Downtown Inc assists merchants in organizing and promoting First Friday. Merchants should note the event dates 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.  

New! 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.

Click here to see the press release that was sent out regarding these First Friday changes for 2018.

Permit Reimbursement Program

Beginning in 2018, neighborhood and merchant groups within the Business Improvement District (BID) are encouraged to apply for their own block/street closure permits through the City of York Public Works Department.

Downtown Inc has reserved up to $3,600 to support merchant’s applications for street closures and will reimburse/pay for up to 3 street closure permits in the BID per month on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is no restriction on how many months a group can apply for reimbursement.

To find out more information and see how Downtown Inc will help, click here.

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 social media outreach, Downtown Inc e-newsletter (Sent to 3,000+ subscribers), Downtown Inc website, and more. 

Grant Application Program

First Friday Grant Applications are due on a quarterly basis.

Submit your grant requests quarterly via this form.


  • December 14, 2018 – First Quarter (January, February, March 2019)

  • March 8, 2019 – Second Quarter (April, May, June 2019)

  • June 14, 2019 – Third Quarter (July, August, September 2019)

  • September 13, 2019 – Fourth Quarter (October, November, December 2019)

NEW! First Friday Grant Partnership with Brewery Products

Downtown Inc will now be directly working with Brewery Products to offer downtown businesses and merchants beer for their First Friday activities! Any downtown business or merchant may apply for a First Friday Grant to be used for beer (or any other beverage distributed by Brewery Products), and once the grant has been approved by Downtown Inc, a check will be sent directly to Brewery Products to cover the cost. To see an updated list of offerings and prices, please contact Vic Stambaugh:


2018 FIRST FRIDAY Events and Promo due dates

Due dates are as follows: 

(January 5, 2018) – Due December 8, 2017
(February 2, 2018) – Due January 12, 2018
(March 2, 2018) – Due February 9, 2018
(April 6, 2018) – Due March 9, 2018
(May 4, 2018) – Due April 13, 2018
(June 1, 2018) – Due May 11, 2018
(July 6, 2018) – Due June 8, 2018
(August 3, 2018) – Due July 13, 2018
(September 7, 2018) – Due August 10, 2018
(October 5, 2018) – Due September 14, 2018
(November 2, 2018) – Due October 12, 2018
(December 7, 2018) – Due November 9, 2018

Click here to see the 2018 First Friday theme changes.