First Fridays in the Exchange

An arts and cultural event like no other in Winnipeg.

First Friday of every month, 5pm-9pm (and later), year-round. Download the First Fridays’ Map and Guide:

Take part in one of the most engaging and inspiring arts events Winnipeg has to offer. This spectacular event created, organized and run by First Fridays in the Exchange Inc., offers a perfect opportunity to explore all the Exchange District has to offer.

Enjoy gallery openings, talk to artists who inhabit the District’s heritage buildings, grab a delicious bite at a café or restaurant and explore the numerous unique shops. All this and more, in a walkable 20-square-blocks.

First Fridays in the Exchange is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist-run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the thriving Exchange District community.

There are two ways to enjoy First Fridays in the Exchange:

#1 – Self-guided Tour — Free

Come down and talk to artists in their studios, experience gallery openings, craft exhibits and explore the area’s shops. Or check out the numerous events taking place in restaurants, bars and cafés.

(Movies at Cinematheque and some musical events may require tickets)

#2 – Art Talk/Art Walk

Experience a delicious dinner and a moderated talk by incredible local artists at the Winnipeg Free Press Café plus a guided tour of galleries and studios.

(Tickets and reservations required)

About First Fridays

First Fridays in the Exchange was launched in Winnipeg on July 2, 2010. Based on artist Sue Gordon’s experience of the First Fridays event in Kansas City, she and fellow artist Karen Schulz introduced the concept to Exchange artists, galleries and shops. They received an amazing response and the event has been growing ever since!

To get involved or find out more, visit

The Exchange District BIZ is proud to sponsor this incredible event!