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 March 2nd:

  • Wolfgang A Cappella: 6:30 & 7:30 Performance
  • Local food truck
  • Blacksmith Demonstration

Children’s Museum:

  • FREE admission featuring Dinosaur Revolution
  • Kid’s activities
  • Puppet Show: “The Little Engine that Could” at 6:15 and 6:45 PM.
  • Rocky Mount Wildlife Rehabbers
  • Planetarium Show at 7 pm – Dinosaurs at Dusk
  • Lasershow at 8 pm – Laser Michael Jackson
  • Braswell Memorial Pop-Up Library
  • Meet naturalist, Tom Stutz
  • Athletics Information Table

Art Center:

  • Live Music featuring Lakota John & Kin
  • Conversation with the Artist: Karen Healy @ 7:00pm & 8:00pm
  • Photo Booth
  • Gallery Sketching
  • Craft
  • Hot Cocoa & Cookies

Main Lobby:

  • Crafts
  • Vendors
  • Info table
  • Clay Demonstation
  • Printmaking Demonstration


  • Public Star Party with the Tar River Astronomy Club from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


  • Disney’s Little Mermaid (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.

More information can be found on the Young Professionals’ facebook page.

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