From summer festivals to live music to sidewalk sales, here are some fun ways to enjoy the sunshine this weekend in York.


Happy August, York!

We only have a few weekends left 'til the kids are headed back to school. So, make these last days of summer count.

From outdoor sidewalk sales and festivals to tasty food and live music, here are some fun ways to enjoy the sunshine this weekend without leaving York County.

Sidewalk sale

First Friday and York Flea vendors are teaming up to create one giant “Sidewalk Sale” in downtown York from 4 to 9 p.m. this Friday. You’ll find more than 30 York Flea vendors with items ranging from $5 to $200 on Pershing Avenue in addition to First Friday’s participating shops in the WeCo, Market and Royal Square districts of downtown York.

Click here for a sneak peek at some of the fun items you’ll find at the sale (including dippy egg earrings!). And don’t forget to check out the live music on the lawn of the Colonial Complex.

For a full list of participating shops and vendors, visit

Taste Test York

You asked, and York’s Taste Test Pop-Up Restaurant Series listened. York is finally getting an Indian restaurant. Well, at least for two weeks.

Locals are invited to taste Chef Hamir Patel’s Indian Fusion cuisine for a two-weekend trial run at YorKitchen, 37 W. Clarke Ave., starting this Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The menu will include an Indo-Thai fusion dish and an Indo-Chinese fusion chicken.

If customers like the food, Patel’s restaurant could become part of a downtown York pop-up restaurant series that will feature four different concepts over a period of 16 months. After all four concepts have been tested, the community will vote for their favorite, and that idea will be turned into a permanent brick-and-mortar restaurant downtown.

Kevin Gates in concert

The “2 Phones” rapper is headed to Cobblestone’s Gastropub and Sports Complex, at 205 S. George St. in downtown York, on Friday for an 18 and up show with DJ Alamo and DJ Showtime. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $55 for VIP (21 and up only). Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. For tickets and more info, call 717-891-8917.

Art and Outdoor Fest and Shank’s Mare

Check out work from local artists, grab an ice cream cone from Lock 2 Café and listen to free live music at this festival celebrating art and the outdoors.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the public is invited to help Shank’s Mare celebrate its 38th anniversary with art, activities, food and entertainment at 2092 Long Level Road, Wrightsville. You can be adventurous as you discover creek critters and edible wild plants on a series of hikes or just relax on the lawn and listen to folk and bluegrass music from the Robert Bobby Duo.

Visit for more info.

Beer, BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass

Grab a beer. It’s time to celebrate.

Gunpowder Falls Brewing is throwing a party from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday with barbecue from Stewartstown Smokehouse, bluegrass from The Hobros, blues from Ren & Snowbear and some fresh German-style lagers. The bash, held at 15556 Elm Drive in New Freedom, will also include a few rounds of cornhole and beer pong.

Visit for more info.

Equality Fest

An international food court, fine art fair, educational scavenger hunt and more is coming to Penn Park on Sunday for York’s annual Equality Fest. From noon to 6 p.m., the public can listen to live music, participate in children’s games and activities, eat a variety of international food and browse artwork. A Stop the Violence! Rally is also scheduled for 1:45 p.m. The idea is to celebrate and educate the public on equality and human rights for all Pennsylvanians.

Click here for more info.

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