The Final Friday Art Crawl has been an ongoing free event in Wichita for years and years. As the name implies, it has always been held on the last Friday of each month.
The Art Crawl allows the public to enjoy art and light refreshments at art galleries, museums, restaurants, and other venues all over Wichita.
Other cities also have monthly art crawls, and over the years a tradition has developed of doing them on first Fridays. Now Wichita has too!
The monthly event is a grassroots effort directed by artists and galleries with no overseeing organization. The majority of galleries wanted the switch.
All participating venues are free and open to the public on First Friday. Hours may vary from location to location, but most are open 7-9 p.m.
You’ll be amazed by the diverse art being made by Wichitans, and you might be surprised at how many galleries we have and how active the arts community is in Wichita.
Of course, if you see something you love, buy it if you can! You’ll be purchasing directly from the artist, and in most cases, your new art piece will be one-of-a-kind.
A lot of the action happens in and around downtown, and that’s a good starting place when you’re looking for something to do on First Friday in Wichita.
You can park near one of the participating venues, then hop the Q-line trolley (free) to go pretty much from one end of Douglas to another through downtown, Delano, and the Douglas Design District. The shuttle is available on Friday nights from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
There are other First Friday locations outside of the downtown area, which often include the Wichita State University student center, Newman University’s Steckline Gallery, and Friends University Riney Fine Arts Center, to name a few.
Wichita First Friday Events
To find a map of all participating First Friday venues and Q-line stops, visit the the Downtown Wichita website here.
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