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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.

Feeling artsy? Suggest a band, organization, project, or theme. E-mail .

Friday Nights Schedule

Bossa Nova Holiday with Jackie Ribas & the Carlos Almeida Quintet
Friday, December 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Enjoy Brazilian interpretations of American favorites performed by Jackie Ribas and the Carlos Almeida Quintet. Their surprising renditions will make you fall in love with holiday music again.

Final Fridays: Get Your Om On
Friday, December 29, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Throughout the Museum

An evening of guided meditation, art making, yoga, performances, and more.

DIY Art: Reflect & Record
5:30–6:15 p.m.
6:30–7:15 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Grab a keepsake notebook and consider the past twelve months. Designed by memoirist Beth Kephart and artist Bill Sulit, both workshops will help you create a personal memoir of your year.
Space is limited; first come, first served.


DIY Art: Symbolic Stitchery with Artist Marie Elcin
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Create a mandala of concentric shapes with fiber artist Marie Elcin. Learn simple embroidery techniques and center yourself through the meditative repetition of stitching.


Detour with Hariprasad Kowtha
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Gallery 206, 2nd floor
Practice museum mindfulness with Hariprasad Kowtha in this unconventional tour. Seek out peaceful spaces in the building and partake in exercises designed to rejuvenate mind and body.


Holistic Healing: Laughter & Meditation Playshop
6:00 p.m. (program length: 60–80 minutes)
Gallery 179, 1st floor
Laugh yourself into wellness with sound healers Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda. This interactive experience features call-and-response chanting, laugh-therapy drills, deep relaxation exercises, and healing meditation. For ultimate relaxation, wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat, blanket, or eye mask.
Free ticket required after Museum admission


Dhyana Yoga: Vinyasa with John Vitarelli
6:15 p.m.
Wallace Gallery 201, 2nd floor
Release all that tension from the past year with breath-synchronized movements. Led by John Vitarelli of Dhyana Yoga
Space is limited; first come, first served.


Dhyana Yoga: Slow Flow with Diana Vitarelli
6:15 p.m.
Gallery 224 (Indian Temple Hall), 2nd floor
Meditative motions that remind you to make the moments, and poses, last. Led by Diana Vitarelli of Dhyana Yoga
Space is limited; first come, first served.


Music: Worldtown Soundsystem
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This live house music outfit unites electronic dance with global rhythms and soul.

Holistic Healing: Laughter & Meditation Playshop
Friday, December 29, 2017
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Gallery 179, 1st floor

Laugh yourself into wellness with sound healers Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda. This interactive experience features call-and-response chanting, laugh-therapy drills, deep relaxation exercises, and healing meditation. For ultimate relaxation, wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat, blanket, or eye mask.

JD Walter & Luis Perdomo Duo
Friday, January 5, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Jazz vocalist JD Walter and pianist Luis Perdomo present electronic escapades and jazz standards with a modern twist.

​Orrin Evans will not be performing this evening as previously announced.

CNOTE NYC
Friday, January 12, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This trio​ of Christopher McBride, Jonathan Edward Thomas, and Curtis Nowosad mixes jazz, R&B, rock, and fusion with ease, technicality, and musical precision.

The Dove & the Wolf
Friday, January 19, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

This Philly-based Parisian duo crafts reflective songs characterized by hushed harmonies and the sounds of dream pop and old-school soft rock.

Final Fridays: Weird Science
Friday, January 26, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Indulge your inner nerd with an evening devoted to experiments, discoveries, and art.

​Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Uri Gurvich
Friday, February 2, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Saxophonist Uri Gurvich blends world influences, including sounds from his native Israel, with progressive jazz. Songs from his latest release, Kinship, explore tribal and familial connections between different cultures and individuals.

Aaron Parnell Brown
Friday, February 9, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Get in the mood for love. Philly singer-songwriter Aaron Parnell Brown offers up a mix of ’70s soul, romantic jazz, and original tunes that will make you swoon.

Martha Stuckey
Friday, February 16, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

A theatrical evening of jazz standards and originals with Red 40 frontwoman Martha Stuckey.

Final Fridays: King Britt Presents
Friday, February 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Legendary DJ and producer King Britt presents an evening of interactions and experiences inspired by his personal history as an artist.

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