Dayton Contemporary Dance Company closes its 48th season with its annual Soulstice fundraising gala Saturday, May 13, at America’s Packard Museum. The gala has a New Orleans theme and will include dance renditions of folklore and fairy tales. CONTRIBUTED
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Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Culture, Music & Entertainment

One great thing about Dayton: for a city of its size, its arts and entertainment options are many -- and varied.

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From a thriving arts community to extensive theater and performing arts shows, there’s something for everyone. Below are your Best of 2017 Culture, Music and Entertainment winners.

DK Effect had its soft opening on Saturday, June 3. In case you missed it, here's a sneak peek into Dayton's newest arcade bar.
Photo: Amelia Robinson

Best Arcade/Gaming


1600 E 3rd St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Canal Street Arcade & Deli, 308 E 1st St, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: D20: A Bar With Characters, 2144 E Whipp Rd., Dayton

Dayton Art Institute has some incentives to get patrons to take part in International Museum Day.
Photo: Staff

Best Art Gallery

WINNER: Dayton Art Institute 

456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC), 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: K12 Gallery & TEJAS, 341 S Jefferson St., Dayton

Best Bowling Alley

WINNER: Capri Lanes

2727 S Dixie Dr., Dayton | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Thunderbowl Lanes, 805 S Main St., Englewood

THIRD PLACE: Woodman Lanes, 3200 Woodman Dr., Kettering

Best Comedy Club

WINNER: Wiley’s Comedy Joint

101 Pine St, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Funny Bone, 88 Plum St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Black Box Improv Theater, 518 E. 3rd St., Dayton

Members of the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance perform during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Dublin Pub in downtown Dayton in2012.

Best Dance Group

WINNER: Celtic Academy of Irish Dance

85 Woodman Dr., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Gem City Ballet, 20 Commercial Way, Springboro

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), 840 Germantown St., Dayton

Best Dayton Drag Queen

WINNER: Tina Hightower


THIRD PLACE: Amaya Sexton

Best Hidden Gem

WINNER: Epic Dance Academy

88 Westpark Rd., Centerville | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: The Highland Stag, 75 N. Main St., Springboro

THIRD PLACE: KP’s Kountry Primitives, 1490 N Fairfield Rd. Ste A, Beavercreek

Best Local Artist

WINNER: Chris Welker



Jim Carter, also known as Rev. Cool. Amelia Robinson / Staff
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Best Local Celebrity

WINNER: Rev Cool

SECOND PLACE: Dave Chappelle

THIRD PLACE: Cory D. D. Miller

Best Local Comedian

WINNER: Dave Chappelle

SECOND PLACE: Jessica Graue


Best Local Theatre Group

WINNER: Dayton Playhouse

1301 E Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Theatre Guild, 430 Wayne Ave, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: The Human Race Theatre Company, 126 N Main St, Dayton

Best Museum

WINNER: Dayton Art Institute 

456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Pkwy, Dayton

The highest point in Dayton is at Lookout Point in Woodland Cemetery.
Photo: Connie Post

Best View of Dayton

WINNER: Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum

118 Woodland Ave, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Racquet Club, 40 N Main St., Dayton,

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton