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Celebrate in a Big Way…

Get ready to have a blast in Your Downtown

Downtown Dayton is the site for many large-scale events throughout the year, three of which the Downtown Dayton Partnership coordinates. As more information on festivals and events becomes available, you'll find it all here. There’s nothing like celebrating in style in the center city!

Coming up next...

Grande Illumination & Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights
November 24
(937) 224-1518

Kick off the holiday season with the Grande Illumination tree lighting and the Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights. At 7:45 p.m., we'll throw the switch and approximately 100,000 colored lights will brighten the three-story-tall tree on Courthouse Square. Immediately following the tree lighting, the Children's Parade will round the corner of Second and Main streets to start its route through downtown, sparkling with more than 100,000 lights! Watch decorative seasonal floats, horses, drill teams and bands, and some special holiday treats. Plenty of other entertainment will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. at this kickoff of the month-long Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L. Visit for more details.


2017-2018 Downtown Events

MetroParks Ice Rink
November 24, 2017-February 28, 2018
(937) 274-0126

First Friday
December 1
(937) 224-1518

Dayton Jazz Festival
June (TBD)
(937) 333-8400

Lights in Flight Festival & Fireworks Show
July (TBD)
(937) 333-8400

Dayton Blues Festival
July (TBD)
(937) 333-8400

Dayton Celtic Festival
July 27-29
(937) 372-9788

Germanfest Picnic
August (TBD)
(937) 429-9251

August (TBD)

District Day
August (TBD)

Dayton Reggae Festival
September 2
(937) 333-8400

Dayton Greek Festival
September 7-9
(937) 224-0601

Hispanic Heritage Festival
September (TBD)
(937) 274-0126

URS Rubber Duck Regatta
September (TBD)
(937) 233-1230

Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest
September (TBD)
(937) 223-5277

Hauntfest on Fifth
October 27