Levitt Pavilion Dayton has announced 50 free summer concerts downtown for its second season.

Everything you need to know to make the most of your Levitt Pavilion experience

If you haven’t been to Dayton’s newest outdoor music venue yet, you are missing out.

The lineup for the second season of free music at Levitt Pavilion Dayton, has been announced. 

Now that you have the schedule, you can start planning a summer full of FREE fun.

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The Levitt Pavilion Dayton held its grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, with a concert by Gina Chavez. Construction of the new venue started in January 2018 on the former Dave Hall Plaza at South Main and East Fifth streets. CONTRIBUTED BY E.L. HUBBARD

6 BEST LEVITT PAVILION HACKS

Here are 6 things you should do when visiting Levitt Pavilion, a state-of-the-art venue that debuted in August 2018 at Dave Hall Plaza in downtown Dayton:

• Bring in lawn chairs or/and blankets

• Carry in your alcohol and other beverages (no glass)

• Bring along leashed, well-behaved dogs

• Take advantage of indoor restrooms when nature calls

• Bring in outside food (Heck, Wagner said you can have a fancy picnic if you want.)

• Shake their bodies on the dance floor

“You can even dance where you are seated and no one is going to yell at you,” said Lisa Wagner, the executive director of Levitt Pavilion Dayton. “We are on a slope.”

Lawn seating will be able to accommodate as many as 5,000 people.

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There’s one thing people will not need for the 50 free shows set to be staged at the public park from May through September: tickets.

“It is fun to be able to say you don’t need tickets,” Wagner said.

There will be one benefit concert that will be ticketed.

 

WHERE TO PARK 

Concertgoers are encouraged to park on surrounding streets free after 6 p.m. or at the Oregon District Garage (previously known as the Transportation Garage) located nearby at 101 E. Fifth St.

That garage’s parking is $1 after 6 p.m.

“Montgomery County will also open up its (Reibold) garage to us,” Wagner said.

That garage is located near the corners of Fifth and Main streets.

The Levitt Pavilion Dayton will celebrate its opening with a concert on August 9, just a short fourteen months after getting the green light for the project in downtown Dayton. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Food will be available for purchase from food trucks during concerts and there will be beer and wine.

Wagner said downtown businesses plan to take advantage of the expected influx of people.

Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, 46 E. Fifth St. near the Reibold Building garage, sold $5 plastic bulbs of wine and carry and go picnic packages to those heading to the concerts during the inaugural season.

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The picnic packs will include wine, sandwich wraps and other goodies for $10 each.

The Levitt Pavilion Dayton held its grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, with a concert by Gina Chavez. Construction of the new venue started in January 2018 on the former Dave Hall Plaza at South Main and East Fifth streets. CONTRIBUTED BY E.L. HUBBARD

Juanita Darden-Jones, Third Perk’s owner and an advocate for downtown, has high hopes for the exposure and foot traffic possibilities the pavilion has for her businesses and those that surround it.

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“I am really excited to see how the community embraces it,” she said. “Not just for my business, but how it brings people together downtown.”

Third Perk also offered seating on its patio before, during and after concerts, Darden-Jones said.

Other business also got into the act.

Crafted and Cured, 531 Wayne Ave. in the Oregon District, for instance, sold crowlers of beer (32 ounce cans of beer) and artisan meat and cheese cones.

Downtown Dayton Partnership Executive Director Sandy Gudorf said downtown and Oregon District restaurants and brewpubs will be open for those hoping to grab a drink or a meal before or after the concerts.

She said the pavilion will be an economic boon for downtown Dayton, which has experienced steady growth in recent years.

It is an amenity that will help breweries, pubs and restaurants and will offer even more things for visitors and residents to experience, she said.

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“It is about bringing more people downtown and getting them out exploring,” Gudorf said. “We are a community of small businesses. Venues like this draw people into (our) businesses. We see this as a unique opportunity, an economic driver to help our downtown businesses.”

The Levitt Pavilion Dayton held its grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, with a concert by Gina Chavez. Construction of the new venue started in January 2018 on the former Dave Hall Plaza at South Main and East Fifth streets. CONTRIBUTED BY E.L. HUBBARD
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