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 December 1st:

  • Lighting of the Imperial Centre at 6 PM
  • Santa
  • Carriage Rides
  • Local food truck
  • Bounce Houses & SNOW in the courtyard

Children’s Museum:

  • FREE admission featuring new exhibit, Ocean Bound
  • Chris “JuggleBoy” Fowler – magic and juggling program at 6:30
  • Kid’s activities
  • Rocky Mount Wildlife Rehabbers
  • Planetarium Show: Season of Light at 7 pm
  • Lasershow: Laser Holiday  at 8 pm
  • Braswell Memorial Pop-Up Library
  • Meet naturalist, Tom Stutz

Art Center:

  • Live Music
  • Photo Booth
  • Gallery Sketching
  • Craft
  • Hot Cocoa & Cookies

Main Lobby:

  • Snow 6 PM, 6:30 PM, 7 PM, 7:30 PM, 8 PM, 8:30 PM
  • Crafts
  • Vendors
  • Info table
  • Clay demo with Grace Joyner
  • Dance USA performance
  • Quilt guild table and demo
  • Wire Sculpture Art Activity


  • Charlie Brown Christmas & 49th annual Christmas Chorus. (Ticket purchase required).

 NEW! Booker T Theatre:

The Imperial Centre is excited to announce the expansion of the First Friday series to Booker T Theatre. Young Professionals of the Twin Counties  will be an event from 6-9 PM. More information can be found on the Young Professionals’ facebook page.



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