Our Picks For Celebrating First Friday In Philadelphia With Art Openings, Free Music, Festive Soirees And S’Mores On Friday, November 1

A variety of events are on tap for this First Friday, whether you're looking for an art opening, Halloween party, film screening or museum action, there's something for you. (Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC)

On the first Friday of every month, art-loving Philadelphians pour into the streets for festive art crawls, gallery receptions and artsy nightlife events all across town.

This month, on Friday, November 1 a bevy of creative engagements ought to entice folks out to celebrate First Friday in Philadelphia. Celebrate the weekend with art-centric, music-boasting or hands-on events all over the city, from Old City to Graduate Hospital and beyond.

We’ve complied our top picks for this month’s events, but there’s tons more action to be taken in on arts corridors in Fishtown, Old City and Manayunk in particular.

Read on for our First Friday picks, below.

First Friday at The National Constitution Center: This first Friday, the National Constitution Center opens its doors to guests at a major discount. To celebrate November, the National Constitution Center presents an evening of discounted admission, free wine and beer, extended hours and access to its main exhibition, Capture The Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs on Friday, November 1. This Friday, explore the museum after hours at just $5 per person — general admission normally rings in at $14.50, so the first Friday promotion is a great deal.

When: Friday, November 1, 5-8 p.m.
Where: 525 Arch Street
Cost: $5

Art in the Age Philadelphia Textile Collection Launch: This Friday, November 1, the brand-new locally inspired Philadelphia Textile Collection launches with a First Friday fete from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Art in the Age Old City boutique. The entire collection will be on-hand to shop, and the Art in the Age spirit-based cocktails will be flowing.

When: Friday, November 1, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street
Cost: Free

First Friday at the Arden Theatre: Old City’s Arden Theatre hosts an incredible array of locally produced theatrical performances in a full season of work. Now on stage? The stirring musical Parade. But on the first Friday of every month, the lobby opens up its doors even wider with free performances and sociable soirees. In November, the Arden collaborates with the folks of First Person Arts to present a StorySlam, a crowd-sourced storytelling competition. Want to tell your tale? Leave your name at the door.

When: Friday, November 1, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Free

• First Friday with Animina Soundwalk at Race Street Pier: Philadelphia artist, Michael Kiley and his group, The Mural and the Mint, bring a new voice to the Delaware River Waterfront park through a sound-infused walking tour of the pier — Animina. Available as an iPhone app for .99 cents per download, the audio tour is comprised of sounds the composers recorded on the pier, then remixed, resulting in an awesome effect. This Friday, the soundwalk gets live-action accompaniment from actors and dancers, including graduates from the Pig Iron Institute and Headlong Performance Institute. The brand-new FringeArts building located right across the street at 140 N. Columbus Blvd. will also be open to visitors.

When: Friday, November 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard and Race Street
Cost: Free

Roaring 20s Dance Party at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Just when you thought Halloween was over for another year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art keeps on celebrating with a costume dance party during its weekly Art After 5 fete. Don those flapper costumes, and dance the night away to Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society’s Dixieland jazz, accompanied by dancers Gin Minsky and Dandy Wellington.

When: Friday, November 1, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Great Stair Hall, First floor, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free after museum admission

• Hallowmas First Friday at Square Peg Artery & Salvage: Tons of events and specials happenings take over the Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor in Fishtown for First Friday every month, and November is no exception with film screenings at Walking Fish Theatre, Pumpkin Spice Latte Donut ice cream at Little Baby’s and more. Don’t miss the shindig in honor of Halloween and the photography show The Negative Side of Living Things at Square Peg Artery & Salvage.

When: Friday, November 1, 6-9 p.m.
Where: 2527 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Free

First Friday at the Barnes: Every Friday night, art lovers can take in the incredible collections of the Barnes Foundation in a festive with live music, a cash bar and late hours. For First Friday, visit to see Arab classical music from Al-Bustan’s Resident Takht Ensemble followed by Swedish-American singer IVA as part of the 375th anniversary celebrations of the Finnish and Swedish settlement of the Delaware Valley.

When: Friday, November 1, 6-10 p.m.
Where: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $10 Friday night ticket

S’more-gasbord at Fireside Camp Supply: Stop in this charming new camping supply store in Graduate Hospital — it feels like its straight out of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom — for free s’mores around a campfire. Form 6 to 8 p.m. the marshmallows will be toasting in the courtyard behind the shop. This month, also check out a vintage pop-up shop, Mousetrap Vintage. In case of rain, the party continues indoors with hot cocoa and, indeed, a screening of Moonrise Kingdom.

When: Friday, November 1, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 2207 South Street
Cost: Free


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