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First Friday July 2021 – All American First Friday

July 2 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Break out the Red, White and Blue – we have an All American First Friday for you! Celebrate the Nation’s birthday a little early with us on Friday, July 2nd in the Arts District! With live music in four locations, including lawn games and a hot dog eating competition – all you need are sparklers to complete this celebration!

Enjoy 50% off metered parking, thanks to the Bethlehem Parking Authority! Just use the promo code BPAFF for your metered parking session! Good for a one time, per user, per the day use! Customers just need to use the ParkMobile app and enter the Promo Code at check out!

Interested in competing in the Hot Eating Competition? We have a few spots left! Ten contestants will compete to be the Hot Dog Eating Champion – the winner must eat the most Hot Dogs in 60 seconds! The winner will receive a $50 gift card to ROASTED and a SouthSide Arts District T-shirt!

Come and cheer on contenders and enjoy a free hot dog (while supplies last)!

To enter visit

Then stay for a special performance from The SwingTime Dolls, and much more! For a complete list of First Friday happenings see below:

Complete Schedule:


6pm – 8pm | The Wonton Soups performing at Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub (4 E. 4th Street)

6pm – 9pm | Neil Grover at The Banana Factory (25 W. 3rd Street)

6:30pm – 8:30pm | Swamp Guard at Dinky’s Ice Cream Parlor (312 E 3rd Street, Suite 102)

7pm – 8pm | The Swingtime Dolls at Roasted (22 W. 4th Street)

Fun Happenings:

6pm – 8pm | Bean Bag Toss, Jenga & Connect Four Outdoors at Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub (4 E. 4th Street)

6pm – 9pm | Glassblowing with Dennis Gardner and Glass fusing with Becky Shoemaker at The Banana Factory (25 W. 3rd Street)

7pm | Hot Dog Eating Contest at Roasted (22 W. 4th Street)

Art Exhibits:

The Banana Factory (25 W. 3rd Street)

Compendium: Playlist – The annual Compendium exhibitions at the Banana Factory Arts Center are designed to highlight the thriving artistic community of the Lehigh Valley and region and to showcase the diverse array of multidisciplinary artists who reside there.

Lauren Beauchner: Reflector – After a year like the last one, it’s impossible not to notice the impact that estrangement from our people has had on us. As I worked on these, again I found myself cycling through the spectrum of loneliness that’s become increasingly familiar as the year has progressed. These paintings are meant to reflect how the pandemic shifted the ways we look out at the world and in at ourselves.

Thank you to our sponsors Wind Creek Bethlehem, Lehigh University and The Bethlehem Parking Authority for making First Friday possible!

Happy Birthday America & Happy First Friday Lehigh Valley!


July 2
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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