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July 7 First Friday: Adventure Race & Street Party Edition
Dayton, June 26, 2017 – Celebrate First Friday with the First Friday Street Party, our next DP&L Summer in the City signature event...

City, County, Social Service Agencies Develop New Panhandling Initiative
Dayton, June 21, 2017 – Following the Supreme Court challenge of anti-panhandling ordinances adopted by Dayton and other cities across the country, there has been an increase in panhandling...

June 2 First Friday: Downtown Pride Edition
Dayton, May 26, 2017 – June’s First Friday is full of art, live entertainment, local music, dining specials, and more...

Free Downtown Housing Tour Highlights Variety of Living Spaces
Dayton, May 11, 2017 – The first event in the DP&L Summer in the City signature series is the Downtown Housing Tour, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 20...

DP&L Summer in the City Programs Return to Downtown Dayton
Dayton, May 9, 2017 – The Downtown Dayton Partnership is bringing back its annual showcase of downtown businesses, arts and cultural organizations, residential developers, and other downtown amenities...

May 5 First Friday: Make a Splash Downtown
Dayton, April 25, 2017 – April showers bring May’s increased water levels on the region’s 230+ miles of water trails – and that’s great news for river recreation enthusiasts because the May 5 First Friday kicks off the evening with the grand opening of the River Run feature at RiverScape MetroPark...

Downtown Progress Rolls Ahead; Businesses Echo Results in Annual Survey
Dayton, April 20, 2017 – The Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP) recently completed the analysis from data collected for two major growth areas...

First Friday Offers Music, Art, Fitness, Shopping & Dining Fun for All Ages
Dayton, March 29, 2017 – Warmer weather has seeped into the Miami Valley, and downtown Dayton businesses are ready to celebrate spring with the April 7 First Friday...

New Study Indicates Downtown Housing Market Still Hot
Dayton, March 15, 2017 – The Downtown Dayton Partnership recently completed an analysis of downtown Dayton’s housing market...

March First Friday: Big Hoopla Edition
Dayton, February 21, 2017 – When March arrives, Dayton residents know what bounces into town...

Activated Spaces Pop-Up Project Seeking Entrepreneurs to Open Retail Shops in Downtown Dayton this Spring
Dayton, January 24, 2017 – Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for short-term retail and service businesses to open downtown this spring...

Plenty of 'Firsts' on Deck for Feb. 3 First Friday
Dayton, January 23, 2017 – The first month of 2017 has flown by, and now as the end of January approaches, it’s time to turn thoughts to welcoming February’s First Friday...

January 6 First Friday: New Beginnings Edition
Dayton, January 3, 2017 – Anyone who made a resolution to "date their city" can score big...

Family-friendly Holiday Activities Continue Downtown All December
Dayton, November 29, 2016 – This past Friday, Dayton-area families kicked off the holiday season...

Activated Spaces Pop-Up Project to Open Technology Repair Shop in Downtown
Dayton, November 25, 2016 – The second small business chosen as a Fall 2016 pop-up shop is preparing to open as part of the eleventh phase of the Pop-Up Project...

Urban Art Intersections Selects Artists for New Vibrancy Program
Dayton, November 21, 2016 – The Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP) and its partners at the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC), the K12 Gallery & TEJAS, and an independent, volunteer review panel have selected the winning local artists for the first-ever Urban Art Intersections (UAI) program...

Shop Local for Small Business Saturday
Dayton, November 21, 2016 – Take a break from the big box stores to eat, drink and shop local in downtown Dayton...

Special Improvement District Annual Meeting Shared Updates on Progress
Dayton, November 15, 2016 – The Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP) hosted its annual review of progress in the Special Improvement District...

Dayton Holiday Festival Returns to Courthouse Square, Kicks Off with Grande Illumination & Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights on Thanksgiving Weekend
Dayton, November 14, 2016 – Downtown Dayton will celebrate 44 years of the holiday season during the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival...

November 4 First Friday: Giving Thanks Edition
Dayton, October 27, 2016 – Downtown Dayton has much to be thankful for this November...

Entries Sought for Twelfth Annual "Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays" Contest
Entry Forms Now Available for Nov. 25 Competition; Two $500 Cash Prizes Will Be Awarded
Dayton, October 20, 2016 – Calling all bakers and architects with a competitive edge: The Dayton Holiday Festival is looking for the area’s most creative confectionary decorators to compete in the 12th annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest...

Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project 'Heats Up' with New Candle Making Business
Dayton, October 17, 2016 – New businesses are preparing to open this fall as part of the eleventh phase of the Pop-Up Project, part of an initiative to fill downtown storefronts called Activated Spaces...

New Start Downtown Initiatives Help Encourage Entrepreneur Growth
Volunteer-led programs seek to highlight current start-ups and spark new development
Dayton, October 4, 2016 – There have been many changes to downtown Dayton's landscape...

October First Friday Offers More Fall Fun than a Boot-Clad Romp through Raked Leaves
Dayton, September 27, 2016 – There’s a chill in the air as summer finally relieves its muggy grasp on the Miami Valley. On Friday, October 7...

Downtown Dayton Seeks Artists to Help Enhance Cityscape
New program will add public art to engage with local artists, workers, residents, visitors
Dayton, September 9, 2016 – A new program will use public art as a way to connect local artists with the community...

DP&L Summer in the City’s ‘Grand Finale’ Features Performing Arts
Music, theater, dance, puppetry, spoken-word, more performances set for street party
Dayton, August 30, 2016 – The final event in the 2016 DP&L Summer in the City signature series lineup will showcase Dayton’s rich performing arts scene...

Start the Long Weekend with Local Businesses for Sept. 2 First Friday
Dayton, August 23, 2016 – Kick off your Labor Day weekend with First Friday in downtown Dayton...

Search Is On for Perfect Tree to Adorn Courthouse Square during Annual Dayton Holiday Festival
Dayton, August 8, 2016 – The Dayton Holiday Festival committee is searching for a tree that will be the centerpiece of Courthouse Square this holiday season...

Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project Seeking Entrepreneurs to Open Businesses in Downtown Dayton this Fall
Deadline to apply is August 19 for business owners who want to participate in Pop-Up Project.
Dayton, July 28, 2016 – Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for short-term retail and service businesses to open downtown this fall as part of the eleventh phase of its Pop-Up Shop Project...

August First Friday Heats Up Downtown with Adventure
Dayton, July 27, 2016 – Next month’s First Friday has special offerings as it coincides with Downtown Adventure Night, the next in the DP&L Summer in the City signature event series...

Active Amenities, Activities Fuel Downtown Adventure Night
Dayton, July 22, 2016 – The next event in the DP&L Summer in the City signature series lineup will be packed with adrenaline-pumping action...

Celebrate ‘Independents’ Day with Locally Owned Businesses on July 1 First Friday
Dayton, June 21, 2016 – Before the fireworks light up the sky, head to downtown Dayton where locally owned businesses are celebrating their own “independents” day for First Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 1...

First Friday Helps Kick Off New Art in the City Juried Show and Entertainment
Dayton, May 23, 2016 – Art is everywhere when the next DP&L Summer in the City event takes place on First Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 3...

Art Is Everywhere in New Juried Show, Kickoff Celebration
Art in the City features downtown Dayton businesses and the region’s best artists
Dayton, May 19, 2016 – Downtown Dayton is celebrating its vibrant visual arts community with a new juried art exhibition and special kick-off event...

Get a Sneak Peek into the Hottest Housing Developments in Dayton
Downtown Housing Tour Showcases Rentals, Owned Units throughout City
Dayton, April 28, 2016 – Downtown Dayton is the hottest address for residential living, and prospective homebuyers, renters, and the real-estate curious can get a glimpse at what’s behind those doors during the free, annual Downtown Housing Tour...

Music, Art, Performances, Dining, Shopping Events in Bloom on May 6 First Friday
Dayton, April 26, 2016 – May welcomes warmer weather with bustling sidewalks, new products, gallery exhibits, live theater, musical acts, shopping and dining specials, and cycling tours this First Friday...

No Foolin': April 1 First Friday Offers Music, Dining Specials, Gallery Openings and More
Dayton, March 21, 2016 – The snow is melting and Daytonians are anxious to get outside and explore their city, and there's no better night to catch up on food, fashion, and fun than First Friday...

Popular New Series of Events, Promotional Strategies Returns
Dayton, March 15, 2016 – Last year, downtown businesses, arts and cultural organizations, residential developers, and other community stakeholders helped the Downtown Dayton Partnership develop its new event strategy...

Patrons Looking to Score Big ‘From Downtown’ During March 4 First Friday
Dayton, February 22, 2016 – When March arrives and spring starts peeking through, Daytonians’ thoughts naturally turn to – basketball...

Skating, Food and Drink Specials, Theater, Art and More on Tap for Feb. 5 First Friday
Dayton, January 27, 2016 – Downtown puts the “date” in “Dayton” during February’s First Friday activities, scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5...

Family-friendly Holiday Activities Continue Downtown Throughout December
Dayton, December 1, 2015 – This past Friday, Dayton-area families kicked off the holiday season during The Grande Illumination, presented by DP&L, and the Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights, presented by Miami Valley Hospital, but the Dayton Holiday Festival continues to delight with special events and programs in downtown Dayton all month long...

Downtown Dayton Gets Festive for Dec. 4 First Friday
Carolers, window display contest, entertainment, sales events enhance shopping experience.
Dayton, November 30, 2015 – Following the bustle of the Dayton Holiday Festival on Nov. 27 and Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28, downtown Dayton restaurants, retail shops, attractions and other local businesses will kick the season into high gear during the Dec. 4 First Friday Holiday Open House...

Dayton Holiday Festival Returns to Courthouse Square, Kicks Off with Grande Illumination & Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights on Thanksgiving Weekend
Dayton, November 16, 2015 – Downtown Dayton will celebrate 43 years of celebrating the holiday season during the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival...

Entries Sought for Eleventh Annual "Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays" Contest
Entry Forms Now Available for Nov. 27 Competition; Two $500 Cash Prizes Will Be Awarded
Dayton, October 29, 2015 – Calling all bakers with a competitive edge: The Dayton Holiday Festival is looking for the area’s most creative confectionary decorators to compete in the 11th annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest...

Shop, Dine, Play, Give Back: Downtown Dayton Businesses 'Pay It Forward' for Nov. 6 First Friday
Dayton, October 27, 2015 – Visitors to downtown Dayton are invited to give thanks during First Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 6...

Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project to Open Two New Downtown Retail Shops
Dayton, October 26, 2015 – Two new businesses are prepareing to open their doors in downtown Dayton this Fall...

Free Shuttle Offers Alternative Option for Oregon District Parking, Navigation
Reduced rate in Transportation Center garage during high traffic times adds more options
Dayton, October 9, 2015 – With downtown Dayton’s Oregon District thriving and first-floor retail occupancy more than 95 percent, community leaders are taking steps to alleviate congested parking lots in the popular entertainment area...

A 'Hauntingly' Fun First Friday Planned for October 2
Dayton, September 29, 2015 – Visitors to downtown Dayton are in for a few “treats” at local businesses during First Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, October 2...

Get a Sneak Peek into the Hottest Housing Developments in Dayton
Downtown Housing Tour Showcases Rentals, Owned Units Throughout City
Dayton, September 3, 2015 – The Downtown Dayton Partnership is proud to present the finale in its new Summer in the City programming series, the Downtown Housing Tour...

September 4 First Friday Puts an Emphasis on the Arts
Dayton, August 25, 2015 – As summer fades and the leaves start to change, it’s the perfect time to stroll downtown Dayton, hit the patio, take a bike ride, and more for First Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 4...

Search Is On for Perfect Tree to Adorn Courthouse Square during Annual Dayton Holiday Festival
Dayton, August 5, 2015 – The Dayton Holiday Festival committee is searching for a tree that will be the centerpiece of Courthouse Square this holiday season...

Summer in the City's in Full Swing, and So Art Downtown Dayton Businesses for First Friday
Dayton, July 23, 2015 – Thanks to July’s frequent showers, it’s now time to dry off and enjoy Dayton’s finest downtown businesses this First Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, August 7...

Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project Seeking Entrepreneurs to Open Businesses in Downtown Dayton This Fall
Dayton, July 22, 2015 – Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for temporary retail and service businesses to open downtown this fall as part of the ninth phase of its Pop-up Project...

Community Celebrates Kick-Off of River Projects
RiverScape River Run is a signature project of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan
Dayton, July 8, 2015 – After a successful community fundraising effort and completing permitting, RiverScape River Run construction is underway...

Summer In The City Continues With Street Party, Happy Hour
Philharmonic, Cool Films, other performing arts groups shine during this after-work event
Dayton, June 30, 2015 – Summer in the City continues the excitement generated from the Great Dayton Adventure Race and new Dayton Multi Sport Festival that took place earlier this month with an after-work happy hour highlighting downtown Dayton’s rich performing arts scene...

River Run Mural Design, Artist Annouced
Local artist selected for floodwall painting
Dayton, June 18, 2015 – Big changes are coming to the nearly 1,000-foot-long floodwall across from RiverScape MetroPark this summer...

Downtown Launches Summer in the City with Packed First Friday
Special events, festivals, music, art, food, beer, active living, home tours all part of lineup
Dayton, May 27, 2015 – Warmer weather is rolling into the Miami Valley and with it comes food, festivals and fun...

Bakery and Frozen Treat Shop Coming Downtown as the Newest Pop-Up Shops
Dayton, May 11, 2015 – Two new businesses are preparing to open their doors in downtown Dayton this June...

Design Finalists Annouced for River Run Mural
Opportunity for Public Feedback Available through April 29
Dayton, April 24, 2015 – The community is invited to provide feedback on the four design finalists for a mural design that will enhance the beauty of the downtown riverfront...

Music, Art, Performances, Dining, Shopping Events in Bloom on May 1 First Friday
Dayton, April 23, 2015 – April showers bring gallery exhibits, live theater, musical acts, shopping and dining specials, and cycling tours this First Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 1...

Downtown Dayton Partnership Announces New Event Lineup
Programming, Promotional Partnerships Highlight Amenities, Showcase Variety of Events
Dayton, April 16, 2015 – Following an intensive review process with key downtown Dayton businesses, nonprofits, arts groups and other stakeholders, the Downtown Dayton Partnership followed through on the recommendation to host smaller, more frequent events that showcase downtown amenities and put the spotlight on related businesses...

Spring Brings Some "Bizarre" Activities Downtown for April 3 First Friday
Dayton, March 25, 2015 – The snow is melting and Daytonians are anxious to get outside and explore their city, and there’s no better night to catch up on food, fashion and fun than First Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 3...

Downtown Dayton Partnership, Steering Committee Unveil Revamped Strategy for Downtown Events
Frequency, Focus of Events Biggest Changes; Continued Emphasis on Downtown Amenities
Dayton, March 6, 2015 – One of the responsibilities of the Downtown Dayton Partnership is to promote downtown Dayton as a premier place to live, work, and play...

Patrons Looking to Score Big 'From Downtown' During March 6 First Friday
Dayton, February 24, 2015 – When March arrives and spring starts peeking through, Daytonians’ thoughts naturally turn to – basketball...

Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project Seeking Entrepreneurs to Open Businesses in Downtown Dayton This Spring
Dayton, February 11, 2015 – Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for temporary retail, service, and office businesses to open downtown this spring...

Skating, Food and Drink Specials, Theater, Art and More on Tap for Feb. 6 First Friday
Dayton, January 26, 2015 – Downtown puts the “date” in “Dayton” during February’s First Friday activities, scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6...

Jan. 2 First Friday to Feature Art Exhibits, Live Music, Ice Skating & More
Dayton, December 23, 2014 – Downtown’s next free First Friday event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2...

Family-friendly Holiday Activities Continue Downtown Throughout December
Dayton, December 1, 2014 – The Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights kicked off the Dayton Holiday Festival this past Friday, but events continue throughout the season...

Downtown Dayton Gets Festive for Dec. 5 First Friday
Dayton, November 24, 2014 – Following the bustle of the Dayton Holiday Festival on Nov. 28 and Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29, downtown Dayton restaurants, retail shops, attractions and other local businesses have kicked the holiday shopping season into high gear during the Dec. 5 First Friday...

Dayton Holiday Festival Returns to Courthouse Square, Kicks Off with Grande Illumination & Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights on Thanksgiving Weekend
Dayton, November 11, 2014 – Downtown Dayton will celebrate 42 years of celebrating the holiday season during the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival...

Artists Sought for River Run Mural Design
Dayton, October 29, 2014 – In addition to the exciting drops and play features the RiverScape River Run will bring to the Great Miami River, a mural is planned to enhance the beauty of the levee...

Downtown Dayton "Gives Thanks" for Nov. 7 First Friday
Dayton, October 27, 2014 – Dayton denizens have much to be thankful for, and this First Friday, which kicks off at 5 p.m. on Nov. 7, is no exception...

Dayton Bike Share Gaining Momentum: Agency Selected to Roll Out Brand
Dayton, October 17, 2014 – Dayton Bike Share continues to gather steam...

Entries Sought for Tenth Annual "Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays" Contest
Entry Forms Now Available for Nov. 28 Competition; Two $500 Cash Prizes Will Be Awarded
Dayton, October 7, 2014 – The Dayton Holiday Festival is looking for the area's most creative confectionary decorators to compete in the tenth annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest on Friday, Nov. 28...

Old Post Office Building to Celebrate 100 Years with Re-dedication Ceremony, Photo Exhibit
Dayton, September 25, 2014 – A downtown Dayton building is turning 100, and the community is invited to help celebrate...

Downtown Dayton Features 'Spook-Tacular' First Friday Activities
Dayton, September 24, 2014 – Fall has arrived and downtown Dayton businesses will show off their more colorful sides during First Friday...

New Downtown Pop-Up Shops to Hold Grand Openings
Dayton, September 17, 2014 – Two new downtown businesses are preparing to host grand openings in conjuction with the First Friday event on October 3 in downtown Dayton...

Dayton Holiday Festival Looking for Perfect Tree to Adorn Courthouse Square
Dayton, September 17, 2014 – The Dayton Holiday Festival committee is searching for a tree that will be the centerpiece of Courthouse Square this holiday season...

Downtown Dayton on Full Display During Urban Nights September 12
Dayton, August 28, 2014 – There's no better time to visit downtown Dayton than Urban Nights, which kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12...

Businesses, Arts Organizations Strut Their Stuff on September 5's First Friday
Dayton, August 26, 2014 – All summer long, workers, students, residents and visitors alike have been checking out everything downtown Dayton has to offer during First Friday...

RFPs Open for Dayton Bike Share Branding; Executive Director Sought
Dayton, August 20, 2014 – Since securing the title of “bicycle-friendly city” in 2010, Dayton has been rolling out more cycling infrastructure, amenities and advocacy to support its growing population of bicyclists...

'Dayton Bizarre' showcase of street performers, artists and musical entertainment highlights activities for August 1 First Friday action
Dayton, July 23, 2014 – Something new and exciting is coming for August's First Friday...

Downtown Dayton Employees Celebrated During Special Programming - The Square Is Where's "I Love Working Downtown" Week Kicks Off July 21-25
Dayton, July 16, 2014 – Downtown Dayton is home to more than 21,000 office workers, and they will be the stars for a special week of entertainment, food, fun and prizes during The Square Is Where's "I Love Working Downtown" week...

Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project Seeking Entrepreneurs to Open Businesses in Downtown Dayton This Fall
Dayton, July 7, 2014 – Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for temporary retail, service, and office businesses to open downtown this fall...

June 6 First Friday to Feature Art Exhibits by International and Local Artists, Live Music, Courteous Mass Bike Ride & More
Dayton, May 28, 2014 – Downtown's next free First Friday event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 6...

The Square Is Where Provides Lunchtime Variety for Downtown Dayton Workers
Dayton, May 19, 2014 – Warmer days in downtown Dayton means summer is on its way, bringing with it free outdoor dining options and entertainment during lunch...

May 2 First Friday to Feature Art Exhibits, Live Music, DPAA's Aida, Spring Shopping, Courteous Mass Bike Ride & More
Dayton, April 28, 2014 – Downtown's next free First Friday event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 2...

Downtown Dayton's Biggest Street Party Returns on Friday, May 9
Dayton, April 24, 2014 – Dayton-area residents have a serious case of cabin fever, and it's Urban Nights to the rescue! The spring event is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 9...

New Downtown Pop-Up Shops to Hold Grand Openings
Dayton, April 23, 2014 – Three new downtown businesses are preparing to host grand openings in conjunction with the May 9 Urban Nights event in downtown Dayton...

Apr. 4 First Friday to Feature Art Exhibits, Live Music, Dragons Baseball, Fashion Show Preview, Spring Shopping, Courteous Mass Bike Ride & More
Dayton, March 28, 2014 – Downtown's next free First Friday event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 4...

Capital Funding Secured for Dayton Bike Share Program
Dayton, March 28, 2014 – Community leaders announced today the required $1 million in capital funding has been secured to launch a bike share program in Greater Downtown Dayton in 2015...

Mar. 7 First Friday to Feature Art Exhibits, Live Music, Derby Day Preview Party, Pete Seeger Tribute, Elvis, Bicycle "Glow Ride" & More
Dayton, February 28, 2014 – Downtown's next free First Friday event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 7...

Feb. 7 First Friday to Feature Art Exhibits, Valentine Shopping, Live Music, School Pride Ice Skating & More
Dayton, February 3, 2014 – Downtown's next free First Friday event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7...

Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project Seeking Entrepreneurs to Open Businesses in Downtown Dayton this Spring
Deadline to apply is February 14 for business owners who want to participate in Pop-Up Project.
Dayton, January 23, 2014 – Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for temporary retail and service businesses...

Jan. 3 First Friday to Feature Art Exhibits, Live Music, Ice Skating & More
Dayton, December 30, 2013 – Downtown's next free First Friday event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3...

2013 Dayton Holiday Festival Continues Downtown Throughout December
Dayton, December 3, 2013 – The Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights kicked off the Dayton Holiday Festival this past Friday, but events continue throughout the season...

2013 Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Contest Winners Announced
Dayton, December 2, 2013 – Food architecture was at its finest during the ninth annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest...

Special Holiday Edition of First Friday on Dec. 6 to Feature Live Entertainment, Shopping for Unique Gifts, Carolers, Stilt Walkers, Discounts, Window Displays
Dayton, November 26, 2013 – Downtown's next free First Friday event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6...

Downtown Businesses Participate in Small Business Saturday
Dayton, November 25, 2013 – Saturday, Nov. 30, is Small Business Saturday, and 18 downtown businesses will participate...

Dayton Holiday Festival Marks 41 Years, Kicks Off with Grande Illumination & Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights on Thanksgiving Weekend
Dayton, November 19, 2013 – This year, Dayton's traditional holiday celebration will mark 41 years of kindling the spirit of the season in the Dayton region...

Entries Sought for Ninth Annual "Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays" Contest
Entry Forms Now Available for Nov. 29 Competition; Two $500 Cash Prizes Will Be Awarded
Dayton, October 22, 2013 – The Dayton Holiday Festival is looking for the area's most creative confectionary decorators to compete in the ninth annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest on Friday, Nov. 29...

Nov. 1 First Friday to Feature Holiday Shopping, Dia de los Muertos Parade
Dayton, October 21, 2013 – Downtown's next free First Friday event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov.1...

Downtown Dayton Partnership Wins National Award for Pop-Up Project
Dayton, October 21, 2013 – The International Downtown Association (IDA) awarded the Downtown Dayton Partnership a 2013 Downtown Pinnacle Award at the IDA World Congress, held in New York City earlier this month...

New Downtown Pop-Up Shops to Hold Grand Openings
Shop owners plan grand openings on Oct. 4 and Oct. 11.
Dayton, October 3, 2013 – Two new downtown businesses are preparing to host grand openings...

Oct. 4 First Friday to Feature SMAGmare Performance, Paint Boxing, Retail Shops' Grand Openings, Street Performers, Seasonal Exhibits
Dayton, September 30, 2013 – Downtown's next free First Friday event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4...

Giant Tents Will Cover Downtown's Streets; More Than 100 Indoor Venues Participating in Downtown Dayton's Urban Nights Tonight
Dayton, September 20, 2013 – Today's Urban Nights takes place rain or shine from 5 to 10 p.m. in downtown Dayton, the Oregon District and Wright-Dunbar Business Village. Tents will cover the three Urban Nights Hotspots and activity will take place as planned...

Downtown Dayton's Biggest Street Party Returns on Friday, Sept. 20
Dayton, September 9, 2013 – The next Urban Nights will be held 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in downtown Dayton, the Oregon District and Wright-Dunbar Business Village...

New Pop-Up Shops to Open Downtown
Shop owners plan a soft opening for Urban NIghts on Sept. 20.
Dayton, September 5, 2013 – Two new businesses will hold soft openings during Urban Nights downtown on Friday, Sept. 20, as part of the fifth phase of the Pop-Up Project...

Sept. 6 First Friday to Feature Art Exhibits, Live Music, Shopping, Discounts
Dayton, August 29, 2013 – Downtown's next free First Friday event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6...

Most Downtown Buildings Will Be Lit Tomorrow Night for Photographers to Snap Evening Shots to Enter in Photo Contest
Dayton, August 1, 2013 – From 8 to 11 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 2, most of downown's buildings will be lit for photographers who would like to capture city nightscapes to enter in the photo contest Downtown in Focus...

Dayton Holiday Festival Looking for Perfect Tree to Adorn Courthouse Square
Dayton, July 31, 2013 – The Dayton Holiday Festival is searching for a tree that will be the centerpiece of Courthouse Square this holiday season...

Aug. 2 First Friday to Feature Art Exhibits, Live Music, Shopping, Discounts
Dayton, July 25, 2013 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2...

Inaugural "I Love Working Downtown Week" to Take Place at Downtown's Courthouse Square
Dayton, July 24, 2013 – A variety of activities are planned for Courthouse Square from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 19-Aug. 2 as part of the first I Love Working Downtown Week...

Photographers Encouraged to Enter Annual Photo Contest Depicting Downtown Dayton
Entry deadline for contest is August 30, and winners will be recognized during the Sept. 20 Urban Nights.
Dayton, July 8, 2013 – Amateur and professional photographers are invited to participate in Downtown in Focus, a photo contest aimed at finding new and distinctive shots of our downtown...

July 5 First Friday to Feature Art Exhibits, Live Music, Shopping, Discounts
Dayton, June 21, 2013 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 5...

Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project Seeking Entrepreneurs to Open Businesses in Downtown Dayton this Fall
Deadline to apply is July 19 for business owners who want to participate in Pop-Up Project.
Dayton, June 11, 2013 – Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for temporary retail and service businesses...

New Sculpture & Public Space Downtown to Be Dedicated
Creating a more attractive, pedestrian-friendly center city a key strategy in Greater Downtown Dayton Plan.
Dayton, June 5, 2013 – Downtown Dayton's newest public space, the Patterson Boulevard Canal Parkway, and a work of public art, Fluid Dynamics, will be dedicated at 3:30 p.m. this Friday, June 7...

June First Friday to Feature Art Exhibits, Live Music, Shopping, Discounts
Dayton, May 30, 2013 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 7...

Free Lunchtime Entertainment Returns to Downtown's Courthouse Square Tomorrow
The Square Is Where ... programming is a key strategy in the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan.
Dayton, May 15, 2013 – The Square Is Where ..., downtown Dayton's free lunchtime entertainment program at Courthouse Square, kicks off from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 16...

More than 100 Indoor Venues Participating in Downtown Dayton's Urban Nights Tonight
Urban Nights takes place rain or shine at multiple locations throughout downtown; a few activities have been canceled.
Dayton, May 10, 2013 – Today's Urban NIghts will be held from 5 o 10 p.m. in downtown Dayton, the Oregon District and Wright-Dunbar Business Village...

Urban Nights Exhibit Previews, Arts Demos, Sales, Live Music at May 3 First Friday
Dayton, April 25, 2013 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 3...

New Pop-Up Shops to Open Downtown
Shop owners plan a soft opening for Urban Nights May 10.
Dayton, April 25, 2013 – Two new businesses will open downtown on Friday, May 10, as part of the fourth phase of the Pop-Up Project, part of an initiative to fill downtown storefronts called Activated Spaces...

New Hotspots Added to Downtown Dayton's Biggest Street Party
Experience Urban Nights in a new way this spring by visiting hubs of activity throughout downtown.
Dayton, April 18, 2013 – The next Urban Nights will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 10, in downtown Dayton, the Oregon District and Wright-Dunbar Business Village...

Celebrate Spring with Walking Tour, Craft Battle, Beer Tasting, Art Shows
Dayton, March 21, 2013 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 5...

First Friday Features Derby & Dresses, Tiki Show, Arts Potluck & Demos, Flood Walk
Dayton, February 25, 2013 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 1...

Downtown Entertainment, Dining and Shopping Options for Valentine's Day
Dayton, February 4, 2013 – During the week of Valentine's Day, downtown Dayton businesses will offer a variety of ways to celebrate the holiday...

Fall in Love with Local Art, Live Music and Downtown Dayton at First Friday
Dayton, January 22, 2013 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1...

Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project Seeking Entrepreneurs to Open Businesses in Downtown Dayton this Spring
Deadline to apply is Feb. 15 for business owners who want to participate in Pop-Up Project.
Dayton, January 15, 2013 – Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for temporary retail and service businesses to open downtown this spring as part of the fourth phase of its Pop-Up Project...

Warm Up with Ice Skating, Gallery Openings, Live Music at First Friday
Dayton, December 21, 2012 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4...

Options Abound for Celebrating New Year's Downtown
Dayton, December 18, 2012 – Looking for a fun way to ring in the new year? From ice skating to dinner and drink specials, numerous events will be held downtown on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day...

2012 Dayton Holiday Festival Continues Throughout December
Dayton, November 30, 2012 – The Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights kicked off the Dayton Holiday Festival last Friday, but events continue throughout the season...

Holiday Gift Shopping, Activated Spaces Tour Featured During First Friday
Dayton, November 28, 2012 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7...

Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Contest Winners Announced
Dayton, November 28, 2012 – Cookie architecture was at its finest during the eighth annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest...

Dayton Holiday Festival Marks 40 Years, Kicks Off with Grande Illumination & Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights on Thanksgiving Weekend
Dayton, November 8, 2012 – This year, Dayton's traditional holiday celebration will mark 40 years of kindling the spirit of the season in the Dayton region...

Community Reaches Its $4 Million Goal for River Run Project
Construction scheduled to begin next year on signature Greater Downtown Dayton Plan project.
Dayton, October 25, 2012 – Greater Downtown Dayton Plan leaders announced today the community has reached its goal and raised $4 million for the next phase of development at RiverScape MetroPark...

Day of the Dead Celebration, Holiday Gift Buying Opportunities at First Friday
Dayton, October 24, 2012 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2...

Entries Sought for Eighth Annual "Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays" Contest
Entry Forms Now Available for Nov. 23 Competition; Two $500 Cash Prizes Will Be Awarded
Dayton, October 22, 2012 – The Dayton Holiday Festival is looking for the area's most creative confectionary decorators to compete in the eighth annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest on Friday, Nov. 23...

Brim, Hat Shop in the Oregon District, to Host Grand Opening Event Oct. 25
Dayton, October 22, 2012 – Brim, 464 E. Fifth St., the newest business to open in the Oregon District, will host a grand opening...

October First Friday Features Music Fest, Fall Sales, Gallery Openings
Dayton, September 27, 2012 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5...

Vectren Contributes to RiverScape MetroPark River Run Project
Dayton, September 21, 2012 – Vectren announced today it will contribute $75,000 to the RiverScape MetroPark River Run Project...

Four New Businesses Open Downtown in Time for Friday's Urban Nights
Dayton, September 12, 2012 – Interest by small business owners in a downtown location steadily has been growing since 2008, and a record number of new businesses will host soft or grand openings during the fall Urban Nights...

Now Available: Detailed List of Events and Map for Sept. 14 Urban Nights
Downtown Dayton's biggest street party is only two weeks away!
Dayton, August 30, 2012 – The event program and map for the fall Urban Nights -- which will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in downtown Dayton, the Oregon Arts Distric and Wright-Dunbar Business Village -- now is available online...

Explore a Block Party & Urban Nights Previews during the Sept. 7 First Friday
Dayton, August 27, 2012 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7...

New Pop-Up Shop, Sew Dayton, to Open Downtown
Shop's owners plan a soft opening for downtown's monthly First Friday art hop on Sept 7.
Dayton, August 20, 2012 – A new business will open downtown on Friday, Sept. 7, as part of the third phase of the Pop-Up Project, part of an initiative to fill downtown storefronts called Activated Spaces...

Downtown Dayton's Biggest Street Party, Urban Nights, Returns on Sept. 14
Rappelling over the KeyBank Tower, an art experience on and in the Old Courthouse, Taste of Miami Valley, new Cityfolk project, Dancing in the Street event, photo contest winners and more to be featured.
Dayton, August 17, 2012 – The next Urban Nights will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in downtown Dayton, the Oregon Arts District and Wright-Dunbar Business Village....

Most Downtown Buildings Will Be Lit Tomorrow Night for Photographers to Snap Evening Shots to Enter in Photo Contest
Dayton, August 2, 2012 – From 8 to 11 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 3, most of downown's buildings will be lit for photographers who would like to capture city nightscapes to enter in the photo contest Downtown in Focus...

Dayton Holiday Festival Looking for Perfect Tree to Adorn Courthouse Square
Dayton, July 31, 2012 – The Dayton Holiday Festival is searching for a tree that will be the centerpiece of Courthouse Square this holiday season...

Show You Give a DAM, Enjoy Free Kayaking and Cycling, Hear Live Music, View New Art Exhibits, and Much More during Aug. 3 First Friday
Dayton, July 26, 2012 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3...

Amateur and Professional Photographers Encouraged to Enter Photo Contest Depicting the Downtown Dayton Area
Entry deadline for contest is Aug. 31, and winners will be recognized during the Sept. 14 Urban Nights.
Dayton, July 11, 2012 – Amateur and professional photographers are invited to participate in Downtown in Focus, a photo contest aimed at finding new and distinctive shots of our downtown....

Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project Seeking Entrepreneurs to Open Businesses in Downtown Dayton this Fall
Deadline to apply is July 20 for businesses that want to participate in Pop-Up Project.
Dayton, June 28, 2012 – Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for temporary retail and service businesses to open downtown this fall as part of the third phase of its Pop-Up Project...

Beat the Heat with Free Concerts, Tiki Festival and More at July's First Friday
Dayton, June 22, 2012 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 6...

New Mobile Search Tool Helps Visitors Find Places, Events, Parking and More Downtown
Tool is high-priority project of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan.
Dayton, June 14, 2012 – The Downtown Dayton Partnership has launched Find It Downtown Mobile, a convenient downtown search tool that functions like a mobile app on iPhones, Droids and other smartphones...

Dayton Community Raises $3.8 Million for River Run Project Downtown
Next phase of development at RiverScape MetroPark is signature project of Greater Downtown Dayton Plan; public fundraising campaign launched.
Dayton, June 1, 2012 – Less than one year after fundraising efforts began, the RiverScape River Run Project is almost fully funded...

Concert Series Kicks Off During June First Friday
First Friday @ 5 also includes free kayak and cycling rentals, kayaking demos, and bike helmet giveaways.
Dayton, May 24, 2012 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 1...

Investors New to Dayton Market & Ohio Purchase Kettering Tower
Investment group has successful track record at other properties it owns throughout the nation.
Dayton, May 23, 2012 – Dunkirk Realty of Plainview, N.Y., has purchased Dayton's iconic office building, the Kettering Tower...

Thompson Hine Contributes to RiverScape MetroPark River Run Project
Law firm supports priority project in Greater Downtown Dayton Plan.
Dayton, May 8, 2012 – Thompson Hine LLP announced today that it will contribute $215,000 to the RiverScape MetroPark River Run Project...

"Oz-some Downtown Deals for Wicked Patrons"
Specials on food, drink, shopping and events await those planning an exursion to see the Broadway show.
Dayton, May 7, 2012 – Broadway blockbuster Wicked flies into the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center May 30 through June 24, and downtown Dayton is getting into the Emerald City spirit....

May 11 Urban Nights Includes Activities for All, from Kids to Adults
More than 100 establishments will showcase downtown's dining, nightlife, art, music, retail and housing options.
Dayton, May 1, 2012 – The next Urban Nights will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 11, in downtown Dayton, the Oregon Arts District and Wright-Dunbar Business Village....

Urban Nights Exhibit Previews, Arts Demos, Sales, Live Music at May 4 First Friday
Dayton, April 26, 2012 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 4...

Three New Pop-Up Shops to Open in Downtown Dayton
Business owners selected for second phase of Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project will open in May.
Dayton, April 25, 2012 – Three businesses will be up and running by May 4, the next First Friday art hop, as part of the second phase of the Pop-Up Project....

Downtown Dayton's Biggest Street Party, Urban Nights, Returns on May 11
New to the event is the Green Street Project, featuring activities and displays celebrating all things green.
Dayton, April 17, 2012 – The next Urban Nights will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 11, in downtown Dayton, the Oregon Arts District and Wright-Dunbar Business Village....

Celebrate Spring with Walking Tours, Gallery Openings, Live Music at First Friday
Dayton, March 22, 2012 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 6...

First Friday Features Live Music, Shopping Opportunities and Gallery Openings
Dayton, February 22, 2012 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 2...

Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project Seeking Business Owners to Open in Downtown Dayton
Deadline to apply is March 9 for businesses that want to participate in Pop-Up Project.
Dayton, February 13, 2012 – Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for temporary retail and service businesses to open downtown as part of the second phase of its Pop-Up Project...

Entertainment, Dining and Retail Options for Valentine's Day Abound Downtown
Dayton, February 2, 2012 – During the week leading to Valentine's Day, downtown Dayton will offer a variety of ways to celebrate the holiday...

Escape the Winter Blahs with Gallery Openings, Live Music at First Friday
Dayton, January 25, 2012 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3...

Kettering Resident Wins $1,000 Travel Gift Certificate from AAA Miami Valley
Dayton, January 4, 2012 – Claire Cappel of Kettering has won the grand prize of the 2011 First Friday Passport program...

Get Jazzed Up for Live Music, Art Exhibits and Ice Skating at First Friday
Dayton, December 28, 2011 – Downtown's next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6...

Options Abound for Celebrating New Year's Eve Downtown
Options include ice skating, a murder mystery, live music, midnight toasts, dancing and more.
Dayton, December 22, 2011 – On New Year's Eve, everyone will be able to find a way to rin in 2012 in downtown Dayton...

2011 Dayton Holiday Festival Continues Throughout December
Dayton, December 1, 2011 – The Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights kicked off the Dayton Holiday Festival, a month-long celebration that has been kindling the holiday spirit downtown for 39 years. A variety of activities still are underway as part of the festival...

Downtown Dayton Pop-Up Shops to Host Open Houses Friday, Dec. 2
Mayor Gary Leitzell will help raise money for Activated Spaces during event, part of the First Friday Scavenger Hunt.
Dayton, November 30, 2011 – City of Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell will help raise funds for Activated Spaces' Pop-Up Project by having his nails painted...

Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Contest Winners Announced
Dayton, November 29, 2011 – Cookie architecture was at its finest during the seventh annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest held Friday, Nov. 25...

'Tis the Season for Shopping, Skating and Seeing All Downtown Has to Offer
Dayton, November 23, 2011 – Holiday shopping will be the highlight of the next free downtown art hop, held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2...

Activated Spaces Announces Three Pop-Up Shops Will Open in Downtown Dayton for the Holiday Shopping Season
Retailers were selected for pilot Pop-Up Project and will open Nov. 25.
Dayton, November 17, 2011 – Three businesses will open downtown on Nov. 25 thanks to the pilot Pop-Up Project, part of Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts....

Downtown Dayton Partnership Announces $200,000 Dayton Foundation Grant to Support RiverScape MetroPark River Run Project
Dayton, November 14, 2011 – The Dayton Foundation is making a $200,000 grant toward the River Run Project, which will develop recreational opportunities along a key part of the Great Miami River downtown and create a new regional recreation destination...

Holiday Tree Headed for Courthouse Square This Thursday
Dayton, November 7, 2011 – The Dayton Holiday Festival's tree selection committee, headed by the City of Dayton, has chosen a 45-foot-tall tree to be lit on Montgomery County's Courthouse Square during the traditional Grande Illumination ceremony on Friday, Nov. 25. The tree is scheduled to be cut down and moved to Courthouse Square on Thursday, Nov. 10...

Grande Illumination & Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights Set for Thanksgiving Weekend
Dayton, November 1, 2011 – Dayton's traditional holiday celebration will begin with the Grande Illumination, presented by Standard Register, and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights, presented by OneMain Financial, on Friday, Nov. 25, from 4 to 9 p.m. in downtown Dayton...

Nov. 4 First Friday Features Holiday Shopping, Live Music and a Very Hairy Bike Ride
Dayton, October 26, 2011 – Kick off the holiday season with the next free monthly downtown art hop, which will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4...

Entries Sought for Seventh Annual "Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays" Contest
Entry forms now available for Nov. 25 competition; two $500 cash prizes will be awarded.
Dayton, October 17, 2011 – The Dayton Holiday Festival is looking for the area's most creative confectionary decorators to compete in the seventh annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest on Friday, Nov. 25...

2011 Hauntfest on Fifth Features Costume Contest, Live Music, Pro Wrestling
Dayton, October 6, 2011 – Dayton's largest and longest-standing Halloween bash, Hauntfest on Fifth, returns this year from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Oregon Arts District on East Fifth Street....

Dancing Zombies, Steamroller Printmaking, Art Battle, Shakespeare Relay, Historical Ghost Walk, Scavenger Hunt Only Some of First Friday's Highlights
Dayton, September 29, 2011 – Plan ahead for the next free monthly downtown art hop -- which will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 -- because there's a frightening amount of fun to get into....

Activated Spaces Seeking Temporary Retailers to Open in Downtown Dayton for the Holiday Shopping Season
Deadline to apply is Oct. 14 for retailers that want to participate in pilot Pop-Up Project.
Dayton, September 28, 2011 – Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for a temporary retail business to open downtown in time for the holiday shopping season....

Reminder: Dayton Holiday Festival Looking for Perfect Tree to Adorn Courthouse Square
Dayton, September 27, 2011 – Dayton-area residents still have time to nominate their trees to light up Courthouse Square during this year's holiday season....

Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling Renews Its Commitment to Downtown Dayton
Dayton,September 26, 2011 – The Downtown Dayton Partnership is pleased to announce the law firm of Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling has renewed its lease to stay downtown in its current location at the top of the Kettering Tower...

Real Estate Tours Held in Conjunction with Urban Nights
Dayton,September 13, 2011 – This Friday's Urban Nights isn't only about showing off downtown's dining, nightlife and entertainment options: Downtown's commercial and residential real estate also will be showcased...

Sept. 16 Urban Nights Entertainment Schedule Announced
Dayton, August 31, 2011 – The entertainment schedule for the outdoor stages at the next Urban Nights has been finalized...

Sept. 2 First Friday Features Free Concert, Sculpture-Making Project, Dance Performance with Paint, Chance to Win a $1,000 Travel Gift Certificate
Dayton, August 29, 2011 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2....

Downtown Dayton's Biggest Street Party, Urban Nights, Returns on Sept. 16
Rappelling over the KeyBank Tower, an Art Off battle of creative minds, Taste of the Miami Valley, new Celtic and folk music stage, interactive arts experiences, photo contest winners and more to be featured.
Dayton, August 17, 2011 – The next Urban Nights will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in downtown Dayton, the Oregon Arts District and Wright-Dunbar Business Village....

Most Downtown Buildings Will Be Lit This Friday Night for Photographers to Snap Evening Shots to Enter in Photo Contest
Entry deadline for contest is Aug. 31, and winners will be recognized during the Sept. 16 Urban Nights.
Dayton, August 3, 2011 – From 8 to 11 p.m., this Friday, Aug.5, most of downtown's buildings will be lit for photographers who would like to capture city nightscapes to enter in the photo contest Downtown in Focus....

Amateur and Professional Photographers Encouraged to Enter Photo Contest Depicting the Downtown Dayton Area
Entry deadline for contest is Aug. 31, and winners will be recognized during the Sept. 16 Urban Nights.
Dayton, July 29, 2011 – Amateur and professional photographers are invited to participate in Downtown in Focus, a photo contest aimed at finding new and distinctive angles and shots of our downtown....

Dayton Holiday Festival Looking for Perfect Tree to Adorn Courthouse Square
Dayton, July 27, 2011 – It's time to think about Christmas in July: The Dayton Holiday Festival is searching for the perfect tree for Courthouse Square this holiday season....

First Friday Skates in with Outdoor Concert, Art Exhibits, Scavenger Hunt
NEW: Text "FirstFridayDayton" to 90210 for regular updates about the event.
Dayton, July 21, 2011 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5....

Open House to Celebrate Opening of Three New Oregon Arts District Businesses
July 14 event to be held at Deaf Monty's, District Antiques and Envision-Works.
Dayton, June 30, 2011 – Three new businesses have opened in the Oregon Arts District, and their owners have joined forces to host a progressive open house....

July 1 First Friday features Tombstones, Teapots and a Chance to Travel
Continuation of the AAA Passport program, along with art exhibits, live music and a showing of "West Side Story."
Dayton, June 24, 2011 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. July 1....

Lunchtime Entertainment Returns to Downtown's Courthouse Square
The Square Is Where... will feature live entertainment from June 21 through Sept. 15.
Dayton, June 16, 2011 – Noontime weekday entertainment in the heart of downtown Dayton is back by popular demand....

Roaring Deals Available at Downtown Businesses for The Lion King Patrons
Food & drink specials and more await those planning an excursion to see Disney's Broadway blockbuster.
Dayton, June 1, 2011 – Broadway blockbuster Disney's The Lion King will roar into the Schuster Performing Arts Center June 14 through July 10, and downtown businesses want the more than 74,000 people who will see the show during its four-week run to feel the love....

New Summer Concert Series Kicks Off During June 3 First Friday
Passport program also makes its debut; art exhibits, live music, street performers and even zombies also on tap.
Dayton, May 24, 2011 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. June 3....

Communications Professional Chuck Vella Opens New Firm Downtown
Longtime member of downtown Dayton's business community renews his commitment to city center.
Dayton, May 23, 2011 – The Bindery Building, 116 N. Jefferson St., already is home to such creative enterprises as the Dayton Visual Arts Center, the Human Race Theatre Company's Caryle D. Philips Creativity Center and The Radical Giraffe. Now, another can be added to the list: Vella, Inc.....

First Friday Expands with New Additions Starting June 3: Outdoor Concert Series & Chance to Win $1,000 Travel Gift Certificate
Dayton, May 18, 2011 – Popular after-work outdoor concerts return to downtown June 3, when the inaugural First Friday @ 5 summer concert will take place....

An Eclectic Mix of Activities Featured during Urban Nights This Friday, May 13
Dayton, May 12, 2011 – Urban Nights, downtown Dayton's biggest street party, will be held 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 13....

Yellow Bike Program to Provide Bicycles for Use in Downtown Dayton
Life Enrichment Center's bike sharing program part of larger effort to strengthen cycling culture in Dayton.
Dayton, May 6, 2011 – A free bike sharing program soon will be available in downtown Dayton thanks to the Life Enrichment Center....

The Community Is Invited to "Paint the Street" during May 13 Urban Nights
Students from Stivers School for the Arts' painting department lead activity, sponsored by KeyBank.
Dayton, May 2, 2011 – Second Street will become a huge canvas during the next Urban Nights, held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 13....

Downtown Dayton's Biggest Street Party, Urban Nights, Returns on May 13
Event showcases urban living, arts, music, dining and much more throughout downtown.
Dayton, April 21, 2011 – The next Urban Nights will be held 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 13, in downtown Dayton, the Oregon Arts District and Wright-Dunbar Business Village....

Art, Comedy, Shopping, Music, Cycling & More on Tap for May 6 First Friday
Dayton, April 20, 2011 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. May 6....

New Outdoor Concert Series Joins First Friday Lineup
Enjoy live local bands at RiverScape before hitting downtown galleries and other First Friday venues.
Dayton, April 7, 2011 – Downtown Dayton's free monthly art hop is going to rock this summer. The Downtown Dayton Partnership and Five Rivers MetroParks have teamed to present the First Friday @ 5 summer concert series....

April First Friday Highlights Street Performances, Historical Walking Tours, Live Music, Interactive Exhibits, Large-Scale Digital Art, Urban Cycling
Discover the unique art, eateries, entertainment, music and more that make up the downtown scene.
Dayton, March 21, 2011 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. April 1....

Showdown Visual to Open Downtown Location
Company joins growing community of creative services firms located in downtown Dayton.
Dayton, March 16, 2011 – Visual media production company Showdown Visual, which recently won 11 prestigious Hermes Awards, will open a downtown office....

Young Professional Organizations Combine Forces to Enliven Street-Level Spaces in Downtown Dayton
Activated Spaces project is part of Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, currently seeking proposals from artists.
Dayton, March 9, 2011 – Members of Generation Dayton and updayton, organizations that empower and engage young professionals, are leading a new project called Activated Spaces....

New Art Space, Exhibits, Storytelling Featured During March First Friday
Shop for art, visit a variety of exhibits, talk with local artists and listen to live entertainment.
Dayton, February 17, 2011 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. March 4....

Pulse Nite Club to Open March 11 in Oregon Arts District
Dayton, February 16, 2011 – The club that once was Sloopy's and, briefly, Bar Tiki, is getting a new life...

Downtown Offers Fun and Romantic Options for a Valentine's Celebration
Dayton, February 1, 2011 – On Valentine's weekend and day, downtown Dayton will offer a variety of entertainment and specials to celebrate...

Make a Night of It Downtown during the February First Friday
Shop for Valentine's Day gifts, visit new exhibits, catch some performance art and more.
Dayton, January 26, 2011 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 4....

The Oregon Arts District Has Joined Downtown Dayton Special Improvement District
Downtown Dayton Ambassadors, who assist with cleaning and safety, now on duty in Oregon Arts District.
Dayton, January 14, 2011 – The Downtown Dayton Special Improvement District (SID) for 2011-2015 just became larger with the addition of the Oregon Arts District to its boundaries....

New Arts Effort Will Focus on Putting Local Artists in National Spotlight
Dayton-area emerging artists will be mentored, given other support to take their work to a new level.
Dayton, January 7, 2011 – Mike Elsass, owner of the Color of Energy gallery, 16 Brown St., recently opened a second Oregon Arts District gallery, Color 2....

Greater Downtown Dayton Plan Releases Community Update
Dayton, January 4, 2011 – The first of what will be regular reports to the community about the implementation of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan has been released...

Three New Downtown Businesses Host Art Exhibits During January First Friday
Press, Gem City Tattoo Club and Color 2 gallery will celebrate grand openings.
Dayton, December 21, 2010 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Jan 7....

Options Abound for Celebrating New Year's Eve Downtown
Dayton, December 20, 2010 – On New Year's Eve, downtown Dayton will be the place where everyone can find a way to ring in 2011...

Gem City Tattoo Club Opens Downtown
Dayton, December 14, 2010 – Two Dayton tattoo artists with more than 25 years of combined experience recently opened a downtown store...

New Coffee Shop & Art Gallery to Open in Oregon Arts District
Press will feature high-quality coffees and teas, art exhibits, and events that foster a local coffee culture
Dayton, December 14, 2010 – Young entrepreneurs Brett and Janell Barker are gearing up to open Press, 257 Wayne Ave., in the Oregon Arts District...

K12 Gallery for Young People Gearing Up for Growth Spurt
Downtown arts organization to nearly double in size and expand its programming
Dayton, December 10, 2010 – K12 Gallery for Young People, 510 E. Third St., is expanding...

Downtown Property Owner Makes Additional Investment in Center City
Opportunity downtown leads THMG 10 West Second Street, owner of Key Bank Tower, to purchase Leigh Building
Dayton, December 8, 2010 – A newcomer to the downtown Dayton business community that's already proven itself a good neighbor has added to its downtown investment portfolio...

De'Lish Restaurant to Host Grand Opening Friday, Dec. 3
Dayton, December 1, 2010 – Downtown restaurant and bar De'Lish will host a grand opening from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3....

Help the Foodbank While Shopping at December's First Friday
Find unique holiday gifts, view exhibits from local and guest artists, catch a performance installation piece
Dayton, November 24, 2010 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 3...

2010 Dayton Holiday Festival Kicks Off on Friday
Dayton, November 22, 2010 – The Grande Illumination & Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights kicks off the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival....

Holiday Tree Headed for Courthouse Square
Dayton, November 8, 2010 – The Dayton Holiday Festival's tree selection committee, headed by the City of Dayton, has chosen a magnificent tree to be lit on Montgomery County's Courthouse Square during the traditional Grande Illumination ceremony on Friday, Nov. 26. The tree is scheduled to be cut down and moved to Courthouse Square on Wednesday, Nov. 10...

Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights Set for Thanksgiving Weekend
Dayton, November 1, 2010 – Downtown Dayton is the place for holiday fun, and it all starts with the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights on Friday, Nov. 26, from 4 to 9 p.m....

Start Your Holiday Shopping During the November First Friday
Find unique holiday gifts, view exhibits from local and guest artists, visit the Oregon Arts District's newest business.
Dayton, October 27, 2010 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 5...

Entries Sought for Sixth Annual "Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays" Contest
Entry forms now available for Nov. 26 competition; two $500 cash prizes will be awarded.
Dayton, October 26, 2010 – The Dayton Holiday Festival is looking for the area's most creative confectionary decorators...

9th Annual Oregon District Barstool Open© to Raise Money for Children and Adults with Disabilities
Dayton, September 28, 2010 – The 9th Annual Oregon District Barstool Open© will be held Saturday, Nov. 13...

October First Friday Jam-Packed with Entertainment Options: Outdoor Performances, Ghost Walk, Live Music, Art Exhibits, Urban Cycling
Dayton, September 24, 2010 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 1...

Experience the Arts at Urban Nights This Friday
Visitors to one of downtown's most popular events will have opportunities to observe and participate in the arts.
Dayton, September 7, 2010 – Whether it's learning to dance, tickling the ivories or adding to a piece of chewing gum art, visitors to this week's Urban Nights can experience the arts in new and unusual ways...

Downtown Photo Contest Winners Announced
The more than 200 photos entered will be on display during the Sept. 10 Urban Nights.
Dayton, September 7, 2010 – A total of 209 photographs depicting Dayton's center city were entered in this year's Downtown in Focus...

De'Lish Restaurant to Open Downtown This Fall
New dining option will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a Sunday gospel brunch.
Dayton, September 7, 2010 – Downtown Dayton's dining options will expand this fall with the opening of De'Lish, 139 N. Main St. across from the Victoria Theatre...

September First Friday Spotlights Diverse Musical Performers, Female Artists, New Downtown Artwork and More
Enjoy an arts and music festival, performances, walking art tour, work by local artists, handmade gift items.
Dayton, August 26, 2010 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 3...

Bring Out Your Inner Artist at the Sept. 10 Urban Nights
Patrons are invited to juggle, dance and create with professionals at this popular downtown event.
Dayton, August 25, 2010 – The Sept. 10 Urban Nights will bring out the artist in everyone...

Dayton Holiday Festival Looking for Perfect Tree to Adorn Courthouse Square
Dayton, July 28, 2010 – The Dayton Holiday Festival is searching for the perfect tree to stand tall on Courthouse Square this holiday season...

Check Out Exhibits of New Contemporary Art, Create a Community Mural, Capture Nightscape for Photo Contest, Catch Street Performances
August First Friday activities include everything from street performances to urban cycling, new work by local and international artists to handmade gift items, public art to ping-pong, wine tasting to a bonfire.
Dayton, July 27, 2010 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 6...

Amateur and Professional Photographers Encouraged to Enter Photo Contest Depicting the Downtown Dayton Area
Entry deadline for contest is Aug. 31, and winners will be recognized during the Sept. 10 Urban Nights.
Dayton, July 23, 2010 – Amateur and professional photographers are invited to participate in Downtown in Focus, a photo contest aimed at finding some new and distinctive angles and shots of our downtown...

Celebrate Independence with Downtown Businesses
Mark the Fourth of July weekend with a visit to an independently owned establishment.
Dayton, June 25, 2010 – Downtown's independently owned galleries, restaurants and other venues will celebrate the United States' birthday during the next First Friday art hop, held from 5 to 10 p.m. July 2...

Street Performances New to First Friday Lineup Starting in June
Historic walking tours, theater productions, live music, art exhibits, shopping for Father's Day, urban cycling and cooking demos are just some of the offerings to be featured during the June 4 First Friday.
Dayton, May 28, 2010 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. June 4...

City of Dayton, Business and Community Leaders Unveil Blueprint for Future of Greater Downtown
Dayton, OHIO, May 18, 2010 – The City of Dayton, Downtown Dayton Partnership and private sector partners have released the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, a strategic guide for the future of Dayton's urban core...

May 14 Urban Nights to Feature Dayton's First "SCANvenger Hunt"
High tech version of a familiar game offers Apple iPad as top prize.
Dayton, May 10, 2010 – Participants in this Friday's Urban Nights event will have a chance to win an Apple iPad while scanning their way through downtown Dayton, playing a fun game with a 21st century twist...

SideBar Re-Opens in the Oregon Arts District
New, larger location continues to specialize in classic cocktails and adds menu items to mix.
Dayton, May 6, 2010 – Oregon Arts District patrons now have a new dining option...

Dayton Earns Bicycle Friendly Designation from League of American Bicyclists
Dayton, May 3, 2010 – The City of Dayton is the only Ohio city to be selected as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists in its spring 2010 rankings...

Historic Walking Tours, Salsa Lessons, Hip Hop Dance, Art Exhibits, Shopping for Mother's Day, Urban Street Cycling, Sculpture & Cooking Demos
These are a sampling of the offerings to be featured during the May 7 First Friday.
Dayton, May 3, 2010 – The next free monthly downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. May 7...

Experience Downtown Dayton Originals During May 14 Urban Nights
Event showcases urban living, arts, music, dining and much more throughout downtown.
Dayton, April 26, 2010 – A steamroller, bicycles, chalk and fire are only a few of the props that will be part of the next Urban Nights...

Film Dayton Festival Highlights Include Q&A with Directors, Exclusive Pre-Release Screening, WSU Big Lens Student Films
Dayton, April 14, 2010 – The three-day schedule for the second annual FilmDayton Festival is packed...

Two New Oregon Arts District Galleries to Open During April First Friday
Discover the unique art, eateries, entertainment, music and more that make up the downtown scene.
Dayton, March 25, 2010 – The next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. April 2...

Downtown Dayton Special Improvement District Meets Renewal Goal
Existing boundaries to expand to include the Oregon Arts District businesses in 2011.
Dayton, March 3, 2010 – The Downtown Dayton Special Improvement District (SID) has successfully garnered overwhelming support from the downtown private property owners needed to renew the SID for an additional five years, extending funding for 2011-2015...

March First Friday to Feature Ice Sculpture Carving, Artist Talks, Theatrical Mask and Puppet Demonstrations
Shop for art, jewelry ceramics and more; hear live music; and check out new exhibits.
Dayton, February 26, 2010 – The next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. March 5...

"Oz-some" Downtown Deals for Wicked Patrons
Food & drink specials and more await those planning an excursion to see the Broadway show.
Dayton, February 12, 2010 – "Broadways biggest blockbuster" (The New York Times), Wicked, flies into the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center Feb. 17 through March 7, and downtown Dayton is getting into the Emerald City spirit....

New Store Featuring Music and More to Open in Oregon Arts District
ReCreate will carry instruments, furniture, art and more when it opens Friday, Jan. 29.
Dayton, January 27, 2010 – ReCreate, 438 E. Fifth St., is the newest addition to the Oregon Arts District....

A Variety of Activities Featured During the February First Friday
Shop for Valentine's Day gifts, check out arts demonstrations and talks, hear live music, bicycle through downtown, sample wines and beers, and much more.
Dayton, January 27, 2010 – The next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 5...

Oregon Arts District Coffee Shop to Open This Monday
New coffee shop to feature breakfast items, Boston Stoker coffee and more.
Dayton, January 9, 2010 – A new coffee shop will open at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at 410 E. Fifth St....

Deloitte Moving to WorkflowOne Headquarters and Relocating 150 Jobs to Downtown Dayton
Dayton, January 8, 2010 – One of the largest accounting and consulting organizations in the Dayton area will consolidate its Research Park and Key Bank Tower locations into The WorkflowOne Building, resulting in 150 new jobs downtown and a new headquarters for all 210 of Deloitte's area employees...

Start Off the Year with the Arts in Downtown Dayton
Dayton Visual Arts Center to host event Jan. 1, other galleries host events Jan. 8
Dayton, December 31, 2009 – Visitors can experience the arts downtown the first two Fridays of the new year...

Celebrate New Year's Eve Downtown
Enjoy dancing, comedy, mystery theater, live music and more to ring in 2010
Dayton, December 21, 2009 – If you're looking for something to do on New Year's Eve, downtown Dayton has you covered. Downtown's many restaurants, clubs, theaters and hotels have plenty of options for everyone...

Global Technologies, Inc., Opens Office in Downtown Dayton
Manufacturer, distributor and technology service provider looks to expand business in Ohio markets
Dayton, December 11, 2009 – The Downtown Dayton Partnership is pleased to announce that Michigan-based Global Technologies, Inc., has opened a downtown Dayton office at 137 N. Main St....

Architecture Firm Renews Lease, Stays Downtown
Dayton, December 6, 2009 – Levin Porter Associates, Inc. has renewed the lease on its office space at 24 N. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton...

Annual Santa Pub Crawl to Benefit Toys for Tots, Montgomery County Children Services
Dayton, November 27, 2009 – The annual Santa Pub Crawl will be held from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, December 12 at various Oregon Arts District taverns...

Holiday Gift Galleries, Unique Presents and Holiday Cheer at First Friday
Come downtown to experience the festive boutiques, galleries and restaurants.
Dayton, November 27, 2009 – The next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 4...

The Tike's Shop Opens for the Holidays on November 27
Shop for kids will open during the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights.
Dayton, November 10, 2009 – The Tike's Shop, the "just for kids" holiday store, opens for business in the Schuster Center Wintergarden at the corner of Second and Main Streets on Friday, November 27...

Grande Illumination & Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights Set for Thanksgiving Weekend
Dayton, October 30, 2009 – Downtown Dayton is the place for holiday fun and it all starts with the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights on Friday, November 27 from 4 to 9 p.m....

Kettering Tower Businesses Renew Commitments to Downtown
Law and accounting firms, parking company renew leases.
Dayton, October 30, 2009 – Downtown's largest office building will keep several of its tenants for years to come. Three businesses located in the 30-story Kettering Tower (40 N. Main Street) recently renewed leases on their current office space, with one of them adding a small expansion...

Live Poetry Events Happening Downtown
The Cipher--Spoken Word Open Mic Event at Michael's Dining and Jazz, Dayton Poetry Slam at c{space.
Dayton, October 28, 2009 – Oral Funk Poetry (OFP) Productions is presenting "The Cipher--Spoken Word Open Mic" from 7 to 9 p.m. every second, third, and fourth Thursday of the month at Michael's Dining and Jazz, located in the Kettering Tower Lobby at Second and Main streets...

Downtown Coffee Shop, Community Theater Group Join First Friday Lineup
Make a Zentangle, participate in the creation of a mosaic mural, shop for holiday gifts and more.
Dayton, October 26, 2009 – The next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 6...

Dayton Holiday Festival: Last Chance to Nominate a Perfect Tree to Adorn Courthouse Square
Dayton, October 22, 2009 – The Dayton Holiday Festival is making one final call for nominations for the perfect tree to stand tall on Courthouse Square this holiday season...

Entries Sought for Fifth Annual "Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays" Contest
Entry forms now available for November 27th Competition.
Dayton, October 16, 2009 – The Dayton Holiday Festival is looking for the area's most creative confectionary decorators to compete in the fifth annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest on Friday, November 27...

New Alternative Exhibition Space in Oregon Arts District Hosting Cutting-Edge Contemporary Art Shows
Space 11 focuses on experimentation in installation, new and developing media, and performance art while contributing to urban revitalization and adding a new element to Dayton's arts scene.
Dayton, October 8, 2009 – This is not your usual art gallery. In fact, Space 11 really isn't a gallery at all...

Downtown Scavenger Hunt, Community Art Exhibit Join First Friday Lineup
Numerous exhibit openings, street cycling & break dancing competition just a sampling of other to-dos.
Dayton, September 24, 2009 – The next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct 2...

Public Input Sought on Recommendations for Strengthening Greater Downtown Dayton
Dayton, September 24, 2009 – Thousands of Daytonians have contributed ideas to the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, a strategic blueprint for creating a vibrant, thriving downtown. When the process to develop this plan was launched in January, the community was promised they'd have multiple opportunities to give their input--and another of those opportunities will take place in early October...

New Daycare to Open Downtown
Helping Hands by Tina will enroll children on regular or drop-in basis and offer extended hours
Dayton, September 21, 2009 – Parents of young children will have a new ally downtown when Katina Hughes, who has worked in child care for 15 years, opens Helping Hands by Tina LLC, a new daycare in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 239 Wayne Ave. The daycare will open this fall...

New Arts Exhibit to Celebrate Dayton's Creative Community; More than 230 Works by 130 Local Artists to Be on Display
Dayton, September 18, 2009 – Creative Soul of Dayton is a new community visual arts exhibition celebrating the Dayton area's creative, innovative legacy and the diversity of its artists. It will be on display on the third floor of the Armory Building, 201 E. Sixth St., on the corner of Sixth Street and Patterson Boulevard in downtown Dayton's Oregon Arts District...

College "Welcome Fest" Set for September 24
Second annual event will be held at RiverScape MetroPark from 6 to 9 p.m.
Dayton, September 9, 2009 – Another school year has begun, bringing more than 70,000 students back to the area. The Dayton Campus Connect program--an initiative started in 2008 by the Downtown Dayton Partnership and a group of community partners--plans to welcome those students to Dayton with a free downtown festival--the second annual Welcome Fest...

Urban Nights Returns September 11
Event to highlight downtown Dayton's arts community and feature music, entertainment, housing tours, previews of plans for downtown's future and more.
Dayton, September 1, 2009 – Walk on the creative side and experience the best of downtown at the fall Urban Nights, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11. More than 100 spaces and places will participate in the event, scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. throughout downtown Dayton, the Oregon Arts District and the Wright-Dunbar Business Village...

Monthly Showcase to Feature Spoken Word Poetry, Comedy & Music
Dayton, September 1, 2009 – Oral Funk Poetry Productions will present "The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show" from 9 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, in the Mathile Theater at the Schuster Performing Arts Center...

Basically British Expansion Set to Open September 1
Dayton, August 31, 2009 – Basically British, a specialty tea shop located at 502 E. Third Street in the Cannery, is expanding their business and opening a Tea Room on Tuesday, September 1...

September First Friday Highlights Include Rare Screening of One of the Few Underground Films of Woodstock, Opening of Two New Arts Spaces
Film celebrating 40th anniversary of festival by local filmmaker, gallery focusing on experimental art and another focusing on peace join round-up of exhibit openings and more during free event.
Dayton, August 26, 2009 – The next free First Friday downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 4...

BusinessFirst! Retention Program Welcomes Economic Development Official from the Netherlands
Dayton, August 18, 2009 – Beginning August 20, 2009, officials from the BusinessFirst! For A Greater Dayton Region business retention program will host an economic development official from Amsterdam inBusiness, the lead economic development organization in the Dutch city...

Fall Urban Nights Invites Public to Find Their "Inner Artists"
Event Set for Friday, September 11, from 5 to 10 p.m.
Dayton, August 12, 2009 – Patrons of this fall's Urban Nights will not only have dozens of performance and art options to see and enjoy as audience members--they'll also have the chance to get involved and be the artists!...

Dayton Holiday Festival Looking for Perfect Tree to Adorn Courthouse Square
Dayton, August 11, 2009 – The Dayton Holiday Festival is searching for the perfect tree to stand tall on Courthouse Square this holiday season...

Urban Nights Seeking Local, Talented Performers
Dayton, August 4, 2009 – The Downtown Dayton Partnership invites YOU to perform on the Urban Nights Community Stage on September 11...

Numerous Student Exhibits to be Featured During August First Friday
Performances, gallery talks, food and drink, studio tours, demonstrations, cycling, and more also featured.
Dayton, July 21, 2009 – The next First Friday downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 7 at the following locations...

Celebrate the Arts During July First Friday
Mark the Fourth of July weekend with a visit to an independently owned establishment.
Dayton, June 25, 2009 – Downtown's independently owned galleries, restaurants and other venues will celebrate Independence Day during the next First Friday art hop...

The City Life Sculpture Photo Contest: Click It to Win It!
Dayton, June 12, 2009 – The City Life Sculptures are back for one final appearance. Click your way into the winner's seat by submitting your entries for this year's City Life '09 photo contest...

Artists Take It to the Streets in Downtown Dayton During June First Friday
Guests can watch artists at work, use new discount coupon good at numerous participating venues.
Dayton, May 26, 2009 – The next First Friday downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. June 5 at the following locations...

Downtown Dayton Will Be Lit During May First Friday
Free monthly celebration will include photography contest, street cycling, karaoke with a live band, wine and beer tastings, soup in handmade bowls ― and, of course, lots of great art.
Dayton, April 23, 2009 – The next First Friday downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. May 1 throughout downtown and the Oregon Arts District. The Downtown Dayton Partnership is pleased to announce that CODE Credit Union is now a major sponsor of First Friday. CODE Credit Union is a member-owned, cooperative financial institution that wanted to support the downtown Dayton community. CODE joins First Friday sponsor Greater Dayton RTA...

Urban Nights Seeking Local, Talented Performers
Dayton, April 16, 2009 — The Downtown Dayton Partnership is adding a new element to Urban Nights - you! The Partnership and volunteers from c{space are working together to program a community stage, on which true “Dayton Originals” can perform. Urban Nights, downtown’s biannual open house, will take place on Friday, May 15, from 5 to 10 p.m...

Downtown Dayton Optical Opens Its Doors
New shop sells eyewear at very affordable prices
Dayton, Apr. 15, 2009 — Those looking to buy a new pair of glasses without breaking the bank have a new option downtown: Downtown Dayton Optical. The eyewear shop opened April 6 at 112 E. Third St...

Light Up Dayton Photo Contest to Capture City Skyline
DAYTON, April 9, 2009 — Calling all amateur and professional photographers! It’s time for fresh perspectives on the downtown Dayton skyline, which has changed in recent months with the addition of the CareSource headquarters, a new logo atop KeyBank Tower, and other new points of light...

VocaLink Announces Move, Future Expansion Downtown
Local firm works around the globe from its downtown headquarters
DAYTON, April 8, 2009 — VocaLink Language Services, a translation and interpretation organization, has announced its relocation to 405 W. First Street in downtown Dayton, according to the Downtown Dayton Partnership...

Snuggle Up to Your Bar Stools in the Oregon Arts District to Raise Money for the Arts
Dayton, March 31, 2009 – A Snuggie Pub Crawl will be held in the Oregon Arts District Saturday, April 18, beginning at 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, and proceeds will benefit The seedling Foundation in support of Stivers School for the Arts. Donations will be collected at participating locations...

Urban Street Cycling Ride Added to First Friday Festivities
Free monthly celebration highlights the many things to see and do downtown.
Dayton, March 26, 2009 – The next First Friday downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. April 3 throughout the Oregon Arts District and downtown. Joining First Friday in April is Courteous Mass, Dayton’s new urban street cycling ride, which promotes bicycle awareness while showing how fun and easy it can be to cycle around the city...

Downtown Dayton Partnership Unveils Strategic Building Reuse Project Designs
Ten Local Architectural Firms Donate Nearly $200,000 in Service
DAYTON, March 25, 2009 —Ten local architectural firms have created ten different reuse options for some of downtown’s most unique but underutilized spaces...

Performing Artist Common to Join Other Renowned Artists, Musicians, Entertainment Executives in April at Dayton’s First Urban Arts Conference
Dayton, March 13, 2009 – The first Regional Academic and Cultural Collaborative, or RACC, will be held at various locations at the Dayton Convention Center April 3-4, featuring presentations, performances and a seminar...

Oregon Arts District Celebrates One-Year Anniversary With New Exhibits & Irish Performances During March First Friday
The arts are still going strong in downtown Dayton, as evidenced during free gallery hop.
Dayton, Feb. 25, 2009 – The next First Friday downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. March 6 at the following locations...Galleries in the East Fifth Street area will mark the one-year anniversary of the establishment of the Oregon Arts District. In the past year, galleries and other creative enterprises ― such as Jazzy Java, Practice Yoga, Garden Station and the Dayton Theatre Guild ― have enhanced the existing business mix in the District. Today, nearly every storefront in the District is occupied, and traffic is steadily growing to a new District Web site, www.oregonartsdistrict.com...

City of Dayton, Business and Community Leaders Developing Blueprint for Future of Greater Downtown, Seek Public Input
Dayton, OHIO, Jan. 27, 2009 ― The public and private sectors in Greater Downtown Dayton have joined forces to create a bold, unified plan for the region’s center city. As part of this new initiative, the City of Dayton and the Downtown Dayton Partnership have convened a group of business and community leaders to spearhead this community-wide effort to establish a blueprint ― called A Greater Downtown Dayton Plan ― to help guide the future of Dayton’s urban core...

Art to Warm the Soul at the February First Friday
New downtown gallery to celebrate grand opening during free event highlighting the city’s artistic, culinary and entertainment offerings.
Dayton, Jan. 22, 2009 – The next First Friday downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 6 at the following locations...In the Oregon Arts District, visitors may park in a newly renovated, well-lit parking lot on the west end of the Oregon Arts District...

New Web site and Discounts Make Downtown Parking More Customer-Focused
EasyParkDowntown.org puts parking information at your fingertips
Dayton, Jan. 21, 2009 — Downtown employees and visitors have a new ally when it comes to finding parking: EasyParkDowntown.org. This new Web site is a one-stop shop for parking information. People planning to park downtown can visit this site to find everything from parking lot locations to discount prices.

New Art Gift Shop Opens Downtown
Sandra’s Art Emporium Located in first floor of St. Clair Lofts
Dayton, Jan. 14, 2009—A new retail shop has opened in downtown Dayton. Sandra’s Art Emporium, a gift shop featuring the artwork and jewelry of local artists, opened its doors in November 2008. Owner Sandra Salyer-Miller is a sculptor and artist who recently moved home to Dayton after spending most of her adult life pursuing her craft in locations across the U.S. and around the world...

Kick Off the New Year in Style During the January First Friday
Several new art exhibits to open during free event highlighting the city’s artistic, culinary and entertainment offerings.
Dayton, Dec. 29, 2008 – The next First Friday downtown art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 2 at the following locations...

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Downtown
Dayton, Dec. 19, 2008 — If you’re still looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve, downtown Dayton has you covered. Downtown’s many restaurants, clubs, theaters, parks and hotels have plenty of options for everyone...

Noontime Entertainment Fills Downtown Buildings with Holiday Music this Season
DAYTON, Dec. 8, 2008 — During the month of December, groups from throughout the Miami Valley will entertain downtowners with free holiday performances in office buildings downtown...

Santa Claus Is Coming To Lunch
DAYTON, December 3, 2008 — Santa Claus will be making his list and checking it twice at Uno Chicago Grill in downtown Dayton. Children are invited to come eat lunch with the big man himself on three consecutive Saturdays in December during the Dayton Holiday Festival...

Gingerbread Contest Winners Announced
DAYTON, December 1, 2008 — Cookie architecture was at its finest during the fourth annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest on Friday, November 28, 2008, in downtown Dayton. Competition winners and all other entries were displayed for public viewing at the Old Court House during the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights on Friday night...

Visitors Can Make & Buy Original Art During December First Friday
Dayton, Nov. 21, 2008 – Visitors will have plenty of opportunities to find original, handmade gifts made by local artists for everyone on their holiday shopping lists during the next First Friday downtown art hop, held from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 5 throughout the Oregon Arts District on E. Fifth Street; the Cannery Art and Design Center, 434 E. Third St.; the Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St.; the Dayton Convention Center Mezzanine Gallery, 22 E. Fifth St.; and the DaytonCREATE Creative Incubator, 20 N. Jefferson St...

Downtown Holiday Movie Series Showcases Classic Christmas Tales
DAYTON, November 18, 2008 — Boost your holiday spirit with classic films on the big screen this season. This December, CareSource and the Dayton Holiday Festival will present a Holiday Movie Series for the whole family to enjoy...

Sounds of the Season a Musical Celebration
DAYTON, November 14, 2008—Celebrate the holidays in downtown Dayton on Friday, November 28, with the musical event, ‘Sounds of the Season.’ The free concert will feature performances from local choirs and ensembles in the lobby of National City Center, located at 6 N. Main Street. Enjoy the sounds of holiday cheer before the highly anticipated tree lighting ceremony. The show will begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 7:45 p.m., just before the tree lighting on Courthouse Square and the Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights...

Annual Holiday Village Sure to Delight Area Children
DAYTON, November 14, 2008 — Downtown Dayton is lighting up the holidays with the help of the magical Holiday Village. Part of the Grande Illumination, the Kettering Tower Lobby will transform into a free festival featuring games, crafts, and even the chance to call Santa’s helpers. This family event, sponsored by Time Warner Cable, takes place on Friday, November 28 from 4 to 9 p.m. The Kettering Tower is located at the southeast corner of Second and Main Streets...

2008 Dayton Children’s Parade Now a Lighted, Evening Parade
DAYTON, November 13, 2008 — At 8 p.m. on Friday, November 28, downtown Dayton will be illuminated with the lighting of the giant tree on Courthouse Square. The magic will continue when the 2008 Dayton Children’s Parade rounds the corner of Second and Main Streets moments later as part of the new Grande Illumination & Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights...

The Tike’s Shop Opens for the Holidays on November 28
DAYTON, November 10, 2008 — The Tike’s Shop, the “just for kids” holiday store, opens for business in the Schuster Center Wintergarden at the corner of Second and Main Streets on Friday, November 28. During this grand opening, the shop will be open from 3 to 9 p.m...

Extra Sparkle Planned for Downtown’s Holiday Festival Kick-Off
DAYTON, November 4, 2008 — The Grande Illumination in downtown Dayton has been the place to start your holiday season for over 35 years, and this year the extravaganza will be even more spectacular...

Calling all Creative Decorators for the Fourth Annual ‘Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays’ Contest
DAYTON, October 29, 2008 – The Dayton Holiday Festival is looking for the area’s most creative decorators to compete in the fourth annual Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays Contest on Friday, November 28...

7th annual Oregon Arts District Barstool Open To Raise Money for Children and Adults with Disabilities
Dayton, Oct. 28, 2008 – The 7th annual Oregon Arts District Barstool Open will be held Saturday, Nov. 8. Teams start in different bars during the shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. All proceeds from this nine-hole, nine-bar progressive indoor miniature golf outing benefit United Rehabilitation Services to help children and adults with disabilities...

November First Friday Art Hop
Dayton, Oct. 27, 2008 – The next First Friday will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 7 throughout the Oregon Arts District on East Fifth Street; the Cannery Art and Design Centre, 434 E. Third St.; and the Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St...

Artist Explores How Sensory Deprivation Affects the Creative Experience During Residency in Oregon Arts District Gallery
Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 20, 2008 ― If much art is about exploring our senses, what happens when an artist seeks to explore sensory deprivation?
Sculptor and painter Ryan McCullough will do just that when he returns to his home state of Ohio to undertake a three-week performance art piece at Goloka gallery, 523 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon Arts District...

Three HBO Def Poetry Jam Performers Headline First Season Grand Finale of “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show”
Dayton, Oct. 13, 2008 – Oral Funk Poetry Productions is going all out for the season finale of “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show.” The performance will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and are available at www.ticketcenterstage.com or by calling 937-228-3630...

Downtown Dayton Partnership Announces Strategic Building Reuse Project
DAYTON, October 9, 2008 — It is time to take a look at transforming some older downtown buildings to new uses for the future. The Downtown Dayton Partnership has partnered with the local chapter of the American Institute for Architects and ten local architectural firms to develop a strategic reuse plan for targeted downtown buildings...

2008 Hauntfest on Fifth to Feature Live Music, Costume Contest, Food, Drink & More
Dayton, Oct. 8, 2008 ― Dayton’s largest and longest-standing Halloween bash, Hauntfest on Fifth, returns this year from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Oregon Arts District on East Fifth Street. Yet while this street party will be as fun and feisty as in years past, it will cost less to partake in ’08...

Therapy Café Now Serving Lunch
DAYTON, Sept. 25, 2008 — Downtown hot spot Therapy Café is broadening its horizons and going global with its newest venture: Therapy Spice. Therapy Spice is the official name for their new lunch business, which will be an Indian cuisine buffet...

October First Friday Art Hop
Dayton, Sept. 25, 2008 – The next First Friday will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 3 throughout the Oregon Arts District on East Fifth Street; the Cannery Art and Design Centre, 434 E. Third St.; the Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St.; and the Dayton Convention Center Mezzanine Gallery...

Austin, Texas, Meets Dayton, Ohio, in Artwork that Addresses Our Sense of Place
Dayton, Sept. 24, 2008 – The city of Dayton increasingly is positioning itself as a significant player in the creative class, in which ideas and innovation are key economic drivers. For example, the city continues to be recognized for its vibrant local arts scene, and DaytonCREATE continues to develop projects launched during a March visit by knowledge-economy guru Richard Florida. Now, Dayton has drawn the attention of another national creative powerhouse: Austin, Texas...

Downtown Dayton Site of Major Growth
DAYTON, September 23, 2008 — Downtown Dayton has been the site of some major expansion announcements recently. All-World Travel, Dayton Head & Neck Surgeons, Hafenbrack Marketing, the Dayton Firefighters Federal Credit Union and Miami-Jacobs Career College have all been hard at work adding employees, building additions, or both...

New Program, Dayton Campus Connect, Launched To Attract and Retain College Students in the Dayton Area
Dayton, Sept. 10, 2008 ― Dayton is a college town. More than 100,000 students attend Dayton-area colleges and universities, and Dayton has many of the attributes of a successful “college town,” including an abundance of arts, sports and recreation offerings; diverse employment opportunities; and such conveniences as short commute times and an affordable cost of living...

Oregon Express Celebrates its 25th Anniversary
Dayton, Sept. 8, 2008 ― When Joe Bavaro was laid off from General Motors, he decided to drive his career in an entirely new direction. He joined forces with his brother-in-law, Terry Adkins, and wife, Susan, and on Sept. 16, 1983, opened the Oregon Express, a popular tavern and eatery in the Oregon Arts District...

September First Friday Art Hop
DAYTON, Aug. 26, 2008 – Blind Bob’s, the newest addition to the Oregon Arts District, will celebrate its grand opening during the upcoming First Friday, a showcase for downtown Dayton’s arts and entertainment offerings. The free event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 5 throughout the Oregon Arts District on East Fifth Street; the Cannery Art and Design Centre, 434 E. Third St.; the Dayton Convention Center Mezzanine Gallery; and the Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St...

Color of Energy Gallery to Host Three Exhibits by Nationally Known Artists
DAYTON, Aug. 26, 2008 – Further proof that Forbes.com got it all wrong when it labeled Dayton a “dying” city can be found in the Oregon Arts District. At the Color of Energy gallery, 16 Brown St., owner Mike Elsass and art manager Jillynne Fields are preparing for three months’ worth of exhibits featuring work by visual artists known on a national level...

Excitement Building for Urban Nights
DAYTON, August 18, 2008 – After the most successful Urban Nights ever last May, downtown is poised to party again on Friday, September 12, from 5 to 10 p.m. More than 25,000 people packed downtown at the May Urban Nights to check out the best in dining, nightlife, art, music, retail and housing. An even larger crowd is expected this September...

August First Friday Extravaganza
DAYTON, July 21, 2008 – First Friday, a showcase for downtown Dayton’s arts and entertainment offerings, continues to grow. Along with the recent addition of free trolley service, the Dayton Visual Arts Center has now joined the First Friday mix. The free event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 1 throughout the Oregon Arts District on East Fifth Street; the Cannery Art and Design Centre, 434 E. Third St.; the Dayton Convention Center Mezzanine Gallery; and the Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St...

Monthly Showcase to Feature Spoken Word Poetry, Dance and Live Music
DAYTON, July 11, 2008 – Oral Funk Poetry Productions will present “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show” from 9 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 18, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 8:45 p.m. Tickets cost $15 each and are available at www.ticketcenterstage.com or by calling 937-228-3830...

July First Friday Extravaganza
DAYTON, June 26, 2008 – The independent spirit will be front and center during July’s First Friday, when a host of locally operated businesses will serve up entertainment to suit the diverse American palate. The free event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. July 4 in the Oregon Arts District on East Fifth Street and at the Cannery Art and Design Centre, 434 E. Third St...

From funky to classy, the Oregon Arts District is becoming the destination for quirky classes, unusual entertainment
DAYTON, June 24, 2008 – Whatever your curiosity, there’s an adventure to be had in the Oregon Arts District in downtown Dayton. The district’s growing mix of businesses has created an eclectic brew of educational and entertainment options not found elsewhere in the Miami Valley...

City Life Sculpture Photo and Story Contests Now Open!
DAYTON, June 3, 2008 — Grab your camera or your pen and start submitting your entries to this year’s City Life ‘08 photo and short story contests! Entering the contests is simple: take a photo or write a story about your favorite sculpture and email it to This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it in order to win great prizes...

June First Friday Extravaganza
DAYTON, June 3, 2008 – For folks who didn’t get enough of downtown Dayton’s entertainment options during May’s Urban Nights, which broke attendance records, First Friday is another opportunity to check out what the city has to offer. The free event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. June 6 throughout the Oregon Arts District on East Fifth Street and at the Cannery Art and Design Centre, 434 E. Third St...