It’s time to celebrate the weekend, arts and urban nightlife as another First Friday arrives in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.
As always, First Fridays in Philadelphia come stocked with a unique brand of surprises, from impromptu runway shows to poetry readings in urban farms. And oh yes, we’ve got butterbeer!
Remember, beyond our picks there’s tons more action on arts corridors in Old City and Fishtown, in particular.
Our June First Friday picks, below.
• Open Source Kickoff
Friday, June 5, 6-9 p.m., Paine’s Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Kicking off an art event has never been so literal, thanks to Mural Arts bringing skateable sculpture by Berlin-based artist Jonathan Monk to Paine’s Park as part of the Open Source series. For First Friday, party down at the skate park with food trucks, a performance from Chill Moody and a skate demonstration organized by Nocturnal Skateshop. Through October, the series continues with 14 artists celebrating the city in all its much-loved and much-used beauty with citywide public art installations. MORE INFO
• First Friday! Root Down: African Journeys
Friday, June 5, 6-9 p.m. The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Barnes Foundation hosts a summertime bash this Friday, June 5 as it celebrates First Friday and the debut of its first African collection catalogue, African Art in the Barnes Foundation. From 6 to 9 p.m., hang out at The Barnes after hours, enjoy a live performance of Trinidad-born trumpeter Etienne Charles’s Creole Soul, sip drinks and fill up on small plates from a cash bar. Tickets are $25 for non-museum members and free for members. MORE INFO
• Jocko Weyland: Ski Maps
Friday, June 5, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut Street. If you’ve already started complaining about the summer heat, don’t lose your cool just yet. Win it back with the ski map exhibition on view at Fleisher/Ollman. Featuring the work of skier turned painter Jocko Weyland, adventure through purple mountains from the safety of the ground floor.
• Fragments and Catacumbis
Opening June 3, 3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. 2nd Street. Living moments and forgotten spaces collide in this dual exhibition at 3rd Street Gallery. Artists Matthew Hall and Nicole Patrice Dul work with sumi ink and mixed media paintings to highlight a narrative of observation played out in people and places. MORE INFO
Friday, June 5, 5-9 p.m., Milk and Honey, 518 S. 4th Street. It’s more art than you can wave a wand at, thanks to an exhibition in homage to the Harry Potter series. Complete with floating candle ambience, butterbeer refreshments and magical treats, the show illuminates the work of dozens of local artists. MORE INFO
More First Friday picks, below.
• Corn Belt Almanac Release Party
Friday, June 5, 7 p.m., Emerald Street Urban Farm, Emerald and Dauphin Street. It’s an ode to the art of the written word at Emerald Street Urban Farm, thanks to the release party for the Corn Belt Almanac. The publication presents poetry, essays and stories on everyone’s favorite subject: food. The party itself includes a little something extra: tours of the farm, live music, and readings from the anthology’s authors. MORE INFO
Friday, June 5, 6-9 p.m., Engagement Studios, 222 Vine Street. Never has the realm of the fantastical burned with so much honest. The works of Senegal-born artist Michel Delgado scream their way through line and color into a narrative of personal experiences. MORE INFO
• Frankford Avenue DC Brau Collaboration
Friday, June 5, 5-9 p.m., 300 block of E. Girard Avenue. Girard Brasserie, Street Glitter, Nic Nacs for Peanuts, and DC Brau join forces to bring you a little further north of your typical Old City First Friday route. The $12 ticket prices includes three complimentary beers, and a free LP record from the dollar bin at Nic Nacs for Peanuts, among other surprises. MORE INFO
Summer Capsule First Friday
Friday, June 5, 8-11 p.m., Toile Atelier, 1333 Frankford Avenue. Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Cory Wade Hindorff hosts an evening of fashion and fun at Toile Atelier. Live modeling of works by designers like Heartless Revival and Cozen NYC, a beauty bar provided by Parlour Hair and Skin, and an art show curated by Arch Enemy Arts, ensure this First Friday will go down in style. MORE INFO
• Future Sensations
Through June 6, The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The future is now at The Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Future Sensations, a free immersive exhibition featuring five “ephemeral pavilions,” is on view on the Parkway through June 6. Philadelphia is one of just four cities around the world and the only U.S. city to host this futuristic traveling exhibit, which celebrates the 350th anniversary of locally based Saint-Gobain, a global building materials company that’s been a part of developing such iconic sights as Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors and the Statue of Liberty. MORE INFO