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Introducing “First Thursdays” in the Chapel Street Historic District

Looking for more to do in New Haven this summer?  The new “First Thursdays” program offers a great way to enjoy downtown and support the merchants of the Chapel Street Historic District, and a worthwhile alternative to Happy Hour.

On the first Thursday of every month, the merchants and maitre-d’s of the Chapel Street Historic District will host a festive downtown celebration for the Yale-New Haven community. Whether you need the perfect family affair or just a great place to stroll after work, First Thursdays have something to offer.  They will feature in-store events, promotions and entertainment, including trunk shows, shopping discounts, and refreshments – a weekday you don’t want to miss!



Wave Gallery

Meet and greet local Connecticut artists, plus wine and cheese

Claire’s Corner Copia

Cooking demonstration with samples and live music

White Space Gallery

Celebration of Dali and the Surrealist Masters, plus refreshments

Hello Boutique

Receive 15% off any purchase for the whole month of May

Hull’s Art Supply

Live music, art demonstration for all ages, and refreshments

Claire Jones Boutique

Trunk show of special jewelry, and 10% off purchase $100 or more


Trunk show featuring the work of a local artisan jeweler


Trunk Show and discounts, plus informal modeling and refreshments

The Owl Shop

Receive 10% off cigars and drinks

Urban Objects

Receive 20% off any purchase

Tracy B.

Gear up for Mother’s Day with 10% off purchases and refreshments

Merwin’s Art Shop

Live music and refreshments


Five-course seafood menu with wine: $75/person, reservation required

Yale Rep

“Buy 1, Get 1 Free” tickets for preview show of “The Unmentionables”


Gourmet food samplings, plus wine and cheese

University Art Gallery

Free and open to the public until 8 pm

Start your month off with a delicious meal, the perfect gift, or an unforgettable cultural event when you visit Chapel Street Historic District for First Thursdays!

Chapel Street Historic District’s inaugural First Thursday extravaganza is on Thursday (of course), May 3, from 5 pm to 9 pm. Stores close at 9, but restaurants stay open later. The Chapel Street Historic District includes Chapel, York, High, and College Streets.

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