Top Picks For First Friday In Philly This May

Don't miss First Friday's art events, free margaritas and more...

It’s time to celebrate the weekend, arts and urban nightlife — First Friday arrives in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia on Friday, May 5.

Let your inner rebel out with a mix of events that buck societal expectations, from art that questions artistic trends to venues that reveal inner secrets.

There’s even a spot to find complimentary margaritas to keep you fired up — and plenty of late-night opportunities to dance it off.

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

Our First Friday in Philly picks, below.

When Myths Meet: First Friday

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Artists can make magic, too. Just stop by the final reception of work by Franz Fox and Al Johnson for proof. These artists weave symbolism into their perceptions of everyday reality, meeting somewhere in the middle of the myths that make humans into heroes.

When Myths Meet: First Friday

When:Friday, May 5, 5-7 p.m
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street

www.inliquid.org

Friday Nights: Luke Carlos O’Reilly

Exterior of Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

First Friday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art just make sense. Spend your favorite arts night kicking back amid the museum’s collections while taking in the sounds of nationally renowned jazz artists led by Luke Carlos O’Reilly.

Friday Nights: Luke Carlos O’Reilly

When:Friday, May 5, 5-8:45 p.m
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

Philadelphia Art Book Fair 2017

The Philadelphia Art Book Fair comes but once a year. The annual collaboration between The Print Center and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center brings artists and publishers together for a two-day display of art books.

Philadelphia Art Book Fair 2017

When:Friday, May 5, noon-8p.m.
Where:Twelve 27, 1227 N. 4th Street

www.phlartbookfair.com

Eastern State Penitentiary’s 2017 Season Celebration

Every year, Eastern State Penitentiary approaches its historical legacy in a new light by showcasing the work of prominent artists. This year’s exhibition season kicks off with a first-time view of the prison’s medical facilities, where visitors will get a glimpse into the laboratories and operating rooms and opening up yet another facet of the prison’s past.

Eastern State Penitentiary’s 2017 Season Celebration

When:Friday, May 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

www.easternstate.org

First Friday! Jarana Beat

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If you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo, why not do it in style with a live performance at the Barnes Foundation? Jarana Beat, an award-winning band that combines contemporary and traditional Mexican music, performs as part of Mexican Week.

First Friday! Jarana Beat

When:Friday, May 5, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$28; college students, $10 (walk-up only); members, free

www.barnesfoundation.org

KIN Publication Release Exhibition

Indy Hall has a zine now, and yes there’s an art show to celebrate the opening. Just when you thought the Philly arts scene couldn’t get any cooler, this exhibition lets you participate – by drawing directly on the artwork on the walls.

KIN Publication Release Exhibition

When:Friday, May 5, 5-9 p.m
Where:Indy Hall, 399 Market Street, 3rd Floor

www.oldcitydistrict.org

Margarita Mamacita Meetup

It’s a combination Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo celebration at Scarlett Alley, which is offering 15 percent off all Mother’s Day gifts along with complimentary margaritas while you shop.

Margarita Mamacita Meetup

When:May 5, 5-7:30 p.m.
Where:Scarlett Alley, 241 Race Street

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PII Gallery rolls out the golden runway for this First Friday, with a fashion show meets art show. Models will catwalk the art-meets-fashion pieces to music while a multimedia installation highlights the collaborative work of two New York artists.

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When:Friday, May 5, 6-9 p.m.
Where:PII Gallery, 242 Race Street

www.piigallery.com

The Treachery of Images

Have you ever thought of a glass smoking pipe as art? An exhibition at the National Liberty Museum presents glass pieces and pipes as overflowing with both intricacy and defiance.

The Treachery of Images

When:Friday, May 5, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where:National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street

www.libertymuseum.org

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