first friday information for downtown merchants & businesses 

2015 Themes | Promotional Submissions | Grant Program Application

Downtown Inc assists merchants in organizing and promoting First Friday. Merchants should note the themes and information deadlines below, and plan accordingly. 

If you are hiring entertainment and anticipate having amplified sound, please be sure to request a special event permit from the City of York at least 30 days in advance.  

Businesses who regularly participate in First Friday are also eligible to receive a First Friday flag at no cost courtesy of Downtown Inc.  Please email to request a flag.


2015 Themes

Click image above for a printable theme schedule


Promotional Submissions

Promotional information received by the deadline will be included in Downtown Inc's First Friday marketing materials including our monthly printed flyer, news release and social media outreach. 


2015 Promotional Information:

Promotional Submission Form



January (STOMP Out Winter) - Due December 12, 2014

February (Date Night) - Due January 9, 2015

March (Girls' Night Out) - Due February 13, 2015

April (Spring Fling) - Due March 13, 2015

May (Moms on Main) - Due April 10, 2015

June (Brewhaha) - Due May 8, 2015

July (Red, White & Block Party) - Due June 12, 2015

August (Sidewalk Sale) - Due July 10, 2015

September (Boutique Week) - Due August 14, 2015

October (Eat, Drink & Be Scary) - Due September 11, 2015

November (Holiday Open House) - Due October 9, 2015

December (Light Up Night) - Due November 13, 2015


Grant Program Application

Downtown Inc offers a grant program of $750.00 per month to eligible merchants to offer refreshments, raffles, entertainment, or promotional information to their First Friday guests.

In the event Downtown Inc receives grant requests totaling more than $750.00 in any month, a volunteer selection committee comprised of non-merchant professionals will determine the final grant allotments.

You will be notified via email of your grant award(s). The email will contain details on how to submit any required documentation/receipts.


2015 Grant Information:


First Quarter (January, February, March 2015) - Due December 12, 2014

Second Quarter (April, May, June 2015) - Due March 13, 2015

Third Quarter (July, August, September 2015) - Due June 12, 2015

Fourth Quarter (October, November, December 2015) - Due September 11, 2015