• 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.

  • Rosé on the Rooftop at 8up and Friday After Dark

    • Rosé on the Rooftop happens every Friday! This event features half-priced bottles & $5 glasses of rosé wines. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a live DJ. https://www.facebook.com/events/597256720683303/?event_time_id=597256734016635 The party doesn’t stop!! 🍸🥃 Join us every Friday for “Friday After Dark” 🍾Vip Bottle Service 🍾 🍕Late Night Kitchen🍕 🚙Valet Parking🚙 No Cover https://www.facebook.com/events/2324228801133370/?event_time_id=2348916701997913  

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  • Heat – Letitia Quesenberry Hosted by Quappi Projects on the First Friday Hop

    • Join us for the inaugural exhibition in our brand new NuLu space. Letitia Quesenberry’s (((heat))) opens Friday, August 2. The creative efforts of Louisville-based Quesenberry focus on questions of visibility and perceptual ambiguity. She employs layering techniques of semitransparent materials to create objects that are both static and full of unpredictable motion; as a result, […]

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  • Change Of Pace First Friday August at Tim Faulkner Gallery

    • We invite you to join us for our August show: Change of Pace This exhibition will present new “studio” created work from a handful of acclaimed US graffiti writers exploring the difference of creating work in a studio setting rather than on the streets. These artists will demonstrate both their level of talent & ability […]

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  • Slow Remembrance: A Photography Showing by April Martin

    • Opening Night Reception-August 2, 2019 Art Sanctuary Gallery 1433 S Shelby Street Louisville KY 40217 502-386-7114 (showings by appointment) The silence that lives in between the lines of a poem. The hollowness of the sound of a broken heart in the morning. The laughter of a small child cascading in the air. The slow remembrance […]

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  • In the Hot Seat Poetry Circle at KMAC Museum

    • In the Hot Seat Poetry Circle Fri 6:30 PM · KMAC Museum As an extension of In the Hot Seat, KMAC Museum invites you to share original poetry inspired by the exhibition’s themes during August’s First Friday Hop. Participants will sit in a circle of chairs and take turns reading work related to any of the following […]

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  • KMAC Museum Receives Highest National Recognition

    • KMAC Museum has achieved the highest national recognition afforded to American museums by becoming the seventh accredited institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  This designation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, only 1070 are currently accredited. Accreditation is a […]

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  • Flora and Fauna Garden Gallery on South 4th Street

    • A pop-up garden takes over the sidewalk on 4th St. According to Karen Welch, when she put a bird feeder in the space, the birds spread the seeds and plants began popping up. Karen Welch’s garden sits at 4th and Chestnut. It’s a pretty good size oasis carved out of the concrete sidewalk. She owns […]

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  • MIND RIVERS: HAWK ALFREDSON at Craft(s) Gallery & Mercantile

    • ARTIST RECEPTION AUGUST 2ND FROM 6-9PM MIND RIVERS: HAWK ALFREDSON Karen Welch and David McGuire cordially invite you to the opening reception of Mind Rivers, Kentucky’s first solo showing of the work of Hawk Alfredson. Living outside his native homeland of Sweden for over two decades, Hawk has maintained an unmistakable Northern-European quality to the tone and […]

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  • First Friday Fortunes at The Limbo

    • First Friday Fortunes  by The Limbo on the Republic Bank First Friday Hop Every first Friday of the month, Regan Wann will be at The Limbo reading tarot. She has two options for you: a card of the day ($5) or a 3 card spread ($10).

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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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  • 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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  • Walking, shopping and Dog Friendly places for pups in Louisville

    • — Dog-Friendly Food and Drinks in Louisville — Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in NuLu Merle’s Whisky Kitchen in Whiskey Row Bristol Bar and Grille – Downtown Garage Bar in NuLu Akasha Brewing Co. in NuLu Grind Burger Kitchen in NuLu Louisville Beer Store in NuLu BBC on 4th Steet Los Aztecas on Main […]

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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 – “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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  • ALT at Revelry Gallery

    • Revelry Gallery is launching a new conceptual group show opening July 20th, 7-10pm, titled ALT (alternative). ALT will feature work made out of alternative materials ranging from large installations to miniature creations. The artists have picked eclectic materials such as books, Exacto blades, origami, straws and more. Each piece will be a unique sculptural or two-dimensional work made from unexpected materials that have a purpose or […]

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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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  • ZECK featuring Suzi Zimmerer, Juli Edberg, Nancy Currier, and Keith Kleespies at PYRO

    • ZECK featuring Suzi Zimmerer, Juli Edberg, Nancy Currier, and Keith Kleespies Show dates: August 1 – September 7, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 6-9 p.m. Gallery Talk: Sunday, August 4, 1 p.m. Unexpected, infectious, idiosyncratic, and fun –that’s ZECK.   Suzi Zimmerer:  Not many of us are old enough to recall the name of Marian Etz, the actress and singer who, hailed for […]

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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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  • Cardinal Moments’ at Swanson Contemporary

    • Cardinal Moments’ Swanson Contemporary Free  |  6-8:30 p.m. Organizers for this new art exhibit call the Ohio Valley “the muffin top of the Bible Belt” — “not quite the south, not quite the north.” “Cardinal Moments” explores themes important to this in-between area, including post-industrial suburbia, capitalism, conspiracy theory and more. It’s opening reception is […]

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