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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.

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Friday Nights Schedule

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.

The previously scheduled performance by Shea Rose has been canceled.

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.

DIY Art: Art Splash
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Dorrance Program Space, first floor (Enter through gallery 100 or the Wild exhibition)
Enjoy ​​​extended hours for Art Splash. Make art, read a children’s book, or burn off some energy through creative play.

​Campfire Stories
5:15pm & 7:15pm
Dorrance Galleries, first floor
Artists Dave and Ilyssa Kyu spent last summer exploring six national parks for Campfire Stories, an anthology of legends collected in and around parks. Gather round as local artist Gina Murdock interprets and performs these tales.

Music: DJ Jersey Dan
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, first floor
Jersey Dan spins your favorite dance tunes on nothing but vinyl.

Detours with Jeffrey Collins
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Colket Gallery 151, first floor
Jeffrey Collins of the US National Park Service shares his perspectives on American landscape paintings and scenes from the natural world.

The Peaceable Kingdom
6:15 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries, first floor
Inspired by Edward Hicks’s famous painting The Peaceable Kingdom, performance collective Orbiter 3 presents a utopian fable of a mythical Quaker colony inhabited by wild creatures. Witness two cultures encounter each other for the first time and consider how ecosystems are impacted by invasive species.

Talk: Protect & Conserve
7:00 p.m.
Resnick Rotunda 161, first floor
An environmental scientist and art conservator discuss what conservation means to them. With Stefanie Kroll, The Patrick Center for Environmental Research, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; and Nancy Ash, The Charles K. Williams, II, Senior Conservator of Works of Art on Paper. Moderated by John Vick, Collections Project Manager.  

Music: The Secret Sisters
7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, first floor
Muscle Shoals, Alabama—hometown of Wild photographer Michael Nichols—is world-famous for producing great music. The Secret Sisters entertain with vintage honky-tonk, gospel, and swampy southern gothic melodies fit for a July campfire.

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.

Diane Monroe
Friday, September 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

This violinist's versatility and artistry bring audiences to their feet. Ms. Monroe has led ensembles for over 15 years, appearing at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, among many other venues. For this jazz performance she's joined by pianist Tom Lawton and bassist Steve Beskrone.

100 Years in Philly Music
Friday, September 8, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall

We're celebrating the kickoff of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Centennial with an ensemble of local jazz and folk musicians led by Ross Bellenoit. Explore the rich musical heritage of Philadelphia through songs composed in the City of Brotherly Love.

Linda May Han Oh
Friday, September 15, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Great Stair Hall, first floor

Born in Malaysia and raised in Australia, this jazz bassist's rhythm-driven compositions explore all that can be said without words. Her New York–based quartet consists of Ben Wendel on tenor sax, Matthew Stevens on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano, and Rudy Royston on drums.

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

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

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

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.
Location: 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.

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

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

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 feat. Larry McKenna
Friday, November 17, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

​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.
Location: 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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