• 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.

  • Moms Run This Town: First Friday Social Run

    • Moms do Run This Town, and now you can run with them! Join us on the first Friday of every month for a Social Run from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, followed by a pint (or three). https://www.facebook.com/events/688721678312980/

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  • Clay Date – Pottery Making at Magpie3x3

    • Bring your date, spouse, friend, sister, mother or come solo. In this Clay Date you will get to try out the potter’s wheel! This single-session is the perfect opportunity for you to see if this is the medium for you before signing up for a longer class. No experience necessary. BYOB welcome. Ages: Ages 18 […]

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  • Tom Boone & the Back Porch Pickers featuring Steve Sturgill

    • This is going to be a blast. We’ve got a full band lined up for my last show in Louisville before my shoulder replacement surgery. Bobby Parton on mandolin, Dayle Eskridge on banjo, Tammy Hercamp on bass. Tom Boone guitar and the incredible Steve Sturgill on lead guitar. Don’t miss this one music lovers!

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  • Music Alley Market space next to the Mercury Ballroom

    • Please join us as an artist, vendor, musician, entrepreneur or another market booth type in the Music Alley Market space next to the Mercury Ballroom. Artists and small business owners are welcome to set up for free at Music Alley Market each First Friday of the month starting at 5pm until 10pm. (Music may start […]

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  • Beetlejuice (1988): Halloween Movie Series at the palace

    • Presenting the 2019 Halloween Movie Series! PLUS, exclusive pre-movie GHOST TOURS👻 Learn about the history of the gorgeously renovated Louisville Palace that originally opened on Sept 1st, 1928. Space is limited for the living, but keep your eyes open for any ghostly visitors! Movie Ticket: $5, Ghost Tour: $20. 👿 Beetlejuice (Fri, 10/4) 🧹 Hocus […]

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  • UnFair XXIII

    • Just when you thought it was safe to shop for lawn art, Louisville UnFair is back at it again. Come have your sensibilities tested by our talented LOCAL artist at the Mag Bar, just down the street from that other art show in Old Louisville. MUSIC + BOOZE + ART + NOT ST JAMES Art […]

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  • The Rickmobile at Against the Grain

    • The Rickmobile is coming to Louisville, KY on Fri, Oct 4 from 6p – 9p. 401 E Main St., Louisville, KY, 40202 The #Rickmobile is a one-of-a-kind mobile pop-up shop that offers exclusive, custom-designed Rick and Morty collectibles. Limited quantities. Credit/Debit card only. No cash. www.rickmobile.com Please note, queue line may be capped. Parking is […]

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  • Our Eyes: Gallery Artists and Friends for the Louisville Photo Biennial 2019

    • Our Eyes: Gallery Artists and Friends for the Louisville Photo Biennial 2019 October 4 – October 27, 2019 Opening Reception: First Friday October 4 6:00-9:00 pm Lisa Austin ​Will Garner Carlos Jones Bill Pusztai Aleksandra Stone Keith Stone Mary Helen Yates Our Eyes is a fresh survey of gallery artists and friends who make use of […]

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  • Guided Tour at 21c Museum Gallery at 5pm

    • Guided Art Tour Public · 50 instances · 40 people · by 21c Museum Hotel Louisville Curious about contemporary art? Explore the first multi-venue museum dedicated to the art of the 21st century in the nation. We offer free guided docent tours of our current exhibitions every WED + FRI at 5pm. Grab a drink from Proof on Main […]

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  • Local Game Harvest Hosted by Louisville Makes Games

    • Today at 6 PM – 9 PM Join us for the Local Game Harvest, a showcase of games in development by creators in Kentuckiana! Come play brand new, locally-created video games, and chat with the developers! All games are free – Fun for the whole family! Tonight is also the night we celebrate the release […]

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  • “DANCING IN DARKNESS” by Vinhay Keo at MOREMEN GALLERY

    • September 27 through October 26 “DANCING IN DARKNESS” by Vinhay Keo For his second solo exhibition with Moremen Gallery, Vinhay Keo, presents “Dancing In Darkness”and poses the question of “What does it mean for the traumatized and marginalized bodies to dance?” Presented with a historical burden that aims to render stillness into affected bodies, dance is presented […]

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  • Join us for a series of talks with KMAC Triennial Crown of Rays artists

    • Join us for a series of talks with KMAC Triennial Crown of Rays artists Triennial Exhibition Photo Artist Talks Vinhay Keo Sept 28, 12:30pm​ In conjunction with the Moreman Gallery, KMAC will be hosting a public conversation with KMAC Triennial artist Vinhay Keo. Keo will discuss his Triennial work and his overall practice, which addresses his identity […]

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  • Imagine 2020 Mural Festival

    • Mayor Greg Fischer, Fund for the Arts, the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Steering Committee and Louisville Visual Art are excited to kick off the inaugural Imagine Mural Festival. The festival brings talented artists from Louisville and beyond together to create public artworks that uncover the untold stories of one of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods. What is the Imagine 2020 Mural Festival?  […]

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  • Lensless opens at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts

    • This Week: Join us for the opening receptions included in our Louisville Photo Biennial Lineup! Lensless – Friday October 4, 2019 | 6-8 pm Lensless opens at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts (on First Friday) Photographs are dependent on the projection of light rather than on a camera or lens. The works in Lensless, including chemigrams, photograms, and lumen prints engage […]

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  • Start Getting Excited! Open Studio Weekend 2019 is November 1st, 2nd, & 3rd!

    • Open Studio Weekend (OSW), Kentucky’s largest art studio tour, offers its seventh annual celebration of creative energy across the Metro on November 2nd and 3rd! LVA partners with the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute to host OSW and the Juried Exhibit of OSW Participating Artists at the Cressman Center Gallery (100 E Main St.). […]

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