Celebrate First Friday, October 4, In Neighborhoods Across Philadelphia With Art Openings, A Film Screening, StorySlams And S’mores

A variety of events are on tap for this First Friday, whether you're looking for an art opening, alfresco party, film screening or 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 Graduate Hospital, Manayunk and beyond.

Read on for our First Friday picks, below.

The Pynk Affair at Yards Brewing Company: To kick of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, Yards Brewing Company hosts A Pynk Affair to help launch its brand-new brew Pynk, a tart berry fall ale. Sip brews, scoop up Pynk-flavored Little Baby’s Ice Cream and rock out to the band Freezer: A Tribute to Weezer, who will be playing the band’s album Pinkerton in its entirety. The party is $10 to attend, and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Tyanna Foundation, the founders of Breast Fest.

When: Friday, October 4, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Avenue
Cost: $10

First Friday Movies Under the Stars at Betsy Ross House: In the final outdoor movie screening at the Betsy Ross House this year, welcome the spooky season by catch the cult classic Night of the Living Dead in the courtyard. 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, October 4, 5:30-11:30 p.m.
Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost: $5

Mural Arts Program at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym: Help kick-off Mural Arts Month tonight during the always-booming Frankford Avenue First Friday. Over at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym hear a short artist presentation on Mural Arts’ new exterior lenticular mural project at the gym, Invisible Avenue: An Exploration in Color. Plus, enjoy treats from food truck Yumtown USA and an Instagram photobooth with students’ drawings as the backdrop.

When: Friday, October 4, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, 1834 E. Frankford Avenue
Cost: Free

Fall Exhibition Opening Reception at the Fabric Workshop and Museum: Fall at the Fabric Workshop and Museum means an abundance of carefully curated modern art discussions, exhibitions and lectures. Tonight, the museum hosts one of its always-engaging opening reception soirees for four new exhibitions, including A Riot of Color: The Fabric Workshop and Museum in collaboration with Ruth Fine and Mario Ybarra, Jr.: Books Of Drawings, Beyond Our Dreams, Blame Our Dads, Brains On Drugs, Better Off Dead.

When: Friday, October 4, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street
Cost: Free

A Collection of Shaped Objects Opening at Art in the Age: In Old City, stop in at Art in the Age to fete the opening of a new exhibition by pro-surfer turned woodworker, Ben McBrien. His gorgeous objects and decorative arts are crafted with reclaimed wood at his workshop Farmhaus in Kensington, and will be on view at Art in the Age in this month-long exhibition. Join in the party with Art In The Age cocktails and Spodee wine.

When: Friday, October 4, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street
Cost: Free

Chemical Heritage Foundation First Friday: StorySlam: This First Friday, the Chemical Heritage Foundation collaborates with the folks of First Person Arts to present a StorySlam on a hot topic: chemistry. Two StorySlam events will take place tonight, at 5:30 and again 6:45 p.m. Want to tell your tale? Leave your name at the door.

When: Friday, October 4, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free

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.

When: Friday, October 4, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 2207 South Street
Cost: Free

Red Stag Cider Tasting at Lucky’s Last Chance: Lucky’s Last Chance on Main Street in Manayunk hosts a boozy evening in celebration of the first Friday in October. Indulge in Red Stag cider as the bar dishes out glasses of the beverage for a tasting, or sip on inventive cocktails from 6 to 10 p.m. Walk Main Street Manayunk, too, for a number of additional First Friday events.

When: Friday, October 4, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Lucky’s Last Chance, 4421 Main Street
Cost: Pay as you go


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