Photo: Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Spread the local love this weekend at downtown Dayton’s First Friday

It’s time to fall in love with downtown during February’s First Friday in downtown Dayton.

The Feb. 7 event is all about spreading the love in downtown Dayton.

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❤️‘Can anybody find me somebody to love?’ 

Skate the night away to the music of Queen at RiverScape MetroPark’s Ice Rink. It’s the last themed night before the ice rink closes for the season. The skate will run from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $8 and includes skate rental, and ages 3 and under are free. Visit for hours and pricing or call (937) 274-0126. 

❤️Love is in the air and the streets

Entertainers will serenade people around downtown Dayton. There will also be a special love-themed balloon artists. Make sure to walk around from business to business downtown and through the Oregon District to grab your own piece of balloon art.

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RTA and the Downtown Dayton Partnership are teaming up for Trivia on the Flyer March 1, 2019.
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Getting to all the listed locations is easy with the help of the free Flyer shuttle buses operating until 11 p.m., connecting dozens of locations between RiverScape MetroPark and the University of Dayton. 

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New year, fresh start. The first First Friday of 2019 was jam-packed with winter fun, with plenty to do throughout downtown. Here's who we spotted. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Here are a couple highlights this First Friday:


The Contemporary Dayton, 118 N. Jefferson St.: The first CO exhibit of the new year, “With Devotion,” presents artists whose work re-contextualizes traditional materials in new and bold ways. The gallery will be open until 8 p.m. with light refreshments. Call (937)224-3822. 

● Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St.: There is new artwork at the Dutoit Gallery in February from Fred Draper, featuring landscapes from the West Coast made over the past three years. Opening night will be from 5-8 p.m. Call (937) 829-8016 

● Edward A. Dixon Gallery, 12 S. Ludlow St.: The gallery will be open from 6-8:30 p.m. ready for you to look at and shop for fine art. This First Friday, there is an opening reception for the artwork of Ronnie Williams. Williams is an award-winning painter who has been creating art professionally for over 40 years and whose portraits and murals now hang in many churches, cultural centers, institutions and businesses throughout the United States. There will also be a spoken word performance and light refreshments during the opening reception. Call (937) 331-8454. 

● The Front Street Building Co., 1001 E. Second St.: Take a stroll through Front Street on First Friday. Check out the line-up of show and exhibit openings at The Orphanage, Dana L. Wiley GALLERY, Us and Them Art Space, Front Street Studio Gallery, Dutoit Gallery, The Leopold Morgus Art Gallery, and Divisible Projects Enjoy acoustic music by Scott Lindberg on the guitar on the third floor. Gionino’s pizza will be served in the courtyard. Call (937) 331-9061. 

● Skeleton Dust Records, 133 E. Third St.: Skeleton Dust presents an art opening for Chicago-based artist Devin Owsley-Aquilia from 7-9 p.m. There will also be live music with Dayton’s Final Machine performing during the evening as well. Call (937) 221-8528.

Blind Bob's in Dayton's Oregon District. LISA POWELL / STAFF


 The Barrel House, 417 E Third St.: Join The Barrel House for their Funky Friday. Beers from Seventh Son Brewing will be on tap and new local art will be on display from Jacki J. DJ Cooley will spin funk music from 6-10 p.m. Call (937) 222-4795. 

● Blind Bob’s Bar, 430 E. Fifth St.: This First Friday, Blind Bob’s will be hosting Jojo Stella. 21 & up. Happy Hour is from 4-8 p.m. with $1 off wells. Call (937) 938-6405. 

● Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave: It is another Irish First Friday at Dublin Pub. Happy Hour is from 3-6 p.m. and music from Marys Lane. Call (937) 224-7822. 

● Oregon Express, 336 E. Fifth St.: The Times and The Linda Prevo Band will be performing at the Oregon Express this First Friday. Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. includes $10 pitchers of Stella, Fat Tire, and Lagunitas IPA. Live music starts around 9 p.m. Call (937) 223-9205. 

● Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Come to the Trolley Stop for half-price happy hour, with half off appetizers and $2 well drinks from 4 to 7 p.m. Later in the night, Bashiri Asad will be the musical guest, performing soul and R&B music. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover starting at 9 p.m. The cover gets patrons into Trolley Stop, Tumbleweed and Blind Bob's, unless there's a special event. Call (937)461-1101. 

● Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St.: Yellow Cab Tavern will be hosting the first semi-annual Reel Love Showcase on Friday and it will continue on Saturday Night, Feb. 8. This two-day event features a curated selection of the many artists recorded by Reel Love Recording Company, a Nashville studio that has worked with most Dayton bands. A two-day pass is $15 in advance here and single-day tickets will be available for $10 at the doors. Cover starts both days at 7 p.m. This show is all ages, with guests under 18 requiring a guardian. Call (937) 424-3870.

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MetroParks Ice Rink, located under the pavilion at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., has a full slate of seasonal events on tap to help celebrate the holidays. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer


 The Black Box Improv Theatre, 518 E. Third St.: Beginning at 8 p.m., Tyler and Aidan, aka "Strictly Platonic," take a one-word suggestion and create two-person magic, creating a full one-act play full of zany characters. The Show is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle/Beer). Tickets are $15. Call (937) 369-0747. 

 Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. Fifth St.: Every Friday evening (except when there are weekend tournaments), there is 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 Flight Basketball, Sinclair Building 8, 444 W. Third St.: The Dayton Flight professional basketball team is hosting its inaugural season in 2020. On Friday, Feb. 7 the Dayton Flight will take on the Columbus Condors at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening one hour before tipoff. For more info, visit their Facebook page or call (937) 688-3883. 

 RiverScape MetroPark. 237 E. Monument Ave.: Do you love the rock anthems of Queen? Then head to the MetroParks Ice Rink from 7 to 10 p.m. and skate as a live DJ plays a variety of hits from the legendary rock group. Cost is $8 and includes skate rental. Ages 3 and under are free. Visit for hours and pricing. Call (937) 274-0126. 

 Space Three, 39 S. St. Clair St.: Space Three is a brand new boutique fitness studio in downtown Dayton. This First Friday, take mini versions of barre, TRX and SWERK all in one class. Registration is limited to 14 people. Sign up for FREE at but please bring a donation ($10 minimum) for the American Heart Association in honor of Heart Health Month. Call (937) 604-0231 

 Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St.: Spaghetti Warehouse is hosting a Mystery Dinner Theater titled: “Gams, Gangsters, & Giggle Water”. It is a mystery whodunnit with a mafia theme. It will perfectly go with a great Italian dinner. It is only $29.95 per person for dinner and the show. Includes salad, bread, soft drink, entrée, dessert and the show. Reservations must be made first. Call (937) 461-3913 

 Urban Krag 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 the First Timers Friday deal and get a day pass, belay certification, shoe, and harness rental, all for $30. Call (937) 224-5724.

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Ethnosh Dayton’s next NoshUp at Salar is planned for Sunday, Feb. 23. Salar specializes in Peruvian and world-fusion cuisine and offers a full curated wine list and an exciting craft cocktail list that is a pleasant mixture of classics like Pisco Sours, Mosco Mules, Gimlets and Caipirinhas alongside more interesting boozy creations. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS


● Basil’s On Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd.: Basil’s will be hosting Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. Pop in to enjoy a $5 bar menu that includes bruschetta, fries, wings, artichoke dip, and tacos. They will also have $5 house wine and $5 select craft beer. Call (937) 818-4390. 

● Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St.: Stop in to wind down after work or get your night started. Enjoy $1 off beers, wine and appetizers. Call (937) 443-0919. 

● 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. Bar patrons can enjoy $5 house wines, $1 off draft beer, and select $5 bar bites. Call (937) 203-3999.

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Downtown Dayton shoppers have a new option for women’s clothing, shoes, artisan jewelry, and accessories at Grace Lane Boutique, in the St. Clair shops at 135 E. 4th St.
Photo: Lauren Rinehart


● Grace Lane Boutique, 133 E. Fourth St.: Grace Lane Boutique will be hosting a Sip ’n’ Shop. Grab a drink while you check out their latest in ethical winter fashion. Call (937) 903-2729. 

 Clash Dayton, 521 E. Fifth St.: Clash will be featuring local fashion designer, Raven Bombshell, with her handmade robes, dresses and lingerie that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. The shop will also be stocking extra stores of handmade candles, jewelry and apothecary from various local artists from the Dayton area for the perfect gifts.


What: First Friday 

Where: Downtown Dayton

When: Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

Cost: Varies by location

More info: |  First Friday Facebook page