First Friday now spans past its former one night only events, First Weekend is a new citywide event that celebrates art, shopping, music and more. (Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC)
First Friday in Philadelphia has evolved into an epic night of art, parties and shopping excursions across the city. Art lovers, students and the general public join forces to crowd the streets of numerous Philadelphia neighborhoods on the First Friday of each month.
Due to the event’s immense success, Old City has 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.
In celebration of this new event, a number of Philadelphia’s businesses are hosting affairs that will keep you busy all weekend long. Here are our picks for First Weekend happenings all over the city.
• Arden Theatre: Get your theater fill this Friday at the Arden Theatre. From 6 to 8 p.m., the theater offers a 30-minute excerpt from The Berserker Residents’ show The Jersey Devil, 39 artistic responses to the Arden Theatre’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame from audience members and free beer samples from Yards Brewing Company.
• Three Sirens Boutique: From 5 to 9 p.m. Three Sirens Boutique hosts an action-packed First Weekend event. On Friday, April 5, Three Sirens Boutique partners up with Cayetano Legacy Jewelry and hosts a trunk show and reception which will feature exclusive jewelry samples plus artwork form local artist Christina Lower.
• Indy Hall: Celebrate baseball this Friday, April 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Indy Hall’s opening reception for Fast for a Catcher. The baseball-themed event also perfectly coincides with the Phillies home opener. The exhibit, which will be on display until April 26, showcases artist Mike Jackson’s love of baseball through watercolor paintings of influential players, baseball moments and some of his favorite Phillies.
• Scarlett Alley: Old City boutique Scarlett Alley hosts two days of jewelry-centered fun. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 5, stop by for a preview party. Then, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, Scarlett Alley hosts a jewelry trunk show featuring items by local designer Marlyn Schiff. The folks at Scarlett Alley will also serve up honey whiskey cocktails and honey caramel chocolates on the day of the event.
• Smak Parlour: Celebrate eight years of Smak Parlour in Old City. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 5 the shop hosts birthday celebrations for all to attend. Keep in mind, the earlier you arrive the better — Smak Parlour will be giving out birthday presents to the first 50 customers. Also, enter for a chance to win one of eight $10 gift certificates to the shop and nosh on pink cupcakes while checking out the shop’s arrivals for warmer weather. Storewide discounts will be in effect all weekend long, too.
• The Center for Art in Wood: Create a masterpiece of your own on Saturday, April 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at The Center for Art in Wood. Attendees will create their own artistic responses to exhibits on display. Guests will be provided with wood and cardboard and to make free standing creations. The event is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Registration is recommended, but drop-ins are also welcome. Registration is available here.
• Arcadia Boutique Vintage Garden Party and Trunk Show: Update your spring wardrobe at Arcadia Boutique’s Friday night event. The Vintage Garden Party and Trunk Show provides guests with snacks, cocktails and 15% off of new spring arrivals. The event also showcases Arcadia’s newly expanded vintage selection and jewelry from one of Philadelphia’s newest jewelry lines, New Histories Jewelry.
• The Fabric Workshop and Museum: The Fabric Workshop and Museum welcomes a new media-centric exhibit on Friday, April 5 for the duration of the spring and summer. The exhibit kicks off with a opening reception in correlation with First Weekend festivities. At 5:30 p.m., Fabric Workshop and Museum members get a special gallery talk from the curator John G. Hanhard. Following the discussion with the esteemed curator, the opening reception begins for the public at 6 p.m.
• Countdown to Germantown Weekend: Germantown joins in the fun with a debut effort of First Friday Weekend happenings including music, art exhibits and late-night eats. The events will take place at locations throughout the Germantown and Cheltenham Avenue areas. Stop by Wired Beans Coffee for live jazz until 11 p.m. and a fish fry on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. or K & J Caribbean American Diner for a late meal until 11 p.m. The Imperfect Gallery hosts the of opening Bonnie MacAllister: SPECTACLE, an art exhibit from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Following the First Friday festivities, Saturday, April 6 brings Countdown to Germantown Day events from 1 to 5 p.m. in Vernon Park. The day features live music, family-friendly activities, food, art exhibits, dance workshops and more. The events celebrate the countdown to Germantown’s founding 330 years ago on October 6, 2013.