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May 31, 2019, DAYTON, Ohio — If there’s one thing history proves about Daytonians, when it comes to overcoming obstacles and facing adversity, this is one strong city. In response to a racist rally, the city rallied, demonstrating the power of love and acceptance. When it was clear this community could not be figuratively ripped apart by hate, severe weather showed up for a more literal test, and again, Daytonians stepped up to the challenge. This June 7 First Friday is an opportunity to come together once more, this time to celebrate Dayton’s compassion, grit, and determined spirit.
This First Friday, it’s time to return to local businesses who have collected donations, distributed food and water, and are always there to pitch in for fundraisers and other community initiatives. Shop, eat, dine, and be entertained by the hundreds of workers who count on patrons for their livelihoods. Snap a pic and share it with #ShopDaytonStrong to let small business owners know “we’re here for you, too!”
Getting to all the listed locations is easy with the help of the free Flyer shuttle buses operating until 11 p.m., connecting dozens of locations between RiverScape MetroPark and the University of Dayton. This First Friday, hop aboard the Flyer to take part in Flyer Game Night. Try a variety of live trivia and eclectic games played throughout the evening as guests hop on and off the free Flyer. Grab some friends and family to compete for a wide selection of prizes. Simply hop on the Flyer at any of the shuttle stops throughout Downtown, grab a seat, and enjoy this game night with a twist.
Relax from all the Flyer Game Night excitement and explore a new business. Now and Zen DIY Studio will host its grand opening event from 4-9 p.m. this First Friday! There will be free gift bags with air plants (while supplies last), giveaways, and 20% off workshop registration during opening weekend. Shop from their selection of air plants, terrariums, succulents, plant accessories, and so much more.
Check out the individual First Friday listings below, and remember the most up-to-date event listings can be found on the online calendar published on the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website. Subscribing to the weekly e-vents email newsletter also keeps one up to speed. For more information about 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.
Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St.: Dutoit Gallery will be hosting Remembrance: Recent Works by David Leach. This exhibition is a continuation of a previous Dutoit exhibition, Flora. Stop by and enjoy these new pieces from 6-9 PM. Call (201) 752-4353.
The Contemporary Dayton, 118 N. Jefferson St.: The Contemporary Dayton is hosting a free exhibition titled There, There: John Dickinson & Shona MacDonald from 6-8 PM. This exhibit will feature amazing cast silicone sculptures and delicate paintings of landscapes. Call (937) 224-3822.
The Front Street Building Co., 1001 E. Second St.: Do not miss the First Friday of April to enjoy the work of more than 100 artists and artisans. The complex is made of four buildings where one will encounter a combination of painters, printmakers, jewelry artists, sculptors, glass artists, mixed media artists, potters, and more. Visit INDEX Project Space, B-C Door, for the Art Yard Sale from 6-9 PM! They will be featuring work from the University of Dayton’s part-time faculty. Call (937) 229-3204.
Skeleton Dust Records, 133 E. Third St.:. Skeleton Dust Will be hosting an art opening for local artist, Kara McCray! Live music will be provided by Paige Beller for the listening pleasure. Come and experience Kara’s colorful and mystical work this First Friday from 7-9 PM! Call (937) 221-8528.
Third Perk Coffee House & Wine Bar, 46 W. Fifth St.: Take in the work from the traveling art exhibit, Historic African American Churches of Southwest Ohio. The exhibit will be on display from 7:30 AM- 8:00 PM. Call (937) 223-7375.
Hannah’s, 121 N. Ludlow St.: The Musician’s Co-op is going down this First Friday with Alyssa Hanson as the host! Stop by for some great sound and great bites from Hannah’s. The fun kicks off at 9 PM. 18+. Call (937) 640-1335.
Levitt Pavilion Dayton, 134 S. Main St.: Come watch The Slackers, a Jamaican Rock-n-Roll band, play live! This free concert starts at 7 PM. Chairs and picnic blankets are welcome and encouraged. Call (937) 281-2144.
The Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St.: Enjoy a beautiful rendition of Mozart’s Basson Concerto in B-flat Minor and Maher’s Symphony No. 1 performed by Principal Bassoonist Rachael Young. The concert begins at 8 PM. Tickets can be found at daytonperformingarts.org. Call (937) 228-7591.
Therapy Café, 452 E. Third St.: Only Noise is hosting a slew of artists including: Rob Niro, Jay Dot Wright, Mantis, Yaboychronic, Jalentyree, Postman, Francois, Dev Vision, and Markie T. Music starts at 10pm. This event is 18+. $10 for anyone under 21, otherwise it is free. Call (937) 461-4000.
The Barrel House, 417 E Third St.: Join The Barrel House for their June Funky Friday! Come for the for the beer and stay for the funk that DJ Cooley will be spinning from 6- 10 PM. Call (937) 222-4795.
The Black Box Improv Theatre, 518 E. Third St.: Presenting MOMologues. Enjoy the very relatable stories and bring your bottle of wine for a night out with your favorite fellow moms at 9 PM. Tickets are $15. Stay after for a free Improv Jam. Get on stage and take a stab at improv at 11 PM. Call (937) 369-0747.
Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. Fifth St.: Every Friday evening (except when there are weekend tournaments), there is a USCF-rated tournament ($10 for DCC members /$20 for non-DCC members), plus a few players who opt to play casual chess. For First Friday, this will be Quick rated (G/24, 5 sec. increment). Call (937) 270-4016.
Dayton Theatre Guild, 430 Wayne Ave.: The Dayton Theatre Guild proudly presents The Man Who Shot Liberty Vance this First Friday! You won’t want to miss out on this tale of a man vs. evil, love, adventure and so much more. Tickets are on sale now at www.daytontheatreguild.org or at the box office the day of the show. For more info, call (937) 278-5993.
The Flyer, various locations: It’s back, and with more games. Game Night on the Flyer takes place from 6-8 p.m. during June’s First Friday. Simply hop on board any of the free Flyer shuttles and play trivia or other games to win fun prizes. Use the Flyer to get to and from First Friday destinations. To find a map with the route and pick-up locations, visit www.iRideRTA.org/TheFlyer.
Proto Build Bar, 534 E. First St.: Starting at 6 PM, you can enjoy a fun-filled evening of tabletop gaming while enjoying a drink or coffee! There will be 25% off all board game related 3D prints. Call (937) 222-6253.
RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave.: Get a taste of the fun that Dayton has to offer this summer at their Passport to MetroParks event! Enjoy the stage entertainment from those representing the Dayton Celtic Festival, Hispanic Heritage Festival, and more. Food trucks with a variety of options will be present as well. Do not forget to visit the vendor booths to get more information on the various festivals, events, and Five Rivers MetroParks programs that will be happening throughout the summer. Call (937) 275-7275.
Urban Krag Climbing Center, 125 Clay St.: Swing by this restored church and get blown away by the 10,000 square foot indoor rock-climbing center inside! Enjoy the First Timers Friday deal and get a day pass, belay certification, shoe and harness rental, all for $30. Take First Friday to new heights from 3 to 11 PM. Call (937) 224-5724.
The Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St.: Victoria Theatre will be presenting comedian and star of Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite”, Maria Bamford! The hilarious, renowned female comic will have you laughing all night. The show begins at 8 PM. Tickets can be found here at victoriatheatre.com. Call (937) 228-3630.
Wiley’s Comedy Club, 101 Pine St.: Come grab a seat for a night of laughs as Charlie Hester takes the stage at Wiley’s! 18+. Two-item minimum purchase. Show starts at 8 PM. Tickets are on sale now. Call (937) 224-5653.
Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E Fourth St.: Live and without a stereo, Yellow Cab will be hosting their Pure Acoustic V.3 event this first Friday. Listen to music in a completely new way as John Dubuc & the Guilty Pleasures, Whiskey for Kids, Nasty Bingo, and Vivian all play with zero mics or amps – just the power of their own voices. Come and enjoy from 8-11:30 PM. Call (937) 424-3870.
Food and Drink
Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery, 520 E St.: Happy Hour will be from 3-6 PM, featuring $1 off all drafts. Stay awhile and try their Late Night menu offered from 11 PM- 1 AM. Call (937) 222-6800.
Oregon Express Bar and Restaurant, 336 E. Fifth St.: Happy Hour 4-7 PM. includes $10 pitchers of Stella, Fat Tire, and Lagunitas IPA. Call (937) 223-9205.
Salar Restaurant & Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St.: Salar offers happy hour from 5 to 7 PM. at the main bar, including options for a Build-Your-Own Pisco Bar. $5 house white or red wine, $1 off all draft beer, and $5 bar bites. Call (937) 203-3999.
Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Half price happy hour including appetizers and drinks specials from 4-7 PM. Call (937) 461-1101.
A+ Cleaners, 105 E Second St.: A+ Cleaners will be doing a 10% discount promotion from 5-8 PM this First Friday! Come and pick one of their crafted flowers to win an additional prize. Call (937) 640-3029.
Now and Zen DIY Studio, 37 S. St. Clair St.: Come and celebrate the grand opening from 4-9 PM! This new studio provides opportunities for groups or individuals a place to create a terrarium for an air plant, succulent, or fern. During the grand opening, receive a gift bag with a free air plant (while supplies last) and enter to win some giveaways! Take 20% off retail items. Call (937) 287-1733.
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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