DP&L Summer in the City

DP&L Summer in the City Programs Return to Downtown Dayton

Mike Colvin DDP Press Releases



For more information: Val Beerbower, 937-224-1518 ext. 230


DAYTON (Ohio), April 17, 2018 — The Downtown Dayton Partnership is bringing back its annual showcase of downtown businesses, arts and cultural organizations, residential developers, and other downtown amenities. The DP&L Summer in the City series kicks off next month and runs through September, shining the spotlight on everything from professional baseball and football games, to musical performances and gallery openings, shopping and dining experiences, and everything else that makes downtown Dayton the premier entertainment destination. The series also includes three signature events targeting specific aspects of downtown life.

“These are more than just fun activities that draw thousands of visitors to downtown. They purposefully engage our guests with downtown businesses and amenities,” said DDP President Sandra Gudorf. “We want people to discover something new about their downtown, and we want to give them the confidence to return anytime to explore.”

DP&L Summer in the City again will act as the umbrella brand for anything and everything that draws visitors to the center city, including:

DP&L Summer in the City Signature Events: These programs highlight a specific aspect of downtown life unique to the city. These signature events are structured to maximize personal interaction and potential for businesses to get involved. Upcoming dates include:

May 5, Downtown Housing Tour: The housing tour invites prospective homeowners and real estate enthusiasts to visit some of the hottest addresses in the city — even some locations that are still in development.

June 1, Adventure Race: Participants in the Great Dayton Adventure Race can choose to beat the clock to find clues around downtown and race for cash. A noncompetitive division offers a more relaxed-pace pursuit to win raffle prizes. Everyone is invited to enjoy games, live entertainment, and other activities in the Oregon District.

August 3, Art in the City: Last year’s successful combination of visual and performance arts activities was hugely popular with visitors. This year’s event will build on those accomplishments with the juried art show, family programming, demonstrations, hands-on art-making activities, and live performances at arts venues and surprise pop-up “Party on the Patio” and other performances in downtown businesses. This year’s event will feature a special culminating activity, which will be revealed later this summer.

First Fridays: This monthly art hop builds on its growing popularity as a way to get acquainted with downtown businesses. First Fridays will remain part of downtown’s featured activities.

Festivals: Downtown is home to many fantastic community festivals, including the Dayton Celtic Festival, City of Dayton’s Summer Music Series, the Germanfest Picnic, and other seasonal favorites. DP&L Summer in the City will put the spotlight on these popular events.

Museums, sporting events, and daily fun: There’s no waiting for a special event when there are so many daily activities happening at downtown’s collection of museums and art galleries, plus entertainment several days a week at Fifth Third Field, RiverScape MetroPark, and very soon, Levitt Pavilion! Use the events calendar at downtowndayton.org for the latest info.

The Square Is Where: This free lunchtime entertainment takes place weekdays on Courthouse Square. From trivia to live music to giant outdoor games, it’s a hot spot for lunch. Programming takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays May 1 through Sept. 28.

DP&L Summer in the City is a program of the Downtown Dayton Partnership and is sponsored by Dayton Power & Light and Cox Media Group Ohio. Supporting sponsors include Vectren and the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from Heidelberg Distributing, Key-Ads, Inc., Channel 999, and the Dayton City Paper.

More information about DP&L Summer in the City will be available online at downtowndayton.org. Pick up DP&L Summer in the City calendars at downtown businesses or at DDP info tables during signature events. This guide features downtown events from May through September, with additional ideas for more fun. The best way to ensure not to miss a single minute of downtown action is to subscribe to the DDP’s e-vents email newsletter. This weekly roundup includes the most up-to-date list of events with addresses, prices, contact information and more. Visit www.downtowndayton.org/subscribe to sign up.


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