Downtown York PA First Friday

EVERYONE is invited to attend First Friday in Downtown York! 

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.

Here's a look at what's happening around Downtown York during June's First Friday (June 1).

First Friday June Activities

Continental Square

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters as we promote the York Turtle Derby, an event involving 4,000 rubber turtles racing down the Codorus Creek. There will be turtle-themed activities for people of all ages to enjoy! Go to to learn more and become part of the race!

Market District

William C. Goodridge Center & Underground Railroad Museum (123 E. Philadelphia St.)

June 6 will mark the 25th anniversary of the day the Golden Venture, a cargo ship carrying nearly 300 Chinese refugees, ran aground near Queens, N.Y. 

The Goodridge Freedom Center will revisit the arrival of the Golden Venture on the shores of America 25 years ago, and how several York residents worked hard to secure the freedom of passengers who were detained in the York County prison while seeking asylum.

Come hear attorney Jeffrey D. Lobach speak about the people involved, and see some of the beautiful paper sculptures the detainees created behind prison walls.

The event runs 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is FREE and family friendly. Also, enjoy a tour of the Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum before and after the presentation.

Creative York (10 N. Beaver St.)

Watch as one of our teaching artists demonstrates how to throw a piece of clay on a potter’s wheel to make functional pottery. We will have the potter’s wheels set up on the sidewalk so visitors can watch this exciting and messy art form! Inside the gallery, our visitors are invited to collaborate and play with a table covered in clay. Build a castle, a dinosaur, a robot – whatever your imagination comes up with as we create a crazy clay world together. Plus enjoy our two current exhibits – “Vividly Yours” featuring 11 regional artists and “Ghosts” by Harrisburg artist Chad Whitaker. Clay World art activity inside the gallery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ceramic Artist demonstration runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Revolt Style Studio (26 N. Beaver St.)

Join us on June First Friday as we celebrate our second birthday at our Beaver Street location! We have so many surprises planned for you guys to thank you for two wonderful years. Let's just say, "Be there or be square."

Esaan Thai (30 N. Beaver St.)

 Join us for $2 featured drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thai Tapas (small plates) all night. Sample our newest fresh summer house-made drink for free! Al fresco dining, new and favorite gelato and sorbetto flavors (including dairy-free and vegan). We’re BYOB, too.

York Academy (West North Street and Beaver Street Parking Lot) 

Come join York Academy friends and family for a First Friday block party from 6 p.m to 9 p.m.! Enjoy live music, free games and face painting, plus raffles, food and a photo booth.

 iHUB-York (21 S. Pershing St.)

We are hosting the iPop-Up Shop for several community vendors during First Friday! Visit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Creative York West (118 W. Philadelphia St.)

See a different kind of art show with “Beautiful Death.” Inspired by the Death Positivity Movement and groups like Death Café and Order of the Good Death, this exhibit strives to encourage open and positive discussions about death as a normal part of life, rather than a taboo subject to be avoided and feared. Local artist Christine Mercer-Vernon will be doing a live painting demonstration.

 Art & Framing Warehouse (147 W. Philadelphia St.)

Frame your dad for Father’s Day! Surprise Dad with his favorite sports jersey, vacation, fishing or golf pictures. Pick up a $25 coupon toward custom framing.

 Iron Horse York (1 W. Market St.)

 Kirk Folk is playing Iron Horse York 8 p.m. to midnight.

 The Handsome Cab (106 N. George St.)

 We’re featuring $6 martinis and $6 flat breads from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the bar.

Tutoni’s (108 N. George St.)

Join us in the Supper Club for an after-hours dance party in our upstairs TT Bar and dining room. We’ll have a DJ spinning music, drink specials and $5 punch all night. 9 p.m. to midnight.

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 (223 N. George St.)

JASPR will be at the Lodge from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. playing classic rock. This is a fundraiser for a Gold Star Mother who lost her son in Afghanistan and needs a liver transplant. All proceeds will go to Team Denise to help make this happen. Please join us! $15 cover. $10 for Elks showing their membership card. Food is available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  See you at the Lodge!

Royal Square District

First Friday Latino (Around Royal Square)

EVERYONE is invited to attend Downtown York, PA's NEW addition to First Fridays in Downtown York for 2018, First Friday Latino!

First Friday Latino is 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, dancing, food and much more!

June's First Friday Latino will be in the Royal Square District. Enjoy a DJ in the street from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with salsa lessons at 7 p.m. Or cool off at the York Water Company’s splash pad. Food will be available for purchase, with shops setting up on the street.
Paint rocks at The Parliament Arts Organization, then stash them around town. And experience Tarot card readings and music from Sabor Latino in the Taste Teste Cantina at 8 p.m.

Taste Test Restaurant Incubator (101-105 S. Duke St.)

Latino band Sabor Latino will play in the Cantina at 8 p.m. for First Friday Latino festivities. Enjoy a half-price happy hour at the inside bar only from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as a surprise pop up in the bar and restaurant. Sinfully Tasteful will be in the audition space.

Studio 117 (117 S. Duke St.)

Come to our “Suns Out Guns Out”-themed First Friday Party! Festivities will include, FREE BEER, snacks and professionally recorded karaoke! Wear your favorite “Bro Tank.” In addition, we will give free tours of the studio. Bring the family, sing a tune and come see what we’re all about!

OMG Studios (57 E. King St.)

What’s new at OMG? Stop in to see new paintings and take home a specially priced Oldenburg giclée. Place your orders early for Oldenburg-Gonzales custom ornaments and take a turn weaving in the Migliarini Studio.

HIVE artspace (126 E. King St.)

Buzz into HIVE artspace for our annual Great Big Bug Show featuring all kinds of flying, fluttering, busy, buzzing, creeping, crawling, pollinating insects and more! This group exhibit features artworks by more than 30 artists, plus jewelry, body products, and fun, unique gift items. Our favorite bug wrangler Blanton will be there with a live insect zoo for you to observe - and handle if you are feeling brave! We will have light refreshments, and a free giveaway pin featuring artwork from the exhibit for the first 25 visitors that evening.

Prime Art Supply (128 E. King St.)

Prime Art Supply will have a HUGE clearance sale of all merchandise at 40 percent off as we prepare to close our doors at the end of June! There will also be a yard sale out front with tons of odds and ends items, shelving and furniture as we prepare to clear out the store!


Gallery @227 (227 W. Market St.)

Gallery @227 will be opening its doors again for June First Friday in WeCo. For our second show, Gallery @227 is pleased to feature the work of local artist, Steph Holmes. Steph’s works have been shown in many galleries regionally. Come talk to the artist. Let us treat you to a glass of wine or beer. Explore the facility and see what 227 W. Market Street has to offer! Gallery @227 is located on the ground level of The Codorus & Company building, directly outside the headquarters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of York County. 

i-ron-ic (256 W. Philadelphia St.)

Enjoy summer coolers with the sounds of Ian Carroll. The feature cooler will be Apple Cider Raspberry.

SMALL STAR Art House (232 W. Market St.)

Join us for the grand opening of York’s first Digital Art gallery.

First Friday Programming is coming to continental square!

Starting in 2018, join us in Continental Square for fresh programming from May through November! Grab a bite to eat with a local food vendor, participate in family friendly activities, take in some live music, and more! Keep an eye out on our Facebook for updated lists of vendors, activities, entertainment, and more.


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