First Fridays

On the first friday of every month, South Bethlehem comes alive for a community celebration. Local merchants, restaurants and galleries open their doors to celebrate our awesome community. Our First Friday activities are headquartered at the Banana Factory Arts Center - The fun kicks off at 6pm each month and wraps up around 9pm.

First Friday Happenings- June 6, 2014

1st Floor of the Banana Factory

  • NEW! Constructed Paintings and Drawings from Ballinglen by artist Brian Dickerson will have its opening reception in the Crayola Gallery.
  • NEW! The ArtsQuest Annual Young Artists' Exhibition will have its opening reception in the Banko Gallery. Awards for the artists whose work was determined by our jurors to show outstanding merit will be presented at 7:00pm.
  • NEW! The Banana Factory Student Exhibition will be opening in the Hallway to the Arts. Artists selected to be recipients of the First Linny Fowler Memorial LoveArt Scholarships will be presented with their awards at 7:30pm.
  • NEW! Banana Factory Featured Artists: Devyn Briggs and Trisha Mae Samuel.
  • NEW! Stop by our ArtsQuest Glass Studio for a summery glassblowing demonstration and stick around to Make Your Own Glass Seashell on our studio floor.
  • ANNOUNCING NEW CLASSES! Stop by the Olympus Digital Classroom to meet the Banana Factory Registrar.
  • The Banana Factory will be alive with music as the Lehigh Valley Gay Men's Chorus performs selections from their upcoming show in our Visual Arts Classroom.
  • Don't forget to stop by our Clay Classroom for a very special 3-D CHALK ILLUSION. Join Banana Factory Resident Artist Holly Fields Scott and Nevada Scott to observe the process of creating an interactive street art chalk drawing and to even lend a hand in the process! Stick around for a great photo op!
  • Students from our Computer Animation and Video Game Design classes will be animating our Olympus Digital Imaging Center to show off the amazing games and creations they've developed at the Banana Factory.
  • Members of the improv and sketch comedy group Flighty Ducks will be on hand to talk about the Lehigh Valley Improv Scene, upcoming comedy events at SteelStacks and throughout the Lehigh Valley, and comedy classes offered by ArtsQuest.
  • Janelle Hamscher's line of accessories includes handmade original funky jewelry, hair bows & other hair items with a hint of other designs. Pure Sin is inspired by a LOVE of Halloween, lots of colors, and amazing ART and is perfect for creating a unique look year-round! Well-rounded would be a perfect word for these iconic items! Cute, creepy, girly, nerdy, gothic, steampunk, rockabilly, and so much more!
  • Shannon Phillips will be bringing her henna talents to First Friday. Stop by for your own personal henna tattoo or just swing by to watch the art of henna taking place as she joins the Banana Factory's fun night of artful experiences!
  • Matt Dellecker will be performing music from 6:30-8:30 in the Crayola Gallery.

2nd Floor of the Banana Factory

  • NEW! Stop by Banana Factory Resident Artist Hong Tatt Foo's Studio (#253) for a Chinese Painting Demonstration at 7:30pm.

3rd Floor of the Banana Factory

  • Resident Artists Kevin Herbst Haaf will be conducting a jewelry demonstration in our 3rd Floor Jewelry Studio at 7:30pm
  • Please help us welcome new Resident Artist Erin Anderson to the Banana Factory! Stop by Studio 347 to say hello and to check out her amazing artwork.

All  Floors of the Banana Factory

  • Open Studio Mingle with the Banana Factory Resident Artists on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floor of the Banana Factory.  (Art work is available for purchase throughout the Banana Factory) 

Sponsored by: South Italy Imports

*Additional public parking is available across the street from the Banana Factory at the Riverport Garage. For information about FREE mobile metered parking from 5PM to 10PM on 1st Fridays go to


Don't forget to check out the official website for Bethlehem's First Friday

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