Anchorage Downtown Partnership

First Friday: A Day of Art

Surrounded by natural beauty that inspires, Anchorage boasts a thriving and eclectic art scene. Alaskans celebrate that scene on the first Friday of every month with the First Friday Art Walk. Summer sun or winter snow, people make the rounds to local galleries seeking out new talents or viewing old favorites.  





Start the day with a stroll through the Anchorage Museum. Uncover the past of this great state and city with a tour through the historical galleries. Then view works by modern masters from Alaska and around the globe. Kids (and adults) will enjoy the hands-on exhibits at the Imaginarium. Create your own work of art or learn about the science and physics of the world we live in. On the way out the door, stop in the museum gift shop for a vast selection of art to purchase and take home!


Check out the more than 400 pieces of public art in Anchorage. From the “52 Faces” at the corner of Mt. View Drive and Commercial Boulevard to “Transition” in front of the Sullivan Sports Arena. Art is everywhere. In summer, the Alaska Native peoples make and sell their works at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Take home an intricately beaded purse or basket as a reminder of your Alaska vacation.


The First Friday Art Walk is popular with locals and visitors. Meet local artists while nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. Grab a copy of the Anchorage Press publication for a map of participating galleries. Painters, photographers, fiber artists, and others display their work and discuss technique. There is bound to be something that appeals to everyone’s tastes. Wrap up the day with a local brew or cocktail and dessert to savor all the sights you’ve seen.

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