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.

Download a Map and Listing of Galleries!

Remember to like the Third Thursday Facebook page. 


Allentown Art Museum
31 N 5th Street


5:30–6:30 p.m.
Wendy: An Adventure in Neverland in Arts Park

This creative reimagining of Peter Pan is an original play written and performed by community actors who reside in the Old Fairgrounds and Jordan Heights sections of Allentown, guided by the pros at Allentown Public Theatre and in partnership with the Puerto Rican Culture Preservation. As the first artist-in-residence program of the new Cultural Coalition of Allentown, the play was created in workshops with residents acting and writing (in Spanish and English) and with each participant exploring the themes of youth, imagination, and growing up. Students also created their costumes and helped decorate the set. This is the final performance of the play, bringing together a huge cast from all of the workshops.

5:30 p.m.
Monthly Thursday evening film series: Requiem for the American Dream

Requiem for the American Dream (72 minutes) is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky on the defining characteristic of our time: the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality, tracing a half century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation. Requiem is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future. Written by Jared P. Scott..

6 p.m.
Free guided tour through the Museum's Kress Collection of Old Master paintings and sculpture.

6:30–9 p.m.
Theatre Café with Allentown Public Theatre

Enjoy a dramatic reading in the Museum Café, in partnership with Allentown Public Theatre. Tonight's Theatre Café showcases Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz. A 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Anna in the Tropics portrays the surprising effects that a reading of Anna Karenina has among a community of Cuban immigrants in Tampa, Florida.

7 p.m.
A gallery walk with collector Paul Kania through A Collecting Spirit

Collector Paul Kania and Elaine Mehalakes, curator of A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania, will lead a gallery walk together of the exhibition, commenting on the prints and artists.


The Baum School of Art
510 West Linden Street


The Baum School of Art Faculty and Staff Exhibition

The David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries

August 10–September 6, 2017

Artist Reception: Third Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 6–8pm

Presenting Sponsors: Kathleen and J.B. Reilly

This annual exhibition features the work of faculty members who teach as part of the children, adult and college level programs, as well as the creative administrative staff of The Baum School of Art. Don't miss a great opportunity to meet the faculty, become familiar with their work, and learn more about classes at The Baum School of Art. Free and open to the public and complimentary wine, beverages, and light fare will be served.


The 11th Annual Morning Call Juried Exhibition

The Fowler Community Room

August 10–September 6, 2017

Reception and Awards: Thursday August 17, 2017 from 6–8pm

Sponsor: The Morning Call

Celebrating our 11th year partnering with The Morning Call to present The Morning Call Annual Juried Exhibition in which local and regional artists are invited to submit their two-dimensional artwork to receive cash awards. Join us for this great community event! Receptions are always free! Complimentary wine, beverages, and light fare will be served.


Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple Street

The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center present Goddesses: Works by Andi Grunberg & Ana Hamilton, with an artist reception and talk on August 17th from 6-8pm. The exhibit is curated by Deborah Rabinsky.

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530 Hamilton Street

Featuring the amazing paintings of this fine artist and long-time Baum School of Art faculty member. Dana is a realist painter who depicts the world he lives in and the people with whom he shares it.

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


The Dime
12 N 7th Street


Artist Meet & Greet: Tyrone Webb


Expressions Studio
542 Hamilton Street

See the work of Andi Grunberg and Ana Hamilton on display at the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Center!


The Hamilton Kitchen
645 Hamilton Street



Heidi is a fine art and commercial photographer who teaches traditional darkroom photography at The Baum School of Art. She received her MA with Merit in Photographic Journalism from the University of Westminster in London, England and returned to Reading, PA to start her photography business. Tonight only, meet Heidi, view her creative work, and learn more about her process. Stay for great food and drink specials for happy hour!

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.

Explore the artwork of Aryn Coyle on display!


Mezzanine Gallery at the Renaissance Allentown
12 N 7th Street

Featured Artist: Ramon Peralta, 6-8 p.m.

Ramon Peralta is a sort of restless machine who loves to dig in the unfathomable labyrinths of the soul. With sharp sensitivity and a singular sense of creation, his work becomes a fertile landscape for the imagination and scrutiny. Such is the sense that animates this current body of work in which storytelling and delirium go hand in hand. In this series the artist's creations comes from the establish relationship with paper as a material, one of tools the artist use in initial process of creation. 

Pita King
33 N 9th St

Featured Artist: Kacper Abolik
Show Title: Arthur Rimbaud's Paintings


Queen City BBQ
27 N 7th St

Live music by The Groove Merchants!

Re:find/Penn State Gallery
645 Hamilton Street

(Inside the former Moravian Book Shop)

Assembling Thomas Mann

Featuring the sculpture and paintings of Thomas Mann, Allentown native and word renown jeweler and sculptor. 




Re:find's Gallery 724
724 Hamilton Street

"Voyage of Mermaids" with featured artist, Barbara Strawser

RE:find is very pleased to bring together three generations of Strawser women in an art show at Gallery 724 titled, "Voyage of Mermaids." Barbara Strawser, her daughter Melissa, and Melissa's daughter Tyrney have created a "Voyage of Mermaids" with folk art paintings, prints and sculpture. The show opens on July 20, at Gallery 724, from 5:00-8:00 pm, during Allentown's Third Thursday Destination Arts events.

It is a particular pleasure for Deborah Rabinski (our curator) and I (Jon Clark, Design Director at RE:find) that we host this show. We have come to know Melaissa and her daughter over the years, and Jon collected Barbara Strawser's work for his daughter as she was growing up -- so another generational connection.
Come along on this amazing journey as each planet is immortalized by our traveler through the use of Spray Paint."


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

The Gallery on the Walk, located at on the Arts Walk off 7th St. between Linden and Hamilton Streets, will be open with a special Allentown-based version of Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O in New Orleans. Thomas has taken over the space for two weeks where he will be making new jewelry objects commemorating his time in Allentown.


Rigo Peralta Art Studio
1131 Linden Street

Explore the work of surreal artist, Rigo Peralta. Enjoy fresh bubbly as he opens his studio for a sneak peak on what he's working on next. 

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


Join us this Third Thursday for a Stemless Wine Glass Doodle Painting Party with Ellen Kalinosky as your instructor!

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

$25 +tax.


Studio 740
740 Hamilton Street

*Closed until artist returns from France in September*