OPEN* – THINGS TO DO
CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE – SUPPORTING OUR BUSINESSES
- Downtown Dollars
- Coronavirus – Businesses Open’ Downtown
- Events Calendar
- Festivals & Signature Events
- First Friday
- The Square Is Where
- Summer in the City
- 2020 Virtual Art in the City
- 2020 Virtual Downtown Housing Tour
- Dayton Holiday Festival
- Arts & Culture
- Active Lifestyles
- Shopping & Services
- Accommodations & Meeting Venues
- Self-Guided Tours
OPEN* DOWNTOWN – Things to Do
Downtown’s collection of great independent businesses have adapted with the times to continue serving you!
Our small businesses — and the thousands of workers who run them behind the scenes each day — depend on all of us. They have been hit hard by COVID-19 precautionary measures and limitations and need our help.
Now, more than ever, it’s a great time to support local businesses and Be Downtown.
In addition to continuing to support our restaurants and retail/service businesses, we’re all looking for ways to stay busy these days, and so many people are providing creative ways to do that! We’ve put together a list of downtown businesses and amenities that remain open in some way by offering virtual experiences and other opportunities (see below).
Other ways to find things to do:
– Check out our online Events Calendar to see what’s happening downtown on specific dates
– Subscribe to our weekly email newsletters
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**Things are changing rapidly, and as such, the information presented here is subject to change. The list below represents our best understanding of the services downtown businesses currently are offering, and we will make every effort to keep up with changes, but we recommend confirming with each business directly.
If you own or operate a downtown business, please contact us with any changes to offerings or any incorrect information you see here. You can also visit our page of resources for businesses and employees for help getting through this crisis.
*Click on any business name to see details of offerings and other info.
Art, Galleries, Museums, Crafts, & Science Experiences
Re-Opening Procedures - Please read
Group* entrance into the museum will be timed every 10 minutes so that we can operate in a limited capacity as advised by the Ohio Health Department.
*Maximum of 10 people per group.
It is not required, but if you wish to reserve a time slot please call 937.275.7431
The fine print:
- Memberships will automatically be extended for 3 months, the amount of time we have been closed.
- In accordance with the City of Dayton and the State of Ohio, Visitors over the age of 10 are required to wear a face covering or could be subject to fines.
- Staff is still required to wear masks.
- Vending machines, water fountains, the Food Chain and most interactive and high touch areas will be CLOSED.
- Water will be available for purchase.
- Desposible cups will also be made available.
- Other areas that will be closed include:
- The Hall of the Universe, Tree House, Main Exhibit Hall, Bieser and the Climbing Tower.
- CLICK HERE for a downloadable PDF of our updated map.
- Routine cleaning will happen on a timed schedule throughout the day.
- Planetarium shows will resume - a full schedule will be posted ASAP.
- The zoo will be open and the animals are ready to welcome everyone back!
- More collection items will be out and on display!
- Staff will be available throughout the building to answer questions, guide guests and disinfect any touchpoints.
- Please call 937.275.7431 if you have any additional questions
This list will continue to be updated as new information is released.
CLICK HERE for an updated map of the museum!
Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
*We would like to encourage our guests to allow our higher risk visitors to reserve the 9-10am time slots.*
Click on this link to view details for the re-opening of SunWatch Indian Village
Children (3-17) $11.50
Seniors (60+) $12.50
Children (under 3) Free
DSNH Members are FREE
Remember! Members must present ID with their membership card during every visit.
Dayton History is excited to announce that Carillon Historical Park will re-open with normal hours of operation and regular admission prices in effect. We have worked to ensure that Governor DeWine’s safety protocols and social distancing guidelines for museums and restaurants will be carefully followed.
Carillon Historical Park is open year round!*
(*Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day,
New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day)
$12 per adult (ages 18–59), $10 per senior, $8 per child (3–17), children under 3 and Dayton History members FREE
Carillon Brewing Company
Hours of Operation*:
Open Daily: 11:00am – 7:00pm(*Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day)
Park Admission is not required to dine at Carillon Brewing Co.
FREE parking available at Carillon Historical Park
Shop works from a variety of local artists in our gallery online.
Also offering curbside pickup
Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays: 12-5pm during exhibits & First Fridays: 6-9pm. Open by appointment.
Reserve an appointment to see the current exhibition by booking online or calling 937-228-4532.
The Dayton Woman's Club is currently closed, but you can view an informative video about the Club here.
Scroll through the various artists, and purchase an affordable piece of original art.
All art purchased through Essential Artists Dayton will be available for pickup at The Collaboratory, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. The exchange will be made while practicing appropriate social distancing. The Collaboratory is located at 114 West First Street, Suite B, in Talbott Tower.
Times of crisis can act as a stimulus for the creative spirit. COVID-19 is no exception.
Spending more time in his home office, Code for Dayton co-Captain Dave Best really began to notice his bare walls. Our #DaytonStrong resilience has been demonstrated by our giving to the COVID-19 fund at The Dayton Foundation to our support for our essential workers, from healthcare to those working in grocery and drug stores to those delivering our mail and packages. Many Daytonians have made an extra effort to support our local restaurants by ordering carry-out or delivery, or purchasing growlers of locally-brewed craft beer. Musicians, on their own or through venues like The Old Yellow Cab, have set up virtual concerts where the audience can donate online.
After staring at the walls, the obvious question was “What about our visual artists”? Aren’t they essential to helping bring beauty and meaning to our lives? How can the community help support them at a time when the studios, galleries, coffee shops and restaurants where they typically show their work are closed?
In Dave’s reaching out to and partnering with The Collaboratory’s Arts Collaboratory initiative, we have co-created Essential Artists Dayton to offer a FREE online platform for Dayton visual artists to set up an online storefront. And by FREE, we mean 100% of sales, less any processing charges, goes to the artists.
Please consider setting up an account today and start to browse our galleries. We have asked artists to feature work that is priced to be accessible. Note that some artists will have links to their website or online gallery where you can view a larger body of work.
All art purchased through Essential Artists Dayton will be available for pick-up at The Collaboratory, Monday - Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM or by appointment. The exchange will be made while practicing appropriate social distancing. The Collaboratory is located at 114 West First Street, Suite B, in Talbott Tower.
Disclaimer: The art featured in an individual artist’s gallery is the responsibility of the artist, not Essential Artists Dayton, The Collaboratory, or any other individual or organization affiliated with this website.
ABOUT CODE FOR DAYTON: Code For Dayton is a group of developers, designers, creators, and civic-minded people that want to use our skills to solve problems, open data and enhance life in the Dayton region. We work with civic and community leaders and collaborate on projects.
ABOUT THE COLLABORATORY: The Collaboratory is where Dayton’s dreamers and doers gather to move innovative ideas to transformational action. They focus on developing enterprises and initiatives that generate new economic, social and creative opportunities and value.
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 4:30PM or by appointment
Monthly Open House Hours: First Friday: 5PM - 9PM | Second Look Saturday: 11AM - 4PM | Third Sunday: 11AM - 4PM
Our artists, artisans, and small businesses keep their own studio hours.
The artists of The ARTery miss you on First Fridays and Third Sundays. We hope everyone is safe and well.
As artists, we can reduce our stress and worry by diving into new works, giving us a sense of peace.
Open for classes; closed for exhibits and special events. Gift cards available. More info
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
We are doing the following for our classes and camps:
-Everyone will have their temperature taken and wear a mask
-Wash hands regularly
-Asking if you or anyone you know is sick
-All surfaces will be cleaned regularly, materials disinfected and floors cleaned
-Limited access to the building from outside patrons
Virtual (Pickup to use at home)
Take advantage of the DIY studio where you can get kits delivered or you can pick them up from the store: Info here.
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Music, Film, Books, Theater, & Education
Dayton Artist Stream is a platform for local artists to share their art with audiences digitally in a time when social distancing is keeping them from sharing it with people in person.
Think of this as virtual street art. Instead of strolling down the street to experience an artist’s work, you are scrolling through our page feed.
Artists can include their personal Venmo or Paypal accounts in their posts. If you are feeling generous, please consider throwing a few bucks their way. Lots of artists have lost their jobs and gigs due to this crisis. So, any donation big or small could be incredibly helpful to them right now.
Please enjoy these incredibly talented visual artists, theatre artists, musicians, writers, etc. doing what they do best!
Reopening Your Library
All Dayton Metro Library locations will reopen for new, limited hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm. We invite you to browse the shelves; use the computers, printers and copiers; and check out your materials. Curbside Service will continue for those who prefer to request items in advance and schedule a time for pickup.
Here are some of the changes you'll see at your Library:
- Staff will wear masks; disposable masks will be available for any patron who needs one.
- The first hour each day, 10 - 11 am, is designated for elderly and medically-compromised populations.
- Building capacities will be limited.
- Hand sanitizer stations have been installed.
- Plexiglas dividers have been installed at all public service desks.
- Computer stations have been safely distanced from each other.
- Staff will disinfect public equipment and work stations between uses.
- Social distancing and other safety protocols will be maintained.
Our plans and procedures will remain flexible as circumstances change in the coming days and weeks. We look forward to seeing you at your Library!
Read more about what you can expect at your next Library visit, and what we ask of you.
Virtual / At Home
Curbside Pickup: Faster & Easier
The DML App on your phone or device makes Curbside Pickup even more convenient. A new Curbside Pickup feature lets you arrange your pickup time without having to call the Library.
If you already have the DML App, the Curbside feature automatically activates when you have requested items ready for for you to borrow. Need to install the app? Search for “Dayton Library” in your App Store or Google Play.
The latest episode of our podcast highlights Randy Phillips, Executive Director of The Greater Dayton LGBT Center. In this episode, we explore the origins of pride month in Dayton and discuss the role that the LGBT Center plays in our community. Listen now on Spotify, Apple Music or Podbean by searching for "Gem City Diversity."
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the movies! THE NEON's Board has met and the following guidelines are the initial steps we have taken for reopening. The safety and health of our staff and customers is paramount. We are now open! TO ENSURE THAT NEON STAFF & GUESTS STAY HEALTHY: Masks are required for all staff and guests except when eating in an auditorium; Our entrance to the building has moved to our patio doors - this will streamline transactions - separating ticketing from food purchases. Additional time between screenings will also minimize lobby traffic; Commonly touched surfaces will be sanitized every 30 minutes; Floor markers will assist with social distancing, and hand sanitizers are located throughout the lobby; Please arrive before the scheduled showtime; Seating will begin approximately 40 minutes before each show; In the auditoriums, every other row will be unavailable; Groups may sit together, but 3 seats will be required between parties in each row; We have increased the time between screenings to allow us sufficient time to sanitize the auditoriums; For additional assurance, seat wipes will also be available for customer use. Please stay home if you have any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, sore throat or new loss of taste/smell.
The Neon opens 30 minutes before the first scheduled show of the day.
Find the current list of movies showing in the theater at: www.neonmovies.com
You can also support The Neon by watching movies online via our Virtual Cinema here:
To Our Loyal Wiley’s Customers and Wonderful Comics, Wiley’s is back and we have MISSED you! Just a few tidbits of info we need to let you all know. We have been working very hard and have deep cleaned and sanitized the entire club. We will be following the Responsible RestartOhio for Restaurants, Bars, and Banquet & Catering Facilities/Services. All our employees will be required to wear masks while working, and it’s up to our customers discretion on wearing one for themselves. We will be practicing social distancing while seating and entering the building, as will have sanitizer throughout the building. We are HIGHLY recommending that our guests pre purchase their tickets ONLINE @www.wileyscomedy.com to keep down on the interaction and wait times at the door. You may also call and buy your tickets over the phone at this time(937)224-5653. We will accommodate up to groups of 10 as long as we are given notice ahead of time. We are committed to keeping our customers and staff as safe as we possibly can.
Fitness, Recreation, & Sports
Dayton History is excited to announce that Carillon Historical Park, the Carillon Brewing Company and Culp’s Cafe will re-open with normal hours of operation and regular admission prices in effect. We have worked to ensure that Governor DeWine’s safety protocols and social distancing guidelines for museums and restaurants will be carefully followed.
Carillon Historical Park is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is $12 per adult (ages 18-59), $10 per senior (60+), and $8 per child (ages 3-17). Children under 3 and Dayton History members are admitted free.
The Carillon Brewing Company is open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Culp’s Café is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Ways you can still support us:
- stop in, if you can, to purchase a gift card, t-shirt, sweatshirt, mouse or keyboard
- join our At Home Application and participate in our events from your home
- consider booking a private streaming session from our location
-and of course, come visit us when we’re back at full strength!
We will be limiting our hours until Feb. 1st, 2021 to Friday 4 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 12 pm -10 pm, and Sunday 11 am – 3 pm.
2020 baseball season has been canceled, however...
We’ve been hard at work creating a digital version of the Dragons PlayBall! game program! It’s got some fun baseball content that should help pass the time until we can get together again for a Dragons game.
Each issue will be located at www.daytondragons.com and have clickable technology. There are some fun posters you can download and print! To go direct to the digital Dragons PlayBall program, please visit this link: https://www.milb.com/dayton/team/playball.
We can’t wait to host everyone again and celebrate a return to Dragons baseball at Day Air Ballpark!
Please visit the Dragons Den, our team store by clicking here: https://dragons.milbstore.com/.
MetroParks outdoor parks and trails remain open (indoor facilities and park restrooms are closed). To continue to keep parks and trails open, we are reminding park and trail users to follow requirements for social distancing and gatherings. More info
Mon. – Fri., 8 AM – 5 PMSat. – Sun., 10 AM – 5 PM (Apr.-Oct.)Sat. – Sun., 11 AM – 4 PM (Nov.-Mar.)
MetroParks Ice Rink at RiverScape is closed for the season.
Our studio locations are currently closed to the public, but our brand new virtual studio app is delivering 3-5 live classes every day as well as a full library of on-demand recordings from your favorite teachers at speakeasy. More info
Urban Krag is open with a few changes. You must register for belay classes - walk-ins not accepted. https://www.urbankrag.com/
Please check the climber count in advance
If no climbers are present 2 hours before our scheduled closing hours, we will close early to defray ever increasing operational expenses.
Food & Beverage Experiences
Limited seating during COVID-19. We take these times very seriously and are working to be leaders in our community through this, while exceeding state and local standards.
Wed-Sat 5-10 p.m.
In person classes and tastings: https://www.tendermercy.com/tastings
Schedule a group (remote) wine tasting event for you and your friends or co-workers! Contact Tender Mercy Sommelier Lauren Gay to curate a 1- or 3-bottle tasting experience hosted especially for you and your group (minimum 5 participants) hosted on ZOOM by Lauren and the team at Tender Mercy. What better way to spend a Friday night than with friends, sipping on incredible wine and getting an expert lesson live from Tender Mercy? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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