July 6 First Friday: ‘Independents Day’ Edition

Mike Colvin DDP Press Releases

June 26, 2018, DAYTON, Ohio — Downtown Dayton is home to hundreds of entrepreneurs and locally owned businesses. In fact, more than 130 startups have launched in downtown Dayton since 2011. July’s First Friday is the perfect time to celebrate downtown’s “independents” – mom-and-pop shops that dominate the consumer-based businesses. Galleries and museums will have special activities. Bars and restaurants will feature food and drink specials, and many will host live performances later that night. Retailers will offer hand-selected merchandise and carefully curated clothing, home goods, accessories, cosmetics, and more. Take the opportunity to discover a new independent, local business by using the Find It Downtown feature on www.DowntownDayton.org. Don’t forget parking after 6 p.m. in the Oregon District Garage is just $1.

For more information about the First Friday, or to find business addresses, parking, upcoming activities and more, visit the DDP website at downtowndayton.org. Invite friends and family to partake in First Friday fun! “Like” and share the First Friday Facebook page.


  • Clash Dayton, 521 E. Fifth St.:  FilmDayton is partnering with Clash to feature local artists take on movie posters!  The Art Salvo Movie Poster Show will open on First Friday and close on Saturday, July 28 with a Silent auction and party.
  • Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St.: Join DVAC on First Friday for the opening reception of their Annual Open Members’ Show: The Light Within. Enjoy light bites and beverages and mingle with member artists and art lovers alike. This event is free and open to the public. Call 224-3822.
  • Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St.: Ann B Kim presents her solo exhibition, “Time Cycles, but Never Back to Now.” Guests will enjoy videos, installation, mixed media paintings, and photography that reflect and document her musings on the irreversibility of time.  The exhibition will be open from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
  • Edward A. Dixon Gallery, 12 S. Ludlow St.: Meet local author Kelley Gunter during a book signing for her new memoir, You have such a Pretty Face. Check out the gallery’s art and pick up a copy of Gunter’s memoir between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The Front Street Building Co., 1001 E. Second St.: Explore dozens of local artists who open their doors to the public during First Fridays. Check out an eclectic group of artists, including painters, sculptors, jewelers, mixed-media artists, glass makers, woodworkers, and many more. Enjoy live music from Flashback Band. Admission is free and open to all-ages. Call 331-9061.
  • K12 Gallery & TEJAS, 341 S. Jefferson St.: Join K12 Gallery & TEJAS for the opening reception of Intertwined Abstraction, Artwork by James McCullough & Margie McCullough from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 461-5149.
  • Wells & Co. Custom Tattoo, 110 E. Third St.: It’s time for ARTxDECKS: a SK8 Deck Art Show at Wells & Co.! Over a dozen artists will be on display. One Love Skate Shop will be in the shop selling their merch. Live music and light refreshments will also be provided.





  • The Black Box Improv Theater, 518 E. Third St.: Womit 2.0 takes the stage every Friday night from 8 to 9 p.m. The show format may change but the performers do not! They may interview an audience member, discuss personal stories, or simply take a one-word suggestion to create an hour of fun. BYOB. Call for ticket prices and availability: 369-0747.
  • Club Evolution, 130 N. Patterson Blvd.: Every Friday night is “Lesbian Fest Ladies Night” at the LGBTQ-friendly Club Evolution. Call 203-2582.
  • Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. Fifth St.: Dayton Chess Club hosts a quick tournament for U.S. Chess Federation members. Games are perfect for club chess players and those experienced with online chess games who would like to test their skill over the board. The club opens at 6:30 p.m. and registration ends at 7:25 p.m. The first of four games begins at 7:30. Visit daytonchessclub.com for more details. Call 461-6283.
  • Drakes Downtown Gym, 111 E. Fifth St.: Head over to Drake’s Downtown gym for First Friday Night Fights! Check out some of Dayton’s up and coming fighters. Event is BYOB and admission is $5 at the door. Call 223-6193.
  • Feathers Vintage Clothing, 440 E. Fifth St.: It is time for a District after Dark Comedy Show at Feathers Vintage Clothing. Show starts at 10 p.m.
  • The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St.: Downtown’s independent movie house offers foreign and indie films, as well as mainstream movies and documentaries. July’s First Friday will get the debut of the biopic “Whitney.” Enjoy locally roasted Boston Stoker coffee, or a selection of craft beer, wine, and mixed drinks during the show. Call for current lineup and show times: 222-SHOW (7469).
  • Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St.: As a part of the Cool Film Series, the Victoria Theatre Association presents a showing of Adam’s Rib. The film, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Story and Screenplay, highlights the dynamic duo of Hepburn and Tracey with their on-screen chemistry. Starting one hour before the showing, guests can enjoy free popcorn and soda while they watch a classic cartoon. Show starts at 7 p.m. Visit TicketCenterStage.com for tickets. Call 228-3630.
  •  Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St.: July’s First Friday weekend welcomes Charlie Hester to the stage. Hester is a musical stand-up comic from Danville, Illinois. Her unique outlook on life, witty crowd work and catchy tunes- which consist of rocking out on her electric baritone ukulele and singing off color songs- have delighted audiences everywhere. For tickets and times, call 224-5653.


Food and Drink

  • Basil’s on Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd.: All You Can Eat Crab Legs is back! Every Friday, Basil’s will offer all you can eat crab legs and sides for just $35 per person.
  • Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St.: Featuring happy hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., $1 off well drinks. Check the boards for the special menu item of the day.
  • Branch & Bone Artisan Ales, 905 Wayne Ave.: Check out Dayton’s newest brewery while you enjoy food from the Shantz Express food truck.
  • Deaf Monty’s Wine, 22 Brown St.: Enjoy $2-$3 tastings of select wines. Small plates available for purchase. Call 225-9463.
  • Oregon Express Bar and Restaurant, 336 E. Fifth St.: Until 7 p.m., all beers are half priced and select pitchers are $10.
  • Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Half price happy hour including appetizers and well drinks from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tumbleweed Connection, 454 E. Fifth St.: Watch live music and enjoy the “Sangria of the Day.” Call 228-5500.



The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website has a complete list of downtown’s arts and cultural amenities, as well as a dining guide, parking map and much more.

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