First Fridays in Downtown Columbia
First Fridays

The First Fridays Phenomenon

Experience historic downtown Columbia like a local every First Fridays of the month! Make an evening of it in historic downtown Columbia, Tennessee where this family-friendly event transforms downtown into a high energy scene of live music, friendly faces, and local flavor every first Friday of the month, April through December each year.

Experience the local restaurants, craft beverage scene, boutiques, and shops you'll find every day, but with that extra kick of outdoor live music, food trucks, vendors, and makers. This favorite event has been enchanting visitors and locals since 2017. Shops keep their doors open late, inviting you to browse their unique offerings. Street musicians add a touch of magic to the atmosphere, while delicious aromas from local restaurants and food trucks are calling, ready to satisfy your cravings. And we've even added a mini cruise-in for car lovers! Bring your friends, bring your family, connect with the locals, and experience the spirit of this charming town under the Tennessee sky.

New look for First Fridays starting in June!

  • Columbia Main Street, in partnership with the City of Columbia, now manages First Fridays;
  • Beginning June 7th, the area of West 7th block and half the Public Square in downtown will be closed off for First Fridays to ensure a secure and safer experience for attendees, vendors, and other participants;
  • Hours are 5:00pm until 8:00pm;
  • First Fridays will take place April through December each year;
  • Look for the shops that stay open a little later and the restaurants ready for hungry faces & thirsty patrons;
  • Shop the vendor market; makers, bakers, craftsmen, artists, farmers, and more;
  • Food trucks;
  • Street musicians/performers;
  • A mini cruise-in for car lovers;
  • 'Strolling on 6th' zone by Maury Alliance and the Food Truck Park on 6th Street...a separate area that's alive with activities and a fun addition to First Fridays!

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First Fridays Live Music


Big changes are happening with First Fridays STARTING IN JUNE! The event layout will be different. Securing vendor booth space at First Fridays will also be different. Most importantly, the event will be more spacious, secure, and pedestrian friendly! Please read carefully.

May First Fridays will remain the same, no changes yet. Starting June First Fridays (6/7/24) all participants must now complete a FIRST FRIDAYS APPLICATION to be considered for participating in the event, including vendors, street musicians, performers, food trucks, and cruise-in participants.