Last Fridays occur on the last Friday of every month, April - September, 6-9 PM in historic Hillsborough! Activities will span both the downtown area and Nash Street's West End. We encourage patrons to come out for dinner, catch some entertainment, shop, explore the Art Walk, and safely circulate around the beautiful, Hillsborough community! 

*We require social distancing at all HAC events and programs. We ask that every participant prioritize your safety and the safety of others. Be sure to bring your mask and wear it indoors at all times unless otherwise instructed. If you feel sick, stay home. Maintaining low infection rates will keep Last Fridays going strong! Thank you!


MAY 2021

What to expect in


by the Living Arts Collective

6-9 PM at River Park

Drumming, live painting, dancing, and creative arts!

The event is FREE, but registration is required prior to participation: 


To learn more, visit: www.livingartscollective.com/dancewave!

Open + Free

Family Painting for Kids!

Join the Living Arts Collective for a Family Painting Workshop, painting on rocks, paper, and leaves, lead by Jahde Justad Art!

6-7:30 PM at River Park

Poetry "Prose" Showcase!

Tom Stevens Gallery: 6:15 - 7:00 PM

Margaret Lane Gallery: 7:15 - 8:00 PM

Yonder: 8:15 - 9:00 PM

Gary Phillips - Former  Poet laureate at Town of Carrboro, NC


Elliot Axiom - Host/Radio Personality at Soulstice Lounge Radio/103.5 FM

Main Man - Poet/Writer/SpokenWord Artist and works at Radio Talk Show Host at Radio Unfriendly

Your host is William Davis, Hillsborough's 2016-2018 Poet Laureate, and while the other poets are sharing their work, he'll be typing up poems for patrons to take home. Offer William your most inspiring word to see what he comes up with!

*The Poetry "Prose" Showcase is brought to you in part by your local, State Farm agent, Annie Burton!


Music Downtown!

Penny's Bend

The Colonial Inn

5-7:30 PM

Brandy Rambles & DJ Please


6-8 PM

Tramaine & the

Hillsborough High-Toppers

(Grace Camblos - guitar, banjo, vocals; Greg Hanson - fiddle and vocals; Tim Wells - fiddle, banjo, vocals)

Margaret Lane Gallery

6:00-8:30 PM 

Music On West End!

Tyler Henderson & Griffin Ross
Mobile Stage in

Nash Street parking lot

6-8 PM

Find Tyler Henderson and Griffin Ross on the Mobile Stage in the parking lot across from Nash Street Tavern, Whits Frozen Custard, Hillsborough BBQ, and Napoli Pizzeria


Make a night of it, and bring a chair or a blanket, grab some BBQ, a slice, or a cup of custard, and enjoy the tunes before you head into the tavern for a cold one!

Circus Performers!

TBD - Details Coming Soon

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Please Note - Due to COVID-19, some venues will have capacity restrictions and may not be operating during all of their usual business hours. Please be sure to visit venue websites, linked below, or call ahead to confirm openings and availability or to schedule an appointment before your visit! 


Interactive map, click pins for information on Last Fridays Art Walk Venues

February - November

6:00 - 9:00 PM

February 26

March 26

April 30

May 28

June 25

July 30

August 27

September 24

October 29

November 26

Last Fridays Art Walk happens rain or shine!



Hillsborough Arts Council

Gallery & Gift Shop

102 North Churton Street

(919) 643-2500
Tues - Sun, 12-4 pm

*Open 6-9 pm Last Fridays!*

Committed to providing a unique shopping experience in downtown Historic Hillsborough, the Gallery offers a venue for emerging and mid-career artists to exhibit and sell their work. In addition, HAC's Gift Shop offers a beautiful and varied selection of well-priced gift items: wood, pottery, glass, fiber, note cards, jewelry, metalwork, birdhouses, calendars, art prints, linens and hand-painted silk scarves. 



C3 Hillsborough

128 North Churton Street


*Open for Last Fridays

starting in March!*

Stop by C3, Hillsborough's co-working space, to see wonderful artwork created during this year's Garden Tour that took place in 12 locations around Hillsborough on May 17th. The art is for sale, and the artists will receive 100% of the proceeds.


Bull City Music School

121 North Churton Street, 1C

(919) 423-5701

Mon - Fri, 1-7 pm

Bull City Music School is committed to providing quality music and student centered instruction, performance opportunities and music career preparation.

A full-service music school offering private and group instruction for piano, guitar, violin, cello, voice, flute and drums, xylophone. Also offering preschool and homeschool music classes.




Hillsborough Gallery of Arts

121 North Churton Street

(919) 732-5001

Wed - Sat, 10-6 pm

Tues & Sun, 12-4 pm

*Gallery Open for Last Friday from 10am to 9pm*

Mixed metal jewelry by Nell Chandler, hand-made functional pottery by Evelyn Ward, and expressive contemporary paintings by Michele Yellin. In the gallery and online May 28th through June 20th. HGA is owned by 21 local artists featuring painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, wood, pottery, and textiles.


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Orange County Arts Commission. (funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.) We also thank Orange County Emergency Small Business Funding Program.


Hillsborough Artists Cooperative &

The Skylight Gallery

102 West King Street

(919) 619-8129

*Open 6-9pm for Last Fridays!*

The Hillsborough Artists Cooperative, founded in 1992, is upstairs over Antonia's restaurant. Studio artists are Jennifer E Miller, Andrea DeGette, Jacquelin Liggins, RobertaWallace, Jayne Bomberg and Tom Guthrie (The Studio of Collective Effervescence), Nan Kuney, Lauri Daughtry, and Crystal Hardt.


Yonder: Southern Cocktails and Brew

114 West King Street

*Open from 4 pm,

Humans of Hillsborough and Beyond! Scoot your boots over to Yonder 6-8 on Last Friday 5/28 to enjoy the countrypolitan sounds of Certain Seas Presents: Brandy Rambles! It will be A Night To Remember with the added pleasure of DJ Please twisting his turntable around vinyl obscurities in a country/folk/ secret stuff vein... See you there!


Featuring art installation by Natalia Torres del Valle





Thomas Stevens Gallery/Studio 42

126 West King Street

(919) 360-2249

*Open for Last Fridays or by appointment*

Thomas Stevens Gallery presents a variety of works by artist, bricoleur, and mayor Tom Stevens!

The gallery is still under renovation, but the artist's new upstairs studio and exhibition space will be open for visitors, featuring distinctive local landscapes and evocative figure works as well as works in progress. Up the red stairs to Studio 42.


Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston*

106 South Churton Street, Suite 100

(919) 732-6101
*Open for Last Friday*

​Artist work will be displayed and artist will hold a reception with refreshments of their choosing!



The Paynter Law Firm

106 South Churton Street, Suite 200

(919) 245-3116

*Open for Last Friday*

​Artist work will be displayed and artist will hold a reception with refreshments of their choosing!






Margaret Lane Gallery

121 West Margaret Lane

(919) 296-8938

Open Wed - Sun (see website for details) and *until 9 pm on Last Fridays!*

As well as live music and spoken word, MLG will have the following exhibits:


Opening for On the Road, Again -- Road trip! We celebrate the re-opening of the country with images about going and destinations. Work by local artists. 


Reception for Land of Imagination -- Explore a new world of digital art. Michi and Kevin create fantastical beings and landscapes that illustrate the range and power of the digital medium.


Many of the artists with work in the Gallery will be on hand, ready to engage in informal conversation about their work, and art in general


Orange County Historical Museum

201 N Churton Street

(919) 732-2201

Call ahead or click here for booking.

Located in Historic Hillsborough, the Orange County Historical Museum features artifacts that tell the story of Orange County, NC from early indigenous people through the twentieth century.

Come check out their latest exhibit, "Date Night: Orange County Fashion, Food, Music & Fun" and participate in some special activities related to the exhibit!

Get your date night on, y'all!


The Hillsborough Visitors Center

150 E King Street

(919) 732-7741

Wed - Sat, 10-4 pm

Sun, 12-4 pm

and *until 9 pm for Last Fridays!*

The Hillsborough Visitors Center operates from the Alexander Dickson House, late-18th century Quaker-plan house. The site includes an office used by Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and an 18th and 19th century medicinal and herbal garden. The Visitor's Center is FREE and open to the public!