First weekend of April kicks off ‘Dayton Bizarre’

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new event hopes to draw more attention and business to the Oregon District.

It’s like the old “First Friday” but a little more bizarre.

Organizers of the Dayton Bizarre are well aware of “First Friday”.  In fact, they planned the event at the same time in hopes to really build up the streets.

Amelia O’Dowd says, “None of us really talked about numbers. what we all wanted was to get people to just come out and feel like the Oregon District is really alive and vibrant tonight.”

That’s exactly what they got. Even with all the rain.

Amelia O’Dowd owns a hat store in the Oregon District called, Brim. She’s also a key player in getting Dayton Bizarre started.
Dayton Bizarre is a two day event on the first weekend of month, starting on Friday night. So far, its been a hit.

O’Dowd says, “There’s a lot of positive  interest with the people in the community. And in terms of businesses and customers. They’re really interested in the project and getting involved.”

In addition to all businesses creating different promotions for the event, street performers and other vendors set up shop.
O’Dowd says Dayton Bizarre is all about showcasing local art, businesses and other talents.
Dayton resident Allan Nash  says the Bizarre is a step in the right direction.

Nash says,  “I think it’s a wonderful idea. If people just come down and see what’s going on in the district, in the neighborhood. they’ll see there’s something for everybody. It’s safe, it’s nice it’s a fun place.”

Jennifer McCormick of Dayton says, “It’s another opportunity to bring people downtown and let them see how things are growing and progressing and downtown’s just a really fun place to be right now.”

If the rain scared you away today, The Dayton Bizarre is going on tomorrow from noon to five.

The plan is to have the event every first weekend of the month til the end of summer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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