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 November 3rd:

  • 150th ceremony  and time capsule sealing in the restaurant space
  • Liverpool (Beatles cover band)
  • 40+ pottery vendors featuring Mark Gordon, Dan Finch & students of Finch
  • Carriage Rides
  • Local food truck
  • Bounce Houses in the courtyard
  • Star Gazing in the museum courtyard

Children’s Museum:

  • FREE admission featuring new exhibit, Ocean Bound
  • Live Music: Tim & Susan Wells
  • Kid’s activities
  • Rocky Mount Wildlife Rehabbers
  • Planetarium Show: Incoming! & Stargazing at 7 pm
  • Lasershow: Laser Michael Jackson  at 8 pm
  • Braswell Memorial Pop-Up Library
  • Nash Community College
  • Meet naturalist, Tom Stutz
  • Pottery Vendors

Art Center:

  • Live Music
  • Photo Booth
  • Pottery Sales
  • Gallery Sketching
  • Pottery Vendors

Main Lobby:

  • Live Music: Liverpool (beatles cover band)
  • Pottery vendors
  • Art Ed information booth
  • Art Activity: Spring Flower Making
  • Art Activity: Mixed Media Spring Landscapes


  • No Shame open mic at 7 PM (main theatre)

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