May First Fridays Event Round-up

This Friday, May 5th, First Fridays in the Arts District is back to celebrate the Richmond Arts District with happy hour specials, store and sidewalk sales, vendor markers, opening exhibits, live performances, community celebrations & more throughout the Arts District’s galleries, restaurants, and shops. Here are just a few events to check out this Friday, May 5th:

  • Optical Configurations by Clay McGlamory at Hanbury / 5-8PM
  • Pairos presents Jordan Bruner’s paintings: “Wild Women in the Wild” at Black Iris Gallery
  • Xochitl Gutierrez en existencia: A Retrospective at Circle Thrift & Art Space
  • Chris Milk Cut-out Critters and Closing Reception at Quirk Gallery
  • Between Floods: A James River Art Show Opening at Gallery5 / Starts at 5PM
  • The Easel: A Retrospective Exhibition at ART 180’s Atlas Gallery / 5-8PM
  • Earth Blossom at 1708 Gallery Opening Reception / 5-9PM
  • VCUarts Interior Design Open Studio at MOB Studio / 6-8PM
  • Art Show & BYOB Party at Supply / 7-10:30PM
  • Butterpop Art at The Brickhouse RVA / 5-9PM
  • Breaking Ground exhibition at Visual Art Studio Gallery
  • Antennae Gallery Open Studio / 5-11PM
  • Wanderlust by Chris Pavlik opening at The Ada Gallery
  • Spring Cleaning Yard Sale at Candela Gallery
  • First Fridays Closing Reception at Quirk Gallery / 5-8PM


  • Cameron Ralston & Daniel Clarke at Quirk’s Lobby Bar / 4:30-7PM
  • The Home Grown Music Showcase at 4 Cyber Cafe / 6PM
  • Free Salsa Lessons & Latin Dancing at Juan’s Cantina & Rooftop / 8:30PM
  • First Friday at Vagabond


  • Richmond Moon Market at Gallery5 / 5-10PM
  • First Friday Makers Market at Unkindness Art / 5-9PM
  • Art Walk Vendor Fair at Kinky Cardio / 6-9PM
  • Community Youth Pop-up at Nurturing Minds / 5-8PM


  • Flash Pop-up at Charged Up
  • First Friday Jam & Sale at Metro Sound & Music
  • In-store Specials at Mod & Soul / Open until 8PM
  • Free $25 gift certificate with purchases at Verdalina / 5-7:30PM
  • Another Adult Crash exhibit opening at Vinyl Conflict

& More!

    • First Friday at FIELD / 5-8PM / Featuring local artists Mary Fleming, Studio & Kevin Sabo
    • Memoria: A Film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul screening / 6PM
    • RIFF Poster Contest at The MSQ Shop / 6PM
    • Cinco de Mayo Block Party at  Juans Rooftop & Cantina, Switch Pop-Up & Wok this Way
    • First Fridays Improv Sampler at Coalition Theater / 6:30PM
    • Plant and Flower Stories by Plant Pop at Rushing Blooms
    • Food & Wine tasting at ICA Shop & Cafe
    • Free Five Minute Street Style at Parlor Salon / 6PM – Sunset

Find the May First Fridays Google Map Here!

Don’t forget to check out Manchester Manifest and their first event of the 2022 season south of the river!