Music, Art, Performances, Dining, Shopping Events in Bloom on May 6 First Friday April 26, 2016, dayton, Ohio —

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Music, Art, Performances, Dining, Shopping Events in Bloom on May 6 First Friday
April 26, 2016, DAYTON, Ohio — May welcomes warmer weather with bustling sidewalks, new products, gallery exhibits, live theater, musical acts, shopping and dining specials, and cycling tours this First Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 6. The event is free and open to the public.

With the launch for The Square Is Where taking place on Monday, May 2, and the kickoff for the DP&L Summer in the City signature event series set for Saturday, May 7, this month’s First Friday rolls out the red carpet for summertime activities. Don’t miss the return of the popular Pickin’ in the Park at RiverScape MetroPark, featuring bluegrass/newgrass music, plus food and beer available for purchase. It’s also the first of a special two-night Brahms Festival concert series with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the preview for the annual art and music festival, Sideshow XI, at the Yellow Cab building. As always, there will be gallery openings, live music, food and drink specials, and more activities.

Come back downtown Saturday, May 7, for the Downtown Housing Tour, a free event kicking off the DP&L Summer in the City signature event series. From 1-5 p.m., visitors can check out condos, apartments and townhomes from about 10 different downtown locations. The Greater Dayton RTA is providing a complimentary shuttle. More information is available online at

For more information about First Friday, or to find business addresses, parking, upcoming activities and more, visit the DDP website at or use the location-based mobile site, Invite friends and family to partake in First Friday fun! “Like” and share the First Friday Facebook page or the event page.


Dayton Visual Arts Center, 18 N. Jefferson St.: Stop by DVAC’s opening reception for Stunt Show, featuring cutting-edge local collagists Darren Haper, Colleen McCulla and Tres Roemer. Call 224-3822.

Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, 48 High St.: (Open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Featuring the “WOW 2016 Spring Show.” Call 228-4532.

Dutoit Gallery, 1001 E. Second St., #100: The new Dutoit Gallery is a cooperative made up of 28 member artistsis hosting its first solo exhibition, “Jean Koeller, Inside and Out,” from 6-10 p.m. Call 952-0246.

K12 Gallery & TEJAS, 341 S. Jefferson St.: Opening reception for Rising, the AP and AIT art programs’ end-of-year student exhibition. Reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 461-5149.


Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St.: Featuring happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m., $2.50 well drinks. Skull Practitioners, The 1984 Draft, Big Wooly, and Roosevelt. Call 938-6405.

De’Lish Café, 139 N. Main St.: Featuring Friday Nights Unplugged with live soul, jazz and R&B music from 9-11 p.m. with no cover charge, plus $5 drink specials all night. Call 461-2233.

Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave.: Featuring Irish First Fridays, with a happy hour, a performance by the Miami Valley Pipe and Drum group starting around 7 p.m., and live music by Dulahan starting at 9 p.m. Call 224-7822.

Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson St.: Old Skool Groove Night from 8 p.m. to midnight. Call 228-8414.

RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave.: Pickin’ in the Park returns with free, live music by bluegrass/newgrass bands Urban Pioneers and the Hackensaw Boys. Beer and food available for purchase on-site. Call 274-0126.

Therapy Café, 452 E. Third St.: Featuring First Friday with 3DMentional, including five DJs and a live art contest with six artists. Admission $5. 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Call 461-4000.

Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St.: Live music by Boxcar Suite starting at 9:30 p.m. and happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. with $5 dining specials. Call 461-1101.


The Black Box Improv Theatre, 518 E. Third St.: Share your social media profile and enjoy a watching a whole improvised show devoted to your stories. BYOB. Call for ticket prices and availability. Call 369-0747.

Courteous Mass Dayton, Don Crawford Plaza, 220 N. Patterson Blvd.: Bring your bike every First Friday for a group ride, starting at 5:30 p.m. All riding levels welcome. Visit

Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. Fifth St.: Dayton Chess Club hosts a Quick tournament for US Chess Federation members. Games are perfect for club chess players and those experienced with online chess games who would like to test their skill over the board. The club opens at 6:30 p.m. and registration ends at 7:25 p.m. The first of four games begins at 7:30. Visit for more details. Call 461-6283.

The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St.: The Off Broadway Theatrical Revue known across the U.S. as The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show presents “Art of the Word,” featuring Emmy-nominated artist Jon Goode and Nuyorican Poets Café own Mahogany Browne. Tickets $25-$45 Call 228-3630 or visit

The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St.: Catch the opening of “Sing Street,” a story about a boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s who escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London. Call 222-SHOW (7469) for prices and show times.

Nucleus CoShare, 411 W. Fifth St.: First Friday means it’s time for another Free Workday! From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can experience what a co-shared office environment is like, and get a preview of the benefits a membership to Nucleus CoShare provides. Call 259-4686.

The “Old” Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. Fourth St.: Can’t wait for Sideshow X May 13-14? Check out the “Sideshow Preview Party” and get a sneak peek at the music and art extravaganza as part of First Friday. Call 203-8175.

Riff Raff Tavern, 130 N. Patterson Blvd.: Live performances by High Impact, starting at 9 p.m. Call 558-0808.

The Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St.: The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Brahms Festival.” Guest pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung, DPO Principal Second Violin Kirstin Greenlaw, and DPO Principal Cello Andra Padrichelli join forces to salute remarkable German composer Johannes Brahms. Show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets $8-$61. Call 228-3630.

Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St.: Featuring comedian B.T. $10 and two-item minimum. Shows starts at 8 p.m. Call 224-5653.

Food and Drink

Deaf Monty’s Wine, 22 Brown St.: $2 tastings of select wines. Call 225-9463.

De’Lish Café, 139 N. Main St.: Friday Nights Unplugged features live music plus $5 food and drinks specials and $4 wines. Call 461-2233.

Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St.: Pub grub specials from 4-5 p.m. and happy hour ($1 off all draft beer) from 4-6 p.m. Call 443-0919

Oregon Express, 336 E. Fifth St.: Featuring half-price pizza from 4 to 8 p.m. and live music. Call 223-9205.

Tumbleweed Connection, 454 E. Fifth St.: Featuring a wine tasting on the patio from 5-8 p.m. Call 228-5500.


Confetti, 42 W. Fifth St.: Celebrate the card and party store’s second birthday with special deals, refreshments from Twist Cupcakery, and other surprises. Call 387-7022.

Epic Life Fitness: 118 N. Jefferson St.: Patrons can stop by between 4-8 p.m. to schedule a free assessment and receive 20% off their first package with the purchase of four sessions or more. Call 371-8258.

Sew Dayton, 261 Wayne Ave.: First Fridays feature the free Stitch n’ Sip event. Bring your own beverage and sewing project and make new sewing friends! Call 234-7398.

Twist Cupcakery, 25 S. St. Clair St.: Enjoy a sweet treat while shopping for women’s fashions during the Sweets & Skirts event, featuring clothing by national brand LuLaRoe. Call 771-4099.
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. Download the Find It Downtown mobile search tool for smartphones at

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