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Celebrate Dayton’s ‘independents’ at Dayton First Friday tonight

Downtown Dayton’s collection of independently owned restaurants, boutique shops, craft breweries, galleries, and other small businesses take their moment in the spotlight as the July 5 First Friday celebrates the city’s “independents.”

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New downtown Dayton business, Now and Zen DIY Studio, which held its grand opening on June’s First Friday, will host an “as seen on Pinterest” DIY project.

Stop in and be sure to check out their tutorial on how to make an ombre dream catcher from 5-9 p.m.

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Come back Saturday, July 6, and enjoy Independence District Day in the Oregon District. This family-friendly event is free, open to the public, and will feature live music, vendors, food, beer, and street games. Don’t forget to pop into the shops and restaurants lining Fifth Street.

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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:


• Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St.: Dutoit Gallery will be hosting John Dickinson as a featured artist. Stop by and enjoy these new pieces from 6-9 PM. Call (201) 752-4353. 

• The Contemporary Dayton, 118 N. Jefferson St.: The Contemporary Dayton is hosting a free exhibit titled Glow: The 28th Annual DP&L Foundation Open Members’ Show from 6-8 PM. This exhibit is for their all-media, all-level Artist Member celebration. Call (937) 224-3822. 

• The Front Street Building Co., 1001 E. Second St.: From 5-9 PM come and check out glassmakers to painters, the Front Street Building Co. will be hosting a slew of creative artists! There is plenty of things to see here this First Friday between the artists, artisans, and small businesses. Call (937) 229-3204. 

• High Street Gallery, 48 High St.: Join the Dayton Society of Artists for a community talk by Monrovian artist-in-residence, Patrick Gono at 7 PM. They will have a plethora of artists’ work on display about Crossing Boundaries from 6-9 PM. All the work will be depicting different backgrounds, religions, cultures, abilities, and locations that we are all bound to by the same humanity. Call (937) 228-4532. 

• Skeleton Dust Records, 133 E. Third St.:. Skeleton Dust Will be hosting an art opening for local artist, Nelly Rose! Live music will be provided by Carter Griffin for the listening pleasure. Come and experience Nelly’s beautiful work this First Friday from 7-9 PM! Call (937) 221-8528.

The Slackers | Friday, June 7 | Soul/Reggae Levitt Pavilion Dayton has announced its 2019 season. This year’s concerts will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. There will be a family concerts third Sunday of each month — except Sunday, July 21 — at 4:30 p.m. The Greatest Showman will be shown t the pavilion Sunday, July 21 beginning at at dusk as part of the PNC Family Series.


•  The Barrel House, 417 E Third St.: Join The Barrel House for their July Funky Friday! At 5 PM there will be a poutine food truck serving made-from-scratch poutine. Come for the beer and food and stay for the funk that DJ Cooley will be spinning from 6-10 PM. Call (937) 222-4795.  

•  Blind Bob’s Bar, 430 E. Fifth St.: And Then Came Humans will be performing this First Friday at Blind Bob’s Bar. Stop by to enjoy the Jazz rock/funk band at 8 PM. Call (937) 938-6405.  

•  Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave: It is another Irish Frist Friday at Dublin Pub! Enjoy music from Dogwood Road, performing in and around the Columbus area for more than two years. Primarily an Irish band, they are expanding their area. Call (937) 224-7822.  

  Hannah’s, 121 N. Ludlow St.: The Musician’s Co-op is going down this First Friday with Alyssa Hanson as the host! Stop by for some great sound and great bites from Hannah’s. The fun kicks off at 9 PM. 18+. Call (937) 640-1335.  

•  Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E Fourth St.: Get ready for an Independence Day weekend kickoff unlike any other as the Yellow Cab Tavern hosts the first annual parking lot boat show with Bands! Beers! Boats! The evening features a boat cruise-in, live performances from Dayton's Marijuana Johnson and a reunited and back at it the Washington Beach Bums from Columbus, patio games and refreshing kiddie pools outside, Smokin Barrels, LLC providing great BBQ, and Yellow Springs Brewery's Boat Show on draft. Be a part of the Boat Cruise-in. There's no fee, just show up before 6pm and get a premium spot on the lot. Then at 7pm, the “Daytonest Boat” vote begins, with the winner receiving a trophy! Call (937) 424-3870.

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RiverScape River Run offers a whitewater play feature for more experienced paddlers. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Staff Writer


• The Black Box Improv Theatre, 518 E. Third St.: Presenting MOMologues. Bring a bottle of wine for a night out with your favorite fellow moms at 9 PM. Tickets are $15. Stay after for a free Improv Jam. Get on stage and take a stab at improv at 11 PM. 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.

• Proto Build Bar, 534 E. First St.: Starting at 6 PM, you can enjoy a fun-filled evening of tabletop gaming while enjoying a drink or coffee! There will be 25% off all board game related 3D prints. Call (937) 222-6253. 

• RiverScape MetroPark West Pavilion, 237 E. Monument Ave.: From 4-8 PM come and enjoy an opportunity to kayak and paddleboard for $15 an hour! You can explore the Fountain of Lights and also experience the RiverRun whitewater feature! Kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, and helmets are all included in the rental fee. Call (937) 275-7275.

• 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. Take First Friday to new heights from 3 to 11 PM. Call (937) 224-5724.

• Wiley’s Comedy Club, 101 Pine St.: This weekend, head on over to Wiley’s to enjoy The Almost Show! Here, you can watch the finalists in the Wiley’s Fireworks Competition perform their hilarious comedy acts! 18+. Two-item minimum purchase. Show starts at 8 PM. Tickets are on sale now. Call (937) 224-5653.

The Van Buren Room, a 1900's-inspired cocktail bar connected to Belle of Dayton distillery at 122 Van Buren St., will open on Friday, Oct. 5. The room is next to the distillery operations and designed to pay homage to the original Belle of Dayton bottle discovered in a pile of broken glass near a Prohibition-era speakeasy that once operated in downtown Dayton. AMELIA ROBINSON / STAFF PHOTO


• Basil’s On Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd.: Basil’s will be hosting Happy Hour from 3-6 PM. 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.  

• Belle of Dayton, 122 Van Buren St.: Enjoy a cocktail from the Van Buren Room (located inside the distillery) while touring the production space at the Belle of Dayton. Belle of Dayton First Friday distillery tours are FREE! Show up at 5pm on First Friday (beginning this month, July 5), and enjoy a FREE tour and samples. Stick around the Van Buren Room and purchase a cocktail made with Belle of Dayton spirits.. Call 250-1837.

• Deaf Monty’s Wine Bar, 22 Brown St.: Enjoy wine tasting specials for $2 and $3. Take advantage of the wines at the tasting room and bottle shop located at the Inn Port D’Vino Bed and Breakfast in the Oregon District. Also, be sure to check out their cute hearing-impaired pup that the store is named after! Doors Close at 8 PM. Call (937) 225-9463  

• 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.  

 Oregon Express Bar and Restaurant, 336 E. Fifth St.: Happy Hour 4-7 PM. includes $10 pitchers of Stella, Fat Tire, and Lagunitas IPA. Live music starts around 9 p.m. Call (937) 223-9205.  

• Salar Restaurant & Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St.: Salar offers happy hour from 5 to 7 PM 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.  

• Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Half price happy hour including appetizers and drinks specials from 4-7 PM. Wolf Moon Revival will be performing at 9:30 PM Call (937) 461-1101.  

 Tumbleweed Connection, 454 E. Fifth St.: Calling all wine lovers! From 4-8 PM come and enjoy some delicious wine tasting on Tumbleweed Connection’s patio and some live music. Call (937) 228-5500.

Some of the cutest, most clever art-related gifts are located in the gift shop at the Dayton Art Institute. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Photo: Lauren Rinehart


• Clash, 521 E. Fifth St.: JVan will be featuring his paintings along with his wearable art that will be on display and for sale at Clash. There will also be a fun Live Photo shoot at the shop with Cincinnati fashion photographer, Brian Mikulski. Call (937) 259-8986.  

• Grace Lane Boutique, 133 E. Fourth St.: Grace Lane Boutique will have a Sip ’n’ Shop with 25% off SALE store wide in celebration of Independence Day. Call (937) 903-2729.  

• Now and Zen DIY Studio, 37 S. St. Claire St.: This First Friday, Now and Zen are hosting a Sip and Create: As seen on Pinterest event! Stop by between 5-9 PM and create a beautiful modern ombre Dreamcatcher. Feel free as well to create a terrarium at their terrarium bar as well! Call (937) 287-1733.  

• Puff Apothecary, 605 E. Fifth St.: Puff Apothecary will be having an invite-only soft opening this First Friday. They specialize in natural based products to define curls and provide braiding and loc services. All of their apothecary items will include more plant based oils, ayurvedic plant powders, and shea butter. This event is free, but an RSVP is required. For an invite to the soft open event, sign up at Call (513) 549-1087.


What: First Friday June

Where: Downtown Dayton

When: Friday, July 5, 2019

Cost: Varies by location

More info: |  First Friday Facebook page