Top Events For First Friday In Philadelphia This March

Cool art exhibits and events to check out this month…

It’s time to celebrate the weekend, arts and urban nightlife as First Friday arrives in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia this Friday, March 3.

This First Friday is all about experiences: culinary experiences, art-collecting experiences, classical music experiences and more. Celebrate history, science, art and the city with a range of events from free concerts to buck-a-shucks to a range of exhibitions.

Remember, beyond our picks, there’s tons more action on arts corridors in Old City and Fishtown, in particular.

First Friday! Salsa at the Barnes Foundation

This Friday night, the Barnes Foundation hosts a salsa dance party in honor of First Friday. Revelers can head to the Logan Square museum for salsa lessons from Estilo Dance Company and even a salsa performance. Also this week, the museum celebrates its new exhibition Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie.

First Friday! Salsa at the Barnes Foundation

When:Friday, March 3, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$28 for general admission, $10 for students, free for members

www.barnesfoundation.org

Tal Shtuhl at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Live music fills the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Friday night (and every Friday night!) for its recurring Friday night programming. This week, Tal Shtuhl takes the stage for an evening of live jazz. In addition to music, guests can enjoy drinks and eats from Starr Catering.

Tal Shtuhl at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Friday, March 3, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Included in the price of admission

www.philamuseum.org

Small Favors: Think Inside the Box

The Center for Art in Wood, in collaboration with The Clay Studio, presents Small Favors: Think Inside the Box, a series of works that defy the limits of size and expectation. Artists are asked to contribute works small enough to fit inside a 4-inch cube. Since its launch in 2006 at the Clay Studio, the exhibition's small-scale sculptures have had a large impact on introducing fine craft to collectors both new and experienced.

Small Favors: Think Inside the Box

When:Friday, March 3, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where:The Center For Art In Wood, 141 N. 3rd Street and The Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd Street

www.centerforartinwood.org

Of Metal and Light

Three artists experiment with light, metal, and time itself to capture nature, architecture and historical traditions in surprising ways.

Of Metal and Light

When:Friday, March 3
Where:Gravy Studio + Gallery, 910 N. 2nd Street

gravy-studio.com

First Fridays at Baril

Traditional French dish bouillabaisse is the soup of every seafood lover’s dreams, where every fish in the Mediterranean meets one lucky soup bowl. Now legendary chef Georges Perrier joins Rittenhouse-based restaurant Baril for a First Friday series that will knock your Mediterranean socks off. The $25-per-person special includes the traditional soup plate, plus a live performance by jazz band Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society.

First Fridays at Baril

When:Friday, March 3
Where:Baril, 267 S. 19th Street
Cost:$25 per person

www.barilphilly.com

Conversations: Opening reception

How do you have a discussion about difficult topics when the very act of discussion can be difficult? Philadelphia Sculptors has one answer. In the current exhibition, a group of artists tackles issues like identity, personal trauma, environmental concerns and more through the medium of 3-D work.

Conversations: Opening reception

When:Friday, March 3, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Legend Galleries, 230 N. 21st Street

www.legendgalleries.net

Matthew Hall: Fabricating Nostalgia

There’s a softer world that can be found beneath our perceptions of everyday reality, one that lives in warm earthy tones and exploratory lines. It’s a world you can find in the works of Matthew Hall, whose ink drawings will be on display at 3rd Street Gallery this month. The artist, who in the past few years has made Philadelphia his home and immersed himself in the local arts scene, finds this same world in the streets he now sees as his own.

Matthew Hall: Fabricating Nostalgia

When:Friday, March 3, 5-9 p.m.
Where:3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. 2nd Street

www.3rdstreetgallery.com

Let’s Trade

It’s art you can trade for a song – almost. Bring an object – any object – along with you to your First Friday haunts, tucked securely into a zip-close bag. Then stop by the Jessica Eldridge Studio to take in the work of artist Aly Giantisco. Before you leave, take a piece off the walls and leave your object behind in its place. Easiest art collecting experience ever.

Let’s Trade

When:Friday, March 3, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Jessica Eldredge Studio, 245 Cherry Street

www.jessicaeldredge.com

Poor Richard’s Chamber Music Society: Free Concert

Just when you thought First Fridays had pretty much all the free culture you could handle, Poor Richard’s Chamber Music Society throws free, live classical music performances into the mix. This month’s ensemble brings renditions of Bartok, Meyer and Brahms to Christ Church Neighborhood House.

Poor Richard’s Chamber Music Society: Free Concert

When:Friday, March 3, 7-9 p.m.
Where:Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street
Cost:Free

www.prchambermusic.com

First Friday at the Olde Bar

Finished with your First Friday travels early? Take a refresher with buck-a-shuck nights at The Olde Bar. Also on hand for your evening enjoyment: For Whom the Bell Tolls, a cocktail special with creative inspiration.

First Friday at the Olde Bar

When:Friday, March 3
Where:The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut Street

www.theoldebar.com

First Friday: Wikipedia and Women in Science

In celebration of Women’s History Month, CHF highlights women in science. With talks by Mary Mark Ockerbloom, CHF’s Wickipedian in Residence, and Carol Yaster, board president of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, as well as a Champagne toast to women’s contributions to the field, it’s an evening for the catalysts of change.

First Friday: Wikipedia and Women in Science

When:Friday, March 3, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street

www.chemheritage.org

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