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First Friday Gallery Crawl

Discover art in South End.

South End is home to a vast array of art in all forms: fine art galleries offering everything from the realist to the experimental, colorful public murals, larger-than-life installations on the Rail Trail and dozens of studio spaces where artists and artisans dream and create.

Take in the local art scene on South End First Friday--an evening when galleries and shops offer extended hours, special receptions, live painting and music. Build in a visit to any of the neighborhood’s restaurants and breweries, and it’s a whole night out!

Here's what to know:

  • This event is FREE, open to the public, and family-friendly; no RSVP or ticket is required.
  • Some galleries may serve light refreshments or feature live painting.
  • Walk the Rail Trail and hear live music guiding you from gallery to gallery.
  • Exhibits change regularly, so be sure to keep this event on your calendar throughout the year.
  • Gallery Crawl was named the Best Artsy Place to Take a Date by Charlotte Magazine.
  • For regular bi-monthly updates, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

check out the March gallery crawl map

What to expect this month:

First Friday is being held on March 3. Participating galleries include Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy, Condado TacoDilworth Artisan Station, StudioWorks Artist Collective + Gallery, and Shed Brand Studios. Plus, don't forget to check out the free walking art tour, South End Interactive, while you are in the neighborhood!

Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy, 5-7pm

Hodges Taylor presents IN CONVERSATION: Austin Ballard + Nadia Haji Omar. Austin Ballard is a Charlotte-born and New York-based sculptor, and Nadia Haji Omar is an artist of Syrian, Indian, and Sri Lankan descent based in Rhode Island.

Artist Credit: In Conversation, Austin Ballard and Nadia Haji Omar

learn more hodges taylor

Condado Tacos, 5-7pm

View the colorful artwork and murals created by local artists at Condado Tacos South End. A special First Friday Gallery Crawl station will be set up under the “Tacos” sign with complimentary chips and salsa along with hosts that can share information about each of the artists. 

Artist credit: Collaboration of 12 Local Muralists

learn more about Condado Tacos

Dilworth Artisan Station, 6-9 pm

Tour 30+ artists’ studios on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Dilworth Artisan Station, a restored historic building located along the Rail Trail. Guests who are 21+ are also welcome to check out the newly opened Canopy Cocktails & Garden located on the 1st floor courtyard. 

Artist Credit: Transcend by Mary Kramerer

learn more about Dilworth Artisan Station

StudioWorks Artist Collective + Gallery, 5-8pm

StudioWorks is home to 12 all-women, professional artists. See new works by Ashley Sellner and Jenny Fuller in the March Gallery Crawl. 

Artist credit: Passage by Ashley Sellner

learn more about studioworks

Shed Brand Studio, 5-8pm

Shed Brand Studio will have stained glass, crafted jewelry, handmade pottery, and soaps on display. Register for their popular workshops as you tour their space.

learn more about Shed Brand Studio

South End Interactive

Interact with 10 murals in the South End Interactive program for a behind-the-scenes video about the artists and their artistic inspiration. Follow @ArtWalksCLT to join an upcoming guided tour hosted by Anne Lowe and a local artist.  

Experience Art in South End

Looking to discover bites & brews in the neighborhood?

South End is home to some of the best restaurants and breweries in Charlotte. Explore all that the neighborhood has to offer.

Learn more about South End Art

Learn more about Black muralists in South End

See the guide to neighborhood murals

Thank you for your support! 

We'll see you at the next First Friday Gallery Crawl on April 7.