Interactive fountains, Summer Music Series return to RiverScape MetroPark

Five Rivers MetroParks welcomes back many of the public’s favorite summertime activities and events at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave. in downtown Dayton.

The Summer Music Series at RiverScape will return starting Thursday, July 8.

These free concerts are on select Thursdays and Fridays under the RiverScape MetroPark pavilion. Dates for the full series and line-up are:

Big Band Nights: Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

  • July 8: Barry Campbell Big Band
  • July 22: Dayton Jazz Orchestra
  • Aug 26: Hal Harris Orchestra
  • Sept. 9: Bob Gray Orchestra
  • Sept. 30: Tom Daughtry Orchestra

R&B Hot Summer Nights: Fridays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Pickin’ in the Park: Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m.

Attendees should bring a chair. The Summer Music Series is sponsored by the Jack W. & Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation.

The interactive play fountain is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Labor Day weekend.

Music @ Lunch has returned Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

People can enjoy their lunchtime listening to live music while enjoying views of the Great Miami River. Find the line up at or RiverScape MetroPark’s Facebook page.

Offering lunch items, treats and beverages, the RiverScape Café is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Fountain Snack Bar is open and offers light fare, including new ice cream flavors. Hours are Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bike rentals are open through Sept. 5, helping parkgoers explore 340 miles of paved trails, the nation’s largest paved trail network.

Offering bikes and child accessories so the entire family can ride, rentals are available by reservation during the week and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the weekends, walk up rentals are available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 937-275-7275 to make reservations.

Starting July 10, pre-registration will no longer be required for Fitness in the Park.

Yoga and Zumba classes will continue most Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. through August. To participate in these free, all-levels fitness programs, arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to check in and select a space under the pavilion. Visit for dates.

The Five Rivers Fountain of Lights is in operation.

However, the fountain will be turned off intermittently as work on the Deeds Point Pedestrian Bridge nears completion. Because of these closures, the Fountain of Lights will remain on through Sept. 26.

Celebrating nearly 60 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto or call 937-275-PARK (7275).

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