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During this special holiday edition of the event, visitors can shop for unique and one-of-kind items, and many businesses and restaurants will offer specials and other incentives for First Friday shoppers. Luminaries light the way to the best in dining, arts, culture, unique retail and musical experiences in the Miami Valley. Downtown businesses will compete for prizes in the Whimsical Windows display contest, and regional performance ensembles will provide musical entertainment for all who stroll the sidewalks in downtown Dayton.
Dayton Holiday Festival activities roll on through December. Visit the Schuster Performing Arts Center to see the Tike’s Shop (noon to 7 p.m.) and the Wintergarden Wonderland Windows—the magical Rike's department store holiday window displays, featuring animated elves, woodland animals, violinists and skaters. The Kettering Tower Lobby at the corner of Second and Main streets hosts Virginia Kettering’s Holiday Train Display. This one-of-a-kind model train display was given to the community by Mrs. Virginia Kettering.
Explore. create. stay out late.The beginning of every month starts with a bang in downtown Dayton. First Friday is a free art hop event held from 5 to 10 p.m. in several locations throughout downtown.
First Friday is presented by the Downtown Dayton Partnership with support from the Oregon District Business Association and Rev. Cool's "Around the Fringe" show that airs on Fridays from 8 p.m. to midnight on WYSO-FM 91.3.
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