What do First Friday, Second Friday, Third Friday, Fourth Friday and even the elusive Fifth Friday all have in common? They all celebrate Friday – the end of the work week, the beginning of the weekend.
While Lancaster and York’s downtowns have built up quite impressive First Friday gatherings over the years, Harrisburg has instead carved out the third Friday of the month for the art-, food-, music- and culturally-infused event, Third in the Burg.
With summer in full swing, below are 7 events that caught our eye. Be sure to check out the full lineup and plan your own adventure.
1) Harrisburg Food Truck Feast (1601 N. 3rd St.)
Each month, a fleet of food trucks from across Central PA meet in the parking lot at the corner of North 3rd and Harris streets for the Harrisburg Food Truck Feast, serving up a variety of dinner and dessert options as you meander through the city. Stop by from 5-9 p.m. for a quick bite.
2) PechaKucha Night at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (1110 N. 3rd St.)
For the unfamiliar, PechaKucha is a Ted Talk-esque event that features a lineup of speakers leading brief, visually-driven presentations. This is the fledgling Harrisburg Chapter’s second event, and given the lineup of speakers – all eight presenters will focus on a unique topic under the event’s umbrella theme of “The Role of Art in Urban Beautification” – this is a perfect pairing to Third in the Burg. PechaKucha night goes from 5-8 p.m. with a networking hour at 5 p.m., presentations at 6 p.m. and a Q&A session at 7 p.m. It is free to attend, but registration is necessary to reserve a seat.
3) Seafood feast, munchies & music at Zeroday Brewing Co. … and beer (250 Reily St.)
Steamed Maine lobster, Quahog clams and sweet corn are featured at Zeroday Brewing Co. from 6-9 p.m., a perfect seasonal complement to Zeroday’s craft brews. Not feeling the seafood? Mad Dash Concessions food truck will be slinging its grilled cheeses and York City Pretzel Company will have its pretzels served with Zeroday Beer Cheese. Throw in some ragtime music from Eli Charleston (starting at 8 p.m.) and what we have here is a nice little Friday night.
4) Clueless screening at Midtown Cinema (250 Reily St.)
While you’re already at 250 Reily Street, mosey on over to Midtown Cinema at 9:30 p.m. for a $3 screening of ’90s airhead comedy Clueless. All we have to say is this:
5) Meet the artists & open house at The Millworks (340 Verbeke St.)
Explore one of Midtown’s newest denizens and check out the massive building’s 23 artist studios as well as artwork from this month’s featured artists. Looking to make a night of it? Grab dinner and a drink and stick around for Lancaster indie rock band Jake Lewis & The Clergy playing a free show at 10 p.m.
6) Vegetarian cuisine – and new evening hours at Crave and Co. (614 N. 2nd St.)
Looking for a healthy or vegetarian food option? Crave and Co. is not only celebrating its one-year anniversary (well, that was technically on Wednesday, but we’re sure they’ll still appreciate the congratulations…), but also its new evening hours, which debuted this week. New hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
7) Stay fueled up with coffee from Elementary Coffee Co. (1233 N. 3rd St.) and Little Amps (133 State St.)
All that walking around can really wear you down. Not to worry – Elementary Coffee Co. will have its Brew Thru walk-up window service open into the evening, complete with live music from Hank Imhof. And over on State St., Little Amps coffee – and vinyl record collection – are not to be missed.