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 May 5th:

  • Live Chalk Drawing by Terrance Moore
  • FREE admission to the Children’s Museum and Planetarium
  • Local Vendors
  • Local food vendor: Six Smokin’ Bones
  • Register for Tackle the Tar
  • Bounce Houses in the courtyard
  • Movie: Zootopia showing in the courtyard at 8:30PM
  • Star Gazing in the museum courtyard

Children’s Museum:

  • Flow Circus Science Play Station
  • Playwell Teknologies Lego Engineering
  • 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

Art Center:

  • Program with Durham Jazz Renaissance Foundation: Live Jazz featuring Master Traxx
  • Photo Booth
  • Hot chocolate and cookies
  • Seed Bomb station (gardening craft)
  • Gallery Sketching

Main Lobby:

  • Local vendors
  • Art Ed information booth
  • Art Activity: Spring Flower Making
  • Art Activity: Mixed Media Spring Landscapes


  • No Shame open mic at 7 PM (restaurant space)

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