First Fridays in Philadelphia

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First Fridays in Philadelphia

During the first Friday of each month, the Old City art district in Philadelphia has an open house for its galleries. Each of the galleries is open to the public, many with beer or wine on hand, as well as art vendors who spread themselves along the sidewalks. It’s one of the best cultural experiences in the city—and it’s free.

First Friday started in 1991 and now over 40 art galleries participate. The evening brings together a most eclectic crowd, from serious art buyers to casual browsers. Philly has a fantastic arts scene and this is a great place to get started.


Most of the galleries can be found between Front and Third, and Market and Vine Streets.


The first Friday evening of each month, rain or shine, year-round. Hours: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For more info check out

First Friday art gallery


First Friday pottery

Dino in Nachos

First Friday art on street

Philly art at First Friday

2nd Street during First Friday

a First Friday gallery

art gallery during First Friday

First Friday off 2nd Street

Outside a Philidelphia art gallery on First Friday

a vendor at First Friday

shopping for art on 2nd Street during Forst Fiday

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  1. I’ve been to a First Friday a few years ago and loved the atmosphere, Philadelphia is a fabulous city. Thanks for bringing back the happy memories!

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