First Friday at the Pier

February 1
Location: The Studios, The Gallery, and the Amphitheater
Time: 5pm to 9pm

Cherry Street Pier will participate in the city’s First Friday celebration with open studio crawls, the Philly Theatre Week Kick-Off, food from Cooperage Philly and more.

Exhibitions and performances are free and open to the public. Food is pay-as-you-go.


Studio Crawl
5PM to 9PM
Meet our resident artists, watch them at work, and see their unique creations. Our artists represent a diverse range of mediums such as photography, film, music, theater, poetry, fabric arts, painting, collage, installation art, industrial design, sculpture and more.
Enjoy FREE guided tours of the studios from 6PM to 8PM.

Theatre Philadelphia: Philly Theatre Week
5PM to 8PM
Theatre Philadelphia will kick off Philadelphia Theater Week with a selection of performances in the Amphitheater area of the Pier from 5PM to 8PM. Theater groups from around the region will perform short excerpts from a variety of productions that will be featured in the 2nd Annual Philly Theatre Week. RSVP at

A Friend of a Friend Exhibition
February 1st through 28th
In the Gallery (formerly known as the Garage)

In honor of Black History Month, resident artists Yolanda Wisher, Acori Honzo, Sharif Pendleton, Femi Oluwafemi (representing Tiny Room For Elephants) whose work celebrates African American history and culture will exhibit alongside guest artists Erlin Geffrard, Shanel Edwards, Scott Owens, and Kara Hinson whose work carries similar themes. The show speaks to the way the exhibition was curated but also references the phrase “A Friend of A Friend” used by passengers on the Underground Railroad to identify themselves in the Philadelphia region and eventually all along the railroad.

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture: An Immigrant Alphabet
Eighteen Northeast High School students reflect on their immigrant journeys through a collaboration with artist Wendy Ewald. See the banner installation at Cherry Street Pier now through the June.