First Friday


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.


September 5, 2014, First Friday Happenings

1st Floor of the Banana Factory

NEW! Part One of the ArtsQuest Annual Resident Artists' Exhibition featuring works from the Banana Factory's own Resident Artists will have its opening reception in the Crayola Gallery.

NEW! The ArtsQuest Annual Members' Exhibition will have its opening reception in the Banko Gallery.

NEW! Kristi Cochios' exhibition, Resilience, will be opening in the Hallway to the Arts.

NEW! Banana Factory Featured Artists: Angie Snyder Lande and Kim Hogan.

Our newest selection of Banana Factory art classes will be announced and open for enrollments! Visit for a full listing. While you're at First Friday, make sure you stop by the Front Desk or check in with a staff member to find out about our monthly class discount offers!

NEW! Stop by our ArtsQuest Glass Studio for a glassblowing demonstration and stick around to Make Your Own Glass Harvest Apple on our studio floor.

NEW! Check out our Summer Camp Art Show, featuring amazing artwork by students enrolled in our Banana Factory Summer Camps in our Visual Arts Classroom and our Clay Classroom.

CoWorx Staffing will be in the Olympus Digital Imaging Center to talk about employment options in the Lehigh Valley.

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!

Mary Ann Riker will be adding a splash of colorful offerings from HeartFelt Jewelry to brighten up your wardrobe. Need some Baubles for a special someone? HeartFelt jewelry has it! And, flowers and other fun stuff will be poppin' up in her artists' books from JUSTARIP Press.

Ron Gutman will be displaying an array of 3-D objects created from paper, perfect for special occasions or just because. Check out his fantastic sculptures and paper flowers. You're sure to find some roses, orchids, and much more.

Susan Huxley's colorful up-cycle garments and jewelry are the perfect gift for any occasion! Join us and check out her unique fashions!

Visit local Italian wine importer, South Italy Imports, for samplings of this week's featured wines. Learn more about where their unique varietals come from and the wine making process.

Diana's café will be on hand to talk about catering your next event at the Banana Factory. Find them on the web at:

The Girl Scouts of the Greater Lehigh Valley will be visiting to tell us all about their scouting adventures.

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Talk to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley at their table on the first floor and then visit their office on the second floor. Just follow the gold awareness stars!

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.

We'll be raffling off a pair of tickets to the Glass Blast on September 26! Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

The First Friday musical performer of the month will be Andrea Nardello.

2nd Floor of the Banana Factory

Please help us welcome our newest Resident Artist, Christopher Kosztyo, to Studio 218A!

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Visit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley office on the second floor. Just follow the gold awareness stars!

3rd Floor of the Banana Factory

Resident Artist Kevin Herbst Haaf will be conducting a jewelry demonstration in our 3rd Floor Jewelry Studio at 7:30pm.

All Floors of the Banana Factory

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

*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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