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Bring in the New Year, by enjoying First Friday, January 6, in downtown Dayton, Ohio.

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Downtown Dayton First FridayPhoto byCourtesy of Downtown Dayton Partnership

As we close out 2022, we look forward to a great start to the New Year! As we have found out recently, we never know what a new year will bring. As we continue to grow, we welcome you to our city. The great thing that is said about Dayton, Ohio, is that it's a small city surrounded by larger cities. We definitely are looking to grow even more in 2023. Businesses and entrepreneurs are starting to take a second look at our city.

To those that live in the surrounding areas, Dayton,Ohio, is a fun and unique destination. You can come and enjoy the city and still be a short distance to home. So when is the best time to visit downtown? I believe to get the full experience, First Fridays is the best time to see what Dayton, Ohio has to offer. (As a transplant, I was nervous about going downtown for years, but in recent years alot has changed, I wouldn't have thought 10-15 years ago, I would call downtown home).

Start 2023 off on the right foot by enjoying food and drink specials, signature art galleries, live entertainment and more, at the independently owned businesses that make downtown Dayton great!

For those that purchased or received Downtown Dollars during the holidays, this is a great time to spend it! Downtown Dollars are e-gift cards that can be redeemed at more than 80 participate in downtown businesses. Here are some of the First Friday events, restaurant specials, and what's playing at the Neon movie theater; for the First Friday 2023.

Want to bring in the New Year laughing, stop by The Black Box Improv, 518 E. Third St.: Take in comedy from local improv group Low Hanging Fruit, followed by a special show. For tickets visit: or Dayton Live, PNC Arts Annex, 138 N. Main St.: Broken English: 101 is back for another hard-hitting season! We are here to be your source of monthly entertainment and we are starting off 2023 with a mix of comedy, music, and poetry! Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:45 p.m.

How about some art, Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North: Visit the latest special exhibition, “American Myth & Memory: David Letinthal Photographs.” Open until 5 p.m. on Friday. Each non-perishable food item donated counts towards $3 off an Adult/Senior Admission or a free Youth Admission. Swing by the Edward A. Dixon Gallery, 222 N. St. Clair St.: The gallery has extended hours to conveniently be part of your First Friday Art Hop. See artwork from the Dayton area, around the U.S. and around the world. Light refreshments provided. Try your hands on an art project with Picture Perfect Paint Parties, 123 N. Ludlow St.: Come and enjoy our grape tastings of the month and a mini-paint party canvas. Register at or call 937-265-0691 for more information.

There are three stops on Clair Street, you don't want to miss! Up for a little shopping? Choice Juice Boxx, 31 S. St. Clair St.: Spend $50 at Varsity House to receive 10% off from your Choice Juice Boxx purchase. Want your Downtown Dollars to go further? Sole Touchers, 37 S. St. Clair St.: Mention First Friday to receive 25% off all shoes in store. Vidia’s Closet, 27 S. St. Clair St.: When you shop this women’s clothing boutique in the St. Clair Lofts on First Friday, you can take 20% off your entire purchase!

Want some indoor/outdoor fun? Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St., (937) 895-4066: The igloos are back! Reserve your private space by calling or visiting Join us to kick of First Friday for Happiness Hours, from 4-6 p.m. with $2 off glasses of wine, a $6 cocktail feature, $2 off draft beers and ½ off of shareables.

Also, RiverScape MetroPark. 237 E. Monument Ave.: The MetroParks Ice Rink sets the scene as a perfect winter wonderland in downtown Dayton. While the rink is open, you can enjoy delicious treats from the concession area, including a cup of hot chocolate. Visit to learn more, find daily open hours, and see a schedule of events. Admission: $6 daily, ice skate rental: $2 daily. Ages 3 and under are free with a paying adult. 278-2607.

Remember the most up-to-date event listings can be found in the online calendar published on the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website. For more information about First Friday, or to find business addresses, parking, upcoming activities and more, visit the DDP website at

Too cold for you outdoors? Take in a movie, The Neon movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St.: See “Corsage” on First Friday! See the full schedule online: Here's the trailer!

Invite friends and family to partake in First Friday fun! And have a Happy New Year!

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