Popular Out on 5th program returns to the Oregon District

Mike Colvin DDP Press Releases

Part of Fifth Street will once again be closed to vehicles between Patterson Boulevard and Wayne Avenue weekends through October.

For immediate media inquiries, contact Kait Gilcher at kaitgilcher@gmail.com or 937-361-3425. After 4/1, please contact Emily Mendenhall at emily@lilysdayton.com or text 513-253-7598.

March 29, 2023 (DAYTON, Ohio) – The Oregon District Business Association (ODBA) has announced the return of the Out on 5th program for of 2023. The program will hold its soft launch this Friday, March 31, and will continue weekly through Sunday, October 22.

Beginning this weekend, Fifth Street in the Oregon District will be closed to vehicles between Patterson Boulevard and Wayne Avenue starting Friday afternoons and will remain closed to vehicular traffic through early Monday mornings. A map showing the official closures and detours can be found on the Out on 5th webpage. Out on 5th weekends will follow a Friday-Sunday schedule except in the cases of long holiday weekends observed by the City of Dayton. This schedule will continue through the month of October.

“We’re thrilled to have this program return for another great year,” said Emily Mendenhall, owner of Lily’s Dayton and ODBA board member. “Out on 5th has been tremendously helpful to many of our Oregon District businesses over the years. We have a lot of family-friendly activities planned to help this event continue to be successful and enjoyable for all.”

The weekly closure of Fifth Street to vehicular traffic will allow room for extra outdoor seating, live entertainment, special events, and more amenities on the street and sidewalks of the Oregon District. Details about this year’s block parties and events will be posted on the Oregon District Facebook page once available.

“Out on 5th has become a favorite feature for many of our downtown guests and businesses,” said Sandra K. Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “This program allows downtown residents and guests a fun and unique way to explore the bars, restaurants, and retailers of the Oregon District.”

Fifth Street and the Oregon District are also included in the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) program. Guests 21 years or older are invited to carry open alcoholic beverages served in branded DORA cups within the designated area. DORA is in effect every day of the year (excluding St. Patrick’s Day and the last Saturday of October.) Guests of all ages are invited to patronize downtown businesses and enjoy the public seating areas set up throughout the street and sidewalks of the pedestrian promenade.

The ODBA has created a map showing the thousands of available parking spaces surrounding the Oregon District. The Oregon District businesses and neighbors kindly ask guests to patronize surface lots, parking garages, and public street spaces to avoid parking in the residential neighborhood.


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