September 7 First Friday: Oktoberfest Edition

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August 28, 2018, DAYTON, Ohio — As August releases its humid, muggy grip on the Miami Valley and cooler weather sets in, it’s a great time to squeeze the most out of dwindling summer days that are becoming ever-so-subtly shorter. Consider this summer’s farewell. Cheers! Slainte! L’ Chaim! Salute! Prost! It’s officially time to enjoy those Martzen and Oktoberfest beers you’ve been avoiding all August. Falling in conveniently a few days behind Labor Day, the September First Friday will take place on September 7, featuring new art gallery exhibits, live music, food and dining specials, and much more.

Check out the individual listings below, and remember the most up-to-date event listings are 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 the First Friday, or to find business addresses, parking, upcoming activities and more, visit the DDP website at Invite friends and family to partake in First Friday fun! “Like” and share the First Friday Facebook page.


  • Crane Studios Market, 221 Crane St.: Local photographer Andy Snow is the visiting artist for September. The public is invited to the opening reception for this month-long exhibition. Schooled in the history of photography while completing his Philosophy degree at Princeton University, Andy Snow has been making photos and videos for clients and collectors since 1973. His assignments have been published worldwide by corporations like GE and Time Warner as well as publications that include Fortune, TIME, The New York Times, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal.
  • Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St.: The Dayton Society of Artists is pleased to announce its fall membership exhibition, Community & Place. Help the gallery celebrate its fundraising progress in the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) remodeling project for the gallery, and the supportive community of members. Every member will get at least one work accepted into the show, and the show will take place both at the gallery and Front Street Buildings’ gallery space! All proceeds from entry fees will go towards making DSA gallery ADA compliant and accessible to add to the grant just received. Join the fun at both locations from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St.: Join DVAC on First as they kick off their 2018-2019 Season with the exhibition, When Things Go Missing. This solo exhibition features photographs by University of Dayton photography professor Joel Whitaker, presented around four narratives about loss.
  • Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St.: Check out the latest exhibit, “Edward Charney, Recent Observations.” Edward Charney has been teaching painting and drawing at Wittenberg University since 2000. Charney has taught at numerous other colleges and universities and well as exhibiting his paintings across the United States. The paintings in this exhibit are responses to direct observations of nature, or they are responses to memories of recent encounters with nature. Opening reception will be from 6-9 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. Admission is free and open to all-ages. This month’s speacial feature includes the dual-branded “Community & Place” event in conjunction with Dayton Society of Artsts. Call 331-9061.
  • K12 Gallery & TEJAS, 341 S. Jefferson St.: K12 Gallery & TEJAS intites you to the 2018 Member Show: Change is the Only Constant. In addition to their September exhibition, they are hosting the 2nd installment of their Artsy Chic and Vibe themed artist markets: Hairy Potters! Sculptures and pottery will be on display and available for purchase. Entertainment to be provided by Next to Nowhere and Alexis Gomez, and the Drunken Waffle food truck will be vending.
  • Skeleton Dust Records, 133 E. Third St.: Don’t miss the new art pop-up gallery installation, featuring works by Leslie El-shedraway. Christianna Reese will be providing live music.
  • Studio 42, 42 W. Fith St.: Join us for September First Friday to help us celebrate the official launch of Verdigris Backdrops! We’ll have several of our hand-painted backdrops on display at Studio 42. For photographers, we’ll have models available as well, so you can build your portfolio and see how great these drops photograph. All attendees will receive a discount on a future backdrop rental, too!






  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park: It’s the return of the Dayton Greek Festival! From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on First Friday, the Greek community will share its unique and vibrant culture, opening the doors of the beautiful church, and of course, sharing the delicious Greek food and pastries everyone loves. Visit the website for details and entertainment schedules.
  • 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.
  • Blind Bob’s Bar, 430 E. Fifth St.: The Family Violence Prevention Center will host their 2nd annual Take Back the Pub Bar Crawl. This fundraising and awareness event sheds light on sexual violence. Day-of registration costs $15 and includes entry into the bar crawl, cover charges for all stops, and five raffle tickets for a drawing. Get ready for a night of fun and good brews for a great cause.
  • The Brightside Event & Music Venue, 905 E. Third St.: Eat, Create, and Meditate is more than a fundraiser for Dayton Mediation Center, celebrating 31 years of being one of Dayton’s key ingredients as the region’s premier provider of conflict intervention services. Enjoy a casual evening of interactive cooking, yoga, and art creation with nationally recognized Dayton artist, Mike Elsass. The event will take place at The Brightside, one of our sponsors, and catering will be provided by Fresco, another event sponsor. Proceeds will benefit the Center’s Peer Mediation Program at the Women’s Dayton Correctional Institution. Visit the Eventbrite website for tickets.
    • 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 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.:
    • Levitt Pavilion, 134 S. Main St.: Get your picnic blanket and chairs ready and head over to the Levitt Pavilion lawn to enjoy a live concert featuring The Hunts. This group of seven siblings will take the stage to showcase their indie-folk music. Bring food, friends, and family along for this free concert. Performance starts at 7 p.m. For more information go to
    • Link Dayton Bike Share Stations: Ride in style as we light up the Link Bikes for this September First Friday. Bikes will be available at various downtown locations. Passes are available at any kiosk. Take a spin and light up the night! Find kiosk locations at:
    • The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St.: Be sure to get tickets for the Human Race Theatre Company’s opening night of Banned from Baseball by Patricia O’Hara. Mingle with the cast at the post-show Opening Night Party in the lobby and enjoy drinks at the bar and complimentary food provided by Far Hills Catering. Find tickets for the 8 p.m. showing at
  • The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St.: Downtown’s independent movie house offers foreign and indie films, as well as mainstream movies and documentaries. September’s First Friday will be the Dayton debut for the film “Juliet, Naked,” a British comedy starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd. 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).
  • Proto BuildBar, 534 E. First St.: Looking to get started in Cosplay? Are you a Cosplay veteran? Stop in at Proto Cosplay Connection for a fun night to show off your creations and to collaborate on new ones. Proto will provide workspace and super discounts on 3D printing and soldering services. Beer, wine, and spirits will be available for purchase.


Food and Drink

  • The Barrel House, 417 E. Third St.: Visit The Barrel House for food from the Craves food truck from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
  • Basil’s on Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd.: Basil’s is bringing you new happy hour specials! Every weekday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., they will have a $5 bar menu and $5 house wine and craft beer! Patrons must be seated in the bar area for the specials.
  • 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
  • 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.: $1 off all beer, wine and well liquor. Enjoy $10 pitchers of select beers (Lagunitas IPA, Fat Tire, and Stella Artois).

  • 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.: Head to the patio for a wine tasting from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. 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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