From 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month -- rain or shine, year-round -- Old City’s galleries, studios, shops and restaurants open their doors for First Friday (and Saturday and Sunday), in what has been called an “epic” exhibition of the neighborhood’s vibrant arts scene.
Old City Arts Association launched First Friday in 1991 to introduce Philadelphia to the improving neighborhood and the artists and designers who were bringing it back to life.
Two decades later, Old City is a nationally recognized arts destination, named in 2013 as one of the country’s top ArtPlaces by the ArtPlace Foundation.
Parking note: There is free parking after 5 p.m. between Callowhill and Walnut Streets and between Front and 5th Streets. This only applies to metered spaces; other violations, such as prohibited stopping or other unauthorized parking violations are enforced.