By Holly Barr & Brittany Ward
Oct. 4, 2018

Can’t escape it now, it is officially sweater weather despite Lincoln’s random 90 degree weather this week (it’s just a fluke). Leaves are starting to change, Halloween decorations are out, pumpkins are everywhere… pumpkin everything everywhere and it’s time for another First Friday! This month is packed with activities all over town! Check out our map and list of activities below!


First Friday Art

Method Cycles & Craft House

416 S 11th Street | 3-midnight

First Friday

Metro Gallery

1316 N Street | 3-7 p.m.

October First Friday: Japanese Textiles

The International Quilt Museum

1523 N 33rd Street | 4-7 p.m.

Join the International Quilt Study Center & Museum for free admission to the galleries from 4-7 p.m. as part of Lincoln’s First Friday Artwalk. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., we will offer lectures on Japanese textiles by Teresa Duryea Wong and Yoshiko Wada.

First Friday Pop-Up Art Show!

1105 E Street | 4-7 p.m.

Start your First Friday right in the neighborhood with this ONE NIGHT ONLY pop-up art show! Come celebrate our community with talented local artists who will be showcasing their work and transforming this old, empty house into a work of art.

First Friday

LUX Center for the Arts

2601 N 48th Street | 5-8 p.m.

Our opening reception is from 5-8 p.m. with scheduled artist talks at 6 p.m.

First Friday Art Walk

Indigo Bridge Books

701 P Street, Suite 102 | 5-8 p.m.

Join us on your art walk to see some fabulous works in paint, photography, mixed-media and more. Indigo’s wall space is dedicated to our partnership with Artists on the Edge. Each month the Wood Room has a new featured artist.

First Friday Family Night: Happy HallowGreen!

Lincoln Children’s Museum

1420 P Street | 5-7:30 p.m.

We’re celebrating at the start of the month with the opening of Fright at the Museum, a fun haunted space for kids, and we’ll have our event on the First Friday of the month when we’re open late. Not your typical trick-or-treat event, this will be more about celebrating Halloween with fun activities, decorations and costumes. Think less candy and more fun!

First Friday with Rachael Belké

The Foundry Community

211 N 14th Street | 5-7 p.m.

Join us on the third floor of The Foundry for First Friday with Rachael Belké! Belké creates earthy prints, oil paintings and ceramics that capture the simple beauty of architecture, nature and everyday people. Learn more about Rachael on Friday, Oct. 5 from 5-7 p.m. and enjoy some snacks, drinks and good conversation while you’re at it!

First Friday w/ @Amarandie (Ashley Anderson)
Stella Collective
101 N 14th Street | 6-9 p.m.

Stella Collective is excited to host Amarandie for October’s First Friday. Her work is perfect for autumnal feels as its heavily inspired by the cycle of nature, particularly focusing on vulnerability and death.

A very introspective time of year calls for very introspective art.

Plus, we will have wine. Shoulder shrug.

Hot like a wet knife

Turbine Flats Project

2124 Y Street | 5-8 p.m.

Artist Madeline Cass reveals her new works both visual and written in her installation entitled “hot like a wet knife.”
Katie Hile speaks on her non-profit Totonga Bomoi as well as having a pop-up of the ethically made head wraps & bow ties they offer.
The president of the Lincoln Council for International Visitors (LCIV), Crystal Bock Thiessen, will talk about the organization’s endeavors in hosting international groups that visit Lincoln on short-term projects through the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Delicious food and drink will be provided by Turbine Flats.

First Friday

Roots Collective

325 S 11th Street, Suite #3 | 5-8 p.m.

Join us at Roots Collective on 10/5 as we showcase our October artist, Katharen Wiese.
Stop by for drinks, appetizers, and good company.

First Friday Art Walk with Laurel Schmitz

Code Beer Co.

200 S Antelope Valley Parkway | 5-9 p.m.

Come shop for some homemade cards by Laurel Schmitz 5pm to 9pm
Gilded swine serving 5:30pm

First Friday

Sheldon Museum of Art

12th and R | 5-7 p.m.

Join Sheldon for First Friday! Students from the Glenn Korff School of Music Dance program will be performing original compositions inspired by works in our exhibition “Approaching Landscape.” Light refreshments will be available.

First Friday with Julian Adair

Francie & Finch

130 S 13th Street | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Julian Adair is a noted choreographer, dance educator, performer, writer, arts photographer, and director. Her photography records moments of choreography beyond the stage, using natural light, architecture, and natural surroundings.

Studio Open House 2018

Noyes Art Gallery

119 S 9th Street | 6-9 p.m.

See Noyes Artists and enjoy their studio. Many offer more works for you to explore. Upstairs at Noyes Art Gallery.

First Friday: Ethan Valverde | The McGovern String Band

Crescent Moon

140 N 8th Street | 8-10 p.m.

Featured Artist: Ethan Valverde
Music with The McGovern Stringband

First Friday | Matel Rokke


1410 O Street | 7 p.m.

From the artist:

This work is rooted in the idea of self reflection whether it be on a personal level or in a broader context. These images are the eyes of people that I see myself in daily. By printing them onto mirrors you are invited to not only see them but also face your own reflection in their eyes. The blue of the cyanotype (a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue image) was chosen because of the strong emotional pull that the color brings. Being in the presence of so many eyes watching you adds the unnerving feeling of being watched in a world where not much is left as private.


Tugboat Gallery

116 N 14th Street | 7 p.m.

Scrapbag pokes at a nostalgic myth of creating from scraps strictly as a condition of “making do,” rather than an active choice of material impact and artistic intent. Barber, Celeste Butler, Emily Newman, and Joelle Sandfort piece, weave, detangle, and construct with scrap and discarded items as a means to support stories and testimonies, explore identity, and examine power through substitution.


Gallery Nine

124 S 9th Street | 6:30-9 p.m.

New paintings by Vonni Sparks and paper collages by Meghan Stratman.

October First Friday

Kiechel Fine Art

1208 O Street | 6-9 p.m.

First Floor Gallery:

Chad M. Olsen
“What’s Nebraska like, babe?”

What is important is the act of painting, because it allows me the opportunity to comprehend and understand the work. It is my meditation. It is when I’m most vulnerable.

Second Floor Gallery:

19th & 20th Century Regionalist artists including works by Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Grant Wood & more.

Third Floor Gallery:

Top Midwestern contemporary artists with new works from Francisco Souto, Susan Puelz, Hal Holoun and Neil Christensen.

First Friday with Eldon Drive and Megan Zuerlein

Indigo Bridge Books

701 P Street, Suite 102 | 6-8:30 p.m.

This month we will feature live music by Eldon Drive, and art by Megan Zuerlein! Eldon Drive performs jazz with poetry and accompanying images. The jazz is rooted in the blues by composers, such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk. The combination of these three, each of which could stand alone, creates a unique viewing experience! Megan Zuerlein is a local artist who works with acrylic and resin on canvas and panel.

First Friday art display and gallery

Herbs & More

5740 Old Cheney Road, Suite 8 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Come view and maybe even take home your new favorite piece. our mental health medicine “ART” can bring you joy for years to come showcasing many local artists


Constellation Studios

2055 O Street | 6-8 p.m.

Seven contemporary artists present works in print media and new technological approaches that examine the continuing necessity for the print in contemporary culture, with an aesthetic need for the printed mark with intent, and how impact is made.

First Friday with Andrew Peterson

Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso

1624 South Street |6-9 p.m.

Artist photographer Andrew Peterson of Lincoln will be showcasing his work at the Meadowlark

First Friday

The Coffee Roaster

5022 Old Cheney Road #3 | 6-8 p.m.


First Friday Old School

Stur 22 Lounge

2110 Winthrop Road | 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Let’s Do It Again!!

First Friday Old School Party

Friday, October 5th from 10pm to 2am

DJ Kev will be on the 1s & 2s.

21 to get in and $5.00 at the door

Free Food

Scarlet LeRose Thorne Presents: Welcome To The Jungle


1640 O Street | 10 p.m.-Midnight

Come down and let out your inner beast with Scarlet and her wild cast

Pirate Fest 2018

Gray’s Keg Saloon

104 N. 20th Street | 9p.m.

First ever Pirate Fest, 24 bands in three days, celebrating Lincoln’s local music scene, heavy metal, punk, metal, rock and roll, all the music that gets overlooked and cast to the side, our favorite scalawags, ruffians, and true pirates of the music scene, this is a call to arms, it’s our time to rule the waters, it’s time to hoist the colors lads and do what we do best.

Violent Death Equipment // Downhearted // Gut Punch

1867 Bar

14th & O Street | 9 p.m.

Gringo the MC, ABDK, Jxhnny Bliss, 402BC, Yung Steez

The Bourbon

14th & O Street | 7 p.m.

$10: Advance || $15: Day Of Show

$2 Minor Fee at the Door

An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr

Lied Center for Performing Arts

301 N 12th Street | 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Leslie Odom Jr., whose portrayal of Aaron Burr in the original Broadway cast of Hamilton won him the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Leading Actor, makes his Nebraska debut at the Lied Center this season! Don’t throw away your shot to see the him live on the Lied Center stage for one performance only.

Birdie and Goose

Mo Java Cafe & Roasting Co.

2649 N 48th Street, Suite D | 7-9 p.m.

Free event as the artists perform for tips, a donation to the artists is greatly appreciated.

Wildwoods strive to make music that touches the soul & speaks of truth, that will be sure to melt your heart after every performance.

Holly Barr and Brittany Ward are multimedia interns with KZUM.