Dudes and Brews: Royal Square's First Friday aimed at guys


June's First Friday, hosted by Royal Square Neighborhood, will be defined by two words: Dudes and Brews.

The downtown event will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday on Duke Street between Princess and King streets. The block will be closed to traffic beginning at 6 p.m.

From beer samplings and classic car displays to BLTs and retro video games, Friday will be all about the guys, Royal Square's vice president of retail development Alexandra Dwyer said.

"I'm excited because usually (First Fridays) go more toward women," Dwyer said. "This one is all geared toward the guys, finally."

Women can still find plenty of entertainment for themselves during the festivities, with four food trucks, including Scoops Ice Cream and Grille. Harrisburg-based band Shawan and the Wonton, which has a female lead singer, will be playing at The Parliament beginning at 6 p.m.

Dwyer is expecting between 800 and 1,200 people to show up throughout the night, she said.

Brews: Seven different businesses along the street will be handing out beer samples, three each, provided by The Beer Ace.

DiDi and Smiling John's Traditional Barber Shop and Salon will also be offering bacon and outdoor haircuts, DiDi said.

The other businesses with beer samplings are 56 Urban Provisions, Redeux, HIVE artspace, Prime Art Supply Co., The Parliament and Traffic Black.

Dudes: Those businesses and others will also be offering other forms of entertainment, including recorded karaoke sessions at Studio 117, make-your-own balloon animals at King's Courtyard Artist Collective and make-your-own BLT at 56.

Rita King, owner of Prime Art, said she was most excited about the make-your-own BLT because of the "fancy pants" mayos from Empire Mayonnaise out of Brooklyn. Dwyer is also excited about the fancy mayo, and she added that the retro video games at Redeux also piqued her interest.

"They're going to have Atari and Golden Eye on N64 (among others), so that should hit home for a couple different generations," she said,

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.