First Friday in York: Sidewalk sales, secret galleries & more

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Somehow, the first week of August is already upon us, and that means another First Friday is coming onto the scene. This month’s civic celebration is themed “Sidewalk Sale,” and many downtown York stores will be doing just that – toting some of their wares outside, or advertising special deals for inside. But that’s not the only thing to do in York on the 7th; local brewers, restaurants, and art spaces alike are planning all sorts of events to edify and entertain.

With dozens of things to do, it’s a little hard to sort through them all. Here’s what you can’t miss this Friday:



As per usual for First Friday fare, Duke Street will play host to a fleet of food trucks – Mad Dash Concessions and Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels among them. Just Cupcakes will be open later than usual – from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. – so grab a couple of cupcakes to compliment your meal (the Bailey’s Irish Cream and Lavender Brownie flavors both look particularly delectable.) A First Friday would be incomplete without a visit to the Healthy World Cafe. The pay-how-you-can community cafe will be open from 5-9 p.m. and offering their full menu along with live music, work displayed from local photographer Seth Nenstiel and samples of dry-hopped cider from Wyndridge Farm.


As has become the tradition in recent months, the craft beer will be flowing. Holy Hound Taproom opens Friday at 4 p.m.; enjoy some brew from any of their 30 rotating taps. Mudhook Brewing Co. opens at 11 a.m.; Liquid Hero Brewing will be open 4-10 p.m. Of course, if you just feel like sampling as many brews as possible, you could always shop-hop; Baron Von Schwein, Dicarlo’s Pizza, Studio 117, and more will have samplings courtesy of The Beer Ace. [Note: Watch out for the Water Wars.] Cap your night at the “Bottles in the Bond” event at the shiny new event space, The Bond (134 E. King St.), which features complimentary drinks, food tastings and a swag bag. No tickets at the door, so snag a last-minute ticket ASAP.


You can’t throw a stone without hitting something to entertain yourself with this First Friday. (Note: Please take our word for it. Do not go throwing rocks, or anything else, around in downtown York.) Stores all along Beaver St., Duke St., and Market St. will be having sidewalk sales; stroll around and check ’em out. If you’re a brand hound or know someone who is, check out My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe on Market Street. They’re having a bag sale. Like, not deals on carrying devices; they give you a bag and you stuff whatever you want in it and pay $25 for it. (The bags have to be able to be stapled shut, so no just piling stuff sky-high.) This is the last bag sale they’re having this year and it starts a 5 p.m. (Get there early; staff says the line starts forming at least half an hour beforehand.) HIVE Artspace is hosting their opening reception for their new show, “Mirror Mirror.” It’s a self-portrait collection by various artists, featuring wild and wonderful interpretations of themselves. While you’re in the mood for art, be sure to check out i-ron-ic at 256 W. Philadelphia St. i-ron-ic is half thrift store and half bitchin’ gallery, and it will be featuring the hidden Stair Case Gallery by Michael Nevin; grab a map at i-ron-ic and check out the sick wares.


What are your First Friday plans? Let us know in the comments.

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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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