First Friday

Held on the first Friday of every month, from November through May, 6 – 9 pm!

Kick off the month with an evening full of activities at the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences. Admission is free with lots of activities for the whole family. Enjoy live music in the art galleries, food trucks, show off your talent during No Shame Open Mic in the theater, activities in the Children’s Museum, planetarium shows and MORE!

Featuring on April 7th:

  • Live music featuring Red Herring 6:30 PM and 8:15 PM in the courtyard.
  • FREE admission to the Children’s Museum and Planetarium
  • Local Vendors
  • Local food vendor: Six Smokin’ Bones
  • Beverage Vendor: Bull Durham Beer Company (w/bottom up filler)
  • Register for Tackle the Tar
  • Bounce Houses in the courtyard

Children’s Museum:

  • New exhibit: Backyard Adventures
  • Mime: Jacob Felder
  • NC Dept of Forestry
  • Kid’s activities
  • Rocky Mount Wildlife Rehabbers
  • Beekeepers
  • Planetarium Show: Incoming! & Spring Stargazing at 7 pm
  • Lasershow: Colors of the World & Laser 101 at 8 pm
  • Braswell Memorial Pop-Up Library
  • Activities led by Nash Community College
  • Puppet Shows at 6:15 and 6:45 PM (Junior Guild)

Art Center:

  • Program with Durham Jazz Renaissance Foundation: Live Jazz featuring Master Traxx
  • Photo Booth
  • Litter Art Show Opening & Reception
  • Hot chocolate and cookies
  • Seed Bomb station (gardening craft)
  • New merchandise in the Gallery Shop
  • Gallery Sketching
  • Live Chalk Drawing by Terrance Moore

Main Lobby:

  • Local vendors
  • Art Ed information booth
  • Interactive art activity
  • USA Dance Demonstrations & info booth (6:30 & 7:30)
  • Artist Demonstration- Comic Illustration with Fenia Guilford


  • No Shame open mic at 7 PM (Booker T)

Featuring in Future Months:


  • Live Music with Durham Jazz Renaissance Foundation
  • Playwell Teknologies
  • Outdoor Movie in the Courtyard: Zootopia
  • Star Gazing
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