First Friday in Chinatown
Head to Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown every first Friday of the month and dive deep into Oahu’s vibrant art scene. On each “First Friday” you can interact with local artists and artisans sharing their work during a festive night that draws a stylish crowd of visitors and locals. From expressive paintings to powerful cultural exhibits, you’ll get to see a diverse sampling of Hawaii’s burgeoning artistic talent.
Go on the Chinatown art walk and browse the galleries that open their doors with exhibits, free entertainment and light refreshments. You’ll see the crowds gather on the streets on and around Nuuanu Avenue and Bethel Street near the historic Hawaii Theatre. You'll also find the downtown restaurants and bars fill up just as quickly as the galleries. In fact, hidden in the lofts and nooks of this urban neighborhood are many of Oahu’s best bars and nightlife spots.
Due to the success of First Fridays, “Second Saturdays” also gives art lovers another chance to experience Oahu’s art scene. And for those looking for more nightlife, “Third Thursdays” is yet another pau hana (after work festivities) option where you can hang out with locals winding down from the work week. Discover a buzz of activity in the streets as art lovers, the creative community and the after-work crowd gather together to get a jump on the weekend and celebrate the arts in this Honolulu hot spot.