Visual & performing arts on display for Lancaster's First Friday

Don’t let this morning’s weather fool you. Forecasters are calling for a perfect evening to get out and about for a stroll around the Red Rose City for First Friday. Per usual, there is no shortage of art-fueled, community and music events happening around town from 5-9 p.m. We’ve taken the time to browse through them all and hand-pick some interesting things to do tonight. But this is just us – tell us in the comments below what events are on your radar…


Lancaster Public Library Open House (125 North Duke Street)

Stop by the Lancaster Public Library from 5:30-8 p.m. for an evening dedicated to Greek culture and its history in Lancaster. Bring your munchkins or irritating friends for activities in the Children’s Circle. There will be photo exhibits, Greek music and dances, and real Greek pastry samplings. As well as a discussion about the history of Greek immigration in Lancaster starting by Dr. Nikitas Zervanos. Who can turn down the possibility of free baklava?

Red Raven Art Company Exhibits (138 North Prince Street)

Gallery Row – for the uninitiated, the aptly named stretch of North Prince Street housing a variety of art galleries and other artisan businesses – is a usual suspect for First Friday as the galleries stay open later and hold special exhibits. Some have crackers and cheese; some have wine to sample; some go really all-out and get both some kind of grain product and wine samples. While you’re wandering down Gallery Row tonight, glancing at all those shop fronts, we’d suggest that you make it Red Raven Art Company as artists Jean Zaun and Rosemary Castiglioni will be showing their works. Zaun’s show is “Moods of Color,” featuring several paintings of sights around Central PA and a few slice-of-life paintings; Castiglini’s show is “Things in Common,” comprised of vivid, soft still lifes that feature fruits. 

Street art at Discerning Eye Center for the Arts  (12 West New Street)

If a quiet gallery exhibit on a First Friday isn’t quite your style – if you prefer a bit of an edgier, more alternative scene off the beaten Gallery Row path – be sure to check out this event at DECA. Teer1, acclaimed local street artist who has displayed pieces internationally, debuts a new show featuring his unique and boundless street art. Can’t make it tonight? DECA hosts an artist reception Saturday night as well.

Strawberry & Co.: Bernadine Lucas Exhibit (11 West King)

Do you like vibrant colors and cute cats? How about supporting local business owners? Well, then, we’ve got just the art exhibit for you. Strawberry & Co. co-owner Bernadine Lucas is exhibiting new works tonight. Lucas chiefly works in gouache and in watercolors. Her subjects in this latest exhibition range from animals, to flowers, to newspaper headlines. Be sure to check out the eclectic selection of gifts available.

Lancaster Dramatist’s Platform (342 North Queen Street, Rear)

First Friday isn’t just for visual art. This opportunity to catch the performing arts live is not-to-miss. After an evening of sampling a wide selection of the best arts of all kinds Lancaster has to offer, why not check out what everyone might be talking about next month? From 9-9:45 p.m., check out these bi-monthly short play readings. Several Lancaster luminaries, including former Lancaster City Councilmember Joe Morales, will be presenting their new pieces in reading form.


Where will you be First Friday-ing tonight?



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Ed Hirtzel is the Summer 2016 Fly intern. She’s currently an English Honors student at Millersville University. Her hobbies include scribbling, writing both fiction and nonfiction, and compiling useless information about cryptids.

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