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April 5 First Friday: Slide into Spring Edition
Mar. 27, 2019, DAYTON, Ohio — One, two, three strikes and you’re out and about during First Friday on April 5! Dayton’s very own Dragons continue their opening homestand of the 2019 season as they go head to head with the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 7 p.m. Dragons fans can now enjoy the new “Dragons Zone” located behind center field. The kid-friendly area will feature such activities and games as Skee-Roll, Bull Ringer, Pop-a-Shot and more! Each game gives you the opportunity to win prizes big and small and only costs $1. Tickets for this season’s Dragons games are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
The return of baseball season is just one of the many things happening during April’s First Friday. Check out the individual listings below, and remember the most up-to-date event listings can be found on the online calendar published on the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website. Subscribing to the weekly e-vents email newsletter also keeps one up to speed. For more information about First Friday, or to find business addresses, parking, upcoming activities and more, visit the DDP website at downtowndayton.org. Invite friends and family to partake in First Friday fun! “Like” and share the First Friday Facebook page.
Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St.: The DSA will be hosting its current exhibition, INKED UP, the 14th annual printmaking show! Enjoy the April First Friday event from 6 to 9 p.m. Call (937) 228-4532.
Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St.: Dutoit Gallery will be presenting a sculpture exhibition by Stefan Chivon. While his work has been shown around the world, he will be presenting his sculptures in Downtown Dayton this First Friday! The event is from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Contemporary Dayton, 118 N Jefferson St.: The Contemporary Dayton will host an Auction Preview Exhibition Opening Party to showcase some of the works and pieces that will be featured in the Annual Art Auction. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (937) 224-3822.
The Front Street Building Co., 1001 E. Second St.: Don’t miss the First Friday of April to enjoy the work of more than 100 artists and artisans. The complex is made of four buildings where one will encounter a combination of painters, printmakers, jewelry artists, sculptors, glass artists, mixed media artists, potters, and more. Call (937) 461-5149.
Skeleton Dust Records, 133 E. 3rd St.: Skeleton Dust presents an art opening for Dayton’s own Ashely Speelman. Local hiphop artist Psuedo will provide live entertainment throughout the evening. Complimentary refreshments will be available. 7-9 p.m. Call (937) 221-8528.
Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St.: Featuring live performances from Jojo Stella and Evil Eye Gypsy. Call (937) 938-6405.
Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave: It’s another Irish Frist Friday at Dublin Pub. Enjoy Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Miami Valley Pipes & Drums will be performing at 7 p.m. Dulahan performs at 8:30 p.m. Call (937) 224-7822.
Omega Music, 318 E 5th St.: Celebrate Omega Music’s 36th Birthday Celebration this First Friday! Altitudes & Attitudes will be in shop for a free clinic and signing. Stay after the signing to listen to Cricketbows play as they re-release their sold-out EP that will be for purchase after the show. Birthday cakes will be available! 6-10 p.m. Call (937) 275-9949.
Oregon Express, 336 E 5th St.: The OE welcomes the Linda Prevo Band. Call (937)223-9205.
Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: The Trolley Stop presents Puzzle of Light. Listen to their eclectic sound composed of folk, world music, and jazz. Music starts at 9:30 pm. Call (937) 461-1101.
The Barrel House, 417 E 3rd St.: Join The Barrel House as they celebrate Dayton turning 223! The night will feature Dayton brewed beer, Dayton produced music, and the Grand Re-Opening of The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton, who will be taking residence at the Barrel house for breakfast and lunch service. Cooley the Curator will be spinning some Dayton Funk vinyl from 6 to 10 p.m. The Wicked ‘Wich will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food will be available from Griller B’s from 5 p.m. to midnight. Call (937) 222-4795.
The Black Box Improv Theatre, 518 E. Third St.: Presenting MOMologues. Enjoy the very relatable stories and bring your bottle of wine for a night out with your favorite fellow moms at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Stay after for a free Improv Jam. Get on stage and take a stab at improv at 10 p.m. Call (937) 369-0747.
Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. Fifth St.: Every Friday evening (except when there are weekend tournaments), there’s a USCF-rated tournament ($10 for DCC members /$20 for non-DCC members), plus a few players who opt to play casual chess. For First Friday, this will be Quick rated (G/24, 5 sec. increment). Call (937) 270-4016.
Dayton Dragons Baseball, Fifth Third Field, 220 N Patterson Blvd.: Enjoy the Dayton Dragons opening weekend at Fifth Third Field as they take on the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets on sale at Ticketmaster.com. Call (937) 228-2287.
Proto Buildbar, 543 E. First St.: It’s Board Game Night at Proto Buildbar from 6 p.m.– midnight. Bring a game from home or borrow one from the bar. All board game related 3-D prints will be 25% off as well. Call (937) 222-6253.
Urban Krag Climbing Center, 125 Clay St.: Swing by this restored church and get blown away by the 10,000 square foot indoor rock-climbing center inside! Enjoy the First Timers Friday deal and get a day pass, belay certification, shoe and harness rental, all for $30. Take First Friday to new heights from 3 to 11 p.m. Call (937) 224-5724.
Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E Fourth St.: Get crafty this first Friday at Dayton Crafty-Con. Spend the evening shopping from local artisans, watching crafting demos, and grabbing a craft beer or a tasty cocktail. Come and craft from 5 to 10 p.m. Call (937) 424-3870.
Food and Drink
Basil’s on Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd.: Basil’s offers all-you-can-eat crab legs and sides for $38/ person every Friday during Lent season. Happy Hour will also be available from 3 to 6 p.m. Stop in for a fantastic craft beer and a great deal! Call (937) 818-4390.
Oregon Express Bar and Restaurant, 336 E. Fifth St.: Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. includes $10 pitchers of Stella, Fat Tire, and Lagunitas IPA. Call (937) 223-9205.
Salar Restaurant & Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St.: Salar offers happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. at the main bar, including options for a Build-Your-Own Pisco Bar. $5 house white or red wine, $1 off all draft beer, and $5 bar bites. Call (937) 203-3999.
Toxic Brew, 431 E. Fifth St.: Drunken Waffle Twisted Taco will be setting up shop in Toxic Brew’s taproom for a fun night full of drunken waffles, tacos a la carte, some signature sandwiches and a whole lot of your favorite craft beer. The fun is happening from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (937) 985-3618.
Trolley Stop,530 E. Fifth St.: Half price happy hour including appetizers and drinks specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call (937) 461-1101.
View 162 at Crowne Plaza, 33 E. Fifth St.: Dine 162 feet off the ground at View 162 at the Crowne Plaza Dayton. They will feature a special menu in the lounge from 3 to 10 p.m. Call (937) 229-9847.
Brim on Fifth, 464 E Fifth St.: Join Brim as they present their Kentucky Derby Fashion Show, debuting their 2019 collection. Come and see the whimsical selection as Brim features their own customers and their own personal styles. Models will be walking at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. Call (937) 222-4287.
Clash Dayton, 521 E. Fifth St.: Clash will hosting a live photo shoot and Model Meet and Greet this First Friday. The live photoshoot with will be done with Gem City Pinup Photography inside of the shop, showcasing looks that can be seen in the upcoming runway show. Meet local designers, photographers, make-up artists, stylists and other models who help make it all come to life. 6-10 p.m. Call (937) 259-8986.
Grace Lane Boutique, 335 E. Fourth St.: Stop in for Sip ‘n’ Shop at Grace Lane Boutique, one of the newest retailers in downtown Dayton! Enjoy 20% off shoes, handbags and outerwear. Be one of the first 10 shoppers to purchase a pair of Liverpool jeans and receive a canvas Liverpool carryall tote bag. 5-9 p.m. Call (937) 903-2729.
The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website has a complete list of downtown’s arts and cultural amenities, as well as a dining guide, parking map and much more.
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