First FridayJanuary is happening tonight from 6-9 pm in the North Village Arts District (downtown—Walnut street from College to 9th and north to Rogers). Check out all the art and other fun!

January Participating Businesses and Activities include:

  • Dogmaster Distillery
  • Artlandish Gallery – Over 50 Artists works and live music inside Christar, Bluesman Johnny Fox, Anna Soulstice Duff and singer songwriter David Dearnley.
  • Sager Braudis Gallery – Reception for the 2016 Winter Exhibit, including Bowring, Mark Grundy, Joe Marshall, Oscar Mejia, Metra Mitchell, and Joel Sager. Sponsored by True Media. The gallery will be serving wine from Les Bourgeois Vineyards, beer from N.H. Scheppers Distributing Company, and delicious hors d’oeuvres from Happy Food Cookbook, Happy Food Catering, Happie Yoga.
  • Orr Street Studios – Opening reception of David Spear’s exhibit “Temporal Auxilaries”. They will be serving mimosas and featuring live music from BitterRoot.

As part of the national trend, First Friday (FF) is a free art crawl in the North Village Arts District (NVAD) on the first Friday of each month, usually occurring from 6 pm to 9 pm. Galleries, shops, and business will be open with music, art demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments, and much more. The North Village Arts District has loose borders from north to south, are Rogers Street to the alley south of Walnut Street and east to west, College Avenue to 9th Street. Each First Friday will be different, depending on time of year, and other activities happening in the downtown area. A map/guide postcard will be available at the venues. First Fridays are free and open to the public. First Friday in Columbia, an offshoot of Artlandish Gallery’s First Friday event, began in December 2014.

Parking: Check out our new downtown parking guide for the scoop on parking options downtown. As a quick reference, parking garages are free after 6 pm and street parking is free after 7 pm. There is also a permit parking spaces area bordering the Wabash bus station area that is free after 6 pm.

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