Destination Arts: Third Thursday

Downtown Allentown Events

Destination Arts: Third Thursday takes place each month from 5 - 8 p.m. 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.

Remember to like the Third Thursday Facebook page. 



This Third Thursday - June 20th, 2019:

Allentown Art Museum: 

Free admission to the galleries from 4 till 8 p.m. Enjoy fall exhibitions and the following free-to-all activities.

6:30–7:30: Music, dance, and more with Delwin Fiddler Jr.

Delwin Fiddler Jr. is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and a world-renowned Native American performance artist. He enjoys being able to share songs, dances, and flute playing from the Lakota Native American nations. He has dedicated his life to protecting Mother Earth as an environmental activist, and tonight he shares wisdom from his personal experience in 2016 as a Water Protector at Standing Rock. (photos by Joyce Marin)

5:30–7:00: Cheers, Allentown! Tasting with Fegley’s Brew Works

Start your evening at the Museum with good spirits and good friends—and a good beer—in the upstairs Art Ways Lounge. Fegley’s will be providing samples of their brews to  kick off the evening. Must be at least 21 years of age.

5:30–7:00: Art workshop
Explore your creative side! Just drop-in and join us for a hands-on artmaking workshop with a local artist. All are welcome!

6:00–6:45: Guided gallery tour of An Essential Presence
No reservation is needed to join this free tour (in English)–just drop in!

6:00: Film: The Price of Everything
Featuring collectors, dealers, auctioneers, and a rich range of artists, from current market darlings Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, and Njideka Akunyili Crosby to one-time art star Larry Poons, this documentary examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society, exposing deep contradictions and coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless.

6:00–7:30: Drop-in Trivia

Test your knowledge and win prizes every Third Thursday with our Arts and Culture Trivia. Questions range from sixteenth-century art to contemporary culture, and prizes are awarded at the end of each round.


The Arts Walk: The Paths We Take 

Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Center:

The Baum School of Art: A Tribute to Polly Wood

Join The Baum School from 6pm- 8pm for a memorial reception and enjoy wine, beverages, and light fare. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. A Tribute to Polly Wood (1946–2016) is a memorial exhibition for this beloved artist to celebrate her life and art spearheaded by her son, Jonas. A native of Allentown, Polly was a prolifie artist in the Lehigh Valley and studied under the renowned illustrator, Mario Cooper in New York City among others. View her creatively playful paintings and mixed media works including pieces from her Ordinary Women and Space Guitars series.

The Liberty Bell Museum: A Talk and a Tour

The Liberty Bell Museum is featuring “A Talk and A Tour” to showcase “The Little Bell that Rang for Freedom” exhibit.  The seasonal exhibit celebrates the 250th anniversary of Allentown’s own Liberty Bell.

Museum Director Rev. Joshua Knappenberger will offer a brief “Talk” about the history of the bell followed by a “Tour” of the exhibit led by Museum Manager Stephanie Burke. The presentation will examine the historical journey of one of Allentown’s most precious treasures. Light refreshments will be provided.

Suggested donation: adults- $2/children- $1.

Mezzanine Gallery:

Miller Symphony Hall: "Chicago" Carl Snyder- a mix of R&B and jazzed-up pop tunes, plus some standards and blues. 

Ten Thousand and One Nights is the musical autobiography of “Chicago” Carl Snyder, who went to the Windy City in 1966 to write for Playboy Magazine and ended up playing keyboards on the road and in the studio with many of the world’s greatest blues artists. Carl played in forty-six states and eleven foreign countries, in Roman castles and Mississippi roadhouses; he has appeared on almost fifty albums, including two that won the Handy Award. Told in a quick-moving, anecdotal style, the book is replete with adventure and humor. And it presents a cross-section of American life and culture over the past fifty years, with cameo appearances by well-known actors, musicians, politicians, and athletes, plus other characters who are less famous but extremely colorful.

He spent years working in the studio and on the road with many of Chicago's blues greats, notably Junior Wells, Son Seals, Otis Rushand Jimmy Johnson. He is on close to 50 albums, including several award winners, and has two lifetime achievement awards for his work in music. His latest CD, Lost World Blues, is getting quite a bit of airplay. And at 75, he maintains a busy schedule, with most of his work in and around Philadelphia.

Stop by and check out the new Lyric Room and grab a specialty cocktail!


The Monterey:

Gallery 840: "In the Tradition"- Artist Reception 

4pm- 7pm: Explore Joseph Skrapits' impressionistic Lehigh Valley Landscape paintings that capture the local spirit. Meet the artist, talk with other art lovers and enjoy light refreshments.  

St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church: Ruins Entwined 

5pm- 8pm: art exhibit by Jaime Karol & Alyshha Eve Csuk with piano entertainment by Gabe Toth.

Jaime Karol is an award-winning art educator who has dabbled in various mediums for years, but has found herself recently to be most fond of watercolor. She is inspired by the linear characteristics of the industrial landscapes of our area.

Alyshha Eve Csuk grew up in Bethlehem. Her work focuses on bygone industry and her photos of Bethlehem Steel, mines, scrapyards, and rustscapes are truly enchanting.

RE:find: Interior Designer Shweta Jajodia

RE:find has been very pleased to join forces with Interior Designer Shweta Jajodia to promote a one of a kind collection of Indian furniture and accessories. Now, just back from a buying trip to India, and with restocked items in RE:find, Shweta will join us on Third Thursday, June 20, to answer design questions, explain the history of her carefully selected furniture and accessories, and offer advice on how best to incorporate pieces from her collection into your home.

Shweta's expertise extends from design concept to sourcing, manufacturing and installation. Her long time association with Indian artists, craftsmen and manufacturers assures a smooth and well executed project.

During Third Thursday, RE:find will feature an expanded collection of furniture and accessories made exclusively for Shweta (from mostly reclaimed architectural artifacts) .

Special discounts will be available for this event only.

More Information

The Dime: Tyrone Webb

5pm- 8pm: Webb creates hispaintings using only cans of spray paint and household objects. His pieces take many hours to create, and often feature landscapes with a bit of a sci-fi twist.

Expressions Gallery

Will be open, please enter from the back door (elevator to 3rd floor).



Downtown Dining & Corresponding Happy Hours:

The Dime:

Queen City BBQ:

Mon- Fri 4-7pm: $5 Frozen Drinks, $5 Craft Beers, $5 Mark West wine, $5 Tito’s, Captain Morgan, and Jack Daniels. 

Fegley's Allentown Brew Works:

Mon- Fri 4-6pm: $3 Beers, $4 Wine, $5 Drinks, $5 Appetizers.

The Hamilton:

Bell Hall:

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 5-7pm

All Day on Thursday: $5 Whisky & Wine      







The Allentown Art Museum
31 North Fifth Street
4-8 p.m.

5:30- 7pm: Cheers, Allentown! Tasting with Salmon Pants Brewery

Start your evening in the Art Ways lounge sampling beer from this regional brewer (must be 21+).

5:30- 7pm: Art workshop with Femi J. Johnson

Exploring your creativity through collage!

6pm: Film: "Sol LeWitt"

The pioneering American Conceptual artist comes alive in this sensitive cinematic portrait. 

6- 6:45pm: Guided gallery tour of the permanent collection

No reservation is needed to join this free tour of highlights in the collection- just drop in!

6- 7:30pm: Drop-in Trivia

Test your knowledge and win prizes with Arts and Culture Trivia. 

6- 8pm: FRAME 37 Visual Dialogue Series 

Take part in a dialogue on the art of photography with fine-art photographers Luke Wynne, Theo Anderson, and Ed Eckstein and photo historian Chris Karfakis, aka Frame 37. Tonight the group welcomes as guests two high-end photographic printers who have worked with well-known photographers in both analog and digital modes. Find out their tips, tricks, and best practices, and hear stories from their many years in the trade.

Chuck Kelton is an artist, educator, and master printer. He has been specializing in high-end black and white, silver gelatin exhibition photographic printing since 1988. His client list reads like a who’s who of photographic royalty; Robert Capa, Larry Clark, Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon and Mary Ellen Mark are just a few of the luminaries he has printed for in his thirty-year career. In addition to private student classes at his Jersey City Lab, Kelton also teaches independent-project classes at the International Center of Photography. His photograms are represented by Sasha Wolf Projects.

Carl Saytor and his company, Luxlab, are on a mission to serve the photographic-arts community with astounding technology built on the tradition of handmade, high-quality printing and processing. Luxlab is located in the Chinatown section of New York City and specializes in Chromira digital C-prints and archival pigment prints servicing many high-end photographers’ needs for precision color prints.

The Baum School of Art
510 Linden Street

6- 8pm: Auction Preview Night 

Come and peruse over 300 pieces in preparation for the Auction on May 18th. Explore beautiful mosaics, paintings, pastel pieces, sculptures, and pottery by artists such as Walter Emerson Baum, Barbara Kozero, Hans Moller, Conrad Roland, Barnaby Ruhe and many more!

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple Street       

6- 8pm: The Long Road Exhibit: Reception & Talk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

As part of the Lehigh Valley celebration of Stonewall 50, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents a history exhibit, The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania. The exhibit, produced by the LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania and curated by Barry Loveland, presents a chronology of the activist efforts to expand non-discrimination protections in our communities.

This is a sober social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. No alcohol will be served.

The Dime
12 N 7th Street

542 Hamilton Street, 3rd Floor

840 Hamilton Street, Suite 101                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Liberty Bell Museum of Allentown
622 Hamilton Street

5:30- 7:30pm: Opening Reception

The Liberty Bell Museum presents “Harold Siegfried: My Journey” now through June 30. Harold Siegfried is a local artist and veteran, and this is his first solo show. There will be a reception on and light refreshments will be available.

Miller Symphony Hall - Lyric Room
23 N 6th Street


Enjoy the soulful melodies and savory Latin rhythms of Rio Bossa Trio, stop by and check out the new Lyric Room, and grab a specialty cocktail!

Renaissance Allentown - Mezzanine Gallery  
12 N 7th Street

6- 8pm

For over 30 years, a Lehigh Valley Art lover has collected work from many of Cuba's finest, as well as emerging, artists. This is the first time part of the collection has been shown in the Valley. Artists in the show include: Vincente Hernandez, Vladimir de Leon Llaguno, Osvaldo Ferrer Miranda, Ruben Fernandez, Alex Castro, Javier Guerra Fernandez, Gustavo Cesar Echevarria Estrada, Rene Rodriguez Hernandez, Esteban Leyva, Estavita Leyva, Antonio Estopian.

A portion of sales will help the Baum School of Art and the
Community Artist in Residence Program.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

645 Hamilton St #106                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

The Monterey - Painting Studio and Art Gallery 
817 W Linden Street

5- 10pm: Opening Reception

Come join in the fun...paintings celebrating the love of Chickens! Dozens of new paintings by Rosemary Geseck on display at the Monterey Studio and Gallery! Lots to celebrate! Art, music, friends...delicious bites and sips...and you !

St. John's Lutheran Church 
37 S 5th Street



Nailplay Studio
27 N 7th Street STE 120

Token Allentown
645 Hamilton Street



Bell Hall
612 Hamilton Street

The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar
645 Hamilton Street

Queen City BBQ
27 N 7th Street


544 Hamilton Street

Bella Bridesmaids
645 Hamilton Street

The Blow Dry Bar by ReVive Salon
27 N 7th Street

Cork & Cage
538 Hamilton Street

I.O. Beauty Market
26 N. 6th Street, Suite 150

The Perfect Fit Resale Boutique
515 Hamilton Street

645 Hamilton Street

645 Hamilton Street