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November 1 First Friday: Giving Thanks Edition

Mike Colvin DDP Press Releases

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November 1 First Friday: Giving Thanks Edition
October 24, 2019, DAYTON, Ohio —The second-to-last First Friday is quickly approaching! In this month of giving thanks, show the many locally owned places to dine, shop, and engage in fun activities downtown just how thankful this city is for their involvement and community support over the course of 2019. Share the local love on First Friday, Nov. 1.
Art galleries will feature new works on display, and in the case of K12 Gallery and TEJAS, it’ll be a teaser for the annual Art Off fundraiser, which takes place the next day, Nov. 2, at their distinctive building at Patterson Boulevard and Jefferson Street.
Speaking of art, the Dayton Art Institute is hosting a fun night of trivia! Starting at 5:30, visit the beautiful exhibitions and then fire up those competitive skills and test art and pop culture knowledge in trivia! Food and drinks will be available for purchase as well.
Give a big welcome this First Friday to Space Three! They are a brand-new boutique fitness studio in downtown Dayton! Check out their sneak peek preview from 5-7 PM to get a glimpse of the studio. They’ll have delicious snacks, mini-trial classes, fun apparel, and cold brew. Fun fact: They will also have a Kids’ Space for the little ones!
Save the date for November 29, the day after Thanksgiving, for Dayton’s 47th Annual Holiday Festival! The Dayton Holiday Festival is the best source for family-friendly holiday fun in downtown Dayton. Started by Mrs. Virginia Kettering in 1972 so that all children could enjoy the holiday season regardless of their economic means, the festival continues today with free activities and attractions for the community including a parade, a tree-lighting ceremony in Courthouse Square, live reindeer, and so much more!
Continue to support small businesses and their employees who have endured a lot this past summer. The #ShopDaytonStrong initiative reminds patrons to shop, eat, dine, and be entertained by the hundreds of workers who count on guests for their livelihoods. These businesses want guest patronage, but traumatized workers also need patience and empathy as the healing process continues. Snap a pic and share it with #ShopDaytonStrong to let small business owners know “we’re here for you, too!”
Use The Flyer to get to and from First Friday destinations. To find a map with the route and pick-up locations, visit
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 Invite friends and family to partake in First Friday fun! “Like” and share the First Friday Facebook page.
● The Arts Collaboratory, 118 W First St. Suite 5: For its final exhibition, The Arts Collaboratory will be featuring “Crystal City” by artist Robert Blackstone and “Framed Out!” by artists Delora and Jacobee Buchanan. Stop by any time between 5-8 PM. Call (937) 732-5123
● Edward A. Dixon Gallery, 12 S. Ludlow St.: There will be an International Fine Art Gallery at the Edward A. Dixon Gallery this First Friday. There will be artwork from the United States, Nigeria, the Philippines, Cuba, and many other countries all ranging from pop art, abstract art, portraits, landscapes, and mixed media. Call (937) 331-8454
● Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St.: Dutoit Gallery will be exhibiting I Like Your Work Juried Exhibition, Be. Long. It is an exhibition encompassing the work of 42 artists from around the world who work across a variety of media and subject matter from 6-9 PM. Call (201) 752-4353.
● The Front Street Building Co., 1001 E. Second St.: Take a stroll through Front Street on First Friday. Local artists invite you to explore their 60+ working studios and galleries on October 4. You will find painters, printmakers, jewelry artists, sculptors, glass artists, photographers, mixed media artists, potters, woodworkers, and more! Their community of artists join us from across the globe and create right in your backyard! Come experience the energy on First Friday at Front Street from 5 PM – 9 PM
● Skeleton Dust Records, 133 E. 3rd St.: Skeleton Dust presents an art opening for Carly Witmer from 7-9 PM. Live music will be provided by Elk Manakin.
● The Barrel House, 417 E Third St.: Join The Barrel House for their November Funky Friday! At 5 PM, Fork and Greens will be serving their delicious food. Come for the beer and food and stay for the funk that DJ Cooley will be spinning from 6-10 PM. Call (937) 222-4795.
● Blind Bob’s Bar, 430 E. Fifth St.: This First Friday, Blind Bob’s will be hosting HEXADIODE as they release their new album, Metaxy at 9 PM. 21 & up happy Hour is from 4-8 PM 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 PM. At 9 PM, the Ladies of Longford will be celebrating over 17 years of their special brand of music. They will be serving up a unique blend of Contemporary Celtic, Traditional Irish, and fresh acoustic styles. Call (937) 224-7822.
● Oregon Express, 336 E. Fifth St.: The Linda Prevo band will be performing at the Oregon Express this First Friday. Happy Hour 4-7 PM. includes $10 pitchers of Stella, Fat Tire, and Lagunitas IPA. Live music starts around 9 p.m. Call (937) 223-9205.
● Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St.: Something Wonderful: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein is coming to the Schuster Performing Arts Center this First Friday! Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals didn’t just entertain, they sent theatergoers out of the auditorium singing, whistling, and excited to hear music again! Tickets can be found at Call (937)-228-7591
● Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: The Bowl Cuts, a 90’s alternative rock cover band, will be live at the Trolley Stop this First Friday! Half-price happy hour including appetizers and drinks specials from 4-7 PM. Call (937) 461-1101.
● Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St.: On Friday, November 1, the Yellow Cab Tavern is excited to host New World Natives, an American rock band, for their debut album release show with support from BROTHERS in ARMS BAND, RIND, and Motel Faces at 8 PM. Cover and music starts at 8 PM with tickets at $7 in advance and $10 at the doors. Tickets are available at
● AUSRA Art Studio, 1001 E. 2nd St.: Calling all French speakers! Head on down to AUSRA Art Studio from 6-8 PM for a French conversation meetup. The primary objective is to improve your speaking French and to have a good time. Also for those who just want to enjoy feeling immersed in a French-speaking environment. All levels are welcome. Alors venez vous joindre à nous! Call (937) 520-0039
● The Black Box Improv Theatre, 518 E. Third St.: Beginning at 8 PM, 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.
● Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, 505 S Ludlow St.: CJ hosts Alter High School on Friday, November 1. This is the last regular-season game for both teams and is a “pink-out.” Proceeds throughout part of the night will go towards breast cancer awareness funds. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Roger Glass Stadium – Home of the CJ Eagles. Tickets can be pre-purchased online at (
● Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N.: Join the DAI for a fun night of trivia at the museum hosted by The Rubi Girls! Starting at 5:30, visit the beautiful exhibitions and then test your art and pop culture knowledge in trivia. Food and drink will be available for purchase. This is a 21+ event. Call (937) 223-4278
● 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. Suite 300: The Human Race Theatre Company presents The Cake beginning next Thursday! A new play by Bekah Brunstetter (writer and co-producer on NBC’s “This Is Us”), “The Cake” is surely one performance you don’t want to miss! Call (937) 461-3823.
● The NEON, 130 E. 5th St.: The 2019 Biographical film about slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman is showing at The NEON this First Friday! Harriet will begin at 7:30 PM with a special performance including pictures beforehand at 6:30 PM. Semi-formal attire is suggested. Contact (937) 228-1263 for ticket information.
● Proto Build Bar, 534 E. First St.: Starting at 6 PM, enjoy a fun-filled evening of tabletop gaming while sipping a delicious drink or coffee! There will be 25% off all board game-related 3D prints. Call (937) 222-6253.
● Space Three, 39 S. St. Clair St.: Space Three is a brand new boutique fitness studio in downtown Dayton! This First Friday, they are hosting an open house for everyone to get a glimpse of the studio from 5-7 PM. They’ll have snacks, mini-trial classes, apparel, and cold brew. They also have a Kids’ Space for your little ones. Call (937) 604-0231
● Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, 46 W Fifth St.: The Death of a Lie, a poetic diary, will be at Third Perk for a meet and greet. Invite and Friends and Family to Celebrate as we meet with the community
and talk about the themes explored in the play. This event is free and open to the public. Call (937) 223-7375
● 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.
● Wiley’s Comedy Club, 101 Pine St.: This weekend, head on over to Wiley’s to enjoy the hilarious stand-up comedian Brad Lanning! 18+. Two-item minimum purchase. The show starts at 8 PM. Tickets are on sale now. Call (937) 224-5653.
Food and Drink
● Basil’s On Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd.: Basil’s will be hosting Happy Hour from 3-6 PM. 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. ● Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St.: Join Lily’s for The Great Pumpkin Fest this First Friday! There will be “gourd-eous” dishes, drinks, cocktails, and beer. Lily’s kitchen will be creating a special changing menu of items such as pumpkin soup, pumpkin fritters, pumpkin chili, pumpkin cake, pumpkin ravioli, and more, and their bar will be crafting pumpkin cocktails and pouring pumpkin beer! Call 723-7637.
● Reza’s Downtown, 438 Wayne Ave.: Come and win coffee prizes during Bingo Night at Reza’s from 7-9 PM this First Friday. It is also Teacher’s Happy Hour at Reza’s! Free shots of espresso for teachers with work ID from 4-10 PM. Call (937) 813-1748
● 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. Bar patrons can enjoy $5 house wines, $1 off draft beer, and select $5 bar bites. Call (937) 203-3999.
Shopping ● Grace Lane Boutique, 133 E. Fourth St.: Grace Lane Boutique will be hosting a Sip ’n’ Shop. Grab a drink while you check out their latest in ethical Fall fashion. They will be having a special storewide 20% off sale to celebrate First Friday. Call (937) 903-2729.
● Now and Zen DIY Studio, 37 S. St. Clair St.: This First Friday, Now and Zen is hosting a Sip and Create: As seen on Pinterest event! Stop by between 5-8 PM and create a fun macrame leaf wall hanging! Feel free to create a terrarium at their terrarium bar as well! 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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