First Fridays: A Recurring Art Show Taking Place in the City of Brotherly Love

Summer in the City of Brotherly Love has closed its annual curtain, but the spirit of freedom rings year-round and fall is brimming with promise.

Whether you’re enjoying a permanent or temporary stay near Philadelphia, there’s one free event guaranteed to keep your spirits high and your wallet intact this fall.

Introducing First Fridays, a recurring art show that fits right in with the falling leaves and breezy autumn weather. This Philadelphia favorite is a great show to catch on your way home from the office.

Like the city itself, First Fridays is a spectacle that shines year-round, subtly changing with each season while maintaining an undeniable spirit of culture and community. If you’ve yet to make it into Old City on a First Friday, you’re in for quite a treat.

What to Expect to See at a First Friday Event

If you’re new to the festival, you might be surprised to find that the crowd is as diverse as the art collections on display. Visitors come from far and wide: from Old City, South Philly, the Northeast and nearby locales such as Wilmington, Delaware, New Jersey and the Philadelphia suburbs to witness Philly’s most artistic “open house” to date.

What transpires following this eclectic gathering is an awe-inspiring display featuring collectibles from more than 40 galleries. The windswept walk between Front and Third Streets is adorned with classical and contemporary efforts and alive with musical and theatrical performances. The streets are often lined with vendors auctioning off their goods. The doors to abundant galleries swing open in the breeze. The Old City streetlamps shine vintage lighting over eclectic sidewalk exhibits. This artistic walk is the perfect prelude to a romantic dinner for two at one of the many award-winning Old City restaurants or a late night social gathering with friends in one of the many nearby nightclubs.

Elfreth's Alley

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When and Where

First Fridays is always held on the first Friday of each month and is a rain or shine event. Exhibits will be on display from 5 PM to 9 PM at various locations in Old City with the majority of artwork being positioned between Market and Vine streets and Front and Third streets.

Want to stay closer to home? There’s also plenty to see on the Wilmington Art Loop from 5 PM – 8 PM every First Friday as well.

Contact us today to reserve your space near the City of Brotherly Love and its many free fall festivities.

Philly Tip

While you’re perusing the wonders of Old City, take a stroll through Elfreth’s Alley, an architectural site that is rumored to be the oldest residential street in the entire USA.

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