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What's First Friday?
On the first Friday of every month, the art galleries around town stay open late and often have snacks and wine. Sometimes the surrounding shops will also stay open to take advantage of the extra foot traffic. In the neighborhoods with a lot of galleries it can get quite crowded.
Sounds like fun - and way more cultural than our "First." One of the bars in Minneapolis has "First Thursday" - a gathering for motorcycle riders (and anyone else interested, of course). It goes on year round, but Mark only goes when the weather is nice. You can see every kind of bike made - kind of cool. I go once every year or two. (The noise is insane. They don't serve beer unless you go inside - only soft drinks and pizza by the slice, so slightly responsible. Most people tend to just roam around the parking lot looking at bikes.) We may have more cultural events too - I'm just not aware of any. I think the art gallery deal sounds like a good idea.