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.


2018 DATES

May 4
June 1
July 6
August 3
September 7

Galleries & Official Stops

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

City Without Walls • 12pm - 6pm

    City Without Walls is an urban gallery of emerging art that advances the careers of artists while building the audience for contemporary art.
The Weekend Spot • 5pm - 6pm
    The Weekend Spot Restaurant is a family owned and operated restaurant serving Authentic Ricosoul Cuisine.
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!
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.
Freetown Cafe • 7pm - 9pm
    Lively up your senses with our African twist to classic café fare. Rich coffee and fresh juices perfectly balanced with made to order salads and sandwhiches.
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.
The Painters Palette • 10am - 10pm
    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.
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...

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Best vendors and shops in the area.

Local favorites from art, to watering holes, to food!

Sponsorship & Crowdfund

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

Missed crowdfunding campaign and still want to help reach our funding goal? More info on how to help us close the gap on our goal coming soon.

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

LOCAL Business Sponsor

Special Thanks To


$750 in matching funds!
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.


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