On the first Friday evening of every month, the streets of Old City fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 to 9 p.m.
On the first Friday evening of every month, art galleries and shops all over Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood stay open late, inviting guests to peruse works ranging from painting to photography to sculpture.
A casual atmosphere encourages art appreciation, eating at Philadelphia’s fantastic restaurants and mingling with other like-minded art lovers, with many establishments serving free wine and snacks.
Most galleries can be found between Front and Third streets, and Market and Vine streets.
First Friday has grown so popular that events now extend to other Philadelphia neighborhoods as well, including Fishtown.
The First Friday of every month invites art lovers to wander Old City and Fishtown's galleries and restaurants.
— Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia
Started in 1991 by a group of galleries as a collaborative open house evening, First Friday quickly grew into one of Philly’s most vital, signature cultural events.
Old City’s historic commercial buildings have fostered a cultural ambiance with the densest network of galleries in the city.
Some of the arts organizations open on First Fridays include the Clay Studio; Wexler; the cooperative galleries Muse and 3rd Street Gallery; and the collaborative known as Space 1026.
On the First Friday of every month, Old City gallery owners open their doors for a lively evening of new exhibitions and free refreshments.
— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia
After hitting the galleries, don’t miss out on the superb dining and nightlife that Old City has to offer.
The neighborhood boasts great restaurants, bars, lounges and cafes; Amada, Han Dynasty, High Street, Fork and Cuba Libre are but a few of the great spots at which to enjoy dinner, drinks, good company and great people watching.
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