On the first Friday of every month, nightlife in Philadelphia goes from lively to positively dynamic with the arrival of First Friday in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Starting around 5 p.m., art-loving Philadelphians pour into galleries, museums and streets for festive art crawls, receptions and artsy events all across town.
This month, a bevy of creative engagements ought to entice folks out to celebrate First Friday in Philadelphia — no matter the weather.
Read on for our November First Friday picks, below.
• First Friday! Vaudeville at The Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation hosts a two-in-one vaudevillian bash this Friday, November 7 as it celebrates First Friday and the grand opening of its William Glackens exhibition. From 6 to 9 p.m., hang out at The Barnes after hours, enjoy live performances from Figment Theater and the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, sip drinks and fill up on small plates from a cash bar. Tickets are $25 for non-museum members and free for members. Tickets are available online.
When: Friday, November 7, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25 for non-members, free for members
• Beyond Rittenhouse
For 10 days this month, November 7-16, shoppers will have a chance to take in — and take home — goods from four of Philly’s top neighborhood boutiques under one roof at Beyond Rittenhouse…A Curated Pop Up Shop of the City’s Hidden Gems at Metropolitan Gallery 250. This Friday, November 7, an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. complements the shopping with treats to eat and drink.
When: Friday, November 7, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Gallery 250, 250 S. 18th Street
• Baubles, Bubbly & Boisset
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts celebrates its annual Bacchanal Wine Gala and Auction, a big-ticket fundraiser, this Saturday, November 8. To embrace the wine-fueled spirit, this year’s Bacchanal honoree Jean-Charles Boisset will be celebrated with an evening of Baubles, Bubbly & Boisset on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at designer boutique Joan Shepp in Rittenhouse. Stop in for a free tasting of Jean-Charles Boisset champagne while viewing designer clothing and accessories from Decades of Los Angeles.
When: Friday, November 7, 4-6 p.m.
Where: Joan Shepp, 1811 Chestnut Street
• Art After 5
Every Friday night, art lovers can take in the superb collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a festive after-dark affair with live music, a cash bar and late hours. This Friday, Latin American rhythms take over the Great Hall to celebrate the destination photography in the Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography exhibition. Dance to the music of the Johnny Cruz Latin Jazz Ensemble, a band from the Centro de Oro in North Philadelphia. Gallery tours are offered throughout the evening, too, and there is no additional charge for performances or guided tours after museum admission.
When: Friday, November 7, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Great Stair Hall, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with museum admission
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• Red 40 & The Last Groovement at FringeArts
Keep the First Friday festivities going late into the night, too. At FringeArts home on the Delaware River waterfront, just across from Race Street Pier, funky R&B group Red 40 & The Last Groovement brings its saucy show to the La Peg cabaret stage for a First Friday residency in November and December. The show kicks off after the dinner crowd has departed, at 11 p.m.
When: Friday, November 7, 11 p.m.
Where: FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Suggested donation at the door
• A Conversation with Charles Burwell
For more than a decade, Bridgette Mayer Gallery has shined as a top contemporary art space in Philadelphia. Committed to spotlighting both emerging and established artists, gallerist Bridgette Mayer shows off the works of artists hailing from near (Philadelphia, New York) and far (Colombia, Spain) in her sophisticated Washington Square gallery. This Friday, join in a First Friday reception for the current show, New Works: Charles Burwell, from 5 to 7 p.m. and meet gallery artist Charles Burwell.
When: Friday, November 7, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Bridgette Mayer Gallery, 709 Walnut Street
• Breakfast and Gifted at The Clay Studio
A longstanding space devoted to the creation and exhibition of ceramic arts, The Clay Studio is always a great First Friday stop in Old City. This Friday, two exhibitions perfect for the upcoming holiday season open: Breakfast, whimsical show of breakfast-themed ceramics, and Gifted: Contemporary Pottery, Tile and Small Sculpture, a show including the work of more than 100 artists, all exhibiting affordable and accessible objects perfect for holiday gift giving.
When: Friday, November 7
Where: The Clay Studio, 137 N. 2nd Street
• Full Bleed: Poetry Comics Show
The only thing that might make art better is if it could drop rhymes like Dr. Seuss. An exhibition at Indy Hall aims towards that lofty goal, with a collaboration of artists and poets bringing color back to the couplet.
When: Friday, November 7, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Indy Hall, 22 N. 3rd Street
• Hard to Please at Little Berlin
In Fishtown, the Little Berlin artist-run collective and gallery hosts shows reflecting the truly diverse interests of its artist-members. This month, Little Berlin member Maddie Hewitt has curated an exhibition of eight artists exploring tough subjects like power, violence and desire. For opening night of Hard to Please, visit the North Philadelphia co-op for a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. and performance by contemporary collective BAIT with choreography by Kate Speidel at 8 p.m.
When: Friday, November 7, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Little Berlin, 2430 Coral Street