• 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.

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

    • Centered around Louisville the Urban Bourbon District is over 50 establishments; Hotels, bars, and restaurants, each offering a unique Bourbon experience whether it be a Distillery tour, a  Bourbon-inspired dish, a Derby Mint Julep or the official drink of Louisville Kentucky the Old Fashioned. Many of our favorite stops feature from 50 to over 150 varieties of Bourbon. You might […]

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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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  • Tour the LeRoy Neiman Gallery at the Ali Center on First Friday

    • LEROY NEIMAN GALLERY The LeRoy Neiman Gallery is located on the second level, just down the hall from the Main Lobby and adjacent to the Auditorium. The unique two-level 1,600 square foot space gallery contains LeRoy Neiman artwork of Muhammad Ali throughout the room, giving the space a warm and colorful feel. LeRoy Neiman was […]

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  • The Flea off Market to feature Free Friday Night Concerts!

    • July 5-7 we’ll be at the “usual” lot at E. Market St. and Baxter Ave. These 3-day Fleas will include free Friday night concerts, more daytime music, and all the offerings you’ve come to expect from us. Stay tuned for more details. Home to over 200 artists, craftspeople, collectors, start-ups, and local businesses, The Flea […]

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  • Moremen Gallery is pleased to announce Dudley Zopp: “Landscapes, Vessels and Jars”

    • Moremen Gallery is pleased to announce Dudley Zopp: “Landscapes, Vessels and Jars” June 7 through July 6, 2019. Closing on July 6th As a Kentucky native, Maine resident, and participant in residencies throughout Spain, Italy, and Newfoundland, Dudley Zopp is adept at examining the particularities of a location. Zopp applies this critical eye to atmospheric abstractions […]

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

    • PAUL PALETTI GALLERY See Me Clearly Women Photographers/Women Photographed September 6 2018 – September 2020   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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  • Labor&Materials at 21C Docent tours at 5pm on First Friday

    • Labor&Materials THE EXHIBITION Showing at 21c LOUISVILLE On display from March 2019 – March 2020 Docent tours at 5pm on Republic Bank First Friday “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 […]

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  • 1619 Flux – Opening Of “Perspectives Of Home”

    • Please join us at 1619 Flux: Art + Activism for the opening reception of our new exhibition, “Perspectives Of Home: An Exhibition Of Social Practice”. This exhibition aims to employ artistic mindsets and practices as a framework to critically examine experiences and perspectives on issues related to the concept of “Home”. Stop by during the […]

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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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  • 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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  • “Perspectives of Home” an exhibition at 1619 Flux: Art + Activism

    • “Perspectives of Home” is an exhibition which employs the creative mindset as a framework to investigate & reflect upon experiences and perspectives related to the concept of “Home”. Artists, Activists, and Creatives examine individual and collective perspectives unique to the concept of Home through 2D, 3D, Digital, Installation and Community-based art practices.   Featuring Artwork […]

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  • Old Fashioned Fortnight in the Bourbon District

    • Old Fashioned Fortnight is an annual celebration from June 1 – 14, celebrating the Old Fashioned, kicking off on Kentucky’s birthday and culminating on National Bourbon Day. This is the 5th year we are doing this and it gets bigger and better every year so thanks to everyone who has contributed. Here’s Louisville Tourism has planned: Official Landing page: www.oldfashionedfortnight.com Social Media […]

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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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  • KMAC Museum Guided Tour on First Friday Hop

    • TOUR KMAC Museum on the Republic Bank First Friday Hop Guided tours are a great way to get an in-depth look at the KMAC exhibitions. Your group will be led by knowledgeable and engaging docents or museum staff in an experience that is tailored to your group. They now also offer Spanish-language tours; call ahead […]

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  • CrossFit the Ville on First Friday

    • CrossFit the Ville joins First Friday Hop. CrossFit the Ville is Louisville’s hot CrossFit gym in Downtown Louisville and they are open on First Friday. Don’t forget to stop in a check them out! How did you get started? “CrossFit The Ville started in 2011 as our second CrossFit location. It was the third CrossFit gym […]

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  • Cooking at Millie’s with Town Branch & MD Mark Coffman

    • For the second year in a row, join Town Branch and Master Distiller Mark Coffman for an afternoon of Bourbon, beer and some culinary adventure! Last year, we partnered with Cooking at Millie’s and had an incredible time learning new recipes, dining on delicious creations and drinking Bourbon! What more could you ask for if […]

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    Ultimate City Sightseeing Tour by Bourbon City Cruisers

    • Bourbon City Cruisers Let Bourbon City Cruisers be your guide to an exciting Louisville city tour! On our Ultimate City Sightseeing Tour, you’ll see historic landmarks, fun murals and more. We’ll drive past many of Louisville most famous places and stop for Instagram photos along the way on this 2.5 hour tour. See the giant […]

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  • Daughters of Greatness: Dr. Neeli Bendapudi Hosted by Muhammad Ali Center

    • Daughters of Greatness: Dr. Neeli Bendapudi Public  · Hosted by Muhammad Ali Center Neeli Bendapudi is the 18th President of the University of Louisville. She received her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Kansas and has taught at The Ohio State University and Texas A&M University. She most recently served as Provost and Executive Vice […]

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