• Become a Hop VIP member and get special invitations to select exclusive Hop events supporting the arts in Louisville.

  • Join us in Downtown Louisville on the First Friday of every month for food, fun, art, and shopping on The Republic Bank First Friday Hop!

News & Information about the Republic Bank First Friday Hop

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Republic Bank First Friday Hop event is every First Friday and includes Downtown art galleries, retailers, and restaurants that will be open all day and extended hours in some locations with specials/discounts and refreshments. This family-friendly and open-to-the-public event takes place all day long all over Downtown Louisville from West main to NuLu and as far South at Broadway.

Thanks to TARC, you can travel all over the Republic Bank First Friday Hop in style by “hopping” on our brand new, eco-friendly, zero-carbon ZeroBuses, which replaced the old trolleys in February 2014. The new ZeroBus drops you off at all the best shopping spots downtown has to offer. Riding the Republic Bank First Friday Hop is fun - and it's FREE all day 7am til 7pm.

REPUBLIC BANK FIRST FRIDAY HOP PARKING:
These are the PARC garages that have entrances right next to ZeroBus Hop stops.
· Brown Hotel Garage · 1st & Main Garage · 3rd & Liberty Lot · Glassworks Garage · Market Street Garage · 4th Street Live! Garage

Find a complete listing of all of our current members on our member page.

Want to join us? Just email Jharrington@louisvilledowntown.org or sign up online and become a member instantly.


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    Thank you to Mayor Armstrong on the 18th Anniversary of the First Friday Gallery Hop


    • In Memoriam: Thank you Mayor Armstrong (August 6, 1941 – June 15, 2017)

      Recently, the City of Louisville lost one of its great leaders, The Honorable David L. Armstrong, who served as mayor from 1999-2003.

      “The Nulu Business Association would like acknowledge his foresight and recognize his assistance in turning this neighborhood into the exciting place that it is today. The creation of the First Friday Trolley Hop, planned and produced with Mayor Armstrong’s direction, played a large part in revitalizing the neighborhood and making East Market Street, Louisville’s “Arts District”. – Rick Murphy, NuLu


      He accomplished a great deal in his four years as Mayor. The following is brief history written by Chuck Swanson of Swanson Contemporary Galley, recalling how the First Friday Hop came about.

      “For several years the art gallery group, at that time known as V.A.N. (visual art network) tried to organize art events in a way that could tie the galleries together. My wife Karolle was the city’s Cultural Planner at the time. We happened to be visiting Columbus Ohio around 1998 and stumbled upon their First Friday Gallery Hop. So, the Louisville gallery folks started talking among ourselves about how that could happen in Louisville.

      By the end of 1998 Swanson had opened a branch on East Market and so had Zephyr. Billy Hertz had a working studio on the same block and a gallery three blocks west. Soon after, Erin Devine opened her gallery in the same block as Swanson and Zephyr and Julius Friedman opened his large gallery on West Main. Around the time Dave Armstrong was elected, we decided to push again for an event to tie the galleries together and we arranged a meeting with the Mayor, here on East Market Street to explain the benefits of such an event. He immediately got it, saw the economic impact it could have and how it could help make the city a better place to “live work and play”. He put the full force of the city behind the effort with banners, posters, trolleys and so on. At one point the event was even underwritten by a local booster who donated $700 a month for wine. Originally the hop included only the for-profit, retail galleries but before long it included all of the nonprofits as well, KMAC, Glassworks, The New Center and others. Mayor Armstrong frequently attended the First Friday event.” – Chuck Swanson of Swanson Contemporary Galley


      Paul Paletti on the start of the Gallery Hop:

      “When I started the gallery,” he said, “I had two things in mind: To be an educational resource for photographers, so they could see what really great black-and-white photographic prints look like, and to be part of the second Louisville Photo Biennial, which opened on July 15, 2001. I knew I would keep collecting, but had no strategic plan, and no inkling that it would continue.”

      “I didn’t even have a name for the gallery until about November 2001, when the mayor’s office called (it was Dave Armstrong then), and said they were starting a First Friday Gallery Hop, and all the other galleries said I needed to be included. The other galleries were referring to it as the Paul Paletti Gallery, and the mayor’s office was calling to find out if that was actually the real name. I said, ‘I guess it is now.’” – The Paul Paletti Gallery celebrates  15 years of photo exhibitions with ‘Reflected’ LEO Weekly JUL 27 2016 BY JO ANNE TRIPLETT


      On Friday, July 7th, Downtown Louisville will host another First Friday event in this, the 18th year of celebrating art, in all its forms, and we welcome everyone to join in the fun. Many of the original artists and galleries will be open. The founders, from Zephyr, to Swanson Contemporary and Paul Paletti will be open and actively participating. Some of the past galleries still stand by quietly, Fiber artist and political activist Mary Craik’s studio still stands with the bright red awning, the artist having recently celebrated her 93rd birthday. Gallery Hertz, another founding member, initially in what is now the East Market Lofts can be found a little ways further south on Preston Street and new members continue to join the tradition from The Normandy Gallery to Awesome Possum thanks to the support of Mayor Armstong so many years ago. From all of our members, past and present, from the Nulu Business Association, Republic Bank First Friday Hop and everyone who has come to love art Downtown as part of this legacy, we offer our thanks and sincere condolences to Mayor Armstrong’s family and friends as we express our deep gratitude for all he did in serving the City, the arts and Downtown Louisville.

       

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    Thank you to Mayor Armstrong on the 18th Anniversary of the First Friday Gallery Hop

    • In Memoriam: Thank you Mayor Armstrong (August 6, 1941 – June 15, 2017) Recently, the City of Louisville lost one of its great leaders, The Honorable David L. Armstrong, who served as mayor from 1999-2003. “The Nulu Business Association would like acknowledge his foresight and recognize his assistance in turning this neighborhood into the exciting place that […]

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    26 Places to celebrate #NationalWineDay in Louisville tonight

    • Looking for a place to celebrate National Wine Day tonight? Over the 9, Taste and Al J’s are a great place to start! Check out these 26 awesome bars Downtown with wines from locally sourced to imported and start your celebration early! As with all things have fun responsibly and Happy National Wine Day! 🙂 […]

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    May Hop Press Release

    • This Republic Bank First Friday Hop is Oaks and Derby Eve! Join us for some fun Downtown with  events for all ages, from free gallery openings to fancy fine dining and fun art interactives all day long.   Gallery Guide Openings: ENID: Generations of Women Sculptors at Pyro Gallery 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition: Miranda Becht, […]

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    Do you support the arts in Louisville?

    • First time supporters and long time art lovers are all welcome to join us as we promote all things creative in Downtown Louisville.  Become a VIP member and sponsor an article about your favorite local artist. Do you have a space in Downtown Louisville? We are always looking for new locations to feature our next […]

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    ENID at Pyro Gallery for the May Hop!

    • Opening Reception on Friday, April 14th from 6-9 pm Show Dates: April 13th – May 27th First Friday Trolley Hop,  Friday May 5th, 6-9pm PYRO Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ENID, Generations of Women Sculptors, a group exhibition featuring the artwork of the Louisville, Kentucky-based collective of female sculptors. The name is taken […]

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