Downtown’s next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
Fire dancers from the Soul Fire Tribe, belly dancers from Roja and solo musician Jason Trout will provide entertainment while roving the streets of downtown. Triclectic, an alternative bluegrass band, will play on East Fifth Street across from Omega Music from 6 to 8 p.m.
The eighth annual Dayton Music Fest will kick off during First Friday, with live music at Omega Music and Canal Street Tavern. On Saturday, Oct. 6, the festival will continue at several other downtown venues, including Trolley Stop, Tumbleweed Connection, Blind Bob’s and Oregon Express. Dayton Music Fest aims to spotlight local musicians and other acts with ties to the Dayton area. Weekend passes are $10 for the festival, which features more than 30 musical acts.
Several art galleries will host special events this month. The CADC will host a Halloween tribute, featuring several artist renditions of the famous impressionist painting “The Scream.” Patrons are encouraged to dress as their own version of the painting. K12 Gallery for Young People/TEJAS will host round two of the Art-Off Battles. At the top of the hour from 6 to 10 p.m., watch artists compete while creating works of 2-D art within the theme of “Time, Memory and Place.” The final round will take place Nov. 9. Blue Sky Project will feature a closing reception for Michael Casselli’s “Slackwire,” a contemporary art show that utilizes high-voltage plasma traveling across music wire and asks viewers to consider the space they inhabit and how impositions affect them. Work by folk artist Omope Carter Daboiku will be shown at Cachet G! International Boutique, including tiles, drawings and weavings.
More than 40 downtown businesses will participate in September First Friday; see a complete list of what downtown businesses have on tap for First Friday on the DDP website.
First Friday is presented by the Downtown Dayton Partnership with support from the Oregon District Business Association, the Ohio Arts Council 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.