Downtown Inc assists merchants in organizing and promoting First Friday. Merchants should note the themes and information deadlines below, and plan accordingly. 

If you are hiring entertainment and anticipate having amplified sound, please be sure to request a special event permit from the City of York at least 30 days in advance.  

First Friday Flags

Businesses who regularly participate in First Friday are also eligible to receive a First Friday flag at no cost courtesy of Downtown Inc.  Please email to request a flag.

Promotional Submissions

Promotional information is due the second Friday of the month prior to your First Friday promotion to or via this form. Promotions received by the deadline will be included in Downtown Inc's First Friday marketing materials including our monthly printed flyer, news release and social media outreach. 

If you are seeking representation on N. Beaver Street during a First Friday, please visit this page for details.

Grant Application Program

First Friday Grant Applications are due on a quarterly basis.

Submit your grant requests quarterly via this form.


  • December 9 – First Quarter (January, February, March)
  • March 10 – Second Quarter (April, May, June)
  • June 9 – Third Quarter (July, August, Sept)
  • September 8 – Fourth Quarter (October, November, December)

2017 FIRST FRIDAY THEMES and due dates

Due dates are as follows: 

(Jan 6 – Flashback Friday) – Due December 9
(Feb 3 – Luv-in’ the City) – Due January 13
(Mar 3 – March Downtown) – Due February 10
(Apr 7 – Tap into Spring) – Due March 10
(May 5 – Cinco de Mayo) – Due April 14
(June 2 – Dads & Dudes) – Due May 12
(July 7 – Made In America) – Due June 9
(Aug 4 – Endless Summer) – Due July 14
(Sept 1 – Fashion Friday) – Due August 11
(Oct 6 – Art-Ober) – Due September 8
(Nov 3 – Holiday Open House) – Due October 13
(Dec 1 – Light Up Night) – Due November 10