First Night Akron

First Night® Akron is a New Year’s Eve celebration unlike any other! The family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration brings the community together to experience a brief moment in time while creating lasting New Year’s Eve memories. This celebration of the arts features the region’s best in music, dance, theatre, interactive and visual arts. Entertainment and fun will delight the whole family! Learn more about First Night at

Do Downtown

No matter what you are going to "Do Downtown," find everything you need! From the most up-to-date schedule of events to great ways to extend your Downtown visit, sign up for the Do Downtown card today. You will receive e-mail updates, great discounts, changing promotions and vital Downtown announcements. Click here for more information.

Downtown Ambassador Program

Downtown Ambassadors are committed to keeping Downtown Akron a safe and clean place to work, live and play. Safety Ambassadors are on the streets six days per week, providing public safety and helpful information. They work with the street level businesses, provide information to visitors, workers and residents as well as report on potential and actual emergencies that require police, fire or EMS resources. Cleaning Ambassadors provide supplemental cleaning services to downtown sidewalks, including removal of litter, graffiti, sidewalk pressure washing and special projects. Click here for more.

Downtown Beautification

As DAP strives to make sure the Downtown Akron experience is vibrant and appealing, Downtown beautification is at the forefront of its goals. With strategic placement throughout the Downtown footprint, DAP sponsors flowerscapes with Keep Akron Beautiful and also owns and maintains its own set of floral planters.

Flower Pots: Floral planters, each handcrafted depicting different Akron scenes and seasons are found throughout the Downtown footprint, offering visitors seasonal beauty in the downtown area.

The planters were individually crafted by local landscaper Rick Thomas of R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc. in Akron, and the artwork on each piece was customized by Dave Thomas, Rick’s brother.

Citing deep roots to the Akron area, this was a great project for the 30-year business. According to Rick, "We went Downtown and took photographs of different places that held significance in the area." These photographs yielded depictions on the planters of Canal Park Stadium, canal boats, signal tree, flowers from Keep Akron Beautiful parks and even the Y-bridge.

KAB Flowerscapes: Through a partnership with Keep Akron Beautiful, DAP sponsors Flowerscape sites that are planned, planted and maintained by Keep Akron Beautiful.

Streetscape Design: Downtown Akron Partnership has placed 22 trash cans and 17 newspaper corrals as part of a coordinated streetscape program. The custom-made trash cans and newspaper corrals feature the Downtown skyline.

Commercial Recycling Program: The City of Akron and Downtown Akron Partnership launched a mixed commercial recycling program in 2012 to service Downtown businesses’ need for recycling paper, cardboard, glass and plastics. More than 25 recycling dumpsters were placed in the SID district and were accompanied by an educated campaign for businesses.

Summer Concert Series

Each year, DAP sponsors a Lunch Hour Concert Series during the Market at Lock 3 on Fridays.

Historical Holiday Displays

Akron’s holiday displays are part of a countless number of families' holiday tradition. Beginning in the 1950s, Akron area families would flock to the animated holiday window displays in the O’Neil’s and Polsky’s building windows Downtown. The window displays were "unveiled" each Thanksgiving for the holiday season. It was a magical time. There was a period when the displays were brought inside the two department stores as part of their Santaland decor. By the end of the 1980s both O'Neil's and Polsky's stores were gone, leaving a void in local holiday family traditions. Downtown Akron Partnership brought the vintage displays back to the Akron community in 1999.

In 2005, because the former store fronts were utilized, leaving a void of this holiday tradition, the displays were set up inside the Main Library Downtown through the holiday season. DAP's collection includes a storybook display, Peter Pan, the Wizard of Oz, the Prince and Ice Princess, Santas of Christmas past, a train display and Raggedy Ann.

Currently, these holiday displays can be found in the University of Akron Polsky's Building and in Lock 3.

Green & Clean

On the first Friday of May, Downtown Akron is overrun with volunteers clad in “safety green” shirts putting a deep clean on the Downtown footprint. These projects focus on making a vibrant impact, going beyond the regular clean team services. The goal of the event is to engage the community in making our Downtown “vibrant and valuable.”  During the Downtown Green & Clean event, business employees and community members form teams and do projects around their own Downtown property or are assigned tasks within the district. Each team member receives a t-shirt, goodie bag and a lunch celebration. Morning or afternoon shifts are available. Teams benefit by taking ownership of the Downtown they use to work or play. Help DAP achieve its goal of showcasing the wide-range of support for a valuable and vibrant Downtown. Form a team of colleagues and sign up today to help us keep our Downtown a destination for everyone. Email for more information.

Green & Clean 2013 will take place on Friday, May 3, 2013. Click here for more information about the event.