A variety of events are on tap for this First Friday, whether you're looking for a birthday party at Pizza Brain, a bake sale or a fashion show, there's something for you. (Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC)
It’s time to celebrate the weekend, arts and urban nightlife as another First Friday arrives in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.
As the city swings in to high gear for the busy fall season, First Friday ramps up its offerings, too.
Celebrate the weekend with art-centric, beer-boasting or hands-on events all over town, from Old City and Fishtown to Rittenhouse, Manayunk and beyond.
Read on for our First Friday picks, below.
• Pizza Brain Birthday Party: It’s been a whole year since Pizza Brain opened on Frankford Avenue, and to celebrate the zany pizza makers are throwing a blowout bash. In addition to the tons of events and specials happening along the Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor tonight, visit Pizza Brain to check out live music, fire breathing, juggling, face painting and hear from Lisa A. Sturz, the puppeteer behind such films as Howard the Duck and Little Shop of Horrors.
When: Friday, September 6, 5-11 p.m.
Where: Pizza Brain, 2313 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
• First Friday Park After Dark: Along the Delaware River Waterfront in Old City, live music and festivities abound this Friday evening at Race Street Pier. This month, get a small sample of the abundant offerings of the Fringe Festival with sneak peek performances of upcoming Fringe shows from five artists, including Charm City Movement Arts and Philly Improv Theater.
When: Friday, September 6, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard and Race Street
• The Annual Claymobile Bake Sale at The Clay Studio: In addition to the gallery exhibition openings and receptions throughout Old City’s First Friday Weekend, The Clay Studio breaks out baked goods to help support the incredible programming of the Claymobile, a mobile studio dedicated to bringing clay art education to diverse populations in the Philadelphia region.
When: Friday, September 6, 5 p.m.
Where: The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. Second Street
Cost: Pay as you go
• Drink Philly’s Third Anniversary First Friday Fest: Raise a glass to Drink Philly this Friday, as the purveyors of crucial happy hour info and more celebrate three years in existence at the Arden Theatre in Old City. Arrive for plenty of food and beverages from some of the city’s best, such as Victory, Yards, Brauhaus Schmitz, The Victoria Freehouse and more. Plus, a suggested donation at the door goes towards Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, making for feel-good fun.
When: Friday, September 6, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Free, $5 donation suggested
• Chemical Heritage Foundation First Friday: The Art of the Page: For many, September means hitting the books. This First Friday, the Chemical Heritage Foundation brings guest speaker Lesley Mitchell, a Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts-trained printmaker and artist, to demonstrate methods of illustration and decorative arts used in books throughout history.
When: Friday, September 6, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street
• First Friday Movies Under the Stars at Betsy Ross House: Enjoy an alfresco film and after-hours tours at the Betsy Ross House. Before the film, beginning at 5:30 p.m., explore the Betsy Ross House and the history behind it. At dusk, attendees are invited out to the courtyard for a screening. Bonus: Bring your favorite bottle of wine to this evening event.
When: Friday, September 6, 5:30-11:30 p.m.
Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
• Sylvania Opening Reception at Metropolitan Gallery 250: Stop in at the jewel-box space affiliated with Metropolitan Bakery this evening to take in an extraordinary new exhibition by artist Hannah Selin. In Sylvania, Selin employs multichannel audio to reveal the “sound forest” that is South Philly. Stop in at 6 p.m. for a live performance by Selin.
When: Friday, September 6, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Gallery 250, 250 S. 18th Street
• Pretty in Punk Fashion Show at James Oliver Gallery: Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designer-in-residence Leah Delfiner of Pretty Pretty Rebel takes art off the wall and down the runway, with the launch of James Oliver Gallery’s first season of First Friday fashion shows.
When: Friday, September 6, 6-10 p.m.
Where: James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor
Cost: $10, $5 for students
• Hoopalooza at Manayunk Greenworks: First Friday in Manayunk brings a slew of events, but you won’t want to miss out on live music with the amazing artist Kuf Knotz and his DJ, accompanied by hula hooping, free beer, wine and pizza.
When: Friday, September 6, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Where: Manayunk Greenworks, 4235 Main Street