THIS WEEK: Friday, April 5th, First Fridays in the Arts District is back to celebrate the Richmond Arts District with happy hour specials, store and sidewalk sales, vendor markets, opening exhibits, live performances, community celebrations & more throughout the Arts District’s galleries, restaurants, and shops.

Here are just a few of the events you’ll find at First Fridays in the Richmond Arts District:

Moving Mountains Grand Opening Party
5-9PM at 20 E. Broad Street

Celebrate the Richmond Arts District’s newest tattoo shop and storefront! There will be a raffle for a FREE tattoo, games and a Mystics Markets vendor market all happening during April 5th’s First Fridays in the Richmond Arts District!

PLF’s PyroCircus
5-10PM at Gallery5

The PLF PyroCircus returns to Gallery5 for their first event of the year featuring DJ entertainment (begins at 5PM) and fire performances (starts at 7PM).

Sculpting History at the Valentine Studio: Art, Power, and the “Lost Cause” American Myth
Open until 9PM at The Valentine 

Sculpting History uses artworks sculpted by Edward Valentine as well as documents, objects, images, quotations, and questions to connect the Lost Cause myth to today. A powerful multimedia presentation reveals links between the Lost Cause campaign, Edward Valentine, and Richmond’s monuments. Guests are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences and share their vision of the future.


  • Got Game? at Anne’s Visual Art Studio Gallery / 6-9PM
  • Botanical Bodies at Gallery5 / 5-10PM
  • The Easel: A Retrospective Exhibition at Art 180’s Atlas Gallery / 5-8PM
  • Phygital Fabrication by Nero Chenxuan He at Hanbury / 5-8PM
  • Josh Stover: Shop Happily Paintings & Party at Odd Bird / Starts at 6PM
  • The Night Owl: The Universe Provides at Black Iris / 6-9PM
  • Artist Showcase: Jawarnise at Urban Hang Suite / 6-8PM
  • Multiple Exhibits at ICA at VCU / Open late
  • Open Studio at Antennae Gallery / Open late
  • Artist Market, Acoustic Music, and a Pistachio Affogato special at Alchemy Coffee / Open late
  • Vesseled at The Brickhouse RVA / 5-8PM
  • mob job at mOb studiO / 6-8PM


  • Burl Faircloth & Al Lupo at The Basement / 7PM-12AM

& More!

  • First Friday Super Sampler at Coalition Theater / 7:30PM
  • Local & Sustainable Goods at Virginia Mercantile / Open until 9PM
  • “Before There Was Any History There Was Black History” The Kemetic Collection at Elegba Folklore Society / 5-9PM
  • Richmond Resource Fair at 217 W. Grace Street / 5-9PM
  • Movie Night: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with a Sorting Hat Ceremony and Harry Potter Trivia at CNTR / 7-10PM
  • Wild Hearts Club Grand Opening at 404 W. Broad Street / Open all day and late
  • Embrace Fashion Show at 6 E. Broad Street / 7PM
  • Polly’s Press at Rushing Blooms / 5-9PM
  • RVA Moon Market Block Party / Starts at 5PM
Sponsored by The ValentineThe Love Bus is a free shuttle that runs during the March, April and May First Fridays in the Richmond Arts District!The Love Bus Shuttle Route & Stops:
The Valentine
Elegba Folklore Society
Broad & 6thDiscover more and spread the love to the entire Richmond Arts District and enjoy late night hours at the Valentine until 9PM!Shuttle runs about every 20 minutes and will be running between 5-9PM.
The GRTC Pulse and public transit are FREE.
Plan your route, find bus schedules and pick your stop here.Parking Lots and Decks for First Fridays:

Sponsored by RPAA and CityParking
623 E. Broad Street (behind Dominion Energy Center

Use code: FFAPR24 at the parking kiosks located on the corners of 6th and 7th Streets. Locations:
107 N. 2nd Street: $3.50 for 2 hours
5th & Marshall Street Parking Deck: $5/hour
429 E. Broad Street: $5/hour

CityParking Inc. Locations:
2nd & Marshall Lot (Lot 200) at 401 N. 2nd Street: $2.75
Adams & Grace (Lot 3) at 18 W. Grace Street: $4 for 2 hours
Grace & Madison (Lot 217) at 217 W. Grace Street: $4.25 (1 hour) to $7.75 (4 hours)

On-Street Parking for First Fridays:
Free 2-hour parking can be found along Broad, Grace, Franklin, Marshall and Clay Streets from Belvidere to 5th Streets (don’t forget to check the side streets).