Our Top Picks For Celebrating First Friday In Philadelphia With Live Music At The Barnes, A Philly-Themed Party In Old City, S’Mores In Graduate Hospital And More On Friday, December 6

A variety of events are on tap for this First Friday, whether you're looking for an art-filled bash at The Barnes, a student sale or holiday arts. (Photo by Dave DiRentis Photography for The Barnes Foundation)

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, the holiday season gives the already-jubilant evening a particularly merry vibe, with many museums, galleries and neighborhoods kicking up the creativity on First Friday events — from a blowout at The Barnes Foundation and a Hanukkah celebration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, all the way to an art-filled pop-up shop in Fishtown and a s’mores roast in Graduate Hospital.

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.

Our picks for December’s First Friday, below.

First Friday! Philadelphia Artist Spotlight: Every Friday night, art lovers can take in the incredible collections of The Barnes Foundation in a festive affair with live music, a cash bar and late hours. But for the final First Friday extravaganza in 2013, The Barnes welcomes a whopping five Philadelphia local artists to all perform in one night. See Las Gallas, Mr. Sonny James, Pattern is Movement, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation and Yellow Rage, plus sip on cocktails and take in the stunning permanent collection. Tickets are available online.

When: Friday, December 6, 6-10 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25

20th Annual Student Print Sale at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts while supporting up-and-coming artists at the 20th Annual Student Print Sale this Friday night. Made by the talented students of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, original etchings, screen prints, lithographs, woodcuts, stamp prints and more will be on sale during this festive shopping event.

When: Friday, December 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: PAFA, 128 N. Broad Street, 6th floor
Cost: Pay as you go

The #whyilovephilly Party 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 comedic play Stick Fly. But on the first Friday of every month, the lobby opens up its doors even wider with free performances and sociable soirees. This Friday, the Arden hosts a party to celebrate love for this city in conjunction with Philly Love Notes, Drink Philly and Philebrity. Head down to show your love and enjoy local food, drinks, ice cream, music, love notes to Philly and more! Admission is free, but advance registration is highly encouraged.

When: Friday, December 6, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Free

Festival of Lights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Celebrate the end of Hanukkah at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with gallery tours, cocktails, wine and beer, and tunes from the West Philadelphia Orchestra, a local Balkan brass, jazz and klezmer band that never fails to get crowds moving.

When: Friday, December 6, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Great Stair Hall, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with museum admission

Santa Classics Opens at Bahdeebahdu: On the Kensington/Fishtown border, lighting gallery Bahdeebahdu welcomes a timely new exhibition from photographer and artist Ed Wheeler, Santa Classics. Far from a traditional holiday art show, in this exhibition Santa Claus slips in to various iconic works of art with whimsical results. The limited-edition works by Wheeler will be for sale, and light fare and libations will be on hand. The Santa Classics show will run at bahdeebahdu from December 6 to 21.

When: Friday, December 6, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Bahdeebahdu, 1522 N. American Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Art Shop at Circle of Hope: Tons of events and specials happenings take over the Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor in Fishtown for First Friday every month, and December is no exception. Opening this Friday, and running through Saturday, the Art Shop at Circle of Hope gathers more than 35 artists in one location for handy local holiday shopping.

When: Friday, December 6, 6-10 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Circle of Hope, 2007 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

• Holiday Market First Friday at Art in the Age: In Old City, stop in at Art in the Age for a seasonal shopping fete. A slew of awesome independent makers will be on-hand, including Peg & Awl, Norman Porter Denim, Three Potato Four, Pilot & Captain, The Reclaimed and W&P Design. For the entire month of December customers can shop the best artisan-made gifts at the boutique, too.

When: Friday, December 6, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street
Cost: Free

MicroCosmic Opens at Highwire Gallery: The work of three artists will debut in the MicroCosmic exhibition at Highwire Gallery in Fishtown this week. Check out linework by Joshua Gabriel, paintings by Rochelle Marcus Dinkin and mixed-media works by Rachel Isaac. The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres, all three artists in attendance.

When: Friday, December 6, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Avenue
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. This month, also check out the array of stellar gifts for the outdoors-lovers on your list.

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


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