Philly First Fridays: Free Art Gallery Openings

on February 28, 2013

Art Gallery

If the cheesesteaks and the 76ers aren’t enough to sell you on a trip to Philadelphia, how about checking out some of the city’s best art galleries…For free?

Do I have your attention? Thought so. Since 1991, on the first Friday evening of every month, Philadelphia hosts “First Friday” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. In short, most of the city’s spectacular art galleries open their doors for free between Front and Third and Market and Vine streets. The streets are filled with both nouveau art fans and professional connoisseurs alike and everyone is invited to walk amongst the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries.

The laid-back almost-LA like vibe is unlike any other, and if you get tired of trying to translate and decipher paintings, you can just straight-up people-watch. The diversity of the art and the attendees adds an even further degree of culture to Philadelphia’s omnipresent richness.

The event originally started as a collaborative open house, but is now one of the city’s signature events. Old City’s historic commercial buildings make you feel like you are in New York City’s SoHo district.

Some of the arts organizations that you can visit include the Clay Studio, the Temple Gallery and cooperative galleries like Nexus, Muse and Space 1026.

To learn which galleries are participating and which ones will be hosting receptions, check out the First Friday page on PhillyFunGuide.

Locals also recommend making a stop at Bird Park where sculptures are continually changed. There are also great restaurant options including Buddakan, Fork and Amada.

Finally, if you need a place to rest your head, check out the Best Western Independence Hotel, the Omni at Independence Park or Penn’s View Hotel.

The next Free Friday is scheduled to take place on March 2, 2013.