Living in Lancaster City

At PCA&D, you live and study within the city’s exciting arts district, which bustles with galleries, quirky shops, and unique restaurants

Your creative life at PCA&D extends beyond our buildings into our historic Lancaster City. Located in the heart of Gallery Row, the College is centered in a bustling and vibrant community that boasts more than 125 arts venues including galleries, museums, theaters, concert stages, poetry sites, and public art installations. Renowned for our farm-to-table food scene, feast in the city’s more than 90 restaurants and cafes.

our city of creatives is ranked #1

Lancaster City is ranked #1 out of 1,300 small cities (population 25,000 – 100,000) by WalletHub’s  “2022 Best Small Cities to Live in America”. Ratings are based on: affordability, economic health, education and health, quality of life, and safety.

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a vibrant downtown

Lancaster City is host to large festivals, cultural events, block parties, and more! These special events celebrate both the unique cultures and communities of Lancaster.

The art and music scene spills into the streets on the 1st and 3rd Friday nights of every month, with downtown art shows and great outdoor music.

Lancaster First Fridays

First Fridays

On the first Friday of each month, Lancaster City celebrates its arts community with gallery openings, special events, live performances, and more. Shops and restaurants often extend their hours and host unique promotions as well.

Lancaster Music Fridays

Music Fridays

On the third Friday of each month from May to September, Lancaster City celebrates its local bands, musicians, and singers with Music Fridays. Enjoy all the varieties of music as you stroll through the city visiting shops and restaurants.

Lancaster Central Market

Lancaster Central Market

Established in 1730, this public farmers’ market brings together more than 60 area vendors. Open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, find locally prepared foods, meats, cheeses, and more.

Visit PCA&D

The City of Lancaster, Pa., is our home and our campus. We’d love to meet you and show around the college. Schedule a personal tour or come to one of our events and talk with our talented students and faculty, see our facilities, and stroll the streets of our city.