Each month, Newark First Fridays showcases emerging artists, makers, artisan food vendors, musicians, and uniquely talented street performers. Seeking to empower equitable business and exposure to Newark as a complete city.


5pm - 9pm // Military Park, South End at Raymond Blvd

**The Downtown Marketplace (the hub of the festival) and most events are free or at a reduced/affordable admission rate.

Have an event you'd like to promote or concept, idea we can build on, perhaps just wnat to volunteer? Send us an email newarkfirstfridays(@)gmail.com

Galleries & Official Stops

Explore our partners and city monthly. Have an offering? APPLY.

The Painters Palette • 10am - 10pm

    Mention us, $10 off your Paint & Sip on #NewarkFirstFridays! At the Painter's Palette, you can let your imagination soar! Offering paint and sip parties, as well as private painting parties for your personal needs.
The Weekend Spot • 5pm - 6pm
    The Weekend Spot Restaurant is a family owned and operated restaurant serving Authentic Ricosoul Cuisine.
Artifacts of Newark / Index Art Center • 11am - 6pm
    Index Art Center is a non-profit contemporary arts organization dedicated to supporting and promoting visual arts in Newark, NJ.
Newark Print Shop • TBP
    The Newark Print Shop (NPS) is a community fine art printmaking studio in Downtown Newark, NJ. Bringing the fine art of printmaking to Newark since 2012!
Mocha Lounge • 11am - 6pm
    A wonderful, cozy, diverse, and professional meet up space to host your next power move.
Project for Empty Space / Gateway Project Spaces • 11am - 6pm
    A hub for multidisciplinary creative engagement; a highly competitive and curated residency program, a project-based gallery in collaboration with Project For Empty Space, and rentable artist studio/ work spaces.
Burger Walla • 11am - 8pm
    Seeks to be a part of the fabric of the city and the neighborhood we are continuing to build. It is about being a cool spot with fresh and tasty food.
Equal Space • 11am - 6pm
    A unique culture, a positive space; a co-working space for intellectuals, techies & entrepreneurs of NJ.

And MORE...

Official Bike Tour — Monthly

Led by Girls on Bikes + Brick City Bike Collective • Meetup at 5:30

Photo Lunch Party — May 3, National Bike Month

Dolo Foto will take your portrait (3 shots) with up to three backdrops • Noon — 2PM @ Shine Portrait Studio

Favorite FREE Comedy Show, Now Each FIRST FRIDAY

Hosted by Justin Williams • Show Starts at 8PM

Sponsor & Support

Interested in being a sponsor and/or supporter of this special event that aims to attract thousands each month? We welcome your inquiry about sponsoring the event. Please feel free to email us at newarkfirstfridays(@)gmail.com.

Made possible by over 70 individual contributions, including Special Contributors: Ivan Quan, Vincent Randolph, Kathryn Markel, Flisadam Pointer, Andrew Teheran and our August sponsors:

Community Arts Partner

LOCAL Business Sponsor

Special Thanks To

Early supportor, Mayor Ras Baraka and the Office of Special Projects

Brick City Live with $750 in matching funds during our inurgural season!
Over $1700 in 3 days.

Support Newark First Fridays =
Supporting Newark

We strive to be a premier arts experience as the epicenter for the community and guests to come together to celebrate, sustain & support the arts.

Watch Crowdfunding Video Here




Newark First Fridays manages the plaform and market for First Fridays, but each venue curates their own space. If you are interested in exhibiting at a participating gallery/creative space, please contact the venue directly to learn more about their selection process.

To view a list of participating open spaces, click here.



Vending Space: 10'ft x 10'ft' spaces - prices range from $50 to $65, depending the service/product.
*Nonprofits starting at $25.

Registration Opens:

Every Tuesday following Newark First Fridays

Payment Deadlines:

• Vendor fees due two weeks before each Newark First Fridays to be included in monthly marketing campaign
• Vending spaces are assigned on "first come, first reserved" basis

NFFr is for artisans, creatives, food vendors, and makers to sell their work and wares to the community! Click for :

Arts / Makers / Hand-Crafted VendorsFood & Beverage VendorsStaged Performances
Street Performances / Art InstallationsNon-Profit Information & ServicesVOLUNTEER

Have more questions? Check the VENDOR FAQs

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