Dayton Impact

2019 season of free concerts recap

Free Concerts Create Community

Levitt Pavilion Dayton brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to experience free high-caliber concerts and celebrate a shared sense of community. You can hear all types of genres of music at the Levitt Pavilion without having to invest in an expensive ticket. According to Pollstar, the average ticket price for a concert is $85. This often makes it impossible for a family to experience live entertainment. In 2018 the Levitt Pavilion provided $2.2 million in free programming to the community.


Equally important is the increased sense of community pride that the Levitt Pavilion Dayton generates. When the Levitt concerts aren’t in season, the venue is available for use by non-profits and other community groups. This further drives people to the area from throughout the metropolitan region.


Catalyst for Revitalization

Levitt Pavilion Dayton is an exciting, creative placemaking project. It is an anchor destination that breathes new energy into the downtown core, strengthening the social fabric of our city and driving further investment and redevelopment in our downtown.


Because of this, there are transformational projects underway that surround Levitt Pavilion Dayton. The Dayton Arcade sits to the northwest of Levitt Pavilion Dayton. It is under redevelopment to become an innovation hub that will provide artist housing, maker space, a kitchen incubator, an arts center, restaurant, and retail as well as the University of Dayton’s Entrepreneurship program. Along those same lines, the Levitt was a catalyst for the development of the Fire Blocks District.


“The Levitt Pavillion played an important roll in our decision to revitalize the Fire Blocks District which is an urban neighborhood adjacent to the pavilion that will include loft apartments, creative office space, restaurants, bars, and cafés.  We believe the Levitt Pavillion will play an integral part in the success of this developing urban community and the resurgence of downtown Dayton and the Fire Blocks District.”
– Alexius Dorsey, CEO – The Windsor Companies



The Levitt Dayton Mission

Building community through music, one free concert at a time.

Levitt Pavilion Dayton’s goal is to provide access to the performing arts for all and transform a neglected green space into a thriving meeting ground for the region.


Levitt’s primary goals are to:

  • Build community and social interaction among people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Provide free, high-quality concerts for our community to enjoy
  • Increase quality of life for all citizens in the region
  • Create vibrancy in downtown Dayton to assist in revitalization activities


History of Levitt Dayton

In 2016, a group of Daytonians who were familiar with the Levitt Pavilions and the AMP series decided to research whether Dayton could host the AMP series. After experiencing the Levitt Shell in Memphis, they believed a signature pavilion would be a good fit for our region. With the support from the City of Dayton, they applied to the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation to become a Levitt Pavilion city. Our Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton Board was established and spent two years raising $5 million to make this placemaking project a reality. Due to the outpouring community support, they were able to raise the dollars needed quickly; the fastest fundraising period in the Levitt Pavilion family. We are the seventh pavilion in the country, alongside cities such as Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, Bethlehem, Arlington, and Westport.



Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation


The Levitt Pavilion here in Dayton is part of a growing family of outdoor Levitt music venues and concert sites across America. This year, through permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP Music Series, 550+ free Levitt concerts will be presented in 26 towns and cities. Each celebrates its own community and presents high caliber entertainment featuring a rich array of music genres. As coveted anchors of community life, families, friends and neighbors of all ages and backgrounds come together on Levitt lawns through the power of free, live music. Leading the program’s nationwide growth is the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a pioneer in the creative placemaking movement. Learn more at www.levitt.org.

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