Alton Main Street and Jacoby Arts Center are partnering to present First Fridays, a late night art and shopping experience which spans 13 locations across the Downtown Alton district. This event will be held on the First Friday of each month from September through December 2021, providing you with an opportunity to check out new shops and galleries and visit familiar favorites to experience art and great specials at each business.

Participants are offering a variety of discounts, refreshments and giveaways. Everyone who has their passport stamped at each location will receive a $10 gift certificate to any participating business. Free parking is available in the lot next to Jacoby Arts Center, located at 627 E. Broadway, and a free shuttle bus will be provided from 5:00-9:00 p.m., running a continuous loop between all participating locations.

On Friday, September 3rd, start your evening by picking up your First Fridays passport at Jacoby Arts Center. There you will receive a free Jacoby watercolor print by artist Chrissie Chapman, along with an entry to win a 1 year membership with each purchase. Make sure to check out The Rivers Vedge vegan café at this location for a healthy meal or snack.

Visit Mississippi Mud Pottery for 10% off all in-stock pottery and artwork, Picture This & More for 15% off new custom framing orders, and Funky Planet Toys & Gifts for 15% off stickers and stationery. BASECAMP.alton is offering $10 off any purchase, and Rushmore will offer sips and sweets while you browse the latest fashions and enjoy their patio with a beautiful view.

River Bend Yoga is offering Open Aerial space in their studio; slings will be hung and guests can come in to try it out at no charge – plus specials on classes! Hacienda of Tranquility is offering 25% off select yoga pants.

CJ’s Juicery is offering $1 off all drinks, and invites you to browse their racks of awesome and affordable thrift clothing! Olive Oil Marketplace is offering 15% off your purchase of $15 or more storewide, featuring a large selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, plus kitchen gadgets and much more.