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First Friday

EVERYONE is invited to attend Downtown York’s monthly First Friday in Historically Edgy Downtown York on July 5, 2024, presented by WellSpan Health.

Don’t Miss Out!

First Friday is a celebration of Downtown York, PA shops, restaurants, cultural venues and nightlife hot spots. From 5-9pm, downtown shops and restaurants host special events, offer refreshments and promotions, and sponsor live entertainment. As you are enjoying the First Friday happenings with your family, share your photos on Instagram and Facebook, @downtownyorkpa, #ffyork. Events and activities in BOLD are made possible this month thanks to grants from our First Friday sponsor, WellSpan Health.

Interested in becoming a vendor on Beaver Street June-October? We’d love to have you! Fill out the form here.

dining & happy hours


  • Gift Horse Brewing: Delicious food & drinks with LIVE music in the Garden by Just Like Murray @ 5PM & Ruffhouse from Baltimore @ 7PM 

Explore more Downtown York happy hour options here!

art galleries & exhibits

  • Gallery VII: 🌟JULY FIRST FRIDAY🌟 Join Gallery VII for the soft opening of “The Pursuit of Happiness,” an exhibition exploring the multifaceted quest for happiness in contemporary society. Featuring works from artists like Rob Evans, Danielle Klebes, Amie Bantz, Justin Ruby and more. The soft opening of the exhibition on July 5th from 4-8 PM at 116 E King St, York, PA offers a night of fine art and light drinks. 
  • Gallery @227: Gallery @227 will be host to the wonderful, whimsical watercolor illustrations and block printing of Mary Carder in July. Join us for an opening reception on Friday, July 5th from 5-9pm at 227 W Market Street. Parking is available in our lot after 5pm. The gallery is typically open M-F from 8am-6pm and by appointment to see Mary’s work. 
  • HIVE artspace: Open 5pm-9pm. Join us for the opening of Aviary III, our bird-themed July exhibit! Plus a special guest. Stay tuned! 
  • Kayode Malomo Art Exhibit: Opening reception at Studio Arts Group (259-263 W. Market St.) from 5pm-8pm. It will be an exciting showcase of Kayode Malomo recent artworks, live music, and refreshments. 
  • King’s Courtyard Artists’ Collective: Celebrate the 13th anniversary of KCAC! Help us celebrate by wearing your lucky shirt and take a selfie in our lucky gold Royal Chair! 6pm-8:30pm, channeled tarot readings with Liette Monic. $20 for 10 cards.  
  • Marketview Arts: Join us from 5pm-7pm for a reception for the 2023-24 Powder Mill Foundation Arts Fellow Exhibition, “Abyss: Works by Jordan Fosheé.” There will be a Q&A at 6pm with the artist, Jordan Fosheé ’23, a graduate of York College’s Fine Art program. Marketview Arts is also participating in the Market District’s “Made in the US” event — we invite visitors to check out the artwork and merchandise in our storefront made by local artists, as well as the artwork by local artists in the Artists Underground. The Marketview Arts building will be open to the public from noon-9pm. 
  • Ophelia’s Making Agency: Open for First Friday, 5pm-9pm. Stop by and meet the artists.
  • The Studio Art Group: Right next door to its parent organization Ophelia’s Making Agency, will have a solo show opening featuring the work of artist Kayode Malomo. Stop in from 5 PM to 8 PM to meet the artist, explore Kayode’s artwork, and enjoy live music. You’ll also have the chance to explore the Studio Art Group and peek into a variety of different artists’ studios.
  • Steph Holmes Artist Studio: Visit Steph’s studio while she works on her latest series of acrylic paintings on canvas. Steph will be at her easel, working on a large painting and happy to chat with you throughout the evening. Lemonade and cookies will be available for those with a sweet tooth! Come by to enjoy the art, watch the creative process in action, and explore the studio filled with nature-inspired artwork.


entertainment & live music

  • Gift Horse Brewing: Delicious food & drinks with LIVE music in the Garden by Just Like Murray @ 5PM & Ruffhouse from Baltimore @ 7PM 
  • York County History Center: The new location at 121 N. Pershing Ave is only open this month for access to archives. Save the date for the NEXT First Friday in August when the new center is open to the public!

kid-friendly activities

  • Bring the whole family to enjoy a variety of kid-friendly activities at Downtown York’s First Friday! While many of the events listed on this page are kid-friendly, below is a list of events made for your little ones!
  • Appell Center:  FREE Family Film – The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
    Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the movie debut of that undersea sensation, SpongeBob SquarePants! Featuring the voice talents of Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Roger Bumpass (Squidward Tentacles), Douglas Lawrence (Plankton) and Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), plus Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Tambor, Scarlett Johansson and a special appearance by David Hasselhoff, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is an uproariously funny comedy. Sponsored by UPMC 
  • South Beaver Street Block Party with entertainment, outdoor dining, and live music provided by Mesa Moreira! 5pm-9:30pm
  • North Beaver Street Block Party with vendors and activities hosted by Downtown Inc, 5pm-9pm

shopping & retail 

  • Cornerstone Barbershop: Open for walk-ins, 9am-6pm
  • Refillism: Plastic Free July! BYOB for 6 Refills & Enter to Win a ‘Plastic Free’ Refillism Prize Basket! Come get your punch pass at Refillism. Get all 6 punches in July & enter to win! Active July 1st – 31st 2024 One Winner Announced in August 2024. 5pm-9pm

  • World-A-Cuts Barber Institute: Our first ever event is happening this Friday July 5. We here at the school would like to invite everyone to come out to learn about the school and what it has to offer. There will be a raffle for free gifts. We will also be giving 50% off haircuts that will be done by the students. Come on out and enjoy the night! All are welcome. Can’t wait to see everyone there. 121 N. George St. 5pm-9pm



Parking is plentiful in Downtown York. There are 1,260 garage parking spaces and 350 on-street parking meters in our downtown area, and parking couldn’t be any easier for First Friday in Downtown York. On-street parking is free after 5pm and parking in one of the three downtown parking garages is free after 6:30pm.

Parking Garages: King Street Garage, Market Street Garage, Philadelphia Street Garage.

Free parking is also available in the Royal Square District after 5pm at the following locations: Corner lot of E. Newton Ave and S. Duke Street and E. King Street and S. Queen Street Lot (directly across from The Bond). For Collusion Tapworks Customers, parking is available in the corner lot of S. Howard Street and E. Newton Avenue (directly behind the Bond)

WeCo: Free on-street parking on West Philadelphia Street and at the Foundry Park parking lot

​Ready for more fun?

​We have events year-round! Check out our calendar.