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2016 First Friday York themes announced

2016 is coming, which means a new year of First Fridays in downtown York.

The event, held from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, began in 2005 as a celebration of downtown shops, restaurants, cultural venues and nightlife hotspots, Downtown Inc. marketing director Meagan Feeser said. That year, about a dozen retailers and restaurants participated, hosting special events, promotions and live entertainment.

Today, more than 60 locations participate in First Friday each month, drawing thousands downtown. About 10,000 people were out and about downtown for December's First Friday and Light Up Night, Feeser said.

First Friday festivities will continue into the new year with 12 new themes for 2016:

Jan. 1: Ring in the New

Feb. 5: #iloveyorkcity

March 4: Shop and Hop

April 1: Spring Fling

May 6: Moms on Main

June 3: Block Party

July 1: Christmas in July

Aug. 5: Sidewalk Sale

Sept. 2: Fashion Friday

Oct. 7: Harvest Fest

Nov. 4: Holiday Open House

Dec. 2: Light Up Night

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