June’s First Friday offers new ways to explore and support downtown

Kevin Carter and Valerie perforrm “Dayton Strong” at the Tip Jar: A Show of Thanks virtual concert

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.

Alexandra Rivers, owner of Twist Cupcakery downtown.

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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Retail Shopping
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.

Luna Gifts & Botanicals offers succulents, plants, and cacti in so many varieties. CONTRIBUTED

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.

The creative forces behind Tender Mercy and the Idea Collective have come up with the Tip Jar - a virtual concert taking place on Saturday, May 30.

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Blues guitarist Steven Gregory will be performing live on his Facebook page with a short live set from his home similar to his 'Living Room Live' concert. To watch, click 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.

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Harmonica Neil will have a livestream going on Friday night that he says "will reflect our uncertain and turbulent times through musical positivity."  Tune in here to watch.

Alyssa Hanson will be on her OPA Facebook page for a special performance of her  quarantine project, "Ballads in the Basement." Check it out 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.

Credit: Libby Ballengee

Credit: Libby Ballengee

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.

The Contemporary Dayton invites you to view their latest installation "Remix" at  their website www.thecontemporarydayton.org and a new virtual studio tour by Jason Lee here.

The Collaboratory has put together the Essential Artists Dayton website, where local artists are able to sell their artwork. Find your next great piece of art here: https://essentialartistsdayton.org

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Now and Zen DIY Studio is offering "at home" DIY terrarium kit, available for pickup at their store or can be shipped to your home. Order online here: https://shopnowandzen.com

Feeling creative? Picture Perfect Paint Parties offers pick up supplies for your very own at-home paint party here.

Visit the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s event page here for more information on other opportunities to support downtown.

Callie Young, bar manager at Corner Kitchen restaurant in Dayton's Oregon District.

Credit: Contributed

Credit: Contributed

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