Dayton’s top 10 photo galleries in 2016

  • Ashley Bethard
6:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 What To Love
Hauntfest on Fifth 2016. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM

2016 was a year for the books in Dayton, and we’ve got photographic proof.

Here are the year’s top galleries for your viewing pleasure.

One of Dayton’s most inspiring events continues to deliver. Here are some highlights from the idea exchange.

Scenes from TEDxDayton 2016. Photo by Amelia Robinson

A community engagement initiative that was born at the UpDayton Summit, it brought together people from all neighborhoods and walks of life to break break and share conversation.

More than 500 Dayton residents gathered on the Third Street Bridge for conversation and a meal during The Longest Table event, which was held Saturday, Oct. 15. The concept was one of the winning projects at the UpDayton Summit.

A new hotel opened in Yellow Springs this year (it’s also the only one in town). Spoiler alert: it’s beautiful (that porch, though!).

Amelia Robinson
We take you on a tour of Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Spring. The hotel and its eatery, Ellie's Restaurant and Bakery, is set to open Monday, April 25. it is owned by Jim and Libby Hammond and their daughter Katie.

Because sometimes you need a good excuse to dress up and get out of the house when it’s cold outside -- and donating toys to the Toys for Tots org is as good as any. Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 

Dayton's 2016 Santa Pub Crawl was held Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Oregon District, and benefited Toys for Tots. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM

We took a look inside the long-vacant building and found something pretty cool: an old wooden roller rink on the top floor. 

The historic Balsley Building, long vacant, is slowly but surely being renovated by Geeta and Clive Wilson, who purchased the building at 424 E. Fifth St. in 2012. Long-term, the Wilsons plan for the 15,000 square-foot building to hold a bakery, full restaurant, several event spaces, and studio apartment space. Photo by: Vivienne Machi

Beer is one of Dayton’s favorite pastimes, and the city has more unique brews to offer than ever before. It’s no surprise this is one of the most popular festivals.

Scenes from AleFest 2016 on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at Dave Hall Plaza in downtown Dayton. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

It may have been last year’s event, but there’s nothing “last year” about the Art Ball.

It’s captured the minds, hearts and conversation of many Daytonians. Here’s a look at the Arcade’s storied history -- and some joyful scenes from its heyday.

Credit: Dayton History Books Online
The ghost of Christmas past at the Arcade.

It bears repeating that the Art Ball is hands-down one of the most fabulous events, with some of the most spectacular red carpet scenes in town.

The Oregon District knows how to throw a party -- and Dayton knows how to do Halloween. 

Hauntfest on Fifth 2016 was held on Saturday, Oct. 29 in downtown Dayton's Oregon District. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com
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