First Friday in Vermont
August 3, 2018
Friday, August 3 is First Friday in Vermont. Throughout the state, towns and cities host events where visitors can visit galleries, hear live music and participate in Vermont’s incredible art scene.
Here are some highlights:
August’s First Friday in Bennington kicks off Bennington Arts Weekend, which continues on Saturday and Sunday with the Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival at Camelot Village and the North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show.
From July to October, the Better Bennington Corporation produces an art and activity-filled First Friday event in Downtown Bennington, 5-8PM. The Art Walk features work by area artists in stores, restaurants, and galleries. There’s also live music, retailer specials and special events, a gallery tour, and more! First Friday Programs are available at the Better Bennington Welcome Center at 215 South Street and at participating venues. Visit Better Bennington’s website, www.betterbennington.org, for more information.
Brattleboro’s monthly First Friday celebration of the arts offers 30 to 40 exhibit openings at galleries, eateries, and other venues in the downtown and a few satellite locations nearby. Many offer meet-the-artist receptions, some with refreshments, and a few present live music. Visit the Walk website for a map and complete listings with examples of the art on display as well as feature articles for the month; a printed version of the Walk guide is available at all venues, a number of other downtown locations, the I-91 Welcome Center, and many local lodging options. Official Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30, but many venues are open earlier, and a few remain open later. Most exhibits run all month long; see listings for more details and venue contact information.
White River Junction
First Fridays are a regular, ongoing series of events each month in White River Junction. Musical events happen all over town, most starting at 5:30. Many galleries and art venues are open as well, including Lampscapes, Zollikoffer Gallery at the Hotel Coolidge, Northern Stage, the Main Street Museum, Steven Thomas, Inc., and many more along South Main Street and Gates Street.
First Friday Art
First Friday Art is a monthly, community-wide event where dozens of art venues across Burlington host openings, exhibitions, and happenings. The event is free and open to anyone. Most venues are open from 5-8PM, but some are open earlier or later. Art Map Burlington is the official guide to First Friday Art, pick up your copy around town. (image above: Maddie’s Meadow by Judy Hawkins (24″x30″; oil on canvas) at City Hall Gallery)