First Friday: July – Independence and Independent Edition

First Friday: July – Independence and Independent Edition

July 5 First Friday: Independence and Independents Edition

July 5 First Friday: Independence and Independents Edition

Celebrate Independence Day with local food, shopping, arts, and entertainment in downtown Dayton this First Friday (July 5, 5-10 p.m.)! Support small businesses including new stores Chairapy (opening July 6) and Mintha’s Boutique (ribbon cutting July 12, opening July 12).

Don’t forget, DORA is in full swing every day from noon to midnight. Stop by a participating business to purchase a drink in an official DORA mug to go as you explore dozens of unique and locally owned shops, enjoy live music at RiverScape MetroPark and Levitt Pavilion, and stroll the pedestrian promenade at Out on 5th in the Oregon District.


  • The Black Box Improv, 518 E. Third St.: Enjoy comedy and an improvised musical!
  • Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St.: See work from featured artist, Chelle Palassis, throughout July! Live music from The Nightbeast, Cadaver Dogs, and Safe Money begins at 8 p.m. 21+ $10 at the door.
  • The Contemporary Dayton, 25 W. Fourth St.: See the exhibitions on view: “Katherine Kadish & David Leach: Crossroads,” “Andy Snow: Time Bends,” and “Tess Cortés: Vanishing Point.” Gallery open until 6 p.m.
  • Corner Kitchen, 613 E. Fifth St.: Enjoy live music on the patio from 8pm to 10pm every first Friday! Parking is valid with a $20 purchase.
  • Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North: See the latest special exhibitions, “Hand-Colored Photographs,” “Captivating Clay: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection,” “Riveting: Women Artists from the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Collection,” and “The Quiet World of Edward Hopper.” Open until 5 p.m. Fridays.
  • Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave.: Live music at the Dublin Pub! Stop by for a pint and live music for Irish First Fridays. Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m.; Free Juke Box on Fridays from 6-7 p.m.; Miami Valley Pipes & Drums performance at 7 p.m.
  • Edward A. Dixon Gallery, 222 N. St. Clair St.: Visit the gallery for an evening of attention to the work of California artist Juko. The exhibition includes three abstract series, “Espereme,” “Respira Conmigo,” and “Constellation of Lovers.” Light refreshments and free street parking are available.
  • Front Street, 1001 E. Second St.: Enjoy a night of live music, food trucks, studio and gallery hopping, and shopping at First Friday Art Hop on Front Street! Our art hops are always free to enter and park. We are a family and pet friendly community. With artwork and handmade goods from over 250 artists, you’ll want to get there early!
  • Joui Wine, 117 E. Third St.: Grab a glass of wine and enjoy “For the Hotties: An Ode to Female Hip Hop”
  • Levitt Pavilion Dayton, 134 S. Main St.: Enjoy a FREE community concert from OKAN. OKAN combines Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms!
  • Moeller Brew Barn, 416 E. First St.: Listen to live music at the Brew Barn from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The Neon Cinema, 130 E. Fifth St.: See “Kinds of Kindness” on First Friday! Also enjoy beer and cocktail specials during First Friday, and you can purchase a DORA drink at the Neon to stroll through the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area in downtown Dayton before or after the show.
  • Oregon Express, 336 E. Fifth St.: Join us for 199X – a 90s dance party! Sexbox spins 90s RnB, Hop Hop, Rave, Brit Pop, Punk and other genres to create a nostalgic mood. Admission is free!
  • RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave.: The British Invasion makes its RiverScape debut from 6-9 p.m., bringing the ultimate tribute to ’60s British rock! Grab a bite to eat at DFish DChicken or the RiverScape Café while you enjoy the show!
  • Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St.: Cab Grass presents Wildwater Boys as part of the 2024 Roots & Heritage concert series! Admission is at 7 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. All ages with a chaperone. $17 in advance or $21 at the door.


  • Dayton Beer Company, 41 Madison St.: Happy Hour from 3-5pm! Enjoy $2 off all DBC beer pints.
  • Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave.: Join us for our Irish First Fridays with Happy Hour from 3pm to 6pm
  • Lily’s Dayton, 329 E. Fifth St.: Happy Hour food and drink specials are every first Friday from 4:30-6:30pm!
  • Local Cantina, 503 E. First St: Happy Hour is 3-6pm with $5 Mustache Rides & Same Same Margaritas and $2 off dip! Reservations and catering orders now!
  • Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St., (937) 895-4066: From 4 to 6 p.m., join us for Happiness Hours featuring $2 off draft beer and $2 off sharing drinks, half-price bottles of wine, $8 Old Fashioneds and $9 Manhattans.
  • Oregon Express, 336 E. Fifth St., 937-223-9205: Join us every first Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for our Happy Hour deals and enjoy the best pizza in Dayton. Dine in, takeout, and curbside pickup are available.
  • Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St., 937-203-3999: Start your First Friday with happy hour at Salar from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring cocktail specials, $5 house wine, $1 off all beers and bar bite specials. Enjoy dinner, too, available to eat in or take out.
  • Table 33 Dayton, 130 W. Second St.: Friday is wine night at Table 33, with $3.33 pairings with each main course.
  • Troll Pub Dayton, 216 Wayne Ave.: Every Friday at the Troll Pub, there’s WTF Happy Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4-7 p.m. with half-priced pints and half-priced entrees, and $4 Fireball Shots.
  • Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St., 937-461-1101: Enjoy Half-Price Happy Hour every day from 3-7 p.m. $3 plus 50% off select entrees.
  • Two Social, 123 E. Third St.: New menu launches every first Friday! Try all 6 drinks on the new menu and get a free shirt! You have the entire month to collect all 6 drinks on the stamp card.
  • Winans Coffee & Chocolates, 221 N. Patterson Blvd.: Happy Hour wine is $8 a glass from 4pm to 7pm!


  • After5, 111 E. Third St.: Mention First Friday at checkout and receive 20% off your total purchase!
  • Chairapy, 605 E. Fifth St.: New business alert! Come to the ribbon cutting at 3pm on First Friday!
  • Choice Juice Boxx, 31 S. St. Clair St.: Spend $50 at Varsity House and get 10% off your Choice Juice Boxx purchase.
  • Club Evolution, 130 N. Patterson Blvd.: Audience applause selects the winner of a karaoke contest and $75! No admission. Karaoke starts at 8:30 p.m., contest starts at 10:30 p.m.
  • Mintha’s Boutique, 520 E. Third St.: New business alert! Come by to welcome them to downtown and mark your calendars for a grand opening on July 12th!
  • Omega Music, 318 E. Fifth St.: New Release Day! Discover new releases on vinyl, CDs and more. All day from 11am to 9pm in the Oregon District.
  • The Oregon District, Fifth Street: Visit the pedestrian promenade at Out on 5th! Enjoy extensive outdoor seating, vendors, entertainment and more as you visit your favorite Oregon District businesses.
  • Dayton pedal car
  • : Pedal Wagon Dayton: Hop around to some of Dayton’s best breweries on the Brewery Cruise! Seats are $35 for adults 21+ or rent a private ride for up to 15 people for $499!

  • Picture Perfect Paint Parties, 123 N. Ludlow St.: Come enjoy our monthly grape tastings and a mini paint party canvas. Call 937-265-0691 for more information.
  • Sole Touchers, 37 S. St. Clair St.: Mention First Friday and get 25% off all shoes in store!
  • Talbott Tower, 131 N. Ludlow St.: Visit the businesses at Talbott Tower! Enjoy live music, food and beer while shopping with special discounts at over 20 businesses.
  • Vidia’s Closet, 27 S. St. Clair St.: When you shop at this women’s clothing boutique in the St. Clair Lofts on First Friday, you’ll get 20% off your entire purchase! Shop in-store and enjoy a free glass of wine.
  • Wild Whiskers, 33 S. St. Clair St.: It’s Christmas in July. Stop by for a storewide sale!

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