Last Fridays occur on the last Friday of every month, April - November 2021, 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!


Note: Details on this webpage are generally finalized the week before Last Friday. Please check back regularly or follow us on social media to get the most up-to-date event information possible!

*Masks are required indoors and around groups. Please social distance respectively. Please be sure to respect any signage or requests made by businesses to keep yourself and those around you safe. If you feel sick, please stay home. Let's keep Last Fridays going strong!


AUG 2021

What to expect in


by the Living Arts Collective

in Hillsborough's River Park

6-7 PM Community Drumming w/ pro Living Arts Collective artists! (Bashir Shakur, Diali Keba Cissokho, Beverly Botsford, Sonya Stewart, Cindy Jones)

7-7:15 PM Juggling Show with Tain Collins!

Peacock feather balancing and scarf juggling for all ages. Get ready to witness and participate in juggling magic with Tain Collins.


An inclusive space to move, dance, create art and express yourself within community. The music is woven in a wave format, starting slow, building to a peak and returning to stillness as part of the creative environment.  Facilitated by Aubrey and Brü Roze. *Music Weaver/DJ: Stephen Brown-an experienced DJ, Producer, and Percussionist (A.K.A. DJ Ujjayi, or Ujjayi Soundsystem) has been rocking dance floors in major cities for over two decades up and down the west coast and internationally.

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


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

5-6 PM in River Park

Open + Free

Plant Walk!

Join the Living Arts Collective for this month's Plant Walk, "Indigenous Herb: The Power to Heal with Vickie Jeffries!" Vickie Jeffries (Mihe Heyananhes Yattse) is the Tribal Administrator for the Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation. Ms. Jeffries has held this position for the past 7 years. Accepting donations for participation, if able, but the walk is open to anyone who would like to join!

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 in River Park

Poetry "Prose" Showcase!

August features an ALL-FEMALE SET!

6:15 - 6:45 - Thomas Stevens Gallery

7:00 - 7:30 - Yonder Southern Bar & Cocktails

7:45 - 8:15 - Margaret Lane Gallery

Eboni Dean - "Just a dope poet who makes you feel what’s hard to see!"


Maestra Emcee - "This emcee aims to be a versatile artist creating life-altering tunes ranging from hip-hop, R&B, soul, jazz and even rock. Her act includes rapping, singing and poetry, but if you let her, you'll get to see a little acting as well. Not only does Maestra use her Theatre Arts-Acting and Psychology degrees from Purdue University to be a performing artist herself, but has served in education as a Theatre Arts teacher for North Carolina Public Schools."


Georgia Nubia - "I am Black Artistry. I am poetry. I am everything I need to be and working to become more."


Music Downtown!


The Colonial Inn

6 - 8 PM

JP & Leon Band - Bryan Leon Phelps, Jerry Phelps, Alex Constantine, Jody Boyce, Josh Miller.


8 - 11 PM

The Drowning Lovers - lounge noir, folk, and pop

Margaret Lane Gallery

6:30 - 8:30 PM 
The Maudlin Brothers. Tim Wells - banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals; Ed Norman - guitar, vocals

Hillsborough Artists Cooperative &

The Skylight Gallery

6:30 - 8:30 PM 
Music by Jennifer Evans & Jasme Kelly will accompany the gallery's "History & Our Heros" exhibit! Learn more here.

Orange County Historical Museum

5:30 - 8:00 PM 
Vintage Blues (outside the museum)

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston

6 - 9 PM 
Cindy Ribet - hammered dulcimer and fiddle; Tony Morris - banjo and guitar. Music will accompany a reception for artist, Cynthia Ribet!

Paynter Law Firm

6 - 9 PM 
Live music accompanying reception for multiple artistsLearn more here.

Open + Free

Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic

Orange County Courthouse Lawn
6 - 9 PM

A Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic, courtesy of Orange County Public Health, will be operating on the courthouse lawn. The clinic is FREE. No ID or insurance required. Open to all members of the community ages 12 and older. Register by calling (919) 913-8088 or by visiting www.myspot.nc.gov.

Click to learn more about the clinic.

Music On West End!

Nash Street Tavern

DJ Koshinga

Find live music at Nash Street Tavern!

Make a night of it, grab some BBQ at Hillsborough BBQ, a slice at Napoli Pizzeria, or a cup of custard at Whits Frozen Custard, and enjoy the tunes when you head into the tavern for a cold one!

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