For the third month since the coronavirus shutdown, the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s First Friday celebrations have turned to a virtual format. However with some establishments reopening, you can experience some aspects of downtown in person, too.
The first Friday of each month is celebrated by the entire downtown Dayton community, with art hops, a variety of entertainment and restaurant specials. This Friday June 5, participants can explore downtown Dayton from their own homes, or choose to visit the downtown community from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Here are some ways you can interact with the downtown community online or in person. From dining and shopping, to watching your favorite local bands or artists perform online, there’s lots to do whether you want to stay in or go out.
We’re only able to capture a fraction of everything happening downtown. For the full list of experiences to choose from, visit the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s event page here.
Food & Beverages
There are more than 60 downtown restaurants and breweries that are open for delivery and carry-out, and in some cases are now welcoming guests on patios or inside. Find the complete list here.
June’s First Friday is marking a celebration for many businesses, including the 5th anniversary in business for Twist Cupcakery, and the re-opening for several downtown locations that were temporarily closed due to state orders during the mandated coronavirus shutdown.
Warped Wing Brewing Company is opening for on-site consumption this weekend along with carryout orders. On Friday, it will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight for on-site consumption, dine-in and carryout.
Basil's On Market is now reopen downtown on the river, with the return of its “all you can eat crab" event.
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Reza’s Dayton is now offering take home lattes in a sealed bottle that will keep refrigerated for up to five days. Just shake well, pour on ice and enjoy. The cafe is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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There are many ways the community can support local businesses. The Downtown Dayton Partnership has put together a list of downtown retail and service businesses that have remained open in some way here.
Great news for shoppers: beck + call and LUNA Gifts & Botanicals are officially re-opening for guests from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be one-way shopping lanes and they’re asking guests to wear a mask and socially distance while they shop.
We here at Dayton.com hosted a special concert last weekend called “Tip Jar: A Show of Thanks” to help fund The Dayton Foundation’s special grants to help area restaurant and hospitality workers who have lost a big portion of their normal income due to the pandemic. If you missed it, you can still watch this incredible showcase of original Dayton talent here.
Edde Osborne will be live-streaming on his Facebook page playing flute, soprano sax, and alto sax to his recorded tracks. The Genre of music does cover most popular music which includes Jazz, Funk, Country, and Contemporary Standards. To watch, click here.
The band Novena will be performing on Friday night with a mix of live streamed folk / country / Americana on their Facebook page here.
Check out the entire Culture Works Artist streaming page here for lots of other Dayton performances to enjoy from home. Click here anytime to watch.
Visual Artists & Galleries
Front Street Artists are hosting special events throughout the day as part of First Friday. Artists will be posting to the event's newsfeed all day long, sharing photos, videos, tours and even "how-to" projects offered by some of our artists and artisans! Click here for more info.
The Dayton Society of Artists is pleased to present their 2020 members' exhibition, reMEMBERed. This virtual exhibition highlights the wide variety of styles, mediums, and techniques that their member artists employ. Learn more here.
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Visit the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s event page here for more information on other opportunities to support downtown.
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