Feb. 26, 2020, DAYTON, Ohio — Brush off the winter snow and grab your basketball jersey, because March is finally here. In Dayton, that means the big First Four celebrations around town, which we’ll have in mind as we start the month with First Friday. With the large variety of locally owned places to dine, shop, watch the game, and engage in fun activities downtown, Downtown Dayton will be a focal point for off-court action.
Grace Lane Boutique has another reason to celebrate this month besides basketball; it is their one year anniversary! Head on down to their shop located on 133 E. Fourth St. for a Sip ’n’ Shop, including Choice Juice Boxx will be creating a special drink just for their big night, door prizes, special sales, and more. Bring a donation for the New Path food pantry and receive a mini headshot session with Sharon Elaine Photography that they will have set up at the shop!
First Four in Dayton is surrounded by the many Dayton Hoopla activities— including the list of events happening around downtown on March 15: The 2020 Big Hoopla Family Festival in the Oregon District, the Big Hoopla 4 Miler race, and the 2020 Hoopla STEM Challenge at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. Those will be followed by the NCAA Men’s Basketball – First Four games, which bring thousands of visitors to the city to watch the games.
In addition to the activities listed below on First Friday, live entertainment will be bustling throughout downtown, including musicians and artists roving the streets of downtown. Hop on the free Flyer circulator bus to get to and from First Friday destinations. To find a map with the route and pick-up locations, visit www.irideRTA.org/TheFlyer.
Check out the individual First Friday listings below, and remember the most up-to-date event listings can be found in 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.
- The Contemporary Dayton, 118 N. Jefferson St.: Join the Contemporary for “Matter and Pattern” this First Friday as Michele BonDurant, Dayton; Britny Wainwright, Columbus; and Sonya Berg Menges, Austin, TX; present work at the intersection of painting, collage and ceramic. Call (937)224-3822.
- Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St.: Join the DSA for the opening of their juried, spring regional show, AMPLIFY. The exhibition will highlight the talent of the greater Miami Valley and will celebrate the wide variety of media, styles, and techniques used by area artists. Awards will be given out at 7pm. Call (937) 228-4532
- Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St.: The Dutoit Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Clara Coleman titled “Emerging Symbols” this First Friday beginning at 6 pm. “Emerging Symbols” is a painted body of work that explores the fluid and relative symbolic connections to certain shapes, figures, and subjects by both the artist and the viewer. Call (937) 829-8016
- Edward A. Dixon Gallery, 12 S. Ludlow St.: The Edward A. Dixon Gallery will be open from 6-8:30 p.m. ready for you to look at and shop for fine art. This First Friday, there is artwork from Ronnie Williams, Erica Arndts, Julio Pino Varens and more! Handcrafted Cards from Cindy Williams still available and a book of poems entitled Chasing Love by Hsanni Scott just arrived at the gallery. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and there is free street parking nearby. Call (937) 331-8454.
- The Front Street Building Co., 1001 E. Second St.: Take a stroll through open studios, workshops, art galleries, and more. Visit with their artists, catch live demos, and experience the wide variety of art Dayton has to offer. On Friday night enjoy live music by Jerry; Vaughn LIVE and a slice of hot Gionino Pizzeria while you peruse. There is just too much to see in one day, so head back for second look Saturday. Call (937) 331-9061.
- The Barrel House, 417 E Third St.: Join The Barrel House for their Funky Friday! They’ll have some great beers on tap from Wolf’s Ridge and food from Smokin’ Inferno BBQ! Come for the beer and food and stay for the funk that Cooley the Curator from Omega Music will be spinning from 6-10 p.m. Call (937) 222-4795.
- Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St.: Join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as they perform Fiedler’s Favorites II with Rhapsody in Blue. Arthur Fiedler satisfied a growing interest by the public in hearing the might of the symphony behind light classical and popular songs of the day in an informal atmosphere. The DPO plays an encore musical tribute to the man who made orchestral pops a nationwide sensation. Call (937) 228-7591
- Blind Bob’s Bar, 430 E. Fifth St.: This First Friday, Blind Bob’s will be hosting Grenades!? with special guests Forage, Noble Vices (Columbus), and Bird Brain Breakfast! 21 & up Happy Hour is from 4-8 p.m. with $1 off wells. Call (937) 938-6405.
- Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave: It is another Irish First Friday at Dublin Pub! Happy Hour is from 3-6 p.m. Head on over for a pint and a night of music from The Rice Bros. Call (937) 224-7822.
- Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St.: Yellow Cab Tavern will be hosting Return to Music Fest Mountain featuring many awesome bands! It is $10 at the door and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity. Call (937) 424-3870.
- The Black Box Improv Theatre, 518 E. Third St.: Beginning at 8 p.m., Tyler and Aidan, aka “Strictly Platonic,” take a one-word suggestion and create two-person magic, creating a full one-act play full of zany characters. Don’t miss this show that has captivated audiences from Dayton to Detroit! The Show is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle/Beer). Tickets are $15. 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.
- The Human Race Theatre Company, 126 N Main St.: Join the Human Race Theatre Company for Gloria: A Life starting at 8 PM. Fifty years after Gloria Steinem began raising her voice and advocating for others, her vision is as urgent today as ever. Gloria believes in the necessity of conversation as a catalyst for change, and this new play offers you all a path forward in a way that only live theatre can provide. Let us celebrate this award-winning journalist, social political activist, and nationally-recognized leader of the American feminist movement and Toledo, Ohio native. Tickets can be found at https://my.ticketcenterstage.com/events?view=list&kid=13&fbclid=IwAR0rd4Lk-eVArJFUdVb3zomTV6xhH4-1bB5JhQemcVEqNvBNj2b7BG_EjFI Call (937) 461-3823
- Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, 505 S. Ludlow St.: CJ Performing Arts Presents: Little Women, Friday, March 6 starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Tickets on sale at the door. Performances also Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Call 937-461-3740.
- Space Three, 39 S. St. Clair St.: Space Three is a brand new boutique fitness studio in downtown Dayton! This First Friday, take the trifecta workout: Mini versions of barre, TRX, and SWERK all in one class. Registration is limited to 14 people. Sign up for FREE at www.spacethreedayton.com with a $10 minimum donation for Brigid’s Path. Call (937) 604-0231.
- 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 p.m. Call (937) 224-5724.
Food and Drink
- Basil’s On Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd.: Basil’s will be hosting Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. Pop in to enjoy a $5 bar menu that includes bruschetta, fries, wings, artichoke dip, and tacos. They will also have $5 house wine and $5 select craft beer. Call (937) 818-4390.
- Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St.: Stop in to wind down after work or get your night started. Enjoy $1 off beers, wine, and appetizers. Call (937) 443-0919.
- Oregon Express, 336 E. Fifth St.: Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. includes $10 pitchers of Stella, Fat Tire, and Lagunitas IPA. Live music starts around 9 p.m. Call (937) 223-9205.
- Salar Restaurant & Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St.: Salar offers happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. at the main bar, including options for a Build-Your-Own Pisco Bar. Bar patrons can enjoy $5 house wines, $1 off draft beer, and select $5 bar bites. Call (937) 203-3999.
- Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Come to the Trolley Stop for half-price Happy Hour, with half off appetizers and $2 Well Drinks from 4 to 7 p.m. Call (937)461-1101.
- Grace Lane Boutique, 133 E. Fourth St.: Grace Lane Boutique will be hosting a Sip ’n’ Shop for their one year anniversary! Bring a donation for the New Path food pantry and receive a mini headshot session with Sharon that they will have set up at the shop! Choice Juice Boxx will be creating a special drink just for their big night! They will have special sales and lots of fun! You won’t want to miss this one! Call (937) 903-2729.
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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