Walk on downtown's creative side!
Get around downtown during our spring Urban Nights event on Friday, May 9, from 5 to 10 p.m. More than 30,000 people are expected to pack the streets, so come join the fun and experience your downtown!
What is Urban Nights?
Urban Nights is a free event that showcases downtown's dining, nightlife, art, music, retail, urban living options and more twice a year - once in the spring and once in the fall. The event has been described as a huge, all-inclusive street party and open house for downtown, with something for everyone to enjoy.
Businesses and restaurants offer special discounts, artists and galleries open their doors to the public, musicians and entertainers of all kinds perform throughout the center city, and several of downtown's urban living options are open for tours. More than 100 creative places and spaces are part of the event, including locations throughout downtown, the Oregon District and the Wright-Dunbar Business Village.
Don't miss special Urban Nights entertainment and activities at these locations throughout downtown:
NEW! Street Art on Second
Second Street between Main & Jefferson
Sponsored by DP&L and Sinclair Community College
This block of Second Street will be closed to traffic to host a variety of artistic activities, including "Naked Prints" from the Dayton Visual Arts Center.
DVAC and local artists will make and sell unique art prints in the street, and attendees can try their hand at printing with interactive art activities. Students from Stivers School for the Arts will be making and selling T-shirts. Funding for Naked Prints awarded through the Urban Nights Grant.
Also, take part in healthy and fun physical activities from Premier Health, including football and basketball tossing, and demonstrations by nationally-ranked jump ropers the Comet Skippers.
Street Art on Second also will feature plenty of food, beer, roving entertainment, and live music all evening from the Second Street Stage.
Second Street Stage
5-6 p.m. - Jamie Suttle Band
6-7:30 p.m. - Tempest
7:40-8:30 p.m. - Grateful Parrot
8:40-10 p.m. - Brass Tracks Band
NEW! Fashion Boulevard
St. Clair Street between Third & Fourth
Sponsored by Miami-Jacobs Career College
See a city block of St. Clair Street transformed into "Fashion Boulevard!" (DE-FI), the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator, will host periodic runway fashion shows in the middle of the street throughout the evening, and Beaute Box, (DE-FI) and Salon J Ladner will do makeovers for Urban Nights attendees.
Look for other activities, including yoga in the street, CADC's "selfie station," roving entertainers, and other activities from the St. Clair Street businesses.
Fashion Boulevard also will have food, beer, and live music from the Dart's Arts Big Jam Band, performing in between fashion shows all evening long.
Live on Five
Fifth Street in the Oregon District, near Trolley Stop
Media Sponsor: WYSO 91.3
Rock out to some great area bands while people watching in the heart of the Oregon District.
5-5:30 p.m. - Yvette Williams - Diary of a Diva
5:40-7 p.m. - Jah Soul
7:10-8:30 p.m. - Hey There Morgan
8:40-10 p.m. - Meghna & the Majority
Bluegrass, Beer & Food
RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave.
Enjoy some fresh newgrass music and even fresher food as RiverScape MetroPark comes alive with the progressive bluegrass sounds of Ryan & Brian, Blue Caboose, and The Repeating Arms. While you're at it, choose from a rally of your favorite food trucks and an array of craft beer. Music from 5 to 10 p.m.
R&B Gospel Plaza
Corner of Third and Williams streets in Wright-Dunbar.
The Wright-Dunbar plaza main stage will feature live entertainment from L.Y.D. featuring Yolanda Drake, Gospel Gems, Sisters in Christ Gospel Choir, and DJ Hummons Vessels of Honor Praise Dancers, along with various food vendors.
Other highlights of the May 9 Urban Nights include:
- Tours of downtown's urban living spaces
- Eclectic art in downtown's galleries and elsewhere
- Specials at downtown's unique restaurants, nightlife and retail shops
- Live entertainment, cultural arts, creative and tasty cuisine, and other festivities in the Wright-Dunbar Business Village
- Urban Bikes @ Urban Nights bike ride leaving from Fifth Third Field at 6 p.m. and ending at Fashion Boulevard
- Architectural Selfie Scavenger Hunt - a fun way to see downtown's unique architecture
- The Great Dayton Adventure Race, an urban scavenger hunt from Five Rivers MetroParks that will wind through the Urban Nights action
- Sideshow 9 - a two-day celebration of music and art in Dayton that kicks off during Urban Nights at the Yellow Cab building
- UrbanBuzz - stop by Kettering Tower to see the progress Greater Downtown Dayton has made in recent years and help shape future plans for the city
The best way to see as much as possible during Urban Nights is to walk, so remember to wear comfortable shoes! Free buses will be provided by the Greater Dayton RTA to help you reach venues in more distant areas such as Wright-Dunbar.
If you have questions about Urban Nights or want more information, email
- or call her at (937) 224-1518 ext. 227.