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Start This Game Day Weekend with First Friday Art Crawl Festivities in Downtown Boone

It’s official, App fans! Football season is back in the High Country and the Mountaineers are preparing to take on Howard University in a season opener home game on Saturday. It’s also Hall of Fame weekend for ASU athletics!

It’s bound to be a great weekend, but why wait until Saturday to have a good time?

Get the fun started tomorrow night at the First Friday art crawl in downtown Boone. Enjoy live music, art gallery openings and receptions, food at one of the local restaurants and specials at participating downtown shops.

“I hope that we will see a little more volume on the street from folks that are here to start tailgating early in the morning,” said Downtown Boone Development Coordinator Virginia Falck. “We’re excited about having the first football game in conjunction with the First Friday and we hope see people who are visiting downtown Boone for the first time, as well as people who come back year after year.”


This month at the Jones House Community Center, check out the “Visions of Peace” exhibit from 6-8 p.m. on First Friday.

“There are some really great pieces here with ‘Visions of Peace,’” Falck said.

Summer concerts concluded last week at the Jones House, but the community center will play host to a launch party with Appalachian State’s music department for the brand new student-based online magazine Resound.

The magazine aims to keep the university and the community connected through focusing on the area’s music culture. The launch party will feature live music and will take place from 7-10 p.m. in conjunction with the art reception.

“We’re really excited to have them here and to be partnering with Appalachian State and the music department,” Falck said.


Celebrate the weekend in true art crawl fashion by stopping at the Nth Degree Gallery and Studios, 683 W. King St., for its annual “Nth-sufficient and Overdrawn” fundraiser and birthday event. In honor of its 18th year in Boone, the nonprofit gallery will host this annual event from 6:30 p.m. to midnight on Friday. While you’re there, make a donation to help the gallery keep its promise to bring “art for art’s sake” to the community.

The gallery’s website explains:

“While we have a relatively small budget, and each year our supporters rise to the challenge, this year has been a little thinner than most, and we really need your help. This year we have to raise $1,500 to keep the lights on and the shows going. By donating, you are supporting our passion for connecting artists and their work with the art-appreciating community of Boone.”


Several other local establishments will be participating in the First Friday festivities tomorrow night, too. Boone Photo Booth will be set up for a celebration complete with music, food and more at Haircut 101 on Depot Street. Becki Henderson-Gow of Red Salamander Pottery will be offering demonstrations at Doe Ridge Pottery on West King Street.

Other great features will be offered at Canvas Beauty Bar and The Local on Howard Street, Lost Province Brewing Co. on Depot St. and the Mast General Store, Anna Banana’s and Old World Gallery on West King Street.

Check out downtown Boone online for a list of specials and events.

Click here for a map of the area.