First Friday celebrations happen in Downtown South Bethlehem on the First Friday of every month. It's a time to enjoy music, food, drinks, art, and special events hosted by establishments in the small businesses district. Visit this page each month for updates on what's going on for the next First Friday Celebration in South Bethlehem!


Live Music 

DMC Duo at Five Maidens Cider Company

327 Polk Street, Bethlehem

7-10 PM

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Heart Headed at F&A Grog House

117 E 3rd Street, Bethlehem

9 PM-12 AM

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Lily Moss at Mister Lee's Noodles

512 E 3rd St. Bethlehem

6-9 PM

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Arts & Entertainment

The Shapes in Things Art Reception

Corpora Art Gallery
Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
321 East 3rd Street
6-8 PM

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The Charter Arts Visual Arts Department is proud to present the work of professional artist, Ken Kewley, in an exhibition titled "The Shapes in Things" on display from September 13- October 13, 2023 in the Corpora Gallery. A FREE Reception will be held on October 6, 2023, from 6-8 PM as part of the Southside Arts District's First Friday celebration. Charter Arts' Corpora Art Gallery is host to a full schedule of both professional and student exhibitions each school year. Appointments to view this exhibit during school hours can also be arranged by calling 610-868-2971.

Literary Arts Showcase at the Lodge
Cafe the Lodge
427 E. 4th Street
Friday, October 6 from 6-8 PM
The Charter Arts Literary Arts Department presents its monthly "Showcase at the Lodge."  Students will present a variety of original works. An Open Mic portion will also feature. 


Echoes of Dreams Art Show

The Other Side at Eskandalo!
12 - 14 W 4th Street, Bethlehem
Friday, October 6 from 6-9 PM

Featuring the absolutely mind-bending work of Sara @deemoncollage! BYO and hangout listening to music and talking art and shopping at our store. Support local! Bring a friend!


Oktoberfest Hot Glass Experience

711 E. First St.
5-9 PM

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At Oktoberfest 2023 the ArtsQuest Glass Studio presents the opportunity to make a solid glass pumpkin or acorn. Work one on one with a hot glass instructor to create your own piece of art from molten glass. Ages 6 and up, no experience necessary. Pieces need 24 hours to cool overnight, participants will have to return to the festival to pick up their work, pay an extra charge for shipping or pick up from the Banana Factory after the festival is over.

Pop Ups & Special Events

First Friday ConneXions Networking Event

Venture X Bethlehem
306 S. New St. Bethlehem, 1st Floor
Friday, October 6 from 5:30-7:30 PM

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New business contacts and fresh opportunities await at our upcoming First Friday Networking Event! 🌐 Bring a fellow entrepreneur and exchange collective wisdom while mixing and mingling with other hard working professionals! 🤝

Register now on EventBrite through the link in our bio & join us for a night of building relationships, great music, and free drinks! 🍷 📤


The Bacon Brothers

Zoellner Arts Center
420 E Packer Ave, Bethlehem
Friday, October 6 from 7:30 – 9:30 PM

$55 | $45 | Free for LU Students

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Bound by blood and a mutual love of American roots music, The Bacon Brothers have spent the past quarter-century in a creative whirl, funneling their shared DNA into a genre-bending sound. They call that sound "Forosoco" — a blend of folk, rock, soul, and country influences, delivered by two songwriters who were born to collaborate — and it's taken the siblings across the world, from shows in Japan to performances at American landmarks like Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. "We're still exploring the sound we began making 25 years ago; we've just gotten a lot better at it," says Michael, whose success as an Emmy-winning composer mirrors his brother Kevin’s accolades as an A-list Hollywood actor.