• 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 LouLift and ride to a stop near each location during standard transit hours listed here.

  • See Me Clearly – Women Photographers/Women Photographed at Paul Paletti Gallery

    • PAUL PALETTI GALLERY See Me Clearly Women Photographers/Women Photographed September 6 2018 – June 2019   This ambitious show features women: examining their prowess, influence and agency as both photographer and subject, artist and muse-and how with the passage of time and progress how our views on their work, and the works in which they appeared, have […]

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  • Tour the the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on First Friday

    • SEE HOW BOURBON‘S DONE RIGHT, FIRST-HAND The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is the first distillery on Whiskey Row. Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Located on Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row,” the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience features an artisanal distillery, guided tours, educational Bourbon tastings, and more! Celebrating the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first commercial distiller, this […]

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  • Angel’s Envy distillery tours on First Friday!

    • Plan your tour with Angels Envy on the First Friday Hop! Tours run daily and are held on the hour. Ready to see the inside of a real working distillery right here in the heart of the Bourbon trail? Well call in to make your reservation now and don’t forget to wear sturdy shoes, as this  […]

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  • A Slice of Art at Pizza Bar Gallery

    • Pizza Bar’s very own monthly Pop-Up Art Gallery as part of the Republic Bank First Friday Hop! Help us celebrate incredible artists at our monthly cocktail party. Enjoy our daily happy hour specials, including a FREE slice of pizza with any beverage purchase from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Pizza. Art. Booze. What more could you […]

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  • Urban Bourbon Hike the Hop – A walking tour of Downtown’s Bourbon District

    • Distance: 5.9 miles one-way round trip Steps: ~1800 -2000 steps each way Turns or Loops: 11/1 Elevations: Mostly Flat and Low, no hills ADA: Yes Weather: Outdoor uncovered Transportation backup: Free and fare required TARC routes. LouLift runs most of this path with buses passing every 15 minutes from 7 am to 7 pm along the full length of the route should […]

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  • Live Music at Down One

    • Join us for happy hour tunes, rare bourbons, good eats, and great company every Friday and especially on First Friday from 4PM to 8PM at Down One for live music on the Republic Bank First Friday Hop. Down One Bourbon Bar 321 W Main St, Louisville, Kentucky 40202

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  • Live at Guy’s on First Friday

    • Join us every Friday at Live at Guy’s from 4:30- 7:30pm! Start your weekend early at Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse with some live music and our happy hour specials from 4-7pm🍺 Specials $2 Bud Light drafts $3 House Wine (by the glass) $4 Well Drinks $5 select appetizers.

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  • Labor&Materials Showing at 21c LOUISVILLE Hotel Gallery

    • Labor&Materials THE EXHIBITION Showing at 21c LOUISVILLE On display from March 2019 – March 2020 “If the first machine age helped unlock the forces of energy trapped in chemical bonds to reshape the physical world, the real promise of the second machine age is to help unleash the power of human ingenuity.” – Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, The […]

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  • Monthly Mayhem at PBR Louisville

    • Monthly Mayhem is our themed party held the first Friday of each month! 🤘🏼 We will see you on April 5th for Boots & Bowties, which will be filled with camo, hay bales, a lasso competition with Bacon, a stick horse relay & MORE! Get a $25 gift card and great specials for you and […]

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  • WFPK Live Lunch on the Republic Bank First Friday Hop

    • WFPK hosts Live Lunch every First Friday at noon. Doors open around 11:30am. Check out the upcoming bands here: https://wfpk.org/category/live-lunch/ If you’re a WFPK member at $10/month or more, you can reserve a free lunch from the City Café (first 50 callers receive a lunch). Call 502-814-6565 up to one week in advance and at least 24 hours […]

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  • Historic Map Markers Hike-the-Hop

    • Take a tour of Downtown Louisville’s Rich History and rack up some steps towards fitness too. The Historic Marker Walking Tour of Downtown Louisville will take you on a walkthrough of the history of our rich heritage as a city brought together by adventurers, entrepreneurs, and artists. Founded by George Rogers Clark in 1778, Louisville has […]

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  • Hop-Dogs: Public Dog Friendly Walk every First Friday

    • Republic Bank First Friday Hop will be rolling out the red carpet for our four-legged friends every First Friday with a community dog walking group. Dog Walking and socializing in Louisville on First Friday Join us as we walk the Hop with our furry friends. Meet up with other dog lovers and their furry baby […]

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  • Umbrella Installation art, Beer and Wine at RedTree

    • Come down and experience our umbrella installation at night with a Cold Beer or glass of wine! We’re not sure if it’s more magical during the day or at night…what do you all think?!?! First Friday’s we’re open until 10pm and start serving beer and wine at 5pm! 🍺🍻🍷🥂

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  • April 5th Republic Bank First Friday Hop

    • Newest Events and Hop Members: Art, New Artists and Gallery Openings   Tiny Art Tales at KMAC Museum North and South 4th Street Hike the Hop Walking Route BLōFISH Clothing Co.‎ Creatives for a Cause: OddBalls Gallery First Friday Birthday Bash: Forward Radio turns 2! Hosted by Garner Narrative Steel Skin Studio Visit the working […]

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  • LouLift Map

    • 4th Street Circulator – LouLift (Downloadable PDF) on the LouLift Route from North to South on 4th Street 2019 The 4th street circulator is a free electric bus that runs from 7 am until 7 pm in Central Downtown and visits all stop on the Republic Bank First Friday Hop within one block of all major locations and events […]

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  • Tiny Art Tales at KMAC Museum

    • Join KMAC Educators for story time with music and art-making for preK learners and grown-ups in this free, weekly program. KMAC Museum 715 W Main St, Louisville, Kentucky 40202

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  • North and South 4th Street Hike the Hop Walking Route

    • Urban hikes are the rustic yet still cool cousin of walking: they normally follow a trail, often begin at a lower elevation and end at a higher one, and they’re longer and way more strenuous than your typical saunter to the corner for a cup of coffee. With more people getting into urban hiking as a […]

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  • Belmar Baked hosts a sugar cookie art session on the First Friday hop

    • Belmar Baked cookie bar set up with different sugar cookie shapes, icings and sprinkles.  The first 20 people to come in can decorate one cookie at no charge.  Additional cookies are $3. Starting at noon and running all day. Great for all ages and all levels of experience. Come have some fun with us! Belmar Baked – […]

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