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Summer in the City

Summer in the City Events Guide
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DP&L summer in the city

Festivals, events, and much more all summer long!

Summertime is the perfect time to get outside and spend time with friends and family exploring all your city has to offer. From festivals to visual and performing arts events, live music to recreational activities, unique shopping to independent restaurants and breweries and so much more, the summer is packed with great things to do downtown - and DP&L Summer in the City is a celebration of all of it!

Events & Activities Guide
We've put together a handy guide and calendar that highlights dozens of great events happening downtown this summer. You can find printed copies at downtown businesses and events, or download the guide here.

But that's not all that's going on! Our online events calendar is constantly being updated with more downtown events to check out this summer, so be sure to visit it frequently. You also can sign up to receive our weekly "e-vents" email newsletter to make sure you don't miss out on any of the downtown events and activities planned each week.

In addition to the hundreds of events planned throughout downtown this summer, we're also hosting a few special events of our own...

2017 DP&L Summer in the City Special Events
Throughout the summer, we're hosting a few special events in conjunction with some of our partner organizations and sponsors. Mark your calendar now so you won't miss any of these fun downtown events:

Downtown Housing Tour (May 20)
With the highest occupancy rate in the region and hundreds of new residential units on the way, it's clear downtown living is in demand. Check out a variety of homes, from condos and townhomes to apartments and chic urban lofts, and even get a sneak peek at some new projects still under construction! Sponsored by Vectren and Dayton City Paper with support from the Greater Dayton RTA.

First Friday Street Party and The Great Dayton Adventure Race (July 7)
Celebrate First Friday with a party on Pine Street in the Oregon District, featuring food, beer, fun, and live music from Zane & The Sway and Hey There Morgan! Sponsored by Bud Light, the Oregon District Business Association, and Alt 103.9.

The Street Party also hosts registration and the after-party for The Great Dayton Adventure Race. Team up to race against the clock to find clues throughout downtown to win cash in the competitive division, or enjoy a more relaxed non-competitive scavenger hunt and enter to win raffle prizes. Sponsored by Bud Light, Key-Ads, iHeartMedia, and Topo Adventure Sports.

Art in the City (August 4)
Celebrate the arts with live presentations from some of Dayton's best performing arts groups and kick off a juried art exhibition that places local artists' work in downtown businesses. Sponsored by

Downtown in Focus Photo Contest (May-July)
The Downtown in Focus photo contest is back! Submit your best shots of downtown Dayton, and you could win $100 and be part of the Art in the City mini gallery. Find the contest rules and complete details soon at With support from

Get Connected to Your Downtown
Downtown Dayton is home to the region's best restaurants, boutique shops, museums and art galleries, breweries and pubs, performing arts venues, theaters, and so much more! While you enjoy the sights and sounds of DP&L Summer in the City events, don't forget to check out these local, independent businesses.

Use the Find It Downtown guide to start your search - it's available here on this website, as a mobile phone app, or as a handy printed guide you'll find in news boxes and elsewhere throughout downtown.

You can also follow your downtown on social media. Get the latest updates on downtown action and share your own uniquely downtown Dayton experiences. Find us @DowntownDayton and /DowntownDayton.

We'll see you this summer, in the city!