First Fridays

Mission Statement:

The mission of First Fridays is to enliven the Riverfront Cultural District, utilizing the creative, collaborative, and entrepreneurial spirits of the business owners of Downtown Haverhill. We will do this by collaborating with local businesses, artists, and performers to create a monthly event that encourages shopping, dining and the arts, and showcases the rejuvenation of Downtown Haverhill.

First Fridays takes place in Downtown Haverhill, MA, specifically within the Haverhill Riverfront Cultural District triangle of Washington Street, Essex Street, and Railroad Square!
Use the map below to locate shops, restaurants, and event venues in the HRCD!

Haverhill Art Market Boutique

Pop Up Shop with local art and handmade goods from area artists.
Creative Haverhill, 21 Wingate St. Unit 104
5pm to 9pm (also 10am to 3pm on Saturday, May 6th).

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Viewing of the Aids Memorial Quilt

Take a look at a beautiful memorial quilt- part of the kick off of the first ever O+ Haverhill Festival!
Phoenix Rising United Church of Christ, 192 Merrimack St.
5pm to 9pm

Learn more by visiting the O+ Haverhill web site!

Ashley Hamilton Photography Exhibit

View the stunning landscape and nature photography of Haverhill artist Ashley Hamilton, on display at the Artist Cafe!
Artist Cafe, 22 Washington St.
5:00pm to 9:00pm (and during regular restaurant hours)

Mini Wellness Festival

Warm and cool herbal infusions, energy circles, healings, readings, music and incredible giveaways for everyone's well being!
Giving Tree Yoga and Wellness, 129 Essex St.
5:00pm to 9:00pm

For more information, contact Giving Tree Yoga and Wellness!

Artist Talk with O+ Muralist Brian Canty

Hear from local artist Brian Canty as he shares about his brand new mural! Part of the O+ Haverhill Festival kick-off!
150 Merrimack St. (Next to Rent-A-Center)
5:00pm to 5:30pm

Learn more by visiting the O+ Haverhill web site!

Magical Mustache Tour

Want to make the most of your night out downtown? Register for Pentucket Kiwanis Club’s 4th Annual Magical Mustache Tour and wear your mustache proudly as you collect raffle tickets throughout the night at participating locations. Turn in your tickets at the final destination for a chance to win great prizes!
Register at The Barking Dog Ale House, 22 Washington St.
6:00pm to 10:00pm

Register and learn more by visiting the Pentucket Kiwanis web site!

Public Art Walking Tours

Join Creative Haverhill’s Jenny Arndt on a leisurely walk through the Cultural District and learn about the murals, shoes, pianos, and even some fun facts about Haverhill’s downtown architecture!
Meet at the Essex Street Gateway Mural, 25 Essex St.
6:30pm or 7:30pm

River Bards Poetry Series and Open Mic

Battle Grounds Coffee Company, 39 Washington St.
7pm to 9pm

Learn more by visiting the Facebook Event Page!

O+ Bands at the Chit Chat

The O+ Festival kicks off with live music all night at the Chit Chat Lounge. Beds, Black Hatch, Biscuit Kids, The Peach Pits, and The Lipstick Boys will take the stage throughout the night!
Chit Chat Lounge, 103 Washington St.
8:00pm to 1:00am

For a complete listing of O+ Festival bands and activities and to get your all access wristband, visit the

FREE Yoga!

Friday Fun Farewell taught by Shannon Worth
The Yoga Tree, 90 Washington St.
5:45pm to 7pm

Space is limited. Pre Registration is required online

Palm and Tarot Card Reading Specials!

$15 special on palm or tarot card readings and $5 off full readings if you bring in the First Fridays ad from the paper.
Psychic World, 154 Washington St.
5pm to 9pm

Downtown Business Owners:

BE OPEN from 5pm to 9pm on the First Friday of each month!
SHARE out the First Fridays event and graphics on Facebook and other social media platforms! First Fridays Facebook Event
CREATE a special promotion for the night to help draw in patrons!
HOST an activity or performance in your space!
Let an artist use your WINDOWS to display their artwork for our "street art gallery"!