Downtown Countdown: Magical Music, Knitting, Epic Tacos and More

The Appell Center will host a magical afternoon of music on Saturday.

The Appell Center will host a magical afternoon of music on Saturday.

The magical musical world of Harry Potter will come to the Appell Center this weekend, offering a great chance for wizards of all ages to escape into their imaginations while visiting Downtown York.

Plus, one downtown yarn shop will celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day, some epic tacos make their return and Second Saturday celebrations will energize both WeCo and Royal Square.

Keep reading this week’s Downtown Countdown to see what’s happening in York this weekend.

6.  Enjoy the Magical Music of Harry Potter

Experience the magic and wizardry of music from the Harry Potter film series performed by the York Symphony Orchestra at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday could be a little rainy, so get your family out of the house and stop by the Appell Center for the Performing Arts to avoid getting cabin fever. Children are welcome to come in costume to team up with Harry and his friends to defeat Lord Voldemort. 

Click here to purchase tickets.

5.  Explore America and World War 1

The History Center is highlighting the 100th anniversary of World War 1 at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the York County Historical Society Museum. 

Listen to York College of history instructor John Maietta as he explores the American experience during the war. The program will include York County connections and examine the conflicts, the controversial peace and the legacy for people at home.    

These are just a few of the topics that Maietta will cover. Stop by to hear what else he has to say.

4. King’s Courtyard Hosts 2nd Saturday

You will feel the passion pouring from Royal Square artists during King’s Courtyard Artists' Collective Presents: 2nd Saturday this weekend.

Three artists will provide demonstrations and talks, starting with Liette Monic, an urban shaman and artist who show her energy portrait painting. Chris Delp will cover Bonzais, followed by a tour of the Royal Square Gardens with Annalisa Gojmerac.

The event runs 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

3. Enjoy Second Saturday at WeCo

Get to know WeCo during its Second Saturday event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. From dining to shopping and entertainment, use this map to plan your visit.

Then, starting at 2 p.m., join Union Lutheran Church at 408 W. Market St., for a movie, snacks and activities. This month’s movie is the family-friendly “Coco.”

2. Get Your Taco Fix at Paco’s

Paco’s has returned to the Taste Test Restaurant incubator, bringing its elevated approach to tacos back to Royal Square.

That’s good news, considering Paco’s has built an enthusiastic fan base from its prior time at the pop-up location. Join Downtown Inc, Taste Test and Paco’s for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, then stick around for dinner.

1. Finish that Knitting Project with Ewe and Me

Saturday is World Wide Knit in Public Day, and Ewe and Me Yarn Shop wants you to spend the day with them in Downtown York. Grab that scarf, sweater or whatever project you’re still working on and head to the Beaver Street shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and finish it with friends.

The shop will offer door prizes, refreshments and coupons to visitors. Ewe and Me will set up canopies, but be sure to bring your own chair.

Happy knitting!