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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

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

Dance the night away with in-gallery dance performances, then head to the Great Stair Hall for booty-shaking Brazilian music by PhillyBloco.

Music: DJ Sylo
5:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Start the night with an eclectic blend of hip-hop, house, electro, and funk.

Performance: Three Aksha Dance Company
5:30 p.m.
Indian Temple Hall (Gallery 224)
This dance troupe preserves and promotes Bharatanatyam, a traditional Indian dance form. Tonight they perform Saha, an ensemble of moves dedicated to different deities.

Detours with Amy Smith
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Wallace Gallery 201.
Go on an experiential journey through the medieval galleries with Amy Smith, cofounder of Headlong Dance Theater. Additional creative input from theater artist Adriano Shaplin.

Performance: Almanac Dance Circus Theatre
6:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries
This acrobatic performance ensemble responds to Wild: Michael Nichols through storytelling and daring physicality.

Dance: Ballroom Philadelphia
6:45–7:15 p.m.
Got two left feet? No worries—Vuthy and Brandi Ou from Ballroom Philadelphia will be on hand to teach beginners salsa and cha-cha moves.
Free tickets required

Music: PhillyBloco
7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Resnick Rotunda 161
Modeled after the block parties of Brazilian carnival, PhillyBloco will perform a raucous mash-up of samba, funk, and New Orleans second line.

Ballroom Philadelphia
Friday, August 25, 2017
6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Resnick Rotunda 161

Got two left feet? No worries—Vuthy and Brandi Ou from Ballroom Philadelphia will be on hand to teach beginners salsa and cha-cha moves.

Diane Monroe
Friday, September 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
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.
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Celebrate the kickoff of the 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.
Great Stair Hall

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.
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.

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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