The Dayton Resident’s Guide to Shopping and Entertainment

Whether you’re a long-time resident or new to the area, you will be pleasantly surprised at the large number of fun and exciting things to do in Dayton, Ohio. From shopping malls to comedy clubs, Dayton has it all.

Shopping in Dayton

Dayton offers plenty of options for both bargain and luxury shoppers. Whether you like small boutiques or big box stores, whatever you want is available within a convenient driving distance.

Dayton Mall

Dayton Mall is the largest shopping mall in the area, conveniently located about 9 miles south of Dayton, near the intersection of I-75 and I-675. The mall serves Centerville, Miamisburg, Springfield, and the greater Dayton areas. Anchored by Macy’s, JCPenney, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dayton Mall is home to more than 90 specialty realtors. When you’re done shopping, let your kids play at the mall’s Children’s Flight Zone Play Area – or grab a bite at any number of casual and fast-casual restaurants.

The Greene Town Center

The Greene is a unique open-air shopping center. It features more than 100 upscale retailers and restaurants and has become Dayton’s leading destination for fashion and dining. Located in Beavercreek, The Greene Town Center is also home to upscale residential housing and office space for those who want to live, work, and play in a combined community.

Mall at Fairfield Commons

Beavercreek is also home to the Mall at Fairfield Commons. This mall, located close to I-675 on the east side of Dayton, offers more than 100 stores, including Abercrombie & Fitch, JCPenney, and Macy’s. There is also a wide selection of dining options, including BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Flyby BBQ, and a vibrant food court.

Oregon District

The Oregon District in downtown Dayton is a thriving area for entertainment, dining, and shopping. The 12-block area, which runs along Fifth Street, is lined with unique shops and boutiques, along with dozens of trendy restaurants and pubs. It’s the perfect place to shop for vintage clothing, used books, jewelry, and home goods.

Tanger Outlets

If bargain hunting is your thing, check out the Tanger Outlets center in nearby Jefferson, just 30 miles east of Dayton. This regional shopping destination is home to more than 70 outlet stores, from American Outfitters and Ann Taylor to Williams-Sonoma and Yankee Candles. It’s worth the drive to find great bargains.

Entertainment in Dayton

Looking for things to do in Dayton? The city and its suburbs offer entertainment options for all members of your family, no matter your age or taste.

The Dayton Ballet

The Dayton Ballet has been entertaining audiences for more than 80 years. Holding its spot as the second-oldest ballet company in the U.S., the Dayton Ballet produces five programs each season at the Schuster Performing Arts Center and Victoria Theatre. Programs run from the family favorite – The Nutcracker – to more modern and experimental works.

The Dayton Opera

Active since 1960, the Dayton Opera produces a combination of classic and contemporary works at the Schuster Performing Arts Center. Over the years, audiences have been entertained by guest artists such as Placido Domingo, Robert Merrill, and Roberta Peters.

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Artistic Director Neal Gittleman, is one of Dayton’s most established cultural institutions. The Philharmonic offers several different subscription series for listeners of all tastes, from the Masterworks and Recital series to the SuperPops and Rockin’ Orchestra series. All performances are at the Schuster Center.

The Human Race Theatre Company 

The Human Race Theatre Company is Dayton’s resident professional theater troupe, bringing live theater to the entire Miami Valley region. Performances are at the intimate Loft Theatre, located in the Metropolitan Arts Center in downtown Dayton.


When on the hunt for fun activities to do with your family or friends, be sure to check out Scene75. This entertainment center, located on the north side of town near I-75, includes a full-sized go-kart track, multi-level Laser Tag arena, mini-bowling lanes, bumper cars, an inflatable bouncing area, video arcade, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, and more.

Wiley’s Comedy Club

Wiley’s Comedy Club, in the Oregon District in downtown Dayton, is the place for late-night laughs. You’ll find both established and up-and-coming comics from across the nation here.

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