ranges from traditional to progressive, with influences ranging from traditional country to roots rock. Along with Bill Monroe and his disciples, Hillbilly Revival draws […]

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