THIS WEEK: Friday, March 1st, 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:

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

Opening in January 2024, 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.

First Fridays Underground
5PM-12AM at The Basement

The Basement offers FREE admission on First Fridays in the Richmond Arts District and features an open gallery, a bar, live music, and burlesque performances.


  • Opening Reception at Anne’s Visual Art Studio Gallery / 6-9PM
  • “Offering” in conjunction with NCECA at Gallery5 / 5-11PM
  • Evidence That We’re Still Here at 1708 Gallery / 5-9PM
  • Cross Contour at Art 180’s Atlas Gallery / 5-8PM
  • Westwood Community First Friday Exhibit at Hanbury / 5-8PM
  • Riot Riot Riot: Neither Here Nor There Opening at Black Iris / 5PM-2AM
  • Meet & Greet: Jowarnise at Urban Hang Suite hosted by The Art Seen / 5-8PM
  • Featured Artist of the Month: Wade Mickley at Supply / Open until 9PM
  • “Best In Show” Exhibit at Quirk Gallery / Open late
  • “All Cities Are Beautiful” Photography by Ty Bowers / 4-9PM
  • New art show and local vendors at Circle Thrift / Open late


  • Karaoke & Stuff at CNTR / 6-10PM
  • First Friday at Charged Up Flagship Store / 6-10PM

& More!

  • First Fridays Party with DJ Adapt at Hive Bar & Grill / 5PM-2AM
  • First Friday Super Sampler at Coalition Theater / 7:30PM
  • “Before There Was Any History There Was Black History” The Kemetic Collection at Elegba Folklore Society / 5-9PM
  • Taste Test at Oddbird / 5-8PM



Sponsored by The Valentine, The 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
  • Gallery5
  • ICA at VCU
  • Elegba Folklore Society
  • Broad & 6th

Discover 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:

$10 OFF Parking
Sponsored by RPAA and CityParking

Find discounted parking rates at the parking lot behind the Dominion Energy Center, located at Broad & 6th Street.

Use CODE: FFMAR24 at the parking kiosk (code not valid through app). 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).