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 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown shops and restaurants host special events, offer refreshments and promotions, and sponsor live entertainment.

Downtown Inc also extends a special thank you to the Cultural Alliance of York County for its generous support of arts and cultural entertainment during First Friday.

First Friday September

5-8 p.m. Carman Bryant


Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
WellSpan Health
The Behavior Hub Nonprofit
You Are The Hamster
Michal Boutique

York City Boutique Week

Celebrate your favorite downtown boutiques & businesses September First Friday. Join participating merchants in Market District York, WeCo York PA & Royal Square District for the official York City Boutique Week kick off! We'll be selling tickets on N Beaver St (if they're not sold out!).

Calling all creative kids! Mark your calendars for First Friday and bring your creativity and imagination! There will be different garments for kids of all ages to paint/splatter/draw on! These garments will then be showcased at the York City Boutique Week 2019 - Fashion Show! You bring the imagination, we'll bring the supplies!


Women's Club of York (228 E. Market St.)
The Gettysburg Big Band will provide dance music! The public is welcome to join us. $10 admission at the door. See you there!

Creative York (10 N. Beaver St.)
Come watch pottery being made at Creative York! We will be set up outside of the gallery with a pottery wheel and a bucket full of clay. Watch as we demonstrate how to create bowls, cups, and vases out of raw clay and maybe even get a chance to try it out for yourself! You will also be able to enjoy two new exhibits inside our air conditioned galleries: See the Yorkfest Adult Juried Art Exhibition in the Kerlin Gallery, and follow the adventures of three teens in The Last Free Summer, an installation by Abigail Wilson-Kageni in The Project Space.

The Watchmaker's Daughter (22 N. Beaver St.)
Calling all fashionistas!
This First Friday marks the kick off of York City Boutique Week 2019 and we're going big! We have quite the array of additions for the evening.

Conveniently located right out front of the shop, will be the #YCBW2019 tent where you can buy tickets for York City Boutique Week 2019 - Fashion Show and participate in our collective painting project. Sweet Melissa's Dream will have a custom-created dress, ready for our community to add their own flair to.
We will also have the mining station kicked into full gear and ready for some family fun!

We're featuring sapphire everything! Lots of new arrivals and the perfect gifts for your perfect someone.

Yugen Tribe: Lauren from #YugenTribe will be here representing the line you all love so much. PS: a little birdie told me she's bringing some out of this world, cosmically inspired new merchandise for you to check out!

Sweet Melissa's Dream: Sweet Melissa is popping up for Boutique Week and super excited to see our sweet faces.

Susan Korsnick Art and Soul: Susan is our featured artist for the months of Sept and Oct. You can find her art both months downstairs and as a special guest for First Friday, she will be upstairs.

Revolt Style Studio (26 N. Beaver St.)
We're kicking off our 4th Boutique Week with a bang! Check out our fresh new arrivals just in time for fall & buy tickets (if they aren't sold out) for all of the official York City Boutique Week events. Find cool vintage + more year round at Revolt Style Studio.

Foster's Flower Shop (27 N. Beaver St.)
Get ready for a new a fresh look.
Enjoy fresh cut flowers and wrap-n-go ready bouquets.

Ewe and Me Yarn Shop (36 N. Beaver St.)
Our new friend Kim from Kim Dyes Yarn will be here with her fabulous yarns for a trunk show. Stop by from 5-9 p.m.to meet Kim and pick up some great yarn. As always you are welcome to bring your WIP and visit with us!

The King George Club (108 N. George St.)
We will be open 5 p.m.-midnight. Cocktail Hour is 5-6 p.m., and it features cocktails as low as $2.50! Jazzy Ralph will be performing in The Club 8-11 p.m.. Bring your friends, because there will be no admission charge for First Friday!

Tutoni's (108 N. George St.)
Tutoni's will be open 4 p.m.-midnight! Cocktail Hour, 4-6 p.m.: $6 select cocktails, $8 select glasses of wine, 3 for $15 tapas. DJ Cashmire will be upstairs for Supper Club, our free after hours dance party, 9:30 p.m.-midnight! We also have live entertainment down in The King George Club, 8-11 p.m.!


OMG Studios (57 E. King St.)
It’s been a steamy summer. Cool your mind and decorate your walls with the mountains of Montana or the ocean waves depicted in paintings by the OMG artists. Remember to sign up for our Art Uncorked York creative classes when you stop in!

The Cantina York (105 S. Duke St.)
The band THE is performing 7-9 p.m., outside weather permitting. Daily special: $5 sangria. Our kitchen is open until 10 p.m. & the bar is open until 1 a.m.!


The Victrola Dance Hall/ Dapper Dolls Pinup Shop (324 W. Market St.)
As part of Boutique Week 2019 we will be holding a Retro Glam Swing Dance! Join us as we celebrate First Friday with a family friendly time of socializing, listening to music, and maybe even learn something new with the lesson! Come dressed in vintage, theme appropriate attire if you want, but you don’t need to. Let’s focus on 40’s-50’s. If you bring a dish to share you can get a punch on your Victrola record :)
**No experience necessary, all ages welcome. Don’t worry, this is still all about that SWING.**

7:30- Beginner Drop-In class
8:00 Dj'd Swing Dance with Randi & Alyssa
$10 General Admission,
$5 ages 12 and under
Dance game & prize! We will also be giving out dance cards for the night. Explanation upon entrance.

Don’t worry if you’ve never danced or visited before! Our facilitators for the evening are there to make your first social dance experience amazing! Whether you are a first timer or you know the ropes, we want YOU to dance with us!!!

1) We strive to cultivate a community that celebrates diversity. We are happy to welcome all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and people of all sexual orientations, lifestyle choices, and dance level and background to our classes & events! You do not need a dance partner, we encourage, but also teach etiquette in socialization. We are family friendly!
2) Our dance lesson caters to the style of the event and works to integrate the newest dancer in the room. This particular lesson intends on reaching Intermediate level. If you are interested in progressive classes, please join one of our 6-week series in York. We encourage you to take a few drop in style classes before joining a series. Music is a variety of traditional 30s-50s, exceptions are noted. Feel free to bring a song request to the DJ!
3) What to Wear: Come casual or dressed up! You may want to bring a change of clothing if you get sweaty. The best shoes are low to the ground, secure on your feet, and without too much tread!
4) Minimal snacks provided, bottled water available; you are welcome to bring your own.
5)Parking: There’s free parking on the street.
6) How to Pay: Payment is cash or card, card subject to $1 fee. $10 General Admission, $5 if you attended class at The Victrola that week.
7) You can find our code of conduct and house rules on the bulletin as you enter!

Want to know more about The Victrola Dance Hall and our weekly events? Check out our google calendar at www.thevictroladancehall.com // Like us on Facebook, follow us @victroladancehall and join our group The Victrola Dance Hall-York, Pa Ballroom, Blues, Lindy Hop, & Swing Dances
Share your First Friday stories on social media with the hashtag #FFYork!

First Fridays for Merchants

If you are a downtown business or non-profit and would like to participate in First Friday, click here for more information.

Representation on beaver street

If you are interested in setting up a booth on Beaver Street during First Fridays, you may apply here. Please email Market District merchants at MarketDistrictYork@gmail.com with any questions. 

2019 First Friday Dates

  • January 4, 2019

  • February 1, 2019

  • March 1, 2019

  • April 5, 2019

  • May 3, 2019

  • June 7, 2019

  • July 5, 2019

  • August 2, 2019

  • September 6, 2019

  • October 4, 2019

  • November 1, 2019

  • December 6, 2019