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 April

First Friday Activities in the Market District

Roost Uncommon Kitchen (35 W. Market St.)
We will be open with extended hours, 5-8 p.m.

Lele B's Boutique (13 S. Beaver St.)
Winter Clearance Sale! Check out our new arrivals for spring!

The Watchmaker's Daughter (22 N. Beaver St.)
The Watchmaker's Daughter will be serving up a fun cocktail with a side of ART! Local artist, Rosa Luz, will be showcasing her art throughout March and April in the shop and will be present from 5-6 p.m. for First Friday. We're also participating in the Beaver Street Chalk Walk Event! Stop in for the fun activities and to check out our new jewelry, and shop our estate case.

Sky Optics Sunglasses (24 N. Beaver St.)
Chalk art, wine and beer samples as work as well a 10-40% off select models throughout the store. Get geared up for spring in some awesome new prescription or non-prescription sunglasses!

Revolt Style Studio (26 N. Beaver St.)
April First Friday is a busy one at Revolt Style Studio! In honor of the launch of our Revolt Style Studio x Found Wanderer Capsule Collection, Found Wanderer will be popping up in front of our shop showcasing her beautiful, bohemian jewels. And with the arrival of spring comes shorts and cut offs season and we’ve got you covered! We’ll be putting out our best vintage denim shorts and cutoffs just in time for First Friday.

Foster's Flower Shop (27 N. Beaver St.)
Chalk it up on beaver street! Come down and check out the spring fever and sidewalk chalk drawings. We are offering flower rings and fresh wrap-n-go bouquets. Can't wait to see you on First Friday from 5-9 p.m.!

Sunrise Soap Company (29 N. Beaver St.) Creation station special for one person: Make your first item at full price, get your second maker's item at half price (of equal or lesser value).

Esaan Thai Restaurant of York, PA (30 N. Beaver St.)
Celebrate Esaan’s 10-year anniversary in April with special meals, drinks & treats starting on First Friday and all month long! We hope to see you to thank you for supporting us since 2009, and as always, reservations recommended and we’re BYOB!

Appell Center for the Performing Arts (50 N. George St.)
Come check out our FREE First Friday Film, Mary Poppins, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Capitol Theater!

When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents.

Snacks and refreshments will be available!


Under the artistic direction of Jeff Stabley, Jazz in the City welcomes regional musicians each month during First Friday festivities from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in The Studio at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts.

The Studio entrance is located on Philadelphia Street. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, hope to see you there!

$5 at the Door; Free with a Valid Student ID

Kaletta’s (57 N. Beaver St.)
Please join York’s Urban Elegant Boutique in celebrating our One Year Anniversary on Friday, April 5th. We will have “Live Models” showcasing our new spring arrivals, bluegrass music, refreshments and “Specials”. The Featured Artist for March and April is Marion Stephenson. Marion’s paintings give the viewer a peaceful image to look at. With a purchase you can sign up for our First Friday Give-A-Way!!

Make:Craft inside of Central Market York (34 W. Philadelphia St.)

Come enjoy a date night culinary experience with an artisan pizza dinner from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on First Friday!

Share in the preparation of artisan pizza, a chopped salad and panna cotta, finishing with a sit down dinner. Bring your favorite cooking partner to join the fun. During this class we will explore the world of making the perfect pizza: the one that you make from scratch. We will make our own chopped salad dressing using a fail safe ratio method. Finishing up with a classic panna cotta topped with seasonal fruit.


Register at https://squareup.com/store/makecraftyork

Tutoni's (108 N. George St.)
We will host Cocktail Hour from 4-6 p.m., which features $6 cocktails, 3 for $15 tapas, and complimentary small bites with full priced drinks! Then, when everywhere else is closing and the First Friday festivities are ending, Supper Club is just beginning! This is a FREE after-hours dance party in our upstairs TT bar & dining room. DJ Cashmire will be spinning and there will be drink specials, like our $5 house punch, 9:30 p.m.-midnight!

The King George Club (108 N. George St.)
To start the evening, we will have Cocktail Hour from 5-6 p.m., which features cocktails as low as $2.50! Kevin Valentine will be performing jazz from 8-11 p.m. Come down, sip on a delicious cocktail, and unwind in one of our very cozy seats.

Elks Lodge #213 - York, PA (223 N. George St.)
"Mama Tried” is back on First Friday playing from 7-11 p.m. Advance tickets and reservations highly recommended. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the kitchen is open from 5-9 p.m. Cover charge: Members $10 / Guests $15. See you at the Lodge!

Sarah's Sweet & Savory Snacks (9 W. Philadelphia St.)
Spring menu is now available! Stop in for some frozen treats - Acai Bowls, Tropical Smoothie Bowls, and Kombucha on tap! Or perhaps an after dinner Affogato? We have that too, along with our amazing snacks.

Indigo Bleu (39 W. Philadelphia St.)
Come check out Indigo Bleu's total renovation during First Friday at 5 p.m. for its grand re-opening! In addition to their beautiful clothes, we will feature home decor and lifestyle!

Art & Framing Warehouse (147 W. Philadelphia St.) Refresh your walls for Spring! 50% off framed art. Receive a $25 coupon towards custom framing.

First Friday Activities in Royal Square

Collusion Tap Works (105 S. Howard St.)
Kick-start your First Friday with a lunch special - a $3 select pint with purchase of any sandwich between 12-2 p.m. Stick around for a new beer and try one of the dinner items from our expanded kitchen's upgraded menu! Beers are flowing from 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Join us at our Poses and Pints class this Sunday!

OMG Studios (57 E. King St.)
April brings the joy of Spring to the OMG Studio artists. The paintbrushes are dancing over the canvases in an expression of happiness. Come see what is new!

The Parliament Arts Organization (116 E. King St.)
Featuring the works of several York/Lancaster based tattoo artists, the collaborative exhibition titled "Malleable" is The Parliament's fourth show of 2019. Stop by our gallery opening from 9-5 p.m. for a tour of the new exhibit and some light refreshments. Upstairs studio spaces of resident artist Ivy Rodgers as well as Chelsea Designs & DIEMO Productions will also be open to visitors. Come say hello!

Venture (128 E. King St.)
SPRING has sprung at Venture for April First Friday (5-9 p.m.) with new art, bright colors, spring themes, and the highlighted paintings of Wendy Hostler. Acoustic music by Et Cetera will be performing the songs of 5 decades.

We are also celebrating our grand opening with a ribbon cutting by Downtown Inc. at 2:30 p.m., April 4th. Please join us for this momentous occasion.There will be a drawing for a gift basket valued at $150.00 of a selection of art by Venture artists and their exhibitors.

Lots happening on our corner. Come celebrate spring with us!

First Friday Activities in WeCo

Gallery at 227 (227 W. Market St.)
You are invited to Inspired by Nature, an Art Exhibit and sale featuring Alice Conner Malyszek in Gallery@227 during April First Friday ( 5-9 p.m.)! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to NAMI York (National Alliance for Mental Health). We are kid friendly! Refreshments and onsite parking available.

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