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First Friday

EVERYONE is invited to attend Downtown York’s monthly First Friday in Historically Edgy Downtown York on June 7, 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

 

  • Archetype Pizza: Open 11am-10pm for First Friday!
  • Collusion Tap Works: Open noon-10pm. Great bar food, 24 beers on tap.
  • Gather 256: Gather 256 will be open from 5-9pm for dinner and outdoor dining. Complimentary beer and wine while supplies last. $5 DIY kid’s pizzas. Check out our latest exhibit from Peach St Studios, Pets in Paint; furry friends welcome in our courtyard.
  • Granfalloons Tavern: Open 12-10pm+. Friday Night Special – Half-Price Backside of the Food Menu! American bar fare, wings, burgers, steak.  
  • Skillet2Plate Soul Bistro: Now back open in WeCo at a new location, 355 W. Market St., and offering an expanded menu and full bar!
  • World Grills: Open 11am-8pm. Asian-fusion. Vegetarian / vegan options available.

Explore more Downtown York happy hour options here!

art galleries & exhibits

  • The Cab Five: Featured artists at the Cab Gallery from 4pm-8pm on the 2nd floor above The Handsome Cab. Refreshments, wine flights, painting demo by artist Wendy Hostler, and more! 
  • Gallery @227: Prepare to be captivated by the ingenuity and creativity on display at Gallery 227, where a remarkable exhibition curated by Jakyra Simpson, also known as Ky the Chemist, awaits! This isn’t your typical gallery experience – here, you’ll discover an extraordinary collection of artwork crafted by students from our very own local York City School District. What makes this gallery truly special is that each piece of art is not just a visual masterpiece, but also a testament to the students’ journey through science and chemistry. As they delved into various scientific concepts, they found inspiration in the world of sneakers, using it as a canvas to express their newfound knowledge and creativity. Join us for a one-of-a-kind celebration of education, art, and community on June 7th, Friday, from 5 to 9 PM, as we unveil this remarkable showcase. Witness the power of learning through art and explore the fascinating connections between science, chemistry, and the world of sneakers. This is an event you won’t want to miss!
  • Gather 256: Check out our latest exhibit from Peach St Studios, Pets in Paint; furry friends welcome in our courtyard.
  • Marketview Arts: Featuring artwork by local artists (including some YCP alums) in The Shop. Visitors are also invited to explore the Artists Underground to meet artists in person and see more of their work. Open 2pm-9pm. 
  • Ophelia’s Making Agency: Open for First Friday, 5pm-9pm. Stop by and meet the artists. 
  • Pride Pop-Up Jewelry Exhibit at HIVE artspace: The opening of the “Space Age Bachelor Pad” exhibit from 5-9pm, plus a special Pride pop-up by Blackbird Designs jewelry! A portion of all First Friday purchases at Hive will be donated to Rainbow Rose Center, plus a special limited-edition Rainbow-y White Rose York sticker that will also benefit Rainbow Rose
  • Rainbow Art Pieces from Debbie Toluba Art: Artist Debbie Toluba – will be set up from 4-8pm in the “Bird For The Spoken Word” mural alcove on Howard Street. Choose from a RAINBOW of colorful art pieces including collaged notebooks, framed and unframed original art, bookmarks, stickers and more.
  • Royal Queer Gear at King’s Courtyard Artists’ Collective: Get your Royal Queer Gear at King’s Courtyard Artists’ Collective! Fun fashion by “Moxie and Mayhem” and free party accessories available at KCAC! Liette Monic will offer Channeled Tarot Readings at $20 for 10 cards from 6-8:30pm! We look forward to your visit!
  • Steph Holmes Artist Studio: Visit Steph Holmes Artist Studio from 5 PM to 8 PM while the artist works on her latest series of acrylic paintings on canvas. Steph will be at her easel working on a large 2.5′ x 3.3′ canvas featuring a swarm of butterflies and happy to chat with you throughout the evening. Located at 336 W Market St in the WeCo District in downtown York.
  • Wigged-Out Pride Gala and Queer Art Show at Creatives on King: Join us to kick off Pride Month in style! Wear your best Wig and Colors out for a high-fashion Gala to enjoy art by local Queer Artists. We will provide food, drinks, and photo-ops from 4-6PM, then we’ll parade the party to the Mural Park to continue celebrating with the Pride Pop-Off Block Party!

 

entertainment & live music

 

  • Jazz in the City – Percussion Blowout at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts: Featuring Jose Canto, Chris Loser, Frand Shortino, Jeff Stabley, Mack White, Louis Woodyard. The Studio a the Appell Center. Percussionist Jeff Stabley, adjunct faculty and instructor of Jazz Studies, Percussion, and Improvisation at York college is at the helm as the curator and Artistic Director of this monthly ensemble of talented local and regional, and at times national and international musicians performing live in the Studio at the Appell Center. You will not want to miss this fan-favorite for June FIrst Friday – Jazz in the City’s annual season-ending Percussion Blowout! A crowd-pleaser, this one will have you tapping your feet and drumming in your seat! This event often sells out in advance, so get your tickets early – $10 in advance, $15 day of. Although students are free, they too should reserve a ticket in advance to be assured of a seat.

  • DreamWrights Center for Community Arts: Green Day’s “American Idiot” at 7pm:  Door open at 6pm.

  • Olds Sleeper performs live in the King George Speakeasy, 8pm-10pm! 

  • Pride Pop-Off: A Queer Block Party: June’s First Friday will kick off Pride in York! Come celebrate with the girls, gays, and theys, and dance your evening away! 🏳️‍🌈 There will be a live DJ set from 6-9 PM with our drag show starting at 7 PM, hosted by York’s favorite queens: Tragedy Stackhouse and Sible Sible Stackhouse! Also featuring: Vampire Taco Truck, cookies and cocktails from Sugar Anarchy, snacks and drinks by Wired Chef, face painting, Dunk-A-Drag-Queen, and water gun chaos! Plus, shop local businesses right around the corner and explore the galleries and restaurants that Royal Square has to offer!
    Head to the Mural Park in Royal Square (right behind Collusion Tapeworks near the fox and sardine can murals) for music and queer magic!
  • York County History Center: Join us for our First Friday walking tour series. These free half hour walking tours will highlight different topics and periods of history. They are just a taste of what our full hour to hour and a half walking tours are. This month we’ll begin with our Revolutionary York Walking Tours. Meet us at our sandwich board on the corner W Clark and N Beaver. Tours will kick off from our sandwich board at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30.

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!
  • FREE Family Film: Disney Pixar’s TOY STORY 2: Sponsored by UPMC. Buzz, Woody, and all their friends are on the big screen in the Capitol Theatre on June 7! Andy is heading off to Cowboy Camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector kidnaps Woody, and he soon meets the gang from “Woody’s Roundup” – Jessie the Cowgirl, Bullseye the Horse, and Stinky Pete the Prospector. Andy’s toys mount a daring rescue mission, Buzz Lightyear meets his match, and Woody has to decide where he and his heart truly belong.
  • Gather 256: $5 DIY kid’s pizzas! 

shopping & retail 

  • Cornerstone Barbershop: Open for walk-ins, 9am-6pm
  • Gusa by Victoria: New hours for Summer and specifically for June- Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-7pm. 20% off all items in store!
  • Noel’s Rock Shop: Check us out in our new location at 23 E. King St.! Noel’s always strives to provide a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere and pride guests are obviously welcome every day. 
  • Pride Pop-Up Jewelry Exhibit at HIVE artspace: The opening of the “Space Age Bachelor Pad” exhibit from 5-9pm, plus a special Pride pop-up by Blackbird Designs jewelry! A portion of all First Friday purchases at Hive will be donated to Rainbow Rose Center, plus a special limited-edition Rainbow-y White Rose York sticker that will also benefit Rainbow Rose
  • Royal Queer Gear at King’s Courtyard Artists’ Collective: Get your Royal Queer Gear at King’s Courtyard Artists’ Collective! Fun fashion by “Moxie and Mayhem” and free party accessories available at KCAC! Liette Monic will offer Channeled Tarot Readings at $20 for 10 cards from 6-8:30pm! We look forward to your visit!

 

Parking

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.