Downtown York PA First Friday

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 November

First Friday Entertainment on Continental Square

York County Food Bank to Stuff the Truck
York County Food Bank is proud to partner with Downtown Inc for a “Stuff the Truck” food drive on First Friday, November 2. In celebration of Thanksgiving, let’s feed our hungry neighbors! Please help us to “Stuff the Truck.” The York County Food Bank will have a donation truck in the square in Downtown York during First Friday from 5-9 p.m. Let’s “Stuff the Truck” with: canned turkey, tuna, chicken, ham, salmon, canned pumpkin, canned cranberry sauce, flavored rice, pasta sides, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, canned gravy, candied yams, canned corn, green beans, canned fruit, mixed nuts, bread mixes, boxed cereals, cookie packs, brownie and cake mixes, instant pudding and non-refrigerated desserts. With a donation of three or more food items, you will receive a 20 percent discount to participating downtown restaurants.

Hilda from Turkey Hill will also make an appearance!

For more information or to learn how you can help, please contact Debbie Krout at 717-846-6435 or email at

On the stage for November:
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: 2 Bad Cats
6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Downtown Inc’s own Mylea Thompson
7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Line dancing

Thank you to the Cultural Alliance of York County for supporting First Friday programming. 

First Friday Activities in WeCo

First Friday Latino November
EVERYONE is invited to attend First Friday Latino, a monthly celebration of the strong Latino community in Downtown York, and beyond. This FREE celebration is hosted at a new location each month. Join us for live music, drinks, food and much more! November’s First Friday Latino will be held at Union Lutheran Church York, PA. If you have any questions, please contact Lou Rivera at

Cupajoe (284 W. Market St.)
First Friday brings live music at Cupajoe. Featuring Derek Paris Frantz and his crew in November.


Roost Uncommon Kitchen (35 W. Market St.)
Open with extended hours, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Creative York (10 N. Beaver St.)
Celebrate fall with Creative York! Join us to make a beautiful fall relief art piece using leaves, aluminum foil and stains to add color to your own unique piece to take home. Learn how texture can be used in your artwork to create drama. You can also view our two current exhibits: “Rendezvous” featuring three very different styles of work by regional artists Andrea Biller Collins, Leslie Jones and Josh Weber in the Kerlin Gallery; and "Brides Revisited" and installation by Baltimore Artist Sanzi Kermes in The Project Space Gallery. Light refreshments. FREE and open to the public.

The Watchmaker's Daughter (22 N. Beaver St.)
We will be doing chocolate sampling from Sweet Melissa’s. Guest artist Jill Claire will show her encaustic work. Plus, we’ll be serving wine.

Appell Center for the Performing Arts (50 N. George St.)
Join us at 6:30 p.m. for “How to Train Your Dragon,” our first official FREE First Friday Family Film at the newly renovated Capitol Theatre! A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. Snacks and refreshments available. The FREE First Friday Family Film is sponsored by OSS Health.

The Handsome Cab (106 N. George St.)
Enjoy $6 martinis 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the bar

Tutoni's (108 N. George St.)
Aperitif Hour at the TT Bar, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., where drinks are on you and small bites are on us. The King George Club is open to the public for First Fridays, and we will have music from the Maria Reyes Trio, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. From 9:30 p.m. to midnight our TT Bar will turn into the Supper Club, where we will have DJ Cashmire spinning live music. And you'll be able to dance the night away with our $5 house punch all night long.

The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar (120 N. George St.)
First Friday Happy Hour at the Bar, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Appetizer, cocktail, wine and beer specials at the bar. Check out The Left Bank's Facebook page for menu announcements that day.

Elks Lodge #213 - York, PA (223 N. George St.)
They’re back! MAMA TRIED returns to the Elks. A high-energy dance band, it always fills the house so come early! Music from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Food available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. NEW MENU ITEMS! $15 cover. $10 for Elks showing their membership cards. See you at the Lodge!

Warehaus (320 N. George St.)
Warehaus will host the Canvas York Art Exhibition to showcase the artwork of students in the York City school districts. The community is invited to join us and view the artwork from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during First Friday.

Goodridge Freedom Center (123 E. Philadelphia St.)
The Festival of Trees is back again this year! Join us for the Opening Night of our third Annual Festival of Trees from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and delight in “image”-themed decorated trees displayed throughout the museum. Also, tour our NEW 1850s photo gallery and daguerreotype studio. The Festival of Trees will be open for viewing on Wednesdays and Saturdays in November and December from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on First Friday, December 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 717-650-1998 for more information.

Pippi's Pen Shoppe (146 W. Philadelphia St.)
Compose Yourself. First Friday is also National Fountain Pen Day. Come write away and celebrate with specials and giveaways!

Cherie Anne Designs (48 W. Philadelphia St.)
Cherie Anne Designs will have a tea tasting bar including a Hot Toddy mocktail and a cold Tea Spritzer to celebrate the opening of our expanded space! Check out the new renovations, get first dibs on the new products and enjoy some sweet pre-holiday sales on select items. Every first-time customer will leave with free take-home tea samples, so bring a friend!

Art & Framing Warehouse (147 W. Philadelphia St.)
Deck The Walls for the holidays! Fifty percent off all framed art (originals and Thomas Kinkade not included). $25 coupon toward custom framing. Gift certificates available.

YorKitchen, York's Shared Kitchen Incubator in Central Market York (34 W. Market St.)
Rafiki Shoppe will host a night of Moroccan cooking, paired with stories, at YorKitchen. Learn how to cook and use couscous in your daily meals. Followed by a 4-course North African Cuisine Meal and stories from the founders Roger and Dorothy. Reserve your seat by calling 717-682-4273 or emailing Adult tickets are $30.

First Friday Activities in the Royal Square District

World Grills (29 E. King St.)
Join us at World Grills on First Friday to check out our fall specials including new drinks, appetizers and main dishes. We’re pound to present the popular dishes: Korean beef bulgogi buns, delicious panang salmon and Asian pumpkin empanada. Also, we offer various vegan/vegetarian items as well as gluten-free alternatives. Don't forget to BYOB!

OMG Studios (57 E. King St.)
OMG Studios is happy to be part of the Best Kept Secrets Tour in York County from November 1-17. Not only will we be open all day First Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., we will showcase 10 different artists and craftspeople during the tour. Weaving, quilting, ornaments, pottery, jewelry and more!! Be sure to get your ticket at OMG for a map, prizes and discounts to some great places in York County.

HIVE artspace (126 E. King St.)
Opening Reception for our Annual Mini Art Show. Perfect for Holiday gift shopping, this show features over 100 pieces of unique mini artworks all under 6 inches – and some as small as a penny! Plus: meet some of the artists and enjoy light refreshments. We will have a free give-away pin featuring artwork from the exhibit for the first 25 guests.

Collusion Tap Works (105 S. Howard St.)
Open 12 til 12. We will feature a $3 select pint from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket sales will be soon ending for our November Poses and Pints class on Sunday, November 4. Inquire with your bartender or check out Collusion Tap Works on Facebook and Eventbrite.

Taste Test Restaurant Incubator (101-105 S. Duke St.)
Dia de los Muertos celebrations at Paco's in the Restaurant & Bar space with sugar skull paintings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and John Catalano Flamenco Guitar & Palmas from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Half-Price Happy Hour and $2 street tacos at the bar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and $5 spiked tea all day long. This is also the last event of the season for the Cantina.

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 a business or organization interested in representation on North Beaver Street during a First Friday, please click here for more information.

2018 First Friday Dates

  • January 5, 2018

  • February 2, 2018

  • March 2, 2018

  • April 6, 2018

  • May 4, 2018

  • June 1, 2018

  • July 6, 2018

  • August 3, 2018

  • September 7, 2018

  • October 5, 2018

  • November 2, 2018

  • December 7, 2018