Happy third birthday to First Friday!

Albany’s First Friday arts walk celebrates its third anniversary on Friday, September 4.

And according to First Friday coordinator Michael Weidrich, the executive director of the Lark Street Business Improvement District, the free monthly arts event has become a rousing success.

Sponsored by the Upstate Artists Guild, the little arts night that was launched with just three galleries in the Lark Street area has grown enormously in three short years. Here are the numbers that Weidrich has come up with:

3 years
36 consecutive 1st Fridays
130 unique venues
1,000 shows
50,000 people

So come on out on Friday to see and hear and taste what’s going on around the Nippertown arts scene.

And don’t forget to cap off your First Friday stroll with a stop at Tess’ Lark Tavern. Proceeds from Tess’ will benefit the MarketPlace Gallery (also known as the Contompasis Gallery), which was the victim of a fire last month.

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