After 5 Fridays

Fridays, 6–8 pm
Cochrane Atrium (Robins Sculpture Garden when noted)

Kick off every weekend by joining us for After 5 Fridays. Explore the museum during evening hours. Enjoy free admission to the permanent collection, Highlights Tours, drink specials in Best Café, and exciting events of live music, dancing and more.

After 5 Fridays offers a dynamic rotation of categories: First Friday, Taste of Art, and Dance After Work, as well as Summer Breeze. Free; no tickets required. Drink specials start at 5:30 pm in Best Café. Program start times are listed below.

After 5 Fridays-Dance After Work
After 5 Fridays-Moms Night Out
After 5 Fridays-First Friday
After 5 Fridays-Summer Breeze


2024 Schedule

After 5 Fridays | First Fridays

Fri, Mar 1, 2024 | 6–8 pm
Cochrane Atrium

Musician and educator Dr. Deb Saidel kicks off Women's History Month with an evening of talk and music celebrating the impact of women on the performing arts. Focusing on Diana Ross, featured in Willie Anne Wright: Artist and Alchemist, this program looks at the legacies of the greats and examines how art continues to benefit from the creativity of women. After Dr. Saidel's talk, vocalist Olletta Cheatham will take the stage.  Wine and beer specials from Best Café start at 5:30 pm, and the program begins at 6 pm.

Free, no tickets required.

After 5 Fridays | Taste of Art

Fri, Mar 8 | 6–8 pm
Best Café
Join us for an unforgettable celebration of art, divination, and inspiration during Women's History Month as you step into the enchanting world of Willie Anne Wright’s art. Uncover the secrets of your destiny with two local tarot card readers, Averi Rose and Charlene Shriver, who will be stationed in the Cochrane Atrium from 6 to 8 pm.  

Explore the exhibition catalog, VMFA pinhole photography kit and special tarot cards, all available for purchase in the VMFA Shop. 

Drink specials at Best Café begin at 5:30 pm. At 7 or 7:30 pm, take a guided tour of the exhibition Willie Anne Wright: Artist and Alchemist, a retrospective that celebrates the beloved Richmond-based photographer, painter, and mother.

Free, no tickets required.