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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

Final Fridays: Down the Shore
Friday, June 30, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Here’s our definition of summer madness: skip the shore traffic and keep it local. We’re bringing beach vibes to the Museum with grub and boardwalk games.

Artist Collab - Beach Memories with Nick Cassway
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Local artist Nick Cassway has been a staple in the Philadelphia art scene for over twenty-five years. Relive his childhood memories of summers spent at Cape May Point with specially commissioned beach tags.

Sweet Treat - Lil' Pop Shop
5:00–8:00 p.m.
East Terrace
Cool off with a popsicle from this Philly favorite. These unique treats are hand-crafted in small batches from a seasonal assortment of fresh, natural, locally sourced ingredients.

Artist Intervention - Mini Golf
5:30–7:30 p.m.
East Terrace (Rain location: Inquire at a Visitor Services desk)
Nothing says summer like a good game of mini golf. Take a swing at this one-of-a-kind course, designed by local artists and inspired by our collection.

DIY Art with The Fabric Workshop
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Silkscreen the perfect tote or tee for your next romp on the beach.

Detours with Phillip Adams
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Colket Gallery 151 (Rain location: SmithKline Beecham Gallery 244)
Unconventional tours with unique points of view. Go on a sketching tour of our magnificent building with artist Phillip Adams. Materials provided and no drawing experience required.

Music
DJ Yolo Ono
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Marissa Le, aka Yolo Ono, is a Philadelphia-based DJ who's played with acts such as James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Venus X, Maluca, and Anna Lunoe, in addition to spinning for music festivals like Governor's Ball and Firefly.

Louie Louie
7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
This all-female rock group from Philadelphia brings their stylish garage-pop sound with a surf-psych spin to the Museum. Obvious influences are 60's rock, 70's punk, Motown, Spector and Meek productions, and surf and noise experimental sounds.

Buyepongo
Friday, July 7, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus,” and you’ll want to join in as soon as the band launches into its infectious and energetic rhythms. A riotous mash-up of influences fuses hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz into a blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora.

color as time
Friday, July 14, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A mix of classical composition, jazz improvisation, and pop, performed by musicians from Philly’s folk and classical scenes led by Joshua Stamper. These songs are earthy, playful, deeply comforting, and bracingly urgent.

Birdie Busch
Friday, July 21, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This Philly-based singer-songwriter draws collaborators from the heart of the local folk and rock scenes for performances that are whimsical, earnest, smart, and heartening. Her breezy, bluesy songs are inspired by geography, mythology, and everyday heroes.

Final Fridays: Wild
Friday, July 28, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy an eco-centric evening that’s all about conservation—of art and the environment. With live music from The Secret Sisters, straight from Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Michelle Lordi
Friday, August 4, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philadelphia’s own Michelle Lordi is considered one of the finest jazz singers on the circuit today. Join her and her band for three generations of heartfelt love songs—a perfect way to celebrate summer love.

Rogê
Friday, August 11, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Blending bossa nova and samba with sounds from around the globe, this Latin Grammy nominee represents a new generation in Brazilian popular music. Co-composer of the Rio 2016 theme, he’s traveling with a full band to bring Brazil to Philly.

Josh Lawrence
Friday, August 18, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The jazz trumpeter and a quartet of Philly favorites present Color Theory—music that explores traditional color theory and the phenomenon of synesthesia. Let all of your senses come out to play, with tunes for both your ears and eyes, and flavors to savor from Starr Catering.

Final Fridays: Last Chance Summer Dance
Friday, August 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Dance the night away with booty-shaking Brazilian music by PhillyBloco.

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