May First Friday

Those April showers have come and gone so come out and celebrate the flowers with May’s iteration of First Friday!! We have an absolutely stacked night of events for this month so check them out below. May the fun be with you!

Xhale Lounge
453 E Girard

Enjoy a cigar – 18 and over only

Vape O2 Lounge
411 E Girard

Half Off Summer!
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
50%OFF e-liquid, 25%OFF CBD, Kits 25-50% OFF, FREE SWAG!

Buy any two 60ml bottles of juice and get the third one for $5
50% OFF Tease E-liquids when buying two or more bottles (up to 5 per customer).
Selected Juices: 30ml-$6, 60ml-$11, 100ml-$19 (while supplies last).
$10 Tease with any device purchase.
Diamond Mini Kit 25% OFF
SnowWolf MFENG Kit 10% OFF
Avenger Mod 30% OFF
Kanger Spyder Kit 30% OFF
Osub One Kit 50% OFF
Aegis 100W Mod 25% OFF

Mantra Lounge
312 E Girard Ave

Every Friday at 6pm: Explore the answers to life’s big questions! Bringing the philosophy of yoga into contemporary discourse, all workshops at Mantra Lounge seek to explore the world around us through discussion and reference to classic yoga texts such as Bhagavad-gita. Stimulate your mind, challenge your perceptions, and engage in discussion with a diverse group of people.  Followed, of course, by a delicious vegan meal. All are welcomed.

Fridays @ 6pm, *$10 Fee

Rocky’s Crystals & Minerals
310 E Girard Ave

First Fridays @ Rocky’s Crystals & Minerals
 Large Selection of Crystals, Gemstones, Incense & Candles! FREE Crystal with $20 Purchase!

Indie Photo
206 E Girard Ave

Photography gallery, print lab, and photo supply shop

The Barbary
951 Frankford Ave

#thisisthebounce was on fire last month! We’re all about THE VIBE, playing nothing but new and classic hiphop and club music to turn up to! We’re back again 1st Friday May 3 at @the_barbary with two of Philly’s finest djs @emynd and @bo_bliz, host @pschrisvance and photos by @shotsfired215

Open bar while supplies last!

Alchemisty Society
1100 N Front St

Come join us for First Friday as we feature Philadelphia printmaker and educator Martha Knox as well as one of our signature cocktails.

6-9 pm

About the artist:
Martha Knox is a teaching artist, specializing in woodcuts and ceramics. She is the recipient of fellowships from prominent institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Print Center, and the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. Her work has been exhibited in the Delaware Art Museum, Sandy Spring Museum, and Philadelphia City Hall. As a teaching artist with organizations such as Wagner Free Institute of Science and the Mural Arts Program, she has designed highly engaging arts curriculum and has worked with hundreds of students of all ages. Through her independent press Words On Woodcuts she publishes books and calendars featuring her artwork. She has prints in the permanent collection of several libraries, universities, and arts centers. Knox holds a Masters in Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and maintains a studio in Philadelphia.

Fishtown Brewpub
1101 Frankford Ave

Featuring art by John Hopkins “Hopart” (@hopart2001) and Marta Syrup

Featured cocktails from 7 – 11 pm

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

$5 half liter Franziskaner Hefeweizen or $6 glass of Gruner Veltliner (w/ handbill)

1241 N Front St

Bring your friends AND your little ones out for First Friday! It’s BYOB.

Regular drop-in rates apply for children.
Free for Members!

Liaison Room at Front St Cafe
1253 N Front St

This month, on Friday May 3rd, we’ll have musical performances from special guest, Mousky, and Bangarang’s own Deep C. Our featured artist of the month is Sugar Cadavers!

21 +
$7 Cover
11:30 pm – 2:00 am

**Opportunity to donate to Juntos , a community-led, Latinx immigrant organization in South Philly fighting for human rights

Fishtown Tavern
1301 Frankford Ave

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

Jinxed Fishtown
1331 Frankford Ave

Mark your calendars! Jinxed Fishtown is hosting Jinxed at Night, Friday May 3rd from 6-9pm. Featuring @perryshall with a Boardwalk style iron on t-shirt station, as well as tons of vintage clothes, jewelry, one of a kind art, Handmade goods, and more! There will be refreshments while supplies last! With beer provided by @ncbcbeer ! Stayed tuned for more, and see you there!

The Local Fishtown lululemon
1424 Frankford Ave

Bring out your four legged friend for May Furry First Friday and all month to check out custom pet portraits from local artist Furrest Gump.

Snag a Coast Brand USA leash or collar all month in our shop in shop. Made in the USA rope and leather leashes and harnesses for puppies to grumpy old dogs (JK all dogs are puppies).

Drinks and good vibes provided from from 6-8:30pm

The Common Room
1509 N Front St

First Friday: Menstrala Preview Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Menstrala will be Philadelphia’s first menstrual focused art show! We invite all to attend this collective exhibit focused on womxn, female-identifying, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming folks who are sharing how they identify with the way their body experiences cycles.

The First Friday Preview Party is May 3rd from 6-9pm and entry is FREE! Tarot + astrology readings + refreshments will be available.

The International Bar
1624 N Front St

Friday Happy Hour
w/ DJ IanE
electro ~ boogie ~ italo
5//3/19 ~ 4p-8p
@ The International

Haven Wellness Center
1639 N Hancock St

Join us for May’s First Friday Event at Haven Wellness Center!

QiGong with Dylan Scott

This workshop will include a brief discussion on the history of QiGong and the definition of it, inlcuding research that links to its health benefits. Dylan will lead you through the qigong forms, starting with a warm-up routine and then the Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi 18 Movement sequence. Itwill be followed by a sound meditation displayed by Dylan. This will enhance your mindfulness experience and help you submerge into a deeper relaxation and sense of well-being.

Please pre-register for this event
$25 investment & 20% off any service booked during event
Music, Mingling and light refreshments to follow
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Stateside Vodka Bar
1700 N Hancock St

Distillery Disco Party

There are two things in this world that everyone loves… Vodka & Dancing.

They also seem to go together like Peanut Butter & Jelly, so we said, “Why the hell not?!”

Stateside is now taking those two beautiful vices of ours and combining them on Friday nights! Come by from 9pm-12am to get down with your bad self.

Say you can’t dance, huh? So what, we can’t either. Like the planet fitness of distilleries, we’re a no judgement zone facility!

Rotating Local DJs 9pm – 12am Every Friday!

Atmosphere Printing Company
1761 Frankford Ave

One night only join us for May First Friday Spooky Scary Art/Pop-up Show

Baby Drac – Painted Sculpture Art Show
Where your grandparent’s figurines go when they die.
15% of proceeds go to MANNA.

SophiReaptress – Pop-Up
Based on the shadowy side of fashion, Deep hoods and intricately patterned leggings. Also making small spooky batches of vegan bath and self care products.

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6pm – 9pm

1816 Frankford Ave

May First Friday Opening Reception of “Shadow Light” by Katerina Lanfranco

6 – 9 pm

Exhibition will run from May 3rd to June 2nd

The Art Dept Collective
1638 E Berks St

May First Friday Opening Reception

Super excited for this installation piece by @summerjhart coming to our space for May’s First Friday. Influenced by folklore, superstition, methods of divining the future, & forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, Summer creates immersive installations out of hand-cut Tyvek—a synthetic paper most familiar as an insulating wrap used in the construction industry. 
May 3rd.

Wild Heart Tattoo
2434 E Dauphin St

Grand opening celebration on First Friday. We will have beer, wine, and sparkling rose’ plus carnivore/veg/vegan snacks from Poe’s Sandwich Joint and some sweet treats from Cake Life. Come say hi and check out the new space. We will have tees and pins for sale too!!

Downerss Boutique
2026 Frankford Ave

– we’re soooo excited to kick off May with an epic#FirstFriday collab featuring @cloud9clay + @makenzie.flynn !! Pop over to @downerss next First Friday (May 3rd // 6-9pm) to celebrate warm weather + good times with us!! 
– Did you know @cloud9clay + @makenzie.flynn are sisters??!! They teamed up to bring you dope multi-use ceramic pieces that start as soy candles & end up as beautiful planter pots or cortado cups!! We think you’ll be reminiscing over the nostalgic scent we’ve chosen –
– We’ll be selling luscious flower bouquets + mixing up euphoria-inducing tropical Kava cocktails as well. DONT. MISS. THIS. LOVES.

Minnow Lane
2029 Frankford Ave

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

Philadelphia Argentine Tango School
2030 Frankford Ave

Fishtown First Friday!

Every month, we open our doors and offer a FREE Beginner Tango Class, as part of Fishtown First Friday. Everyone is welcome and there is no limit to the number of times you can take this free class. Consider staying afterwards for a beginner-focused social dance ($5) with expert assistance available, and light bites, wine and beer.

1st Friday of each month
7-8 pm: FREE Beginner Class – Kristin Balmer & Elly Liz
8-9:30 pm: Beginner Practica ($5) – Kristin Balmer & Elly Liz

All levels welcome and no partner needed!
The perfect way to try out tango!

Two Percent to Glory
2031 Frankford Ave

Vintage Clothing + Home

Space 2033
2033 Frankford Ave

A mixed-use, creative arts & wellness studio | Open for workshops

Franny Lou’s Porch
2400 Coral St

Meditation for Evolution (M.E.) First Fridays POC only space

Sliding scale $5-$15, please be sure to bring cash
Come anytime between 6:30pm-7pm to chat and share a pot of tea provided by Franny Lous. The coffee bar will be closing at 6:30pm, however if you would like to order come early!
We will start promptly at 7:15pm at the latest

The Monkey Club
2101 E York St

Happy Hour 8-9 pm

Middle Path Conscious Convenience
2415 Frankford Ave

Crystals, incense, jewelry, glass art, books, body care, & more

Philadelphia Brewing Company
2440 Frankford Ave

Live Local First Fridays | Music from 7-9 pm

Live Music upstairs in the Tasting Room with The People….cold beer…fresh cider…cool friends…free to enter

Atlantis The Lost Bar
2442 Frankford Ave

Affordable adult beverages & local brews

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse
2578 Frankford Ave

First Friday Nerdy By Nature Open Mic Nite!
Hosted by Keith From Up Da Block!
Doors @ 8:30pm | $5 Cover | BYOB

Amalgam After Dark & Ruffin Vision Network LLC present
Nerdy By Nature Open Mic
$5 Cover Charge. #BYOB 21 & Up W/ID
Doors open at 8pm. Open Mic Sign Up at 8:30pm

Hosted by Lot DaWordgician Stafford, Beth McNulty & KeithFromUpDaBlock

LET YOUR GEEK FLAG FLY. COME IN YOUR MOST AMAZING COSPLAY GEAR. Come out and do something awesome on stage or watch a variety of awesome like-minded folk get down! #delicious Drinks, #Coffee, Pastries and you can pick up your favorite #ComicBook, Merchandise, #game or #GraphicNovel#Marvel#DC#WalkingDead and much much more.

For more info or to register early email and make the subject NERDY BY NATURE please leave your name, stage name and what you would like to do.


Questions? email
If you need more info text NERD to 55469

The Head and The Hand
2644 Coral St

The Head & The Hand, a Philadelphia nonprofit publisher and writers’ workshop, is opening a pop-up bookstore in early May in Fishtown/East Kensington! This will be your community-focused bookstore for curated fiction, local lit, and children’s/middle grade books. Come out on First Friday in May to grab a book and support your local bookstore! We’re located in the Fireball Printing building (2644 Coral St.) right next to the brand new Kensington Community Food Co-op.

12 – 8 pm

*This project is made possible by The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Penn Treaty Special Services District, and the East Kensington Neighbors Association.

Cook and Shaker
2301 E Albert St

First Friday with Lefthand Brewing Firkin | Starts at 8 pm | Photos by Jess Palatucci