Final Friday Art Night – This Week in Downtown Cary

Cary, NC — The Cary Art Loop, or Final Friday, is a recurring event that’s held in downtown Cary galleries, businesses and surrounding venues on the last weekend of every month. The line-up for this Friday, February 26, 2016 is so big and full of wine tastings, live music and modern art that we had to tell you about it.

Final Friday in Cary

Most cities and towns around the Triangle dedicate one Friday night a month to art. In Cary, it’s the last Friday of the month, which is also known as Final Friday. On this night, galleries and businesses in downtown and around Cary stay open late to showcase work from local artists, live music and more. There are always wine and refreshments at the open galleries.

Even in these winter months, Final Friday in Cary is bustling. You’ll find most of these venues in Ashworth Village in downtown Cary, but some other great art and entertainment venues are just a short drive away. There are no rules on Final Friday – just stroll through these venues from 6-9 pm or create your own art walk adventure.

Art-Music Fusion

Village Art Circle Gallery, 6-9 pm
200 S. Academy Street, Cary

This month, as part of downtown Cary’s Final Friday Art Walk, you can enjoy the opening of a solo show called Art-Music Fusion. The show features contemporary works by the Village Art Circle Gallery’s Dan Campbell that are all inspired by some of his favorite tunes from over the years. There will be special music-inspired presentations at 7 pm and 8​ ​pm and refreshments, beer and wine will be served. The show will be up until March 23, 2016.


A music-inspired painting by Dan Campbell.

Contemporary Landscape Paintings

Cary Gallery of Artists, 6-9 pm
200 S. Academy Street, Cary

This month, the Final Friday reception inside the Cary Gallery of Artists will feature contemporary landscape paintings by guest artist Nancy Hughes Miller. The gallery always serves wine and appetizers during receptions.

Free Wine Tasting

Chatham Street Wine Market, 5-8 pm
111 W. Chatham Street, Cary

Chatham Street Wine Market is hosting a free wine tasting before and during downtown Cary’s Final Friday 5-8 pm. Importer Emanuele Magnani of Sunrise Wines will be pouring four of his fantastic Italian selections and the Brachi – Le Petit Roll food truck will be out front serving wine-friendly, stuffed-with-goodness cheese and meat brachi rolls.


If it’s cold out, you can enjoy a glass of wine inside Chatham Street’s lounge.

Waverly Artists Group, 6-9 pm
302 Colonades Way, #209, Cary

In celebration of February, the month of romance, the Waverly Artists Group (WAG) will celebrate a love of art with wine by Triangle Wine, beautiful music by harpist Stevan Jackson and great conversation. This gallery, located not far from downtown in Waverly Place, has an open atmosphere and an urban, industrious feel that’s perfect for mingling. On Final Friday, the artists from WAG will also be awarding a cash gift to three art teachers from local schools for needed art supplies.

Self-Guided Sculpture Tour

Don’t forget that there are at least a dozen interesting sculptures in downtown Cary. If you’re curious and want to take a self-guided tour, you can check out this map of the sculptures found on the Cary Visual Art website.

Story from staff reports. Photos by Chatham Street Wine Market, Village Art Circle and Hal Goodtree.