Every first Friday of the month, Old City in Philadelphia comes alive with art galleries opening their doors and offering wine and snacks as you peruse their latest creations. It has become a popular place for local artists to set up shop on the sidewalks also. This is the best place to find that unique gift that you can’t find anywhere else in Philadelphia. In the spring, summer, and fall the crowds are a bit overwhelming and become just another part of the experience.
Each gallery offers something different and the whole festivities span several blocks. There are over 40 galleries that participate and that is not counting all of the local artist that set up on the sidewalks in the area. One of my favorite galleries to hit first is the Old City Jewish Art Center. Not only is the art they offer unique and interesting, they serve finger foods and wine while you mill around. They have these brownie/rice crispy concoctions that are just as good as the art. This will also tide you over until dinner since poking your nose into every gallery will take you every bit of the four hours the galleries stay open. The galleries stay open from 17:00 – 21:00.