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Revel in the elements in our last outdoor First Fridays of the season. Wear your atmospheric ensemble (reds, blues, or earth tones encouraged) for a night of art, drinks, music, waterfront views, and (ba-dee-ya) dancing in September.

If your company is a corporate member or sponsor, you may receive additional First Friday benefits. Please contact corporatepartners@icaboston.org for more information. 

This 21+ event does sell out; advance tickets are highly recommended. $3 fee applies and is waived for ICA members. Discounted rates are available for packages of 10 or more. Please contact Visitor Services at visitorservices@icaboston.org or 617-478-3100 during open hours for more information. The museum will not be open to visitors outside of the First Fridays event. Discounts, promotions, and admission vouchers do not apply toward First Fridays admission. The ICA store will close at 7 PM. Galleries close at 9 PM. Bars, Art Lab, doors close at 9 PM. Re-entry permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase at our cashless bars—we accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.

Wear your summer whites for the latest edition of our iconic sunset party on the waterfront. Enjoy seaside dancing, refreshing cocktails, and contemporary art with a view.

If your company is a corporate member or sponsor, you may receive additional First Friday benefits. Please contact corporatepartners@icaboston.org for more information. 

This 21+ event does sell out; advance tickets are highly recommended. $3 fee applies and is waived for ICA members. Discounted rates are available for packages of 10 or more. Please contact Visitor Services at visitorservices@icaboston.org or 617-478-3100 during open hours for more information. The museum will not be open to visitors outside of the First Fridays event. Discounts, promotions, and admission vouchers do not apply toward First Fridays admission. The ICA store will close at 7 PM. Galleries close at 9 PM. Bars, Art Lab, doors close at 9 PM. Re-entry permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase at our cashless bars—we accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.

Dress to impress and strut to First Fridays featuring Boston Caribbean Fashion Week. CooI off with a seaside sip, dancing, and fashion. Plus, explore the ICA galleries on this night to remember.

If your company is a corporate member or sponsor, you may receive additional First Friday benefits. Please contact corporatepartners@icaboston.org for more information. 

This 21+ event does sell out; advance tickets are highly recommended. $3 fee applies and is waived for ICA members. Discounted rates are available for packages of 10 or more. Please contact Visitor Services at visitorservices@icaboston.org or 617-478-3100 during open hours for more information. The museum will not be open to visitors outside of the First Fridays event. Discounts, promotions, and admission vouchers do not apply toward First Fridays admission. The ICA store will close at 7 PM. Galleries close at 9 PM. Bars, Art Lab, doors close at 9 PM. Re-entry permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase at our cashless bars—we accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.

Kick off Pride month, summer, and the return of outdoor First Fridays with seaside drinks, contemporary art, and a dance party to sets by local DJs from Boston’s queer underground house and techno party Boudoir.

If your company is a corporate member or sponsor, you may receive additional First Friday benefits. Please contact corporatepartners@icaboston.org for more information. 

This 21+ event does sell out; advance tickets are highly recommended. $3 fee applies and is waived for ICA members. Discounted rates are available for packages of 10 or more. Please contact Visitor Services at visitorservices@icaboston.org or 617-478-3100 during open hours for more information. The museum will not be open to visitors outside of the First Fridays event. Discounts, promotions, and admission vouchers do not apply toward First Fridays admission. The ICA store will close at 7 PM. Galleries close at 9 PM. Bars, Art Lab, doors close at 9 PM. Re-entry permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase at our cashless bars—we accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.


First Fridays: Bold with Boudoir in partnership with

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Nonmember tickets have sold out but free member tickets are still available. Join now!

Calling the young at heart (21+). Dress to impress and get ready to party like it’s (insert year you graduated high school). This retro-glam gala will feature drinks, dancing, art and more! Grab your besties and hop into your limo—you may be crowned prom regent.

If your company is a corporate member or sponsor, you may receive additional First Friday benefits. Please contact corporatepartners@icaboston.org for more information. 

Program

DJ Baby Indiglo | 6–10 PM
State Street Corporation Lobby, First Floor
DJ Baby Indiglo will have the dance floor popping with an electrifying mix of hits that’ll keep the party going all night long.

Performances by Notebook P | 7 + 8 PM
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, Second Floor
Bask in the soulful melodies of singer/songwriter Notebook P, whose R&B stylings infused with anime references and tales of love, life, and loss will whisk you back to those heartfelt high school days.

Crown Royalty | 6–9 PM
State Street Corporation Lobby, First Floor
Craft a personalized crown fit for prom royalty that’ll make you shine brighter than the disco ball.

Prom Photo Booths | 6–10PM
Bank of America Art Lab, First Floor + Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, Second Floor
Strike a pose with your crew and immortalize those priceless prom memories.

ICA Store | 6–7 PM
First Floor
Shop the the hottest, offbeat finds! All purchases at the ICA Store or icastore.org help support exhibitions and programming at the museum.

ICA Galleries | 6–9 PM
Fourth Floor, Food + Drink Not Permitted
Explore the galleries and see our newest exhibitions Firelei BáezWordplayIgshaan Adams, and Wu Tsang: Of Whales.

Sips + Snacks  | 6–9:30 PM
Bars on First + Second Floor; Food on First Floor
Fuel up to dance the night away with classic diner bites.

This 21+ event does sell out; advance tickets are highly recommended. $3 fee applies and is waived for ICA members. Discounted rates are available for packages of 10 or more. University members are not eligible for free admission to this event. Please contact Visitor Services at visitorservices@icaboston.org or 617-478-3100 during open hours for more information. The museum will not be open to visitors outside of the First Fridays event. Discounts, promotions, and admission vouchers do not apply toward First Fridays admission. The ICA store will close at 7 PM. Galleries close at 9 PM. Bars, Art Lab, doors close at 9:30 PM. Re-entry permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase at our cashless bars—we accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.


ICA First Fridays: Prom Night is sponsored by JNG Event Consulting.

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Nonmember tickets have sold out but free member tickets are still available. Join now!

Dive into an underwater extravaganza featuring art, drinks, music, and dancing with oceanside views. Step onto the seafloor in Firelei Báez’s brand new grotto-like installations and Wu Tsang’s Moby Dick-inspired immersive sound and video artwork Of Whales. Grab your aquatic attire (don’t be salty) and belt karaoke with The Teachers’ Lounge and Boston While Black. Sea you there!

If your company is a corporate member or sponsor, you may receive additional First Friday benefits. Please contact corporatepartners@icaboston.org for more information. 

Program

DJ Paul Yvng | 6–10 PM
State Street Corporation Lobby, First Floor
Ride the tidal groove with DJ Paul Yvng as they spin hypnotic deep sea beats!

Karaoke with DJ Owtlaw | 7–9 PM
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, Second Floor
Channel your inner siren with DJ Owtlaw and sing along to hits under the shimmering lights.

Mapping your Identity | 6–9 PM
State Street Corporation Lobby, First Floor
Reflect on how your personal background and culture has shaped your experiences in Greater Boston with a collage activity inspired by Firelei Báez.

Pop Up Talks | 7 + 8 PM
Fourth Floor, Bridgitt and Bruce Evans and Karen and Brian Conway Galleries
Join Boston While Black, The Teacher’s Lounge, and ICA Curatorial Assistant, Tessa Bachi Haas, for a conversation about two works presented in Firelei Báez.

ICA Store | 6–7 PM
First Floor
Shop the hottest, offbeat finds! All purchases at the ICA Store or icastore.org help support exhibitions and programming at the museum.

ICA Galleries | 6–9 PM
Fourth Floor, Food + Drink Not Permitted
Explore the galleries and see our newest exhibitions Firelei Báez, WordplayIgshaan Adams, and Wu Tsang: Of Whales.

Sips + Snacks  | 6–9:30 PM
Bars on First + Second Floor; Food on First Floor
Enjoy ocean-inspired light bites and drinks for sale.

About the partners

Boston While Black is a membership network founded by Sheena Collier for Black professionals, entrepreneurs, and students who are seeking connection and community. Through their digital platform and in-person and virtual programming, they provide an authentic opportunity to members who are seeking access to culturally-relevant experiences, information and resources to navigate the city. Since its inception in July 2020, we have grown from a cohort of 100 founding members to a thriving membership of over 1,000! They remain committed to shaping a city where Black people want to live and work because they have access to the spaces, tools, and relationships to find their tribe, grow their network, navigate the city, and have fun!

The Teachers’ Lounge is an education-based nonprofit organization seeking to drive unprecedented student outcomes by greatly diversifying the people, thoughts, and actions of the educational workforce in the Greater Boston Area and beyond. In efforts to recruit, revitalize, and retain Educators of Color, The Teachers’ Lounge develops and implements innovative solutions for building more diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and professional environments for all stakeholders.  Our areas of focus include community cultivation, learning and development, sustainability and growth, and representative research.  The Teachers’ Lounge intentionally works at the intersection of individual, school-based, and gover.

*Subject to availability. Doors close at 9:30 PM.

This 21+ event does sell out; advance tickets are highly recommended. $3 fee applies and is waived for ICA members. Discounted rates are available for packages of 10 or more. University members are not eligible for free admission to this event. Please contact Visitor Services at visitorservices@icaboston.org or 617-478-3100 during open hours for more information. The museum will not be open to visitors outside of the First Fridays event. Discounts, promotions, and admission vouchers do not apply toward First Fridays admission. The ICA store will close at 7 PM. Galleries close at 9 PM. Bars, Art Lab, doors close at 9:30 PM. Re-entry permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase at our cashless bars—we accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.


First Fridays: Under the Sea is created in partnership with Boston While Black and the Teachers’ Lounge. 

Nonmember tickets have SOLD OUT.

Step into the jazz age for an evening of live music, contemporary art, improv-inspired artmaking, classy cocktails and more! Dress in your swankiest style—it’s gonna be the cat’s meow.

If your company is a corporate member or sponsor, you may receive additional First Friday benefits. Please contact corporatepartners@icaboston.org for more information. 

Program

DJ Knife | 6-10 PM
Theater, Second Floor
Bop to lo-fi beats in “The Lounge” with DJ Knife!

Leland Baker Trio | 6:30 + 8 PM
First Floor
Swing to live jazz performances from the Leland Baker Trio!

Paperclip Symphony | 6-10 PM
Theater, Second Floor
Make instruments out of paperclip art!

ICA Store | 6–7 PM
First Floor
Jazz up your night with some shopping! All purchases at the ICA Store or icastore.org help support exhibitions and programming at the museum.

ICA Galleries | 6–9 PM
Fourth Floor, Food + Drink Not Permitted
Explore the galleries, including recently opened Wordplay, and visit Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today one last time before it closes this month!

Sips + Snacks  | 6–9 PM
Bars on First  + Second Floor + Food on First Floor
Sip mulled wine, our specialty cocktail, and enjoy Parisienne-inspired bites!

*Subject to availability. Doors close at 9:30 PM.

This 21+ event does sell out; advance tickets are highly recommended. $3 fee applies and is waived for ICA members. Discounted rates are available for packages of 10 or more. University members are not eligible for free admission to this event. Please contact Visitor Services at visitorservices@icaboston.org or 617-478-3100 during open hours for more information. The museum will not be open to visitors outside of the First Fridays event. Discounts, promotions, and admission vouchers do not apply toward First Fridays admission. The ICA store will close at 7 PM. Galleries close at 9 PM. Bars, Art Lab, doors close at 9:30 PM. Re-entry permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase at our cashless bars—we accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.

Nonmember tickets have sold out but member tickets are still available. Join now!

It may be cold outside, but First Fridays are getting red hot. Sip a spicy signature cocktail, be dazzled by contemporary art, catch performances and lessons from Salsa y Control, and show off your finest red attire on the dance floor. Are you red-y? 

If your company is a corporate member or sponsor, you may receive additional First Friday benefits. Please contact corporatepartners@icaboston.org for more information. 

Program

Salsa Lessons with Salsa y Control | 7 + 8 PM 
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, Second Floor
Learn to salsa dance with Boston’s hottest dance company.

Bachata Lesson with Salsa y Control | 8 PM
State Street Corporation Lobby, First Floor
Discover bachata dancing from some of Boston’s finest choreographers.

Salsa y Control Performances
8:20 PM
 Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, Second Floor
9 PM | State Street Corporation Lobby, First Floor
Watch world-class performances that will ignite your inner dancer.

Passion Post-ItsFirst Floor
What are you passionate about? Write it and see what others are passionate about in this interactive installation!

ICA Store | 6–7 PM
First Floor
Shop the the hottest, offbeat finds! All purchases at the ICA Store or icastore.org help support exhibitions and programming at the museum.

ICA Galleries | 6–9 PM
Fourth Floor, Food + Drink Not Permitted
Explore the galleries and see our newest exhibitions WordplayIgshaan Adams, and Wu Tsang: Of Whales.

Sips + Snacks | 6–9:30 PM
Bars on First  + Second Floor + Food on First Floor
Sip our signature cocktail, a spicy blood orange margarita and enjoy tasty snacks by El Pelón Taquería.

*Subject to availability. Doors close at 9:30 PM.

This 21+ event does sell out; advance tickets are highly recommended. $3 fee applies and is waived for ICA members. Discounted rates are available for packages of 10 or more. University members are not eligible for free admission to this event. Please contact Visitor Services at visitorservices@icaboston.org or 617-478-3100 during open hours for more information. The museum will not be open to visitors outside of the First Fridays event. Discounts, promotions, and admission vouchers do not apply toward First Fridays admission. The ICA store will close at 7 PM. Galleries close at 9 PM. Bars, Art Lab, doors close at 9:30 PM. Re-entry permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase at our cashless bars—we accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.

Warm up at First Fridays as we bring the alpine charm and the spirit of the slopes to the heart of the city! Show off your lodge look and dance with Boston’s hottest ski-Js, après-ciate contemporary art, warm up with a cozy cocktail, and get creative in our winter wonderland. Plus, don’t miss art, performance, and music from The Makers, WBUR’s cross-media cohort of Massachusetts-based artists of color. Ski you there!

Program

DJ WhySham | 6–10 PM
LobbyFirst Floor
Dance the night away with sets from DJ WhySham.

The Babyfish Lounge by Rixy | 6–9:30 PM
TheaterSecond Floor
The Babyfish Lounge is an interactive structure by Rixy, meant to house the deep dreams and secrets of its guests. We invite you to dive into your iridescent waters, and share the treasures you find.

Performance by Floor Lords | 7:45 PM
Theater, Second Floor
Bust a move alongside the electrifying Floor Lords, a dynamic hip-hop dance collective.

Performance by Dzidzor | 8:30 PM
Theater, Second Floor
Catch a mesmerizing musical performance by Dzidzor.

Tabling by WBUR + Szu Chieh Yun | 6–9 PM
Common Room, First Floor
Want to chat with artists? Come meet with WBUR and Boston-based artist Szu Chieh Yun.

ICA Store | 6–7 PM
First Floor
Take a break from the dance floor for some shopping! For Member Appreciation Weekend, members will get 20% off at the ICA store. All purchases at the ICA Store or icastore.org help support exhibitions and programming at the museum.

ICA Galleries | 6–9 PM
Fourth Floor, Food + drink not permitted
Explore the galleries, including work from the 2023 James and Audrey Foster Prize artists, Tammy Nguyen, and Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990–Today!

Sips + Snacks  | 5–9 PM
Bars on First  + Second Floor; Food on First Floor

Food from: Curio Coffee Waffles, Tater Tot Poutine (veg & meat option), Mac n Cheese, Hot Chocolate, Coffee/Espresso Bar Service

Specialty Cocktail: Kir Royale, with Oishii berry garnish.

Please note: there will be no First Fridays in November or January.

If your company is a corporate member or sponsor, you may receive additional First Friday benefits. Please contact corporatepartners@icaboston.org for more information. 

*Subject to availability. Doors close at 9:30 PM.

This 21+ event does sell out; advance tickets are highly recommended. $3 fee applies and is waived for ICA members. Discounted rates are available for packages of 10 or more. Please contact Visitor Services at visitorservices@icaboston.org or 617-478-3100 during open hours for more information. The museum will not be open to visitors outside of the First Fridays event. Discounts, promotions, and admission vouchers do not apply toward First Fridays admission. The ICA store will close at 7 PM. Galleries close at 9 PM. Bars, Art Lab, doors close at 9:30 PM. Re-entry permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase at our cashless bars—we accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.

General admission tickets have sold out but member tickets are still available. Become an ICA member to get tickets.

Are you too hot to handle or too cool for school? Wear your fiery reds or ice-cold whites and blues for an elemental extravaganza featuring music from, DJ Evaredy and Bobby Bangers, contemporary art, artmaking, icebreakers, spicy + icy drinks and more! 

If your company is a corporate member or sponsor, you may receive additional First Friday benefits. Please contact corporatepartners@icaboston.org for more information. 

*Subject to availability. Doors close at 9:30 PM.

Program Lineup

Dueling DJ Sets | 6–10 PM
Lobby + Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, Second Floor
Dance the night away with sets from DJ Evaredy and Bobby Bangers.

Multi-Faceted | 6–9:30 PM
Bank of America Art Lab, First Floor
You are multi-faceted! Create a clay representation of your many sides, to keep in your pocket, as a reminder of your beautiful complexity!

Icebreakers Friend Speed Dating | 7 + 8 PM
Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, Second Floor
Meet and mingle with others through short conversation rounds with discussion cards at every table.

Photos with Elmo + Olaf | 7-9 PM
First Floor and Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, Second Floor
Strike a pose with Elmo + Olaf.

ICA Store | 6–7 PM
First Floor
Take a break from the dance floor for some shopping! All purchases at the ICA Store or icastore.org help support exhibitions and programming at the museum.

ICA Galleries | 6–9 PM
Fourth Floor, Food + Drink Not Permitted
Explore the galleries, including work from the 2023 James and Audrey Foster Prize artists, Tammy Nguyen, and recently opened Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today!

Sips + Snacks  | 5–9 PM
Bars on First  + Second Floor + Food on First Floor

Enjoy light bites from Dumpling Daughter and drinks for sale, including two specialty cocktails: Dirty Shirley + Jack Frost.

This 21+ event does sell out; advance tickets are highly recommended. $3 fee applies and is waived for ICA members. Discounted rates are available for packages of 10 or more. Please contact Visitor Services at visitorservices@icaboston.org or 617-478-3100 during open hours for more information. The museum will not be open to visitors outside of the First Fridays event. Discounts, promotions, and admission vouchers do not apply toward First Fridays admission. The ICA store will close at 7 PM. Galleries close at 9 PM. Bars, Art Lab, doors close at 9:30 PM. Re-entry permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase at our cashless bars—we accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.