Published January 25, 2024

Friday Lunch Hour Programs, Annual CSA Fair, Sunset at the Market, Valentine’s Dine & Skate

Friday lunch hour programs at the 2nd Street Market

The 2nd Street Market regularly hosts a variety of fun and informative series during the Friday lunch hour. Join us each Friday for a variety of different topics of interest. Friday lunch hour series are free and include:

  • Family Storytime with FRMP educator Suzy Kruger. Suzy reads a fun, nature-based story for children to learn about the outdoors followed by a craft activity.
  • Coffee Talk with Micheal Thomas of Poppets Coffee. Micheal shares his knowledge on various topics related to the roasting, crafting, and enjoyment of coffee.
  • Teatime with Pat Frock of Sweet Emmy’s Herbals. Pat shares her knowledge of growing, harvesting, and foraging herbs, and how they can be used for making tea blends for both enjoyment and wellness.
  • Indoor Gardening with FRMP educator Betty Hovel. Betty shares her knowledge of horticulture, highlighting both indoor and outdoor gardening tips depending on the season.

Annual CSA Fair

Join us this Sunday, Jan. 28 for our annual CSA fair. Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a way for individuals to support local farms directly. Through a subscription with the farm, individuals receive a scheduled box of produce throughout the growing season, allowing consumers to get the freshest food available thus sustaining the farmer’s future season efforts.

Farmers participating in CSA subscriptions this year include:

Thursday, Feb. 8: Sunset at the Market – An Evening of Love Celebrating Black Culture

While picking up gifts and treats for your valentines, enjoy dinner with any of the Market’s talented prepared food vendors and join in on our Black History Month celebrations at Sunset at the Market on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 5:30 to 8 PM

Be sure to come down to this very special Market evening with your dancing shoes on. Special guests the Distinguished Men will present “Black History in Motion” in the Market pavilion from 6 to 8 PM. Distinguished Men president Brian Sanders and a fellow dance instructor will demonstrate, teach and educate market-goers on the dance moves of Chicago stepping, urban ballroom and line dancing.

The Distinguished Men of Dayton is a fellowship organization that has been in the Dayton community for 10 years. They host monthly dance events on the fourth Friday of each month, with two larger dance events twice per year, donating the proceeds to various not-for-profit organizations. So far, they have given over $15,000 to the local community.

The 2nd Street Market will host a variety of programming celebrating Black History Month throughout February including musicians, art and poetry presentations by students from the Dayton International School (Sunday, Feb. 11), the National Park Service (NPS), teaching about Charles Young, a Buffalo Solider (Sunday, Feb. 18). The NPS maintains the Charles Young National Museum in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Related  MetroParks Monthly: Programs & Events for March

Be sure to visit the 2nd Street Market page on for all upcoming programs.

Valentine’s Dine & Skate

Enjoy a full Valentine’s Day date night entertainment package Valentine’s Dine & Skate for Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 5:30 to 8 PM. Start with skating to your favorite love songs at Riverscape Ice Rink, from 4 to 6 PM. From there, head over to the 2nd Street Market for an intimate and exclusive seated four-course meal, presented by Chef Rhea Adkins of Vegan It Iz Eats, from 6:30 to 8 PM. Doors to the Market east dining room open at 5:30 PM. Entertainment during the dinner will be provided by Jimmy Pepper Magician. This is a registration required event. Cost $50.00 per person.

Programs/Workshops Dates & Times

2nd Street Market programming and events presented by Dayton Children’s.

Community News


On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the 2nd Street Market provides SNAP tokens to those who utilize EBT/SNAP benefits. More than 20 vendors accept SNAP tokens. Additionally, those who qualify for EBT/SNAP can use Produce Perks, a matching program that reimburses up to $25 for those who use their benefits on fresh produce.

Growing for Good Initiative

In addition to sponsoring the Market’s programs, our friends at Dayton Children’s also sponsor MetroParks’ Garden To-go Kits. Last year, MetroParks was able to create and distribute 700 Garden To-go Kits and 200 Garden Bucket Kits to those who needed fresh food most in our community. This year, we hope you’ll consider volunteering to help gardening community projects just like this and in our parks.

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