Cost: Tours are free

Friday Art & Wine

Every Friday, open until 9 pm
Happy Hour 5:30–7:30 pm

Best Café and VMFA galleries

Now you have more reasons to hang out at VMFA on Friday nights! Head to the museum and enjoy Happy Hour specials on beverages and free half-hour gallery tours at 7 and 7:30 pm. There’s something new every week. View the schedule below to see upcoming performances, wine-tastings, dance parties, and more!

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VMFA First Friday performance with Conference Call.November 4, 6-8pm.
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VMFA First Friday performance with Conference Call.
November 4, 6-8pm.

First Fridays: Secretly Y’all

Attendees at a Secretly Y'all Talk
First Friday, Aug 3, 6-8 pm
Marble Hall

Join us for an evening of stories inspired by works of art in the special exhibition, Napoleon: Power and Splendor. Secretly Y’all is a storytelling organization that creates opportunities for people to share true stories in front of an audience. Dedicated to investing in the Richmond community, Secretly Y’all has coordinated numerous events over the past seven years, each of which has a unique theme designed to inspire and unite people through storytelling.

Learn more about the event


Second Fridays: Wine Tasting

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Second Friday of every month, open until 9 pm
Best Café 

At VMFA’s Best Cafe, taste different wines from around the world—reds, whites, sparkling, and more. Refine your palate and learn about different winemaking regions from a variety of wine experts, who will be available for discussion and questions. Later, tour VMFA’s galleries, open until 9 pm.


Third Fridays: Dance After Work

6–8:30 pm
Atrium
Free; no tickets required


Fourth Fridays: Craft Beer Night

Fourth Friday of every month, serving from 5:30–7:30 pm, galleries open until 9 pm
Best Café

At VMFA’s Best Cafe, taste different beers from around Virginia from 5:30–7:30 pm. Beers will come both as draft and in cans/bottles. Learn about the beers from the breweries themselves, who will be available for discussion and questions. Later, tour VMFA’s galleries, open until 9 pm.


Summer Breeze Fridays

Friday June 15, July 27, and August 31, 5:30–8:30 pm | Sculpture Garden

The only thing better than Friday Art & Wine is the added fun of Summer Breeze Fridays! Join host Kelli Lemon and DJ Lonnie B for three special Friday nights of music and socializing in the Sculpture Garden. Remember to bring your blanket!

Friday Night Favorites

Fridays, 6 pm | Meet at Welcome Kiosk

With VMFA’s many galleries and rotating exhibits, you can never see everything in one visit.  Join one of our docents for a Friday night tour of their favorite objects sampled from the many collections throughout the museum.  You may leave with a new favorite yourself!

Free; no registration required
Subject to docent availability

Friday Nights Are Better By Half

Fridays, 7 & 7:30 pm | Meet at Welcome Kiosk

Now you have more reasons to hang out at VMFA on Friday nights! Head to the museum and enjoy Happy Hour specials on beverages all evening and free half-hour gallery tours at 7 and 7:30 pm. Tours have a different theme each week.

Free; no registration required
Subject to docent availability