Happy First Friday, Philadelphia! This weekend is chock full of fall festivities of all sort, including First Friday art parties, the Craft Beer Express, opening weekend for William Glackens at The Barnes, the Art Star Craft Bazaar and so much more.
Neighborhoods like Old City, Fishtown and museums like The Barnes and the Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrate First Friday with parties, gallery events, art openings and much more. Start the weekend off by raising a glass to the city’s great art scene.
The Art Star Craft Bazaar returns to the 23rd Street Armory and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Contemporary Craft Show returns to the Convention Center with one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. Jump start your holiday shopping (yikes!) and pick a few things for yourself, too.
On Saturday, the Craft Beer Express is back to shuttle beer fans from bar to bar to celebrate the city’s craft beer scene. The mobile bar crawl visits 12 bars throughout the city for an afternoon of beer-centric fun — best of all, tickets are still available.
The Barnes Foundation unveils its William Glackens exhibition, the first comprehensive survey of the Philadelphia-born painter in nearly half a century, on Saturday. The exhibition opens with a sneak peek tonight at the museum’s First Friday fete.
Read on for our guide to this weekend.
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Since 2009, this shop has served as a hub for Philly's free thinkers and artistic innovators. In addition to carrying the entire Art in the Age line of private label tees, the store stocks men's vests, hats, jackets, and cuff links, as well as Warby Parker eyewear. 116 N. Third St., 215.922.2600
"Something Wicked" with Art in the Age SNAP at Cook & Shaker, one of Philly.com's "15 Fall Cocktails to Warm Up To"
Something Wicked at Cook and Shaker
Out in at this one-year-old tavern in Kensington, proprietor Laura Viegas uses all local products to create a devilishly delicious fall drink. Ginger-spiced Snap liqueur from Art in the Age is mixed with apple brandy, then poured into a glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar. A cinnamon stick straw is the final autumnal touch ($8).
White Mule Farms Spodee White
With hints of country wine, toasted coconut, amaretto, and pineapple,Spodee White ($9) will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the Caribbean in December. The blended white wine is strengthened with high-proof alcohol and tastes light and fruity. Enjoy chilled over ice and mixed with a citrus juice and something bubbly, like club soda or ginger ale.
Art in the Age Snap
This 40 percent liquor is to a gingersnap what a Class V rapid is to a waterslide. The makers of Art in the Age Snap ($30) took tasting notes from lebkuchen—the original Pennsylvania Dutch ginger cookie made from blackstrap molasses—to make this spicy, richly flavored spirit. We find that it complements any bourbon drink perfectly and makes a nice pick-me-up on its own after a long ski tour.
Art in the Age Root
Brewed with organic ingredients like sarsaparilla, sassafras, and birch root, and inspired by the spirits of early colonial times, Art in the Age Root ($33) tastes like a spicy, sophisticated root beer, except that it comes from the original recipe for Native American root tea. And at 80 proof, it has plenty of punch.