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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...

2016 DP&L Summer in the City Special Events
Four times this summer, we're hosting a special event 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 7)
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 in some projects still under construction! Sponsored by Vectren and the Downtown Priority Board.

Art in the City (June 3)
Downtown offers a vibrant visual arts scene, and this event showcases it in a big way. Visit pop-up galleries placed in downtown businesses as part of a juried art show and vote for your favorite. Don't miss demos and hands-on activities taking place throughout the city. Sponsored by

Downtown Adventure Night (August 5)
Get ready to experience your city in a whole new way! Whether you're taking flight on a downtown zipline, testing your skills on giant board games, or watching people rappel over the side of the 27-story KeyBank Tower, there will be plenty of action waiting for you on Courthouse Square during Downtown Adventure Night. It's also the return of the popular Great Dayton Adventure Race, featuring a timed scavenger hunt for cash prizes and a casual "fun run" for other prizes. Sponsored by Bud Light.

Downtown Takes the Stage (September 16)
Celebrate downtown's performing arts organizations with a huge after-work street party! Enjoy live performances and demonstrations in music, theater, dance, puppetry and more. Food and beer also will be part of the fun. Sponsored by Miller-Valentine Group, Bud Light, and

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!