July First Friday!

Keep the holiday spirit going with these rad First Friday events around the neighborhood!

Xhale Lounge
453 E Girard

Enjoy a cigar – 18 and over only

Vape O2
411 E Girard

Crazy Summer Sale! | 11am – 10pm
20% OFF Devices, 50%OFF selected e-liquid, 30ml Boom Boom juice-$9, 100ml premium juice -$28. Escape room specials all day!

Indie Photo
206 E Girard Ave

Photography gallery, print lab, and photo supply shop

Head Games
5 W Girard Ave

Join us on July 7 for a night of art and tunes with Liam Smith of Squid Lids! | 6-10 pm

Be sure to check out the Squid Lids fan page!

 The Barbary
951 Frankford Ave

You already know.
1st Friday July 7 at The Barbary. Doors open at 10pm. Open bar while supplies last.

EmyndBo BlizChris Vance, and Tim Blackwell with Wassup Gina holding down the Barbarella upstairs.

Johnny Brenda’s
1201 Frankford Ave

Happy Hour from 4-6 pm and half-price raw bar featuring local beer and oysters

Frankford Hall Beer Garden
1210 Frankford Ave

Enjoy a beer and delicious food in an open-air German style beer garden

Fishtown Tavern
1301 Frankford Ave

$2 Beer. Kitchen open until 1 am, 7 days a week. Happy hour 5-7 pm Monday through Friday.

Lululemon Fishtown
1424 Frankford Ave

Swing by The Local to enjoy great company, food, beautiful ceramics and cocktails by Quaker City Malt.
This month, we’ll be featuring the work of mural artist, educator and ceramicist Domenic Frunzi. Dom tries to get his students to work together, saying that art is collaborative, and ideas generate from other ideas–which speaks deeply to our mission here at The Local.

Facebook event here!

Pole Basics
1611 Frankford Ave

Half off classes | Must register in advance| 5-7 pm

Colorspace Labs
1714 N Mascher St

“Behind the Veil” encompasses my photographic work inside North Korea, one of the most reclusive and secretive countries on our planet. In 2016, I found myself on assignment for The Centre of Aviation Photography in London – with privileged and unprecedented access to document North Korea’s landscape, people, and military aviation hardware in Wonsan. These pictures reflect my assignment abroad, as well as my day to day experiences in this surreal place.

@Cerrone Photo

Charles Shan Cerrone is a Philadelphia based photographer and videographer whose passion for capturing the beauty in harsh enviornments has taken him globally, from the continental United States to the Far East.


Prints, Video, and Items from the DPRK on display.
Prints are available for purchase in the following sizes:
$20 – 8×10 | $40 – 11×14 | $60 – 16×20 | Originals by Inquiry

Photo Booth, Firepit, & Wheatpastes in the Alleyway


Music for the evening is provided by our resident art gallery ALL VINYL DJSTeve & our guest DJ for the Month Edward B. Gieda III
As an ode to the Korean Peninsula we are pleased to provide food from Ka’Chil Food Truck, Korean cuisine with a modern flare.
A variety of beverages will be available all evening thanks to our local beer sponsor Saint Benjamin Brewing Company and wine sponsor


Colorspace Labs is a creative work studio, print shop, and exhibition space in Kensington, Philadelphia – by independent artists for independent artists!


We are ADA Compliant!
We are Dog & Kid Friendly!

Hugs and Kisses Inc.

Atonement Lutheran Church
1542 E Montgomery Ave

Join us this First Friday as local artist Riss Koupf makes her solo gallery debut at Atonement! Riss has this statement about her work:

This series is a group of mixed media pieces created mostly on found wood and other surfaces. The aim is to showcase moments of body positivity through a queer lens. So often we are focused on unattainable or unrealistic beauty ideals forgetting that there is more beauty in our differences. Stripped down to the flesh, one cannot make assumptions about these figures. Are they gay/straight/pansexual/asexual/trans/non-binary/genderqueer/etc? Who cares? All bodies are beautiful, especially when one feels comfortable in their skin, even if only for a moment. The hope is that by viewing these pieces, the viewer will be inspired to feel that same sense of pride, again, if only for a moment.

Riss Koupf is a social worker and artist living in Philadelphia. She moved to this city in 2003 to study at Moore College of Art and Design where she obtained a BFA in Illustration. Currently she is completing her Master’s in Social Work at Temple University. Balancing work and school with art is hard but rewarding for her.

Refreshements, of course, will be served.

The Art Dept
1638 E Berks St

The Art Dept. presents INTERLAID, new works by Stephen Tuomala
Exhibition extended! Second Reception Friday, July 7th, 6-9pm
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/245896772554790

Circle of Hope Gallery
2007 Frankford Ave

Arizona Home/Arizona Away is a joint show by husband and wife team, Michael Secor and Katie Knoeringer.

Katie spent three months at an artist residency in Arizona. In the meantime, Michael stayed at home and painted as usual in their house on Arizona Street in East Kensington. The two bodies of work compare and contrast two environments that share the same name.

“During this time apart, we made paintings and drawings about our respective neighborhood. Katie’s images depict larger spaces and isolated objects. Mine deal with compact, connected, more urban spaces. It is also about two people, two painters, husband and wife, always in discussion, finding commonalities in subject matter and process.”

Minnow Lane
2029 Frankford Ave

All natural, organic children’s clothing, toys and prenatal skincare

Philadelphia Argentine Tango School
2030 Frankford Ave

7-8PM – FREE beginner- level Argentine Tango Class. No partner needed!
8-9:30PM – Tango Practica for Beginners (a social dance for newer tango dancers) – Cost: $5

Two Percent to Glory
2031 Frankford Ave

Vintage | Jewels | Mid-Century Modern Furniture+Lighting | Found Objects

2036 Frankford Ave

Bikes and Beers Ride! | 5:45-6:15 pm | $15
Half hour ride followed by featured beer of the month

Fishtown Vapes
2040 Frankford Ave

50% off e-juice and 20% off all hardware

Grace and Glory Yoga
2220 Frankford Ave

Class 5:30-6:30pm & shop apparel

Wild Mutation Records
2223 Frankford Ave

Live performances starting at 7:30 pm!

Frank Secich w/ Mick Mclaun Book signing and performance
Zach Keim – Acoustic Blues/ Roots Performance

Frank Secich is an American rock musician, songwriter, author and record producer. He was the bass player and founding member of the group Blue Ash from 1969–79 and guitarist and bassist for the Stiv Bators band from 1979 until 1981. He played in the Cleveland-based group Club Wow with Jimmy Zero of the Dead Boys from 1982–85 and produced the Ohio band the Infidels from 1985-1990. He is currently the rhythm guitarist for the Deadbeat Poets who were formed in 2006 in Youngstown, Ohio.About his book “Circumstantial Evidence”:
Frank’s autobiography featuring untold stories of Franks’ rock and roll journey with his bands Blue Ash, The Dead Boys, Stiv Bators Band, Club Wow and his current band The Deadbeat Poets plus many other stories from Franks life. He certainly has some great tales to tell and has encountered many famous people along the way – we could name drop but the list is way to long.

Little Baby’s Ice Cream
2311 Frankford Ave

Little Baby’s Ice Cream’s Little Baby Block Party! | 6-8ish pm

Little Baby’s Ice Cream will be putting on a pop-up “Little Baby Block Party”, featuring sips by Saint Benjamin Brewing and bites by Riverwards Produce.


Orgotton Clothing & Staylow Jewelry
2434 E Dauphin St

Orgotton Showroom  ~ Meet the designers & shop the styles | featuring Kristy Carabello & Stef Emery
15% off all apparel & accessories for First Friday
Sips by Commonwealth Ciders

The Monkey Club
2101 E York St

“Town Scum”
Lowbrow art by Jordan Spiff and psychedelic art by Scum lizard
Happy hour  7-9 pm ( dollar off anything, nothing goes below $2)

Middle Path
2415 Frankford Ave

Massage and Therapeutic Essential Oils

Philadelphia Brewing Company
2440 Frankford Ave

Come join The Primaries for First Friday at Philadelphia Brewing Co.
Music from 5-8pm!

Philadelhpia Brewing Co. Beers & Commonwealth Ciders on Draft!
Presented by Live Local
Event page here!

Atlantis The Lost Bar
2442 Frankford Ave

Affordable adult beverages & local brews

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse
2578 Frankford Ave

TribbleTang: A Night of Art, Music, & Geekery 6pm – 8pm (All Ages Event)
Nerdy By Nature Open Mic 8:30pm – 11:30pm (21+ | Donation Bar)

Cook & Shaker
2301 E Albert St

Firkin Friday featuring beer by Lefthand Brewery and art by Bill Sanders



Other Upcoming Local Events!



Mantra Lounge
312 E Girard

We’re hosting a world-traveling monk, facilitating a group music-based meditation, and serving a vegan feast for everyone that comes! Our speaker, Devamrita Swami, is a Yale University graduate-turned monk for over 45 years, and is the visionary director of yoga farm eco projects in PA and around the world. He’ll be speaking on the pursuit of happiness!

Event page here!

Little Berlin
2430 Coral St

In July 2017, Little Berlin is hosting an international group art exhibition based around the theme of interference. The concept of interference is explored within contexts of the physical, social, political, and medical spheres.

The gallery will be activated by a broad range of media: Sound Installation, Video, Performance, Textile, Sculpture, and Data Visualizations. Some of the works themselves engender the idea of interference, while others expose various forms of interference and obstruction that already exist in the world.

Little Berlin will be a cellular dead zone during the hours of the exhibition blocking all cell and data usage by utilizing a short throw Cellular blocker for educational purposes and to encourage visitors to the gallery to engage with the works and each other.

Full list of participating artists:
Johann Diedrick (NYC)
Jason Hsu (Philadelphia)
Daniel Newman (Philadelphia) + Keith Hartwig (Boston)
Tina Kohlmann (Germany)
Luke Leyden (Philadelphia)
Marcelline Mandeng (Cameroon / Philadelphia)
Roopa Vasudevan (NYC / Shanghai)

There will also be a curated selection of “Staff Picks” from the Little Berlin Zine Library relating to “Reuptake’s” theme of interference and obstruction.

This exhibition is paid for circuitously by car insurance funds collected after the curator, Will Owen, was struck by a Kia Mini-van while he was riding his bicycle in January 2017. After his medical bills were paid, the driver’s insurance paid surprisingly well for being unable to work for a week. This unexpected surplus of funds is being paid directly as honorariums to the artists involved in this show– as well as their transport, and shipping of works. The incident, though definitely an interference, created a positive result.


Kensington Quarters
1310 Frankford Ave

Timothy S. Kweeder, is turning the upstairs event space into a wine bar for one night only. He will be pouring some interesting wines from the Italian/French Riviera, where the Rolling Stones spent more of their time recording their classic album, Exile on Main Street.

Circle of Hope Gallery
2007 Frankford Ave

We’re hosting a benefit show to support three of Circle of Hope’s Compassion Teams: Friends of Hagert Street Playground, Urban Farms, and Solidarity Beyond Borders.
We’re having local artists sell their work, and Franny Lou’s is making drinks. It’s an all ages show, and it’s $8 at the door!