Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia
The First Friday evening of each month, rain or shine, year-round. Hours: 5 to 9 p.m.
A large number of galleries can be found between Front and Third, and Market and Vine Streets.
Want proof of Philadelphia’s happening art scene? On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m.
A casual atmosphere encourages art and people watching, eating at Philadelphia’s fantastic restaurants and just plain mingling. There’s diversity both in the crowd and among the galleries, adding flavor to the experience. Most galleries can be found between Front and Third, and Market and Vine Streets.
Started in 1991 by a group of galleries as a collaborative open house evening, First Fridays grew quickly into one of Philly’s most vital, signature cultural events. Old City’s historic commercial buildings have fostered a SoHo-like cultural ambience with the densest network of galleries in the city.
Some of the arts organizations you can visit on First Fridays include the Clay Studio; the Temple Gallery; the cooperative galleries Nexus, Highwire, Muse and Third Street Gallery; and collaborative Space 1026.
To learn what galleries are having receptions on a given month, you’ll want to check out the special First Friday page on PhillyFunGuide.
Also be sure to check out the First Saturday activities as well.
Bird Park, a pocket park on Third Street just below Arch, features changing installations by sculptors invited by nearby Gallery Joe. View, converse, relax – it’s free.
And after you hit the galleries, don’t miss out on the superb dining and nightlife that Old City has to offer. The neighborhood is filled with great restaurants, bars, lounges and cafes — Amada, Buddakan, Farmicia, Continental, Fork and Cuba Libre are but a few of the great spots at which to enjoy dinner, drinks, good company and more.
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Philadelphia, PA 19106
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In the neighborhood
Museums & Attractions
143 South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- American Philosophical Society Museum
- Battleship New Jersey
- Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church
- Elfreth’s Alley
- Arden Theatre Company
- Center City District Sips
- Carpenters’ Hall
- Franklin’s Print Shop
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Restaurants & Dining