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Rediscover Downtown Events!
As we begin to safely resume gathering and rediscovering all the great things downtown has to offer, we’re especially excited to get back to all the fun events we’ve missed so much!
There’s always something fun going on downtown! Below you’ll find a list of events scheduled for today. Use the filters at the top to find events by date, keyword, and more. You can also view the calendar by month or as a list of 20 events at a time.
Have an event to submit to our calendar? If it is located downtown (within our service area) and open to the public, it’s likely we’ll include it. Send us your event info using our event submission form.
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Rediscover the visual and performing arts experience in downtown Dayton at the AES Ohio Summer in the City Art in the City event on Saturday, August 6, from 1 to 7 p.m.!
Celebrating its sixth year, Art in the City’s full day of offerings will include a variety of Dayton’s best artistic talent – from painting and drawing to spoken word poetry and dance – all together filling the streets of downtown Dayton and multiple stages with:
– Live performances (dance, theater, music & more)
– Live demonstrations (painting, sculpting, and other art-making)
– Hands-on & interactive activities (see some highlights listed below!)
– Arts Central on Main
– Interactive classes
– Guided tours of downtown art and architecture
(See more information and register below)
– Reveal of downtown ArtWraps
(sponsored by CareSource & PNC)
– Patio performance parties
(sponsored by Miller Valentine Construction)
– A local artisan market
– A Family Zone with art activities for kids and families
– A Juried Art Show
(sponsored by Dayton.com and the Dayton Society of Artists)
Art in the City will feature art throughout downtown Dayton, including special hands-on community activities such as:
A huge chalk mural where you help Boy Blue fill in the masterpiece!
On Courthouse Square with dozens of local artists displaying their goods
Help Front Street artists complete a mural at Levitt Pavilion Dayton
Create your own artwork with K12 Gallery & TEJAS, and take it with you!
Contribute to a quilt project from the Dayton Sewing Collaborative
Make fun collages with the African American Visual Arts Guild
Demos and workshop led by Yufeng Wang
Actors from the Human Race Theatre incorporate suggestions into their performances
Activities for all ages including a bubble zone, face painting, hula hoop classes, music, an appearance by Cosmo from the Dayton Metro Library, an interactive cube art activity with the Dayton Art Institute, and more
Sign up for a walking tour of downtown architecture or a tour of the murals, sculptures, and other art you can find on downtown streets. The tours are free, but advance registration is required and space is limited. Sign up at the links below:
Join Alex Jackson from Dayton Architecture, Tom Gilliam from @daytongram, and Andrew Walsh from Dayton Vistas for a 30-45 minute walking tour of downtown architecture during Art in the City. The tour will begin outside the Victoria Theatre and end in the Fire Blocks District… at a former underground speakeasy!
The Architecture Tour is now full.
From colorful murals to sculptures, art wrapped utility boxes, painted sewer grates, and more, downtown Dayton is full of public art! Join us for a 30-45 minute walking tour of some of the highlights, including downtown murals and other public art, during Art in the City. The tour will begin near Fifth and Wayne in the Oregon District and end at the Dayton Metro Library.
Stages across the footprint of the event are scheduled with musical acts, spoken word artists, and dancers throughout the day. Performing, visual and musical artists will also be lining the streets, creating a path of activities as visitors travel from one end of the event to the other.
Download the complete Art in the City event map and schedule to start making your plan to see as much as possible during the event!
Starting on August 5, you can VOTE for your favorite piece of artwork submitted by local artists. These pieces will be displayed at businesses throughout downtown Dayton, as part of the AES Ohio Summer in the City – Art in the City event. Voting is open until noon on Friday, Aug. 20 via Dayton.com.
Art in the City is a program of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, and the Juried Art Show was organized by the Dayton Society of Artists.