5 picks for First Friday in downtown York

June’s First Friday in York takes a sudsy turn thanks to The Beer Ace. The “Brewhaha” will feature plenty of booze-themed events across the downtown area. (Don’t let that limit you, though – there are dozens of non-beer events planned, too.) Call a cab and take a trip to downtown York from 5-9 p.m. on Friday.

Here are our top 5 events happening tonight:


Craft beer along Beaver Street (Beaver Street)

The good folks at The Beer Ace are showcasing samples of brews from portfolio from 6-8 p.m. all along Beaver Street (which, by the way, is closed to vehicular traffic from 4:30-9 p.m.). Browse the shops and challenge friends, passersby or even complete strangers to a giant version of much-beloved games – including Giant Connect Four and Giant Jenga. There will also be Can Jam and cornhole – no word if either of those will also be giant, but one can only hope. If you or a loved one have a beard, or would like to have a beard, be sure to stop by the York Beard and Mustache Club’s tables. You can get your beard judged and get a prize, or get your face painted so you have a vague approximation of a beard.

Spaceship York (9 West Market Street)

If you’re anything like us, you’ve looked up at the sky – or maybe up at your TV whilst it was playing Star Trek episodes or a Star Wars marathon – and wanted to, someday, blast into the stars. Unfortunately, we came too late for the first age of space exploration and a little too early for the second age of space exploration, also known as “the cool age, with teleportation and jet packs and alien bars.” However, in this liminal age, we can send things into space to let the aliens know we’re capable of written language. Stop by Spaceship York from 6-9 p.m. to write down your dreams for eventual ejection in to space. There’s also a space-themed library and photo op intrepid would-be astronauts can take part in. All these amenities are available for free. Galactic.

Offices of Richard R. Reilly (54 North Duke Street)

If the offerings at Beaver Street weren’t enough to wet your whistle, stop by Richard R. Reilly’s office for free beer samples from Beer Mongers. Bring the tots, if you’ve got ‘em – they’ll be slinging root beer floats as well. If you want to get crafty, New Freedom Art will be there to help as well. Thanks to them, you can paint a beer mug with a nice summer motif, your team’s logo, googly eyes and teeth, or whatever strikes your fancy.

Healthy World Café (24 South George Street)

Stop by York’s pay-how-you-can community café from 5-9 p.m., take a seat, and take a gander at their locally-sourced dishes. Donna Jean will be performing live. While you’re there, you might as well enjoy some more samples of brew courtesy of the Beer Ace.

HIVE Artspace (126 East King Street)

A lesser magazine would make a bugging out pun in the face of this perfect opportunity to do so. We here at FLY don’t stoop to such cheap punning opportunities. That said, be sure to hit up HIVE Artspace from 6-9 p.m. for craft brew samples and their third Great Big Bug Show. More than 30 artists will be bringing you the coolest of creepy-crawly art. Liette Monic, professional psychic, will be offering another kind of creepy-crawly by giving Tarot readings – free to any dad, in honor of Father’s Day.


What’s on your radar for tonight’s Brewhaha?


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Ed Hirtzel is the Summer 2016 Fly intern. She’s currently an English Honors student at Millersville University. Her hobbies include scribbling, writing both fiction and nonfiction, and compiling useless information about cryptids.

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