Welcome to First Friday Weekends.
First Friday weekends is a celebration of Old City arts, culture, dining and shopping. Business owners have built upon the success of First Friday to include Stop in Saturdays and Brunch and Browse Sundays. Regardless of the day, First Friday Weekends has something for everyone.
First Friday is a cultural event in which the art galleries of Old City stay open late and host First Friday Receptions for their current gallery exhibitions.
Old City Philadelphia is the country’s most historic square mile. The neighborhood was once a busy commercial waterfront district. By the 1970’s many of the industrial buildings and warehouses became artists’ lofts and an arts community began. Today Old City has the largest concentration of galleries in Philadelphia but is also home to restaurants, clothing and furniture stores, design showrooms, salons, boutiques coffee shops and residences. These and the number of museums and historic sites make Old City a popular part of the city in which to live, walk, dine and shop.
Started in 1991 by a group of galleries as a collaborative open house evening, First Fridays grew quickly into one of Philly’s most vital, signature cultural events. Old City’s historic commercial buildings have fostered a SoHo-like cultural ambience with the densest network of galleries in the city.