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First Fridays
First Friday in Old City is a destination for culture lovers. Stroll through the 50-plus galleries, enjoy outdoor eateries and browse local artists' creations. Each month the Arden lobby hosts local performing arts groups and serves complimentary beer to our visitors. Please join us!

Check back for upcoming First Friday events at the Arden.
For First Friday events in Old City, visit First Friday Weekends on Facebook

Arden First Friday Video

Past First Friday performances have included:

Friday, November 1, 2013
First Person Arts
The First Person Arts Festival is proud to bring a StorySlam to the Arden Theatre for November's First Friday! What's a StorySlam? A StorySlam is more than a storytelling competition. Its an invitation to share five minutes of your life in a room full of people who appreciate a well-told tale. Come and lend an ear, or share an experience. Got five minutes? The theme on First Friday will be "Drama." Learn more at

Friday, October 4, 2013
Groundswell Players
This Philadelphia-based experimental theatre company based in Philadelphia devises and performs theatre creations that exploit the comedic friction of ordinary characters rubbing up against extraordinary circumstances. Doors at 5:30pm. Performances 6-8pm.

Friday, June 7, 2013
Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret
A theatrical rock performance that fuses classic showmanship with a modern sense of humor and bold original songs.

Friday, May 3, 2013
A collaboration between dance and visual arts that engulfs the audience in the environment created for each piece.

Friday, April 5, 2013
The Berserker Residents
Devised theatre rooted in alternative comedy with a pop-comic aesthetic.

Friday, March 1, 2013
Applied Mechanics
Collaborative theatre with many scenes happening simultaneously while the audience is free to wander and watch the piece how they would like, incorporating food, drink, and other intimate sensory experiences.

Friday, February 1, 2013
Tiny Dynamite presents “A Play, A Pie, and A Pint
A casual, short, and comedic theatrical piece enjoyed with a slice of pizza and a glass of beer.

First Fridays are FREE and open to the public!

Offerings are subject to change or cancellation.

The Arden is one of 35 winners of the 2012 Knight Arts Challenge!
$50,000 Grant from the Knight Arts Challenge will fund Arden First Fridays

In the News –

35 winners named in Knight Foundation Philadelphia Arts Challenge
–Philadelphia Inquirer   [Read More]

First Friday in Old City Philadelphia
Arden Theatre Company, has been part of the historic Old City neighborhood for over 20 years. On the first Friday of each month 50-plus galleries open their doors and the neighborhood is alive with artists and art lovers. Arden Festival Fridays help diversify artistic offerings by celebrating Philadelphia’s many performing arts groups. Every First Friday, a different group will have the opportunity to make the Arden its own. This curated, multidisciplinary performance series will embrace unlikely collaborations, showcase new, innovative work and provide the first established performing arts forum on First Fridays.

Past Arden First Friday partners and performers include:
Olde City Sideshow
Headlong Dance Theatre
The N Crowd
Tell Me a Story
11th Hour Theatre Company
Fencing Academy of Philadelphia
Triumph Brewing Company
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Boxcar Brewing Company

First Friday Performances and Refreshments are FREE and open to the public

Box Office Hours
(when in performance)
Mon: 10am-6pm
Tues-Sat: 10am-intermission
Sun: Noon-5pm
(when dark)
Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

Knight Foundation

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Yards Brewing Company

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