September First Friday!

The River Wards are turning up the HEAT for the last First Friday of the summer! We’re excited to welcome newcomers hosting their first ever events! Come celebrate in the neighborhood before the long weekend!

Xhale Lounge
453 E Girard

Enjoy a cigar – 18 and over only

Mantra Lounge
312 E Girard

Wisdom Series: Developing Compassion | 6-8 pm

Most people consider themselves compassionate – that they want to change the world for the better and make someone’s day a little bit brighter. At the very least, few people would consider themselves cruel, mean or petty. Even the most miserly of us all seem to have a propensity for kindness.
But what is the best way to utilize this urge to help? Learn about the core of compassion with Bhagavad Gita and get an amazing vegan dinner afterward.

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Indie Photo
206 E Girard Ave

Photography gallery, print lab, and photo supply shop

Head Games
5 W Girard Ave

First Friday art series featuring Nico Maltese! | 6-10pm
Free entry | Beer and snacks provided!

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The Barbary
951 Frankford Ave

Back again for Labor Day weekend at The Barbary! DJs Emynd and Bo Bliz, host Chris Vance, photographer Tim Blackwell, resident DJ Wassup Gina rocking upstairs at The Barbarella.

Doors open at 10pm. Open bar while supplies last.

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)

Fishtown Tavern
1301 Frankford Ave

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

1333 Frankford Ave

7-11 PM
Get Styled by our Toile Designers
Hair Braiding from Parlour Salon (Free with purchase!)
Drinks provided by Commonwealth Ciders
DJ and more!
Featuring Designers Orgotton, Sticks + Stones, and Vannucci

Organic Cotton Clothing, featuring their infinity dresses, rompers and bodysuits, along with dresses, tops and sweaters.

Sticks + Stones:
Jewelry and Handbags lush with details and texture, each piece simultaneously stands apart as statement pieces while blending into and ultimately enhancing any ensemble.

Creating “professional whimsy” minimalist statement jewelry is their specialty. Each piece is small and delicate enough to be worn in any environmet. Carfully hand crafted out of the highest quality materials.

Featured Artist :
Veronica Chojnacki

Showing her illustration work. Depicting an ongoing visual journal of emotional challenges, feminist issues, psychological understanding, and daily life adventures. She uses her work as a continuous dialogue about my life and all the different situations presented . Illustration and writing are a meditation of sorts and a never ending process in black and white with gold leaf.

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La Colombe Fishtown
1335 Frankford Ave

September 1st will mark the first First Friday event at La Colombe’s cafe in the heart of Fishtown. DJ Kitten Because I Scratch will be spinning on the ones and twos while you enjoy the 5 to 7 Happy Hour and night time menu. There will be a special performance from rapper Verbatum Jones (@verbatumjones) who will be getting back on the mic after a bit of a hiatus and thee James Boyle (@boylejames) will be selling prints for those artistically inclined of us throughout the night. Come out and enjoy yourself before you hit the town! Event page here

Lululemon The Local Fishtown
1424 Frankford Ave

First Friday with BLUR street art and poetry | 6:30-8:30 pm
Enjoy great company, food, street art and poetry

1526 Frankford Ave

AIGA Philadelphia is proud to present the iconic Herman Miller Picnic Poster Series by Stephen Frykholm.

Known for his time as Vice President of Creative Design at furniture company Herman Miller, Frykholm started in 1970 as the company’s first in-house graphic designer, and launched his career with a giant ear of sweet corn. Come see the vibrant posters of this legendary designer, and AIGA Medalist, up close at Bluecadet. A First Friday reception will be held on September 1. (Collection provided by Ray Nichols and Jill Cypher.)

About Stephen Frykholm: After his Peace Corps service in Nigeria in the mid-1960s, Stephen Frykholm earned an M.F.A. degree in 1969 from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1970 Steve was employed at Herman Miller, their first internal graphic designer, and retired in 2015. He received Herman Miller’s highest recognition for an employee in 1986, The Carl F. Frost Award. In 2007 he received an AIGA Fellow, and in 2010 he received the AIGA Medal, the highest recognition from AIGA, the professional association for design. He is recognized as an annual report legend in Graphis, and an American design icon in the 50th Anniversary Issue of Communication Arts. His posters are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Cranbrook Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Danish Museum of Decorative Art.

The Common Room
1509 N Front St

It’s a Movement, Not a Moment | 6-9 pm

Pole Basics
1611 Frankford Ave

Twerk with Wine
$10 | :30 min
5-7 pm

Colorspace Labs
1714 N Mascher St

“Process Excess” | 6-10 pm

Join us this coming First Friday at Colorspace Labs for a multimedia group show, Process Excess

Musical vibes for the evening will be provided by Phonographiq
Complimentary kombucha cocktails will be provided thanks to master brewer Funky Fresh and local craftsmen Faber Vodka
A case of special kombucha with labels featuring photography from the artists will be available at the bar for purchase
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company are bringing refreshing beers



Shane Braxton

Ross Brubeck

Leif Gann-Matzen

Hoax Theory

Ethan Patrick

Lunar Insurrection



The image of Michelangelo’s David is a result of removing material from a block of marble. This positive image is a monument to the work which was applied to it, and yet tells only part of the story. It is mirrored by the negative image of the stone that was carved away, which describes the figure in just as much detail, but in a diffuse, lost, and inscrutable way. Studio detritus is inextricably linked to the object and object-making itself. That which was sloughed off of the David contains the same amount of information, only given up to entropy: antithetical in nature to its positive counterpart.

Waste made present within an exhibition brings the viewer closer to the voice of the work, as all work within a show was born in a studio and eventually separated in an editorial gesture before being shown. This translation will necessarily interrupt a continuity created in the process of creating work, that all objects (and living things) are not only in, but are themselves a constant flux and movement of matter and energy through space.

The work presented within this show was at one point, to each of the artists, considered a step in the process of a finished work. What is on display has been subject to treatment reserved for “finished” work. Presented in this manner, under the imprimatur of a formal exhibition, these pieces tell a narrative they weren’t initially intended for, but have arrived at nonetheless.


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!

1550 E Montgomery St

First Friday Open House

Come by REDHORSE Studio to meet Susan Rethorst and view her work in fabric and performance. On display will be finished and in-progress quilts.

At 7pm and 8pm will be a showing of her current choreography in progress, “Stealing from Myself” with dancers Gregory Holt and Gabrielle Revlock. Running time approximately 30 minutes.

Snacks and beverages provided!

1816 Frankford Ave

Circle of Hope Gallery
2007 Frankford Ave

“A Continuous Life: Works by Madi Pfaff”

Madison Pfaff is an abstract artist living in Philadelphia. Formerly employed as the art gallery assistant and student at North Park University in Chicago, IL, she now works at Mural Arts assisting on projects. A creator of abstract paintings and prints, she sells her work under the name Wild Little Paintings. Her preferred medium is acrylic paint which she makes herself on homemade canvasses, however elements of collage and sculpture often find their way into her work. Madison is interested in the expression of the abstract itself. Her work grapples with the idea of being neither here nor there, but inhabiting a space in between. Her show, “A Continuous Life,” features work from the past two years. It focuses on the strangeness, the ingenuity of living and is inspired by Mark Strand’s poem “The Continuous Life.”

“. . .one thing leads to another, which leads to another;

Explain that you live between two great darks, the first

With an ending, the second without one, that the luckiest

Thing is having been born, that you live in a blur

Of hours and days, months and years, and believe

It has meaning, despite the occasional fear

You are slipping away with nothing completed, nothing

To prove you existed. . .”

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Minnow Lane
2029 Frankford Ave

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

Two Percent to Glory
2031 Frankford Ave

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

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

The Monkey Club
2101 York St

“ART SHOWsHoW” featuring an assortment of femme artists | 8pm-2am
Happy hour 8-9pm, Okie Dokie Donuts, and drink specials

Middle Path
2415 Frankford Ave

Massage and Therapeutic Essential Oils

Philadelphia Brewing Company
2440 Frankford Ave

Live Local | 6-8 pm
Come join Satellite Hearts and DJ Oldtimate for First Friday at Philadelphia Brewing Co.

Sandwiches in the Outdoor Garden by 2Street Sammies
Philadelphia Brewing Co. Beers and Commonwealth Ciders on Draft
Presented by Live Local

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Atlantis The Lost Bar
2442 Frankford Ave

Affordable adult beverages & local brews

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse
2578 Frankford Ave

Nerdy By Nature Open Mic
8:30 sign up
BYOB (21+)
$5.00 Cover

Cook & Shaker
2301 E Albert St

Firkin Friday featuring Philadelphia Brewing Company and art by Keith and Rita Greiman





The Art Dept
1638 E Berks St

The Art Dept presents: Prints + Zines + Drinks, Oh My!
Opening Reception Friday, September 8th, 6-9PM

Boston St Gallery
2539 Boston St

Lululemon The Local
1424 Frankford Ave

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Philadelphia Brewing Company
2440 Frankford Ave

Fringe Festival
Around Philadelphia

Fringe Festival is right around the corner! The event is slated to take place this year from Setpember 7th until the 21st, and it is a wonderful opportunity to explore and support Philadelphia’s art scene. The festival draws in more than 40,000 people to the city and showcases works featuring dance, comedy, visual art, and spoken word curated by FringeArts. Venues in and around our neighborhood that will be featuring Fringe Festival events include The Collective Philadelphia, Portside Arts Center, Little Berlin, Taller Puertorriqueño, The Iron Factory, The Berks Warehouse, Evil Genius Beer Company, Mascher Space Collective, The MAAS Space, Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles, Philadelphia Distilling, and Punch Line Philly. In addition to the many spaces participating in the festival, the Fringe Benefit custom beer will be brewed by the local St. Benjamin Brewing Company and will be available throughout the festival beginning on September 7th. Find the entire 2017 event guide here!