Riverfront Gathering


August 5th from 5 pm – 8 pm
Pontiac Park

Join us at the confluence as we Celebrate our Rivers in the month of August! We have so many amazing pieces of natural beauty, we want everyone to stop by and enjoy river activities, music and food!
Boating Experiences:
Free opportunities to experience the river from a different perspective!
Have you always wanted to try kayaking? This is your chance!
Pontoon Boat rides provided by Tri-State Watershed Alliance. 30 minute trips leaving from Pontiac Park on the hour and half hour from 5 – 8 pm! First come first serve!
– 5:00 – 6:30 pm: State Park guided kayak trip starting at Pontiac Park. No experience necessary! Reservations required and spots are limited. Email ssinger@defiance-county.com to secure your spot!
– 7:00 – 8:00 pm: State Park Naturalists will do kayak & safety instructions at Pontiac Park. Try it by padding around the confluence in a kayak!

Enjoy delicious farm raised foods from the Cornerstone Kitchen food truck, where they specialize in foods “from our farm to your fork”! You will also have the opportunity to visit multiple Farmers Market booths!

Music will be provided by a few different bands beginning at 6 pm until 8 pm. Band one will be “Gman” and band two will be “The Changing Elements Band”.

Children will be able to use Activity Tables to learn about our river environment!

Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy watching the Riverfront Gathering activities!

We thank everyone who has been involved in this great new River Event, especially our sponsors; Defiance Soil & Water Conservation District, Land to Lake, Tri State Watershed Alliance, City of Defiance, Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau.

Pop-Up Picnic and Shopping
Featured Businesses of the Week:
Fort Defiance Antiques


Over 4,000 square feet of antiques, quality furniture, costume jewelry, textiles, glassware, pottery, military memorabilia, books, toys, and more!


Next Week’s Featured Business: Just Be Original – JBO

Thursday’s #LunchDowntown

Pop-Up Picnics and Shopping


Beginning June 2nd and running until August 18th, each Thursday from 10 am – 2 pm, join us for lunch in downtown Defiance at one of our local eateries, shop the spotlight business of the week and earn a chance to win gift certificates to downtown retail businesses! Pick up your contest card at the DDVB office or at any of the participating merchants. Make 6 purchases in 12 weeks, have your card endorsed and turn in your card to the DDVB office by August 29th and you could win up to $175 in downtown retail business gift cards!
For more information and the full list of participating merchants, check out the Event Tab and select Pop-Up Picnics and Shopping.

Celebrate Defiance 2016!


Join us as we Celebrate 10 years as an organization! We will be spotlighting different areas within Defiance County each month, with help from other great city and county organizations. The following list is a month by month break down of what will be celebrated in each month. For more detailed information about each month, check out our Community Calendar!

January – Winter Recreation
February – Buildings and Architecture
March – Local Culture
April – Trails
May – City History
June – Parkland Activity
July – Parkland Activity
August – Rivers, Festivals, and Markets
September – Fortgrounds and Library System
October – Local History and Harvest
November – Retail
December – The Holidays


A Taste of Defiance

Recipe Book CoverCookbooks on SALE

With over 300 recipes contributed by the community, Where Friends, Families and the Rivers Meet, is a true taste of Defiance.

Cookbooks are on sale at the DDVB office for $15 per book with proceeds going to continue Downtown Revitalization and $5 of the proceeds will benefit Neighbors in Need.

Stop in or call 419-782-0739 to purchase one today.