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First Friday July – Christmas in July

July 5 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

First Friday November, southside arts district


The Big Guy is checking in to see if you’ve been Naughty or Nice this First Friday in South Bethlehem. Join us as we celebrate CHRISTMAS IN JULY with celebrations across the Arts District to mark 6 months until we celebrate Christmas in the Christmas City and our signature event Santa’s Naughty or Nice Cookies & Cocktails Crawl on Saturday, December 7th from 1pm – 5pm.

Join us at Color Me Mine to paint, sip (BYOB) and enjoy 25% off vintage Light-up Christmas Tree Trucks or stroll over to Domaci to get a sneak peek at their Christmas 2019 collection, and get first dibs on their latest selection of vintage Christmas décor!  Free beer, wine, and sweet treats for guests.

And for those on the hunt for Naughty or Nice Cocktail Crawl Passports – we’re having a CHRISTMAS IN JULY PRE-SALE at Domaci only First Friday Evening from 6pm – 7pm! Find us there and book your passport that evening – the first 25 customers receive a free Naughty or Nice cocktail shot glass! Merry, Merry Friends!

In addition merchants and restaurants across the SouthSide will be celebrating First Friday with specials, live music performances and deals to celebrate Christmas in July:

Christmas in July Music Schedule:

5pm-6:30pm – EZ Money – (20 W 4th St) – Live Music from James Whiteman

5pm-7pm – Comfort Suites Bethlehem – (120 W 3rd St) – Performance from Kayla Avitable

5:30pm-7:30pm – REVEL Social – (217 Broadway) – Live Performance from Rory D’Lasnow

5:30pm – 7:30pm – Brinker Lofts – (321 Adams Street) – Live Music from Plum

6pm–8pm – Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub – (4th & New Streets) – Live music from rock artist Jordan White

6:15pm – 7:15pm – The Banana Factory – (25 W 3rd St) – Performance from Emily Noel

6:30pm – 8:30pm – The Funhouse – (5 E 4th St) – Performance from Doyle and the Dudes

8pm – Godfrey Daniels – (7 E 4th St) – Performance from Folk Musicians Bonnie Wren & Nick Franclik

10pm – The Funhouse – (5 E 4th St) – An evening of psychedelic riffs and jams from Bearsloth

Christmas in July Art Scene:

Banana Factory – (25 W 3rd St)

  • Hot Glass Demonstration – 7:00pm, Hot Glass Studio
  • FREE Kid Art Scavenger Hunt- 6PM-8PM, Visual Arts Classroom. Kids who turn in completed scavenger hunts to front desk get a special prize!
  • Live Music with Lehigh Valley Underground, Emily Noel, Crayola Gallery
  • FREE Kid’s Craft with Teaching Artist Katrina Heebner, Patriotic Suncatchers, 6PM-9PM, Visual Arts Classroom
  • FREE Bob Ross Paint Along- 4Th of July Anniversary Addition, with Teaching Artist Katie Hovencamp, Banko Gallery, 6PM-9PM – Bob is back! Join us at our July First Friday for a return of our popular paint along event to celebrate the life and work of Bob Ross, who passed away 24 years ago on July 4th. No experience or tools necessary to participate in this paint along!

Christmas in July Exhibitions: 

OPENING! Art of Storytelling, Crayola Gallery

ArtsQuest Staff & Teaching Artist Exhibition, Hallway to the Arts

Featured Resident Artists from the Banana Factory Arts Center:

Barbara Schulman & Douglas Wiltraut

SouthSide Lofts – (435 Hayes Street) – The Art Gallery will be open to the public with penguin ornaments and gingerbread cookies!


Christmas in July Deals & Specials:

A-List Salon & Spa – (128 W. 4th St) – Christmas in July!! Buy more Save more!!! Enjoy a complimentary travel bag and take-home treatment with and Balayage or full Highlight service! Stock up on your summer must haves and favorite products! 10% off 1, 15% off 2 , 20% off 3, 25% off 4!! While supplies last!!

Bonn Place Brewing – (310-14 Taylor St) – First Friday HAPPY HOUR is from 4:07pm-5:33pm and begins at 3pm for Medical and Educational Professionals, with valid ID.

Color Me Mine – (25 E 3rd St) – First Friday – One-time only Discount of 25% on Light-up Tree Trucks on July 5th. Picture attached! Enjoy Painting!

Domaci – (21 E 3rd St) – Join us on July 5th to get a sneak peak at our Christmas 2019 collection + get first dibs on our latest selection of vintage Christmas decor including lots of beautiful Shiny Brite ornaments! We’ll have fun Christmas music, free beer & wine, + some sweet treats! We’re partnering with New Bethany Ministries for this special event, so come ready to shop! We’ll be donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to them to assist with their outreach to the hungry, homeless, poor, and mentally ill of the Lehigh Valley.

Eva’s Bargain Boutique – (412 E 4th St) – First Friday Special – $10 Off Any Purchase over $50!

EZ Money – (20 W 4th St) – Live Music from 5pm – 6:30pm with James Whiteman and FREE REFRESHMENTS!   

Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub – (4th & New Sts) – ART WARS IS HAPPENING TONIGHT!

Art Wars are live, public events, held in different cities throughout the United States. The goal is to provide an entertainment experience by getting the artist out of the studio and sharing their creative workflow with an audience.

Sixteen “Art Warriors” are chosen by public voting at an open-call “Throw Down”. Art Wars is a round robin type of tournament where 4 to 8 artists compete at each battle. Two to four artists with the most votes from each round move on to the next. The 16 artists are narrowed down to eight, to four, and eventually to one winner.

Happy HOURS! Join us from 5pm – 7pm for FREE Appetizers at the Bar, $4 Irish Drafts, Music from Jordan White, and stay for DJ Chubby from 10pm – 2am.

Special Thanks:

Special thank you to our First Friday sponsor ArtsQuest, The Comfort Suites Bethlehem, Lehigh University & Voices of the Valley.


July 5
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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