Destination Arts: Third Thursday

Downtown Allentown Events


Destination Arts: Third Thursday is a new initiative that launched November 17th. From 5 - 8 p.m. on the Third Thursday of each month, Downtown Allentown’s arts and business communities will join forces to create a unique and eclectic evening experience. Exhibitions, sales, classes, special menus and more will be featured at many of the local arts venues, artist studios, retailers and restaurants. Every month, new discoveries will await you, too. Enjoy Happy Hour or grab dinner at one of downtown's restaurants, then explore what Third Thursday has to offer.

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Allentown Art Museum
31 N 5th Street

4-8 p.m.

Every Third Thursday, admission to the Museum is free starting at 4 p.m., with free entry to all of the galleries and a full schedule of free Third Thursday events throughout the Museum; see below for the complete lineup. For other Third Thursday art happenings, go to

5:30 p.m.
Movie: The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, this intimate biography (90 mins) reveals a woman who balanced a private life of illness and pain against a public persona that was flamboyant, irreverent, and world renowned. Through the prism of Frida’s life and art, the film explores the ancient culture of Mexico; the Mexican Revolution; the wildfire of communism that burned through Latin America in the 1920s and 1930s; innovators in painting, photography, filmmaking, writing, and poetry that congregated in Mexico City; and the revival of interest in Mexican popular culture for which Kahlo has become a symbol.


6. p.m.
Free tour through the exhibition Designing for the Loom: Drawings by William Geskes.
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

William Geskes (American, 1877–1962),untitled jacquard designs, 1895-1940, gouache and pencil.Allentown Art Museum, gift of Karin Geskes Erny, 1993


6 p.m.
Christie’s auction house tips on collecting
This program is offered in advance of our Cocktails & Collecting event held on November 11. A photography specialist from Christie’s auction house, Rebecca Jones, will discuss the collectability and trends of a wide range of mediums, and how to educate yourself in the art market. Free entry, and refreshments will be served, plus tickets to Cocktails & Collecting will be for sale at the discounted price of $90 for Museum members and $115 for nonmembers during this program.




6 p.m.
The music of Bakithi Kumalo
Bakithi Kumalo’s show consists of several solo performances of traditional South African classics, including songs sung in Zulu. During the hour-long show, Bakithi will share stories of South African culture, growing up under Apartheid, and the history and evolution of Paul Simon’s landmark 1985 album, Graceland, in which he played a major role. Bakithi's work on Graceland opened the doors for him to appear on recordings with Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker, and Cyndi Lauper.


6:30 p.m.
This month’s Theatre Café reading, Saturnine, by up-and-coming local playwright Chase Yenser tells the story of Anna, a nine year old battling cancer with an attitude. Hosted by Allentown Public Theatre and directed by Willow Reichard-Flynn.


The Baum School of Art
510 West Linden Street


John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser: New Jersey Masters

Guest Curator: Gary T. Erbe

September 14–October 21, 2017

Reception: Third Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 6:00–8:00pm

The David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries

Presenting Sponsors: Stoudt Associates, LLC

This exhibition features the rarely seen artwork of two New Jersey painters, John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser. Inspired by the Ashcan School of American artists, they developed their distinct style of metropolitan landscapes and urban realism. Gasser was a student and colleague of Grabach and this exhibition brings them together to celebrate their relationship and influence on each other.

Join us for the opening reception to see these beautiful works up close. Receptions at The Baum School of Art are free and open to the public. Wine, beverages, and light fare will be served.





530 Hamilton Street

Happy Hour from 5:00–7:00pm

Food and Drink Specials!

The Artwork of Abbey Rosko: Meet Abbey on Third Thursday

Abbey Rosko works in experimental processes and teaches figure drawing for teens at The Baum School of Art. This exhibition features recent oil paintings that pull subject matter from films such as The Harvey Girls (1946) and Meet Me In St. Louis (1944), among others. Movie musicals of the 1940s combined with elements of traditional stage production and film inform her work, as well as the escapist and illogical aspects of these movies.


CENTRO features rustic Italian flavors, specialty cocktails, and craft beer!

The Dime
12 N 7th Street


Patti Tinsman Schaffer will be in residence at The Dime displaying her work.  Come out and support the local arts as part of Destination Arts Third Thursday. 


Expressions Studio
542 Hamilton Street

See the work of Andi Grunberg, new work inspired by the Goddess.


The Hamilton Kitchen
645 Hamilton Street



Liberty Bell Museum
622 Hamilton Street

125th Anniversary of the Liberty Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.   Historical documents, photos, and personal mementos are on display showing the preservation, education, and patriotism of the chapter over the years.

The photgraph exhibit, “Allentown: Through the Camera’s Eye” which showcases historic photographs of Allentown.



Mezzanine Gallery at the Renaissance Allentown
12 N 7th Street


Pita King
33 N 9th St


Queen City BBQ
27 N 7th St









Re:find's Gallery 724
724 Hamilton Street


Femi Johnson, One Man Show

Re:find's Gallery on the Walk
21 N 7th St





Rigo Peralta Art Studio
1131 Linden Street

Gallery of their most recent and top pieces!


Roey's Paintbox
21 N 7th St, Suite 102

Enjoy an evening creating this painting of Fall Abstract Leaves with Mallory as your instructor!

RSVP early! Roey's Paintbox Parties fill up quickly. This party is BYOB!

Canvas sizes are 11" x 14" for $35 +tax or 16" x 20" for $45 +tax.




Studio 740
740 Hamilton Street