First Friday Philadelphia – This Friday, May 3rd!

First Friday Philadelphia – This Friday, May 3rd!

This Friday, May 3rd marks the first Friday of the month and time for Philadelphia’s year-round and art-filled First Friday! During this event, shops hold evening-hours open houses featuring art, design, and fashion.

An additional bonus, as of April this year, Old City expanded its First Friday event to First Friday Weekends.  Now, for the entire first weekend of the month, galleries, theaters and boutiques will host First Friday-style events for an extended amount of time.

Here are just some of the events you may want to check out this weekend!  Full details for the events posted by Jillian Wilson on

Fingers crossed the weather forecast proves right and we have a beautiful evening for this!

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• The Snyderman-Works Gallery: The Synderman-Works Gallery hosts a blockbuster event on Saturday, May 4. Beginning at 4 p.m., boutiques, stores, restaurants and beverage providers will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the zipper with an innovative zipper-centric fashion show. Even check out original zipper jewelry by Kate Cusack. Participating boutiques include Three Sirens Boutique, Smak Parlour, Scarlett Alley and Charlie’s Jeans. Food and drinks will be provided by Art in the Age, Wedge and Fig, Cuba Libre and more.

• Arden Theatre Company: Every Frist Friday the Arden Theatre hosts a free live performance in its lobby. This week, pay a visit to the theater for subcircle, a show that features dance and visual arts. Did we mention complimentary beer is given to guests? Sounds good to us.

• Betsy Ross House: The Betsy Ross House presents old-school films projected onto the historic attraction’s wall. This week check out A Bucket of Blood, a 1959 film and take up the chance to explore the Betsy Ross House after hours for $5. Snacks will be available at the gift shop, and guests are encouraged to pack their favorite bottle of wine (or six-pack of beer) for the event. The evening tours begin at 5 p.m., and the film begins at dusk.

• The Wexler Gallery: Visit the Wexler Gallery for an evening of two-in-one fun. Two art installations make their debut this Friday night, and Wexler hosts a dual opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The first exhibit showcases glass sculptures by David Clayman and is located in the gallery’s main space. Also be sure to visit a collection of paintings, sculptures and collages on the second floor of the gallery by Mark Bennion. Both exhibits will be on display until June 30.

• Moko Organic Beauty Studio: It’s Moko’s fifth birthday and the eco-friendly salon is putting on a fun Twenties-themed fete. Models will be dressed in flapper-inspired outfits and Art in the Age will provide libations. Guests are encouraged to try out Moko’s organic beauty products. The party goes from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Other Neighborhoods

• 250 Metropolitan Gallery: Metropolitan Bakery’s gallery, 250 Metropolitan Gallery, hosts a cool exhibition that features art from local artists who work in the restaurant industry. Fork, Alla Spina and Tria are all represented. This installation of the exhibition, entitled Sidework Series, runs until May 26. On First Friday, local art and Little Baby’s Ice Cream (!!!) come together for an evening of fun from 6 to 9 p.m. Little Baby’s is also releasing a limited-edition sour cherry, sea salt and dark chocolate cookie ice cream at the event. How sweet.

• Bridgette Mayer Gallery: The opening reception for Bridgette Mayer Gallery’s newest photo and video exhibition, Above and Below by Sharon Harper runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on First Friday. The exhibition brings Harper’s time in Norway and Vermont to the spotlight through interactive photography and videography at the Washington Square West gallery.

• Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts Art After 5 events every Friday, including First Friday. This week, drag cabaret queen Martha Graham Cracker performs for guests. Her vocal and comedic performance will fill the PMA’s Great Stair Hall from 5 to 8:45 p.m. In addition to the live performance, guests are encouraged to explore the museum and enjoy snacks and drinks in typical Art After 5 fashion. With a star like Martha taking the stage, expect the crowds to gather early.

• Adorn Boutique: In celebration of its two-year anniversary, Adorn Boutique is launching a Fishtown Decal Project that benefits the communities of Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond. The new project kicks off during First Friday from noon to 8 p.m. Decals are available for $5 a piece, or for free with a purchase more than $100. Complimentary snacks and drinks will be available for shoppers.

• Starboard Side Gallery and Studio: View works of all types at the grand opening party from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Fishtown gallery and studio. Art created by Starboard Side Gallery and Studio’s teachers, members and studio artists will all be on display. Studio tours that feature fine art jewelry, glass fusing, painting will also be given to guests.

• Highwire Gallery: The opening reception for Highwire Gallery’s new paper-based exhibit, Loose Leaves by Jeff Waring runs from 5 to 9 p.m. The art on display includes watercolor paintings and art creations on wood. The pieces of art have been aged by weather patterns and the images seen on each piece directly reflect the natural impact.


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