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August First Friday: Endless Summer

First Friday in Downtown York PA


EVERYONE is invited to attend First Friday in Downtown York, presented by WellSpan Health!

First Friday is a celebration of Downtown shops, restaurants, cultural venues, and nightlife hotspots. From 5:00PM - 9:00PM, downtown shops and restaurants host special events, offer refreshments & promotions, and sponsor live entertainment. 

Who’s out on Beaver Street?
- Stop by Members 1st Federal Credit Union's booth, they’ll be giving out credit union information, and fun prizes! 
- Stop by the Downtown York, PA table to get some useful information regarding the city!
- Not One More - York Chapter will be giving out information and talking with event attendees.
- The York Couny CVB/Downtown Visitor Information Center will be out on Beaver Street with plenty of visitor information and more!
Little Hippie Girl Soap Company will have their handmade soap and body products for sale!
- Check out On My Grind Coffee, they specialize in gourmet coffee and espresso drinks, tea, flavored coffee ice cream floats, smoothies and tasty baked goods! They provide our customers with affordable, unique and delicious products made from the finest ingredients including fair trade, organic coffee beans. 
YWCA York will be out to promote their annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event, happening Friday, October 6!
Edible Arrangements will be set up with chocolate covered fruit samples, and a raffle to win a free arrangement!

**First Friday is expanding! Starting August 4, we will also be closing the half block of South Beaver Street, from Market St. to Mason Ave! Be on the lookout for more details.**

Downtown Beer Tasting
Bair's Chicken – Brewery Products
BrewVino – Brewery Products
Built to Last Tattoo – Brewery Products
DiCarlo's Pizza - York, PA - York, PA – Brewery Products
HIVE artspace – Spring House
Redeux – Rusty Rail Brewing
• Sarah's Snacks Cafe and Market – Brewery Products
SMALL STAR Art House – Brewery Products
The Waterway York – Brewery Products
White Rose Bar and Grill – Holla Spirits

York Presenting Sponsor, WellSpan Health, Activity
Bring the kids and join WellSpan Pediatric Medicine for teddy bear checkups and healthy back-to-school tips. The teddy bear checkups will be cute and fun for the kids. We’ll be handing out bears and Band-Aids!

Revive O2 Bar LLC willa have pop-up stand in Central Market York for First Friday! See what its all about with $5 samples and enter to win a FREE session!

First Friday Activities in the Market District #FF

Appell Center for the Performing Arts (50 North George Street)
The CapFilm FREE First Friday Family Film for August will be The Muppet Movie (1979). The showing is sponsored by OSS Health and will take place in the Capitol Theatre. The film is rated G and will be started at 7:00 PM. Admission is FREE.

The Handsome Cab (106 North George Street)
We will have FREE wine tasting in the Art Gallery from 3:00 - 6:00 PM! We are also featuring the Finesse cocktail in partnership with Furniture Finesse. Starting at 8:30 we will have a Sneak Preview of the musical show of the Fantastics that is playing at the Strand on August 11 and 12.
We will also have a new show at The Cab Gallery Judith Hawkins featuring original representational abstract works available all day.

Stop by for these specials:
Grapefruit infused vodka with muddled strawberry $6
Red and White Sangria $6

Elks Lodge #213 - York, PA (223 North George Street)
MAMA TRIED will be returning for First Friday from 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Music ranging from classic rock to the latest popular songs will pack the dance floor. Dinner is available from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Bar is open until 11:00 and there is a 15 dollar cover. Ring the buzzer at the front door to be admitted. This band sells out quickly so get your tickets in advance by calling or stopping by the lodge! Non-members can enter a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate to be used at the lodge for food or drinks.

Black Squirrel Primitives (215 South George Street)
We will be having several door prize giveaways and various discounts storewide on our handmade primitives and home décor items.

York City Pretzel Company (39 West Market Street)
York Media is having a sidewalk party outside of York City Pretzel Company! We will have a table featuring giveaways that include beer tokens for What the Food Trucks, tickets to York Revolution, and a gift certificate to Tutoni's Restaurant.
Don't forget to capture your #FFYork memories by visiting the Our York Media "Endless Summer" themed photo booth two doors down in front of the vacant Griffith-Smith Building at 45 E. Market St. Find your photo later (available from 5 to 8 PM)

Isaac’s Restaurants (58 West Market Street)
There is nothing like endless summer days and nights with Maryland crab cakes and live music! We are featuring our house-made Maryland-style crab cake which comes with melted cheddar, bacon, pickles, and Ikey’s sauce all on a York City Pretzel Co. Roll. We will also have live music from our very own on the fly team member, Cody Kilburn-Cody! Cody will impress you with his acoustic covers of indie and alternative hits as well as some of his own original music

Creative York (10 North Beaver Street)
Celebrate Endless Summer by creating an under-the-sea jellyfish sculpture inside the gallery at Creative York. Out front we will be Dancing in the Street with White Rose Credit Union doing HIP HOP and ZUMBA, plus get a free tank top (while supplies last). Bring your dancing shoes and join us. Our goal is to get the entire city dancing TOGETHER! We ♥ York City! You can also see the two current gallery exhibits: "Chasing Paper" a group exhibit of artworks utilizing paper in unusual ways, and "Alternative Facets" an interactive installation that encourages viewers to see how many objects they can find hidden in this unusual art display. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public!

The Watchmaker's Daughter (22 North Beaver Street)
The Watchmaker’s Daughter will be participating in the sidewalk sale for First Friday!

Sky Optics (24 North Beaver Street)
What could say endless summer more than Sangria and Sunglasses? Stop in for a sip of sangria while you check out the amazing variety of fashion and performance sunglasses Sky Optics has to offer. 

Revolt Style Studio (26 North Beaver Street)
Revolt Style Studio will be having a Sidewalk Sale (!!!) for August First Friday!

Esaan Thai Restaurant of York, PA (30 North Beaver Street) 
Stop in to try one of our specials for First Friday or simply enjoy your favorite Thai dish! Follow with authentic house-made gelato. Reservations recommended. BYOB.

Sweet Melissa's Dream (38 North Beaver Street)
We will be introducing a Craft Chocolate Bar at Sweet Melissa's! Come in for a free sample or do a flight of chocolate! The big sidewalk sale will also take place during this First Friday!

Cherie Anne Designs (48 West Philadelphia Street)
Stop in Cherie Anne Designs to sample our featured iced tea and complementary Matcha green tea cookies! Enjoy special First Friday sales on select teas, books, and yarn. Get a summer inspired refreshment from the Cafe and enjoy live music in our Courtyard.

Creative York West (118 West Philadelphia Street)
Join the magical team of WEARY ARTS GROUP as they celebrate the opening of their newest Mini-Theatrical space in partnership with Creative York. The new WAG STUDIOS@CREATIVE YORK WEST will serve small group instruction in all forms of the performing arts for all ages. Come take a sample instruction, watch a performance, and sign up for fall classes. Weary Arts Group will be offering classes in acting, dance and guitar.

Goodridge Freedom Center (123 East Philadelphia Street)
Parents! Make your summer slightly less endless by bringing the kids to the Goodridge Freedom Center to learn about pioneer African American entrepreneurs William C. Goodridge and Madam C. J. Walker. Kids can follow in their footsteps by selecting fragrances to concoct their very own hair and beard oil. This free make & take workshop for kids ages 8 to 12 is offered in partnership with Hayley J Croom of Paintbox Soapworks from 4:00PM - 6:00PM, Friday August 4. Supplies are limited; registration is recommended, but not required.

A talk about Goodridge and Madam C.J. Walker will follow at 6:30PM, offered by Goodridge Freedom Center researcher Anne Gray. Come learn their secrets of success! Families are welcome to tour the Goodridge Freedom Center every First Friday from 4:00PM - 8:00PM. 

First Friday Activities in the Royal Square District

Royal Square Block Party (Royal Square)
Join the Royal Square merchants for a summer block party during First Friday! We'll have East King Street closed from Duke to Queen Street and it'll be packed full of fun for you and the family. The WOK Runner food truck will be serving delicious food for all! Collusion Tap Works has some water balloons up their sleeve (or up on the roof), so watch out. Prepare to grab some water balloons, water guns and join the fun! Music will be provided by DJ Shawn Beck as he will be playing for a dance party on the street!

We'll also have coloring and face painting at The Parliament Arts Organization, tie-dying shirts outside of Prime Art Supply Co. and chalk art along King Street where you can get your picture taken in our hole in the wall from OMG Studios! Don’t forget to stop by The Royal Square Garden and take a stroll around and The York Water Company will bring its mobile splash pad!

The Salvation Army - York, PA (124 South Duke Street)
Join us for FREE food at our summer block party at 6:00 PM in our rear parking lot. We will have games and prizes for kids! We will also be taking part in the Royal Square block party, so be sure to stop by for all the fun!

World Grills (29 East King Street)
🏖🍻Come join us at World Grills on First Friday and check out our spring specials including new drinks, appetizers, and main dishes. We’re pound to present a spicy chicken lemongrass or ribeye sliced steak and Panang salmon. We also offer various vegan/vegetarian items as well as gluten free alternatives. Don't forget to BYOB! 🍻

OMG Studios (57 East King Street)
OMG Studios is happy to be part of the best Block Party in town! Join the Royal Square merchants for fun, food, and water games. While you are out, get first dibs on the fine art bargains being offered at OMG Studios for First Friday and Saturday at the Summer Art Market.

First Friday Activities in WeCo York PA

Gusa By Victoria (252 West Philadelphia Street)
The month of August is promising to be quite hot! What better way to cool off than to stop in at Gusa By Victoria to sample a Tusker lager, Kenya's premier beer, and south African wines? This month, we are featuring the documentary, Cornerstone. The film will feature a Ugandan school for orphans who have lost their parents to HIV.

I-ron-ic (256 West Philadelphia Street)
Come enjoy some tunes by Parker James Hooker and Friends from 7:00 PM - 9:00PM for our patio kick-off!

SMALL STAR Art House (232 West Market Street)
We will be showing "Megan Levy", a film about a soldier and her service dog and their journey. Showings will be at 5:30PM and 7:50PM, find more info at:

Collage Shop at SMALL STAR Art House (232 West Market Street)
In conjunction with SMALL STAR Art House, we will be having the Sheriffs dept come do a meet and greet with Deputy Eck and service dog Tommi from 6:15PM - 7:15PM! We will also offer $5 off a purchase of $25 or more on first fri only. 

LifePath Christian Ministries/York Economy Store (283 West Market Street)
Come celebrate the arts and music in style, as the YWCA Temple Guardperforms on Market Street! We will be offering 50% off select items from 5:00PM - 8:00PM to celebrate.

Share your First Friday stories on social media with the hashtag #FFYork!

Earlier Event: July 7
July First Friday: Made in America
Later Event: September 1
Boutique Week