Whether you are in the mood to explore downtown or you just want to kick back and listen to some live music, the Sept. 2 First Friday has all the entertainment you need from 5 to 10 p.m.
All summer the local bands have been rocking out at the RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave. This Friday, Human Cannonball will perform at the free First Friday @ 5 concert from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Beer will be sold from 5 to 7 p.m. and the concession will be open. Free bike parking provided.
First Friday also is a chance for visitors to win a $1,000 travel gift certificate from AAA Miami Valley by completing a First Friday Passport. Each month, AAA will award two prizes of one-year classic AAA memberships, with free renewals for existing members. Everyone who enters for the monthly prize now through Dec. 2 also will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize of a $1,000 travel gift certificate.
Visitors can pick up a First Friday passport at participating locations (click here for a list). The passport must be stamped by at least four locations, and once visitors have all four stamps, they fill out their contact information and drop their passports in any of the First Friday Passport boxes that will be at all participating locations.
Starting at 8 p.m., numerous First Friday locations will blast Rev. Cool’s Around the Fringe radio show, which features lively dance music from around the world and your own backyard and airs on WYSO-FM 91.3. A variety of roaming performers also will provide entertainment (weather permitting).
See the Sights
For those looking for a unique way to tour downtown, check out Courteous Mass. This community of bike-minded individuals will meet at Don Crawford Plaza in front of Fifth Third Field at 5:15 p.m. for an urban street cycling ride through the city and First Friday action.
Another great way to stretch your legs while seeing the city is with Gem City Circle Walking Tours, which will host two tours highlighting local history. A tour of the Oregon Arts District will meet in the Jay’s Seafood parking lot at 5 p.m., and the Ghosts, Cemeteries and Murders Walk of Downtown Dayton tour will meet at Courthouse Square at 7 p.m. All walks are $10 per person, and advance reservations are required. Contact Leon Bey, tour guide, at 274-4749 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Channel Your Inner Artist
First Friday is a great chance to interact with art. Press, 257 Wayne Ave., will host a kids’ art event in which children ages 4 to 10 are invited to explore their creative side by creating works in a variety of mixed media. SMAG Dance Collective will perform in front of Boulevard Haus, 328 E. Fifth St., at 7 p.m. with painter Mike Elsass and musician Al Holbrook. Elsass will apply paint to a canvas and four dancers, each representing a different color and mood, will spread the paint with their bodies. The group also will perform its Homeless Series, which features solo and duet performances, throughout the Fifth Street corridor.
Additionally, K12 Gallery for Young People/TEJAS, 510 E. Third St., will host its first “Collaborative First Fridays for Families” sculpture-making event. First Friday visitors are invited to stop by and help create a collaborative sculpture around the theme “Junk It, Funk It.” Work alongside artists Cindi Remm and Michele Devitt to turn recyclables and junk into a community sculpture.
Dayton is filled with a variety of art exhibits. Open until 8 p.m., Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St., will feature “Coming to a Waterway Near You.” This exhibit by Virginia Burroughs examines the effects of blue-green algae on waterways across the country, and includes demonstrations by Burroughs on applying mixed media to photographs.
In the Orgeon Arts District, Color of Energy, 16 Brown St., will display works of pastel artist Daniel Wise and a preview of the “Sedona Vortex” exhibit by Mike Elsass. Down the street, Gallery 510 Fine Art, 510 E. Fifth St., will feature a variety of gallery artists will demonstrating their techniques, including painting, drawing, beading and Zentangle. The Cannery Art and Design Center, 434 E. Third St, will feature the “crazy quilt” paintings of Carol Stoops and the oil paintings and printmaking of Kathryn Pitstick, along with live jazz and refreshments.
Here’s what’s cookin’
After you’ve visited the galleries, grab a bite to eat or stop to watch the entertainment at numerous restaurants downtown. Boulevard Haus, 328 E. Fifth St., will offer $1 off tap beer for those who mention First Friday. Deaf Monty’s Wine, 22 Brown St., will feature a discount on rose, $5 for a 6-ounce glass. Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery, will tap a firkin tapping of Left Hand Brewery’s 400 Pound Monkey at 5:30 p.m.
Newly opened Olive, an urban dive, 416 E. Third St., will offer dessert and a beverage for $7 and will feature the art of Melinda A Esmond. De’Lish Cafe, 139 Main St., will feature live music and the “downtowner” specialty cocktail. Blind Bob’s, Dublin Pub, Garden Station, Jay’s Seafood, Omega Music, Oregon Express and Trolley Stop will feature live music.
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District Antiques, 122 Van Buren St., will offer 15 percent off any purchase of new items and 10 percent off consigned items. Newly opened Clash Consignment Co., 113 E. Third St., will host live DJs and a raffle for store gift certificates.
Restaurants, retail shops, bars and clubs, and other establishments throughout downtown will be open during First Friday. For regular updates about this event, follow First Friday on Facebook or text “FirstFridayDayton” to 90210. First Friday is presented by the Downtown Dayton Partnership with support from AAA Miami Valley, the Oregon District Business Association, and WYSO-FM 91.3.
The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website has a complete list of downtown’s arts and cultural amenities, as well as a dining guide, parking map and much more. Click here for a complete list of events taking place downtown.