Oregon District? Not this week! Downtown Dayton bleeds scarlet and gray


Football fever has gripped the Dayton region. With the debut of the NCAA’s national championship game featuring state favorite Ohio State University, fans everywhere are paying homage to the Buckeyes in the hopes of a national title. One downtown neighborhood went as far as a temporary name change to reflect their team solidarity. On Monday, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley signed a proclamation renaming the Oregon District to the “Buckeye District” from January 6 through the 12th when the Buckeyes will take on the Ducks from the University of Oregon. In addition to the name change, several … [Read more...]

Dayton: A City Worth Fighting For


Learn about milestones achieved via the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan since its launch in 2010. Our city has momentum and you can be part of its revitalization.

Free Summer Party Downtown


The Dayton Metro Library is inviting the whole community to a Summer Party.  There will be free entertainment, games, contests and hands-on activities for the whole family on Saturday, August 9, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Main Library and in Cooper Park, downtown Dayton. Chuck Duritsch from the Dayton Metro Library says, "We want to celebrate not only our summer readers who worked hard and met their goals, but also have a fun afternoon for everyone!"   What's in store?   Visit the Technology Petting Zoo to see the latest gadgets, then pet puppies from the Humane Society of Greater … [Read more...]

Downtown Businesses to Participate in Small Business Saturday

Brim is one of the downtown stores that will participate in Small Business Saturday.

Saturday, Nov. 30, is Small Business Saturday, and 18 downtown businesses will participate. Small Business Saturday is observed the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and is designed to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize small, local brick-and-mortar businesses. “Downtown Dayton is home to one of the largest collections of independent retailers in the region,” said Amelia O’Dowd, owner of Brim in the Oregon District, who helped organize this year’s event downtown. “In addition to great shopping, restaurants and bars will be offering gift certificates in addition to being open for lunch and … [Read more...]

Downtown Dayton: The Hub of Holiday Spirit

The Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights is a holiday favorite.

The month-long Dayton Holiday Festival begins Nov. 29 with the Grande Illumination and Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights from 4 to 9 p.m. on Courthouse Square, on the corner of Third and Main streets. The tree-lighting ceremony will start at 7:45 p.m. with the parade immediately following. Holiday events will continue into late December. This will be the 41st year for the holiday celebration. On the Friday after Thanksgiving beginning at 4 p.m., an array of family-friendly activities will be available to enjoy all evening. Activities on Courthouse Square include live music on … [Read more...]

Downtown Dayton Will Come Alive (While Celebrating the Day of the Dead) During the Nov. 1 First Friday


By the time Dayton’s next free First Friday event hits the streets of downtown, Halloween will be over — but lots of people will still be costuming up. That’s because the Nov. 1 First Friday, which will take place from 5 to 10 p.m., includes the second annual Dia de los Muertos Parade. The event is based on the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, during which friends and family gather to celebrate loved ones who have passed. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on the corner of Jefferson and Fifth streets. The parade includes life-size puppets, dancers, music and more. The public is invited to … [Read more...]

Special Events Indoors and Out Part of Sept. 6 First Friday in Downtown Dayton


Warm up for Urban Nights by attending downtown Dayton's next First Friday, held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. Art exhibits, live music, dinner and drink specials, retail sales, and special events will be featured at a variety of downtown venues. A complete list of what downtown businesses have on tap for First Friday is available on the DDP website. Highlights include: Internationally known artist Robert Walker will display work at Clash Consignment (521 E. Fifth St.). The monthly Courteous Mass Ride will meet for two rides this month at Don Crawford Plaza in front of Fifth Third … [Read more...]

Taste of the Oregon Festival Takes Over Fifth Street This Sunday


Sample the many things that make the Oregon District one of Dayton’s longest-standing hotspots this Sunday, Aug. 25, during the first Taste of Oregon festival. The event — which features food and drinks, live music, shopping, arts, vintage cars, and a home and garden tour — celebrates the area’s 40th year as a Historic District. Fifth Street will be closed in the District for the festival, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free, and food and drink tickets are $1 each, with food items priced between $3 and $6. The event will highlight the several new District … [Read more...]

Experience the Best of Downtown During the Aug. 2 First Friday


Art. Music. Shopping. Food. Fun. First Friday in downtown Dayton is about all of these things. This free event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, throughout downtown. The August First Friday is always one of the year’s largest, and this year promises to be the same with the range of activities taking place. Roaming performers — the McGovern Ceili Dancers, acoustic duo Pourover and juggler Tony Steinbach — will provide entertainment throughout downtown. If you plan to enter the Downtown in Focus photo contest, be sure to bring your camera along. From 8 to 11 p.m., most of … [Read more...]

Annual Downtown Dayton Photo Contest


 Amateur and professional photographers are invited to participate in Downtown in Focus, a photo contest aimed at finding new and distinctive shots of our downtown. The City of Dayton, Downtown Dayton Partnership, Kaplan College and Dayton Daily News are sponsoring the contest. One amateur winner and one professional winner will be selected in each of the following categories: Downtown Living:  You know that place you and your friends go to every Saturday night downtown? Now is your chance to win some money for being a regular! Take photos showing off Dayton’s vibrant dining and nightlife … [Read more...]