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ACADEMY CENTER OF THE ARTS

600 Main Street  |  5PM - 8PM

THE ANN WHITE ACADEMY GALLERY 

Mary Jane Oliver Hubbard  |  “Currents of the Spirit”  |  Pen & Ink Drawings

UP FRONT GALLERY

Charles Worsham  |  Graphite Drawings
6th Annual "Battle of the Bowls"  |  To Benefit Amherst High School Pottery Program

ARTS & EDUCATION LOBBY

Siobhan Byrns  |  Tin Types  

MUSIC: Frederick Hodges & Martin Spitznagel, Ragtime Piano       CATERING: Peakland Catering

This event is free and family-friendly.


first unitarian church

818 Court Street  |  5PM - 8PM

VEGGIE VITTLES  

This new initiative to help residents learn more about vegetarian and vegan cooking—will include free food tastings!

"With chilly weather about to set in, the October menu will include some recipes to warm up with: Fresh Corn Chowder, Tomato Soup, Carrot-Ginger-Caper Salad, and artisan bread with bean or hummus spread. We will also have the recipes available for visitors to take home and try in their own kitchen. Come sample this month’s tasty selections and learn more about a plant-based diet!"

This event is free and family-friendly.


LIVE MUSIC

9th & Commerce Streets  |  5:30PM - 7PM

JENNY AND THE B-SIDE ROCKERS  

Enjoy some rockabilly music on the streets of Downtown Lynchburg!


lynchburg diversity center

901 Jefferson Street, Suite 201  |  5:30PM - 8PM

ANNUAL CASH & CARRY ART SHOW

This show will feature affordably priced art donated by well-known, talented, local artists in celebration of Virginia Pride. All works will be priced $50 and under; 100% of the proceeds will go to the LDC to support the local LGBTQ+ community. 

This event is free and family-friendly.


LYNCHBURG LIBRARY DOWNTOWN BRANCH

City Hall  |  900 Church Street  |  2PM - 8PM

BOOK SALE BONANZA

Browse used books, CDs, and DVDs. Get some great deals at the Lynchburg Downtown Branch Library’s Book Sale! Hardback books will sell for $1, paperback books for $.50, and magazines for $.10. 

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the  Lynchburg Public Library.


LYNCHBURG MUSEUM

901 Court Street  |  5PM - 8PM

DIUGUID EXHIBIT: Celebrating 200 years!

This month, the Museum will exhibit artifacts commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Diuguid Funeral Service and Crematory. Founded in 1817 by Sampson Diuguid, the company originally started out making hand carved furniture. From his reputation as a fine furniture maker, he began to receive commissions to make caskets. In 1820, he conducted 20 funerals and in 1827 he purchased the lot at 616 Main Street which became the home of Diuguid Funeral Service until 1933. It remains the oldest funeral home in Virginia and the second oldest in the United States.

Included in the display will be a church trunk, reposing table, embalming kit, historic photographs, and paintings by Mary Diuguid among other items. 

This event is free and family-friendly.


THE PATRIOTIC PEACOCK

1210 Main Street  

GALLERY & CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

With extended hours until 8PM, enjoy boutique clothing shopping at 20% off your purchase during First Fridays! View beautiful art throughout the space, or take part in a "Paint & Sip" style class beginning at 6:30PM. 

Class is recommended for ages 14+; $30/person. Register here in advance. 


RA BISTRO

1344 Main Street  | open until 12AM

FIRST FRIDAYS DRINK SPECIALS

Enjoy appetizer specials along with these drink specials: Blue Hawaii Martini, $2 Tapout Specials (Lion's Head Pilsner & Vienna Lager), and $5 glasses of house red and white wine.

These specials are available until 9PM.


riverviews artspace

901 Jefferson Street  |  6PM - 8PM

SLIDESHOW CLOWN EXTRAVAGANZA: Pop-up Exhibition

See live Shriner Clowns at this tongue-in-cheek exhibit. Throughout history, notable artists have found inspiration in the circus aesthetic, more interestingly the character of clowns. View these interpretations through the work of over 25 artists with 2D and 3D mediums in Suite 109, on the First Floor of Riverviews Artspace.

LIVE MUSIC: Honeybrandy with special guest Oahu  |  Free  |  cash bar available

Help Honeybrandy celebrate the release of their debut LP, "Deaf Sharp" with a special set in the Rosel Schewel Theater at Riverviews Artspace.

Purchase the Album and enjoy Q & A with the band afterward at Speakertree Records across the hall.

PACIFIQUE NIYONSENGA: Pop-up Exhibition  |  African Contemporary Art

Niyonsenga founded the Niyo Cultural Centre in Kigali, Rwanda, an arts organization that helps local impoverished children learn about the arts. The Centre teaches traditional drumming, dancing, painting and singing. These programs are funded by donations and art sales. Artwork done by Niyonsenga and handmade cloths will be on display and for sale in G9, on the Ground Floor in Riverviews Artspace. 

These events are free and family-friendly.


vector space

402 5th Street  |  5PM - 8PM

TECH TAKE APART

Are you constantly taking things apart to see how they work? If so, join Vector Space for "Tech Take Apart", where you can tinker and destroy to your heart's content. They will have tools and members there to guide you as you take apart old printers and copier machines. Find out how these machines work, and brainstorm what you could make with the disassembled parts. 

This event is free and family-friendly.


THE WHITE HART CAFÉ

1208 Main Street  |  6PM - 9PM

OPEN MIC NIGHT

Perform or just watch! The stage is open for you: find music, poetry, and more.

Sign-ups begin at 5:30PM. Artists must provide their own instruments and materials for the night. 

This event is free and family-friendly.


ADDITIONAL FIRST FRIDAYS EVENTS OUTSIDE DOWNTOWN LYNCHBURG


Lynchburg Art Club

1101 Rivermont Avenue  |  5PM - 8PM

OPENING EXHIBITS: George Dawson, Annette Kinsey, & M.L. Sutter

George Dawson has lived in Lynchburg since 1980. Today he paints in both oil and water-based media. While interested in art throughout his life, his art experience was sporadic and limited. Now in retirement, Dawson says, "art has has allowed me to explore new ideas and emotional connections. Working in different mediums and with diverse subject matter has been part of that experience. As a relatively “young” artist, I am not focused on developing a recognizable “style” or signature – but more interested in exploration. My hope is that the paintings included in this exhibition express that sense of exploration and trigger emotion."

Annette Kinsey began her training in Commercial Art curriculum at Central Virginia Community College. She later evolved from soft and oil pastels to oils. Kinsey shares: “In art you are the creator of the question, and ultimately, the one who has to answer it to your satisfaction. Of course you learn from others on the journey but in the end, your finished work has to answer YOUR question.”

M.L. Sutter is a contemporary abstract resin artist. Self–taught, she began painting in her mid-twenties as a means to express her love for nature and fantasy. She enjoys trying new mediums and varied techniques. She has lived in Philadelphia, Northern Virginia, Scottsdale, Arizona and is currently residing in Lynchburg, Virginia. "My work doesn’t always reference recognizable forms, and so the viewer’s impressions are open to an interpretation that is both multifaceted and unique to each person."

This event is free and family-friendly.