There’s nothing “trivial” about March’s First Friday downtown, but there will be plenty of trivia to enjoy.
Fans of the television quiz show “Cash Cab” may enjoy Dayton’s own version debuting on First Friday on March 1. From 6-8 p.m., passengers aboard the new Flyer shuttles will have the opportunity to answer questions from live trivia hosts in order to win prizes. Merchandise and gift cards to downtown businesses are up for grabs.
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To play Flyer Trivia, simply board the Flyer at any of the dozens of stops between the University of Dayton and RiverScape MetroPark. Check out the interactive map at www.iRideRTA.org/TheFlyer to plan the perfect start to any First Friday adventure. The Flyer will operate until 11 p.m., giving passengers plenty to time to explore their city before making their way back to their starting point.
Another exciting feature for this event is the grand opening for a new women’s clothing store. Grace Lane Boutique, located at 133 E. Fourth St. in the St. Clair Lofts, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m., followed by an open house where patrons can shop, enjoy nibbles from Twist Cupcakery, and other refreshments and entertainment while they browse sustainably and ethically sourced goods.
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 downtowndayton.org. Invite friends and family to partake in First Friday fun! “Like” and share the First Friday Facebook page.
Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St.: Dutoit Gallery will be presenting a sculpture exhibition by Stefan Chivon. While his work has been shown around the world, he will be presenting his sculptures in Downtown Dayton this First Friday. The event is from 6-9 p.m.
The Contemporary Dayton, 118 N Jefferson St.: The Contemporary Dayton will be hosting a new exhibit “Journeys: The Work of Willis "Bing" Davis & Tess Little”. Come and experience the collaboration between African American and Appalachian influence found in these paintings, ceramics, drawings, and more. Call (937) 224-3822.
Dayton Society of Artists, 48 High St.: Join DSA for their 14th annual INKED UP: An Ohio Juried Printmaking Exhibition. Light refreshments will be provided for the evening. Call (937) 228-4532.
The Front Street Building Co., 1001 E. Second St.: Don’t miss the First Friday of March to enjoy the work of more than 100 artists and artisans. The complex is made of four buildings where one will encounter a combination of painters, printmakers, jewelry artists, sculptors, glass artists, mixed media artists, potters and more. Call (937) 461-5149.
K12 Gallery & TEJAS, 341 S. Jefferson St.: Head to K12 Gallery for the New Kids on the Block Exhibition Opening Reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The next generation of artists has been fine-tuning their techniques, processes and conceptual focus while logging in countless hours in studios across the region. Whether in a traditional academic program, or working steadfast on their own, these artists are the newest emerging talent in our communities. New Kids on the Block will highlight artwork created by 39 regional artists. Call (937) 461-5149.
Wells & Co. Custom Tattoo, 110 E. Third St.: Illustrator Anthony “Tank” Mansfield has gathered some of the best commercial artists, printmakers, tattoo artists and illustrators in the Midwest for HOP ART: An Artistic Tribute to Craft Beer. A wide range of paintings, prints, and drawings will be on display, each a tribute to craft beer. The event will take place from 7-10 p.m. Call (937) 979-6401.
Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St.: A live performance from Cricketbows with special guest Justin Payne will be performing from 8 p.m.- 12 a.m. this First Friday. Call (937) 938-6405.
Oregon Express, 336 E Fifth St.: Oregon Express kicks off First Friday with the Linda Prevo Band from 5-8 p.m., followed by The Times starting at 9 p.m. Show is 21 and up. Call (937) 223-9205.
Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Stop on in as the Trolley Stop presents Scott Houchens and Dana Farley. Listen to the top 40 covers with your best pals and grab a cocktail while you’re at it. Music starts at 9:30 pm. Call (937) 461-1101.
Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E 4th St.: Head on down for the Mardi Gras Threauxdown at the Yellow Cab Tavern! Come and see the Phil’s Big Ass Brass Band as well as Wolf Moon Revival & the Eclipse Krewe, a collaboration of artists from bands like D-Funk All Stars, Great Northern String Band, Puzzle of Light, and many more. The night will consist of Cajun food, a photo booth, 50/50 drawing, Tarot Card reading, and so much more this first Friday. Doors open at 6 pm, music starts at 8 pm. 18+ event. Pre-sale tickets are available now. Call (937) 424-3870.
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The Barrel House, 417 E 3rd St.: It’s a Funky First Friday at the Barrel House. Grab a beer on tap while listening to some funky beats from 6-10 p.m. Food will be available from Griller B’s from 5 pm- 12 am. Call (937) 222-4795.
Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North: Think you know your art and pop culture? Get quizzed at the Dayton Art Institute’s Trivia Night hosted by the Rubi Girls’ Dana Sintell. Explore the special exhibition “For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design” during the night as well. The trivia will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Call (937) 223-4278.
Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. Fifth St.: Every Friday evening (except when there are weekend tournaments), there’s a USCF-rated tournament ($10 for DCC members /$20 for non-DCC members), plus a few players who opt to play casual chess. For First Friday, this will be Quick rated (G/24, 5 sec. increment). Call (937) 270-4016.
Dayton Theatre Guild, 430 Wayne Ave.: Don’t miss “Our Mother’s Brief Affair.” Anna is in the hospital having the latest of her frequent deathbed scenes, and this one looks like it may be the real deal. She makes a shocking confession to her grown children about an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. Tickets at the box office, online or call (937) 278-5993.
Downtown Dayton: Hop aboard the free Flyer shuttle and enjoy live trivia. Flyer Trivia takes place from 6-8 p.m. Board the shuttle at any stop, and simply answer questions as the host tosses them out. Merchandise and gift cards to downtown businesses are up for grabs. Flyer Trivia is free to play. For a map and more information, visit http://iRideRTA.org/TheFlyer.
Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St.: Human Race Theatre Company invites guests to see the world right from their seat at Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days” at the Loft Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at TicketCenterStage.com. Call (937) 461-3823.
The League of Women Voters, 127 N. Ludlow St.: Come help the League of Women Voters kick off Women’s History month by stopping by the open house for Voter registration, League updates, and light refreshments. Call (937) 228-4041.
Proto Buildbar, 543 E. First St.: It’s an action-packed night at Proto Buildbar this First Friday! Stop by for Board Game Night from 6 p.m. – midnight where you borrow one from the bar or bring your own. All board game related 3-D prints will be 25 percent off as well. To take off some of the competitive edge, participate in the Essential Oils Workshop from 7 – 9 p.m. Call (937) 222-6253.
Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St.: Dayton Opera presents “The Pirates of Penzance.” Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking comedy centers on the romantic misadventures of Mabel and Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to a band of “reluctant” pirates. Add to that a very model of a modern Major General, his bevy of beautiful daughters, and a bungling bunch of Keystone Cops-style police, and you have the delightfully wacky operetta that has amused audiences since its 1879 debut. Tickets at the box office, (937) 228-3630, or www.ticketcenterstage.com.
UrbanKrag Climbing Center, 125 Clay St.: Swing by this restored church and get blown away by the 10,000 square foot indoor rock-climbing center inside! Enjoy their First Timers Friday deal and get a day pass, belay certification, shoe and harness rental, all for $30. Take First Friday to new heights from 3-11 p.m. Call (937) 224-5724.
Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St.: Enjoy a performance by Matt Alano- Martin with the first show kicking off at 8:00 p.m. The show is 18+. There is a two-item minimum purchase. Tickets are on sale now. Call (937) 224-5653.
🍸FOOD & DRINK
Basil’s on Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd.: Basil’s is bringing new happy hour specials. Fridays, hit up Basil’s from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. for a $5 bar menu and $5 house wine and craft beer. Patrons must be seated in the bar area for the specials. Call (937) 818-4390.
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. Call (937) 938-6405.
Oregon Express Bar and Restaurant, 336 E. Fifth St.: New Happy Hour 4-7 pm includes $10 pitchers of Stella, Fat Tire, and Lagunitas IPA. Call (937) 223-9205.
Salar Restaurant & Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St.: Salar offers happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. at the main bar, including options for a Build-Your-Own Pisco Bar. Call (937) 203-3999.
Toxic Brew, 431 E. Fifth St.: Drunken Waffle Twisted Taco will be setting up shop in Toxic Brew Taproom for a fun night full of drunken waffles, tacos a la carte, some signature sandwiches and a whole lot of your favorite craft beer. The fun starts at 4 pm. Call (937) 985-3618.
Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Half-price happy hour including appetizers and drinks specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call (937) 461-1101.
View 162 at Crowne Plaza, 33 E. Fifth St.: Dine 162 feet off the ground at View 162 at the Crowne Plaza Dayton. There will be a special menu in the lounge from 3-10 p.m. Call (937) 229-9847.
Clash Dayton, 521 E. Fifth St.: Clash will be hosting a variety of photographers in their store this First Friday. Come and see their take of the City of Dayton as they present their photographs they have captured of the Gem City. All Pieces will be for sale. The event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. Call (937) 259-8986.
Grace Lane Boutique, 335 E. Fourth St.: Stop by the Grand Opening of Grace Lane Boutique. Come share the girl power while browsing through a selection of Fair Trade and American made clothing, shoes, accessories, and so much more. The evening will consist of cupcakes from Twist Cupcakery, champagne, hourly prizes, and live music. The official ribbon cutting will be a 4 p.m., followed by the open house from 5–9 p.m. Call (937) 903-2729.
WANT TO GO?
What: First Friday March
Where: Downtown Dayton
When: Friday, March 1, 2019
Cost: Varies by location