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! 

*Different venues may have varying mask policies. We advice bringing a mask, just in case. 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!


JULY 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!

7-9pm LIVING ARTS DANCEWAVE with Stilt Walker Performance & Fire Show!

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. 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!

6:15-6:45 PM - The Colonial Inn

7:00-7:30 PM - Yonder

7:45-8:15 PM - Margaret Lane Gallery

Main Man - Poet, writer, spoken word artist and radio talk show host at WHUP and Radio Unfriendly!


Ajani Kambon - Social activist, public speaker, poet, author, musician, and more.

Poetic Paradox - A powerful poetry duo, formed by Clement Mallory aka University Mathematics and Jasmine Mallory aka Butterfly Beauty. They are both authors, writers, entrepreneurs, and spoken word poets. And yes, in case you guessed it, they're married!

Music Downtown!

The Colonial Inn

6 - 8 PM

Ghost + Bones


8 - 11 PM

Brandy Rambles with special musical guests (presented by Certain Seas)

Margaret Lane Gallery

6 - 6:30 PM 
Ready Singers
(courtesy of ReEntry House Plus)

6:30 - 8:30 PM 
Country Time

Bull City Music School

6:30 - 7:30 PM 

A Night of Homage (Summer Showcase)

Performances by staff and students of BCMS

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.

Music On West End!

DJ Koshinga
Nash Street Tavern

Find live music at Nash Street Tavern!

Make a night of it, and bring a chair or a blanket, 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!

Click to learn more about the clinic.

Circus Performers!

Centralized around River Park, but roaming Hillsborough from

7 - 9 PM!

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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

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

This month, BCMS will be bringing us a live performance outside the Orange County Courthouse!


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*

Stained glass by Susan Hope, contemporary sewn textiles by Alice Levinson and cold wax and mixed-media paintings by Jude Lobe. In the gallery and online July 30th through August 22nd.


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!*

Art opening, performance, shopping, studio demonstrations!

Come explore the vitality of stories, folklore, and the natural world through illustration in "Bones of the Story, Heart of the Earth", featuring originals and prints by pen and ink artists Caelum McCall and Ezekiel Cambey! 

Opening night is on Friday, July 30th, 6 - 9 pm at Skylight Gallery (above Antonia's) in downtown Hillsborough. The gallery will also be open weekend days from 11 am - 4 pm or by appointment from July 30th - August 22nd. 

Yonder: Southern Cocktails and Brew

114 West King Street

*Open from 4 pm,

Yonder features the promo poster artwork of Katharine Whalen, as she displays her promo posters from years of live music in the areas at iconic venues such as The Cave, Mystery Brewing, Nash Street Tavern, and more.

From 5-6pm, Certain Seas presents BRANDY RAMBLES. 

From 8-11, Yonder is proud to present Ghost + Bones, playing live.