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Kick-start your weekend with Friday Nights at the Museum. Live music and gallery access until 8:45 p.m. Enjoy cocktails and tapas-style dishes by Starr Catering.

Get louder and livelier on Final Fridays with themed performances and activities.

With different musical acts each week and new themes each month, there’s a surprise waiting for you every Friday Night.


Collection Tours all evening and themed Detours on the last Friday of the month. Performances and activities free after Museum admission unless noted. All galleries in the main building are open. Sign up for our Public Programs e-newsletter to get the latest info.

Feeling artsy? Suggest a band, organization, project, or theme. E-mail .

Friday Nights Schedule

Combo Melaza
Friday, September 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

The Puerto Rican Day Parade is on the Parkway this weekend. Start the celebration early with a lively night of salsa music. Join us and our friends at Concilio as we welcome Combo Melaza to the Great Stair Hall.

Final Fridays: Word Up!
Friday, September 29, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Celebrate the art of words and language with workshops and performances throughout the galleries.

Music: DJ Halfbreed
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Enjoy an upbeat literary and art-minded set of music from Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela (aka DJ Halfbreed), a professor and a publisher at Thread Makes Blanket.

DIY Art: Typewriter Bar
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Philly Typewriter sets up several beautiful and functional writing machines for you to admire and use.

DIY Art: Voice Your Story
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Street artist and poet Blur, whose stickers and wheatpastes can be found around town, will encourage you to find your own voice. Connect art and language, and then share your work in a communal spot or take a personal keepsake home with you.

Detours with Nic Esposito
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Wallace Gallery 201, 2nd floor
Go on an artistic literary journey through the medieval and Asian galleries with Nic Esposito from The Head & The Hand Press.

In-Gallery Performance: Tell Me a Story
6:15 p.m.
Alter Gallery 176, 1st floor
An evening of true stories inspired by Cy Twombly’s artwork. Hillary Rea of Tell Me a Story and four storytellers share the feelings that arise when making, observing, and experiencing art.
Free ticket required; space is limited.

Artist Talk: Wendy Ewald
6:45 p.m.
Resnick Rotunda 161, 1st floor
Photographer Wendy Ewald discusses An Immigrant Alphabet with Amanda Bock, the Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs. For this project, Ewald collaborated with students from Northeast High School to record their experiences as immigrants. The resulting images are on view this fall at Thomas Paine Plaza, across from City Hall.

Performance: Yolanda Wisher
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band, The Afroeaters.

Tell Me a Story
Friday, September 29, 2017
Starts at 6:15 p.m.
Alter Gallery 176, 1st floor

An evening of true stories inspired by Cy Twombly’s artwork. Hillary Rea of Tell Me a Story and four storytellers share the feelings that arise when making, observing, and experiencing art.

Ryley Walker
Friday, October 6, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Experimental jazz meets intimate folk in the lush terrain of Ryley Walker's compositions. Enjoy an evening with the artist whom Pitchfork calls "a songwriter using his record collection to his advantage, making music that aligns him with a long lineage of artists, without becoming indebted to their rulebooks."

Hot Club of Philadelphia
Friday, October 13, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Hot Club of Philadelphia is an acoustic ensemble dedicated to European Gypsy Jazz, the musical genre pioneered by Django Reinhardt's legendary Hot Club of France. Using guitars, bass, violin, and vocals, this quintet melds the vintage Parisian style with modern influences.

Inside Out communities past and present enjoy free Museum admission October 13–15.

Caitlin Canty
Friday, October 20, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​This singer-songwriter pairs her dusky alto with a 1930s Recording King guitar to craft songs with a big lyrical punch, veering nimbly between Americana, blues, and folk. Canty harnesses the grit and spark at the very heart of American music.

Final Fridays: Afrofuturist Costume Ball
Friday, October 27, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Come dressed to impress in your best Afrofuturist and sci-fi costumes for a night celebrating the intersection of imagination, art, and activism. With featured musical performances by Moor Mother and King Britt

Presented in collaboration with the Black Quantum Futurism Collective as part of Philadelphia Assembled

Odean Pope
Friday, November 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This legendary saxophonist and his quartet perform an evening of original jazz compositions animated by the themes of collaboration, movement, and spirituality. Pope trained amid the illustrious jazz scene of the mid-twentieth century and has devoted a lifetime to developing a distinctive voice that remains inventive and vibrant.

Kavita Shah
Friday, November 10, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Shah brings her eclectic jazz-based repertoire to the Museum. This New York–born singer-songwriter has been described as having "the insatiably curious mind of an ethnographer, the soul of a poet, and the eye of a painter" (Owen McNally, WNPR). Placing diverse cultural traditions in dialogue, Shah is creating a new genre that reflects our increasingly hybrid world.

Tony Miceli Quartet featuring Larry McKenna
Friday, November 17, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Some of Philly's finest come together for a night of unparalleled jazz. Miceli, a versatile leader and sideman, is a virtuoso on the vibraphone. He's joined tonight by McKenna, who's known for his velvety sound and bebop-inspired improvisations, on tenor sax.

Final Fridays: Winter Is Coming
Friday, November 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Jon Snow knew at least one thing—winter can be rough. Get ready for the season with a night geared toward surviving the coldest months.

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