Downtown Adventure to set hundreds on the hunt for clues, challenges

Mike Colvin DDP Press Releases

The scavenger hunt-style event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 29.

June 26, 2024 (DAYTON, Ohio) – Hundreds of participants will set off on a Downtown Adventure this Saturday, June 29, to find clues, complete challenges, and compete to win cash prizes. Adventurers of all ages are invited to grab a map to join the at-your-own-pace event featuring nearly 80 downtown businesses and landmarks. There is still time to register for the Downtown Adventure presented by AES Ohio, the second signature event of the 2024 AES Ohio Summer in the City series.

“The Downtown Adventure is an event that gets our entire community involved and showcases the variety of small businesses and destinations we have downtown,” said Katie Meyer, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “Our staff has been working hard with our partners to create fun and challenging clues for an exciting event in downtown.”

On Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., nearly 80 of downtown Dayton’s businesses and landmarks will become designated clue stops. Upon checking in at Courthouse Square, participating teams will receive a map, clue sheet, and more information to help them navigate and complete as many challenges as possible throughout downtown’s core. Teams will solve riddles, complete physical challenges, and find hidden answers in this event. The Downtown Adventure is not a race! Teams are encouraged to take their time completing the Downtown Adventure and exploring downtown’s unique businesses along the way.

“The Downtown Adventure is a fun challenge for your family, friends, coworkers, or even just yourself,” said Lynn Robertson, Special Events Manager of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “After a short break in 2023, this is an event people have been asking to return. We’re especially excited to be bringing it back now for even more people to enjoy!”

The three teams with the most correct clues and completed challenges by 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, will win cash prizes: $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $150 for third place. Teams will complete a designated clue upon turning in their clue sheet to avoid a tie. A $100 Downtown Dollars e-gift card will be awarded to the participating team with the best costume as judged by the Downtown Dayton Partnership staff. Winning costumes will be decided based on creativity, fun, and commitment to the theme of each team’s choice. All Downtown Adventure participants will be entered into a raffle to win Downtown Dollars or prizes donated by downtown businesses. Among this year’s raffle prizes are tickets to enjoy an upcoming Dayton Dragons game in a suite donated by altafiber. Winners do not need to be present to win.

Registration is $10 per team. After registering, each team will be reimbursed with a $10 Downtown Dollars e-gift card. The e-gift card will be received before the Downtown Adventure (or the day of for walk-up registrants) and can be redeemed at a time of each team’s choosing. Only one registration per team is required, and teams may consist of as many members as is desired. All Downtown Adventure participants will be entered into a raffle to win Downtown Dollars or prizes donated by downtown businesses.

The Downtown Adventure is part of downtown Dayton’s “AES Ohio Summer in the City” events series. Download a summer events guide on the AES Ohio Summer in the City webpage, or check out our constantly updated online calendar of downtown events on the Downtown Dayton Partnership website.

The Downtown Adventure is a program of the Downtown Dayton Partnership as part of Summer in the City presented by AES Ohio, and sponsored by Key-Ads,, altafiber, Dayton Sportcial, and Kunal Patel Group.


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