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Here’s how to hit the 3 biggest festivals this weekend 

Published: Saturday, September 09, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
By: Amelia Robinson and Michelle Fong

It is that weekend: the one that drives festival-lovers with raging cases of FOMO (the fear of missing out) cray-cray. 

The Dayton area’s largest festivals might not be this weekend, but so many of our most beloved ones are.

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There is no need to despair, fine people. Just throw on your stretchiest pair of stretchy pants and get ready to grub. 

Here is how to do the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival, the Greek Festival and Italian Fall Festa.

SATURDAY

Spend the morning at the Beavercreek Popcorn FestivalThe Popcorn 5K and Fitness Walk are at 8:30 a.m

The festival opens at 10 a.m. with a full day of entertaining starting at 10:30 a.m.

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Rather sleep in? Then wait till the afternoon and get yourself a food truck lunch at the Popcorn Fest, after you’ve had a hearty popcorn snack.

Come late/afternoon evening, it will be time to head back to the Greek Festival to get your opa on and tour the inside of The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, or to the Italian Festa to say ciao to all your friends and play some bocce ball.

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While you’re there, feast on amazing Greek treats!  This year’s edition features two new and exciting food options. The Saganaki — a Greek version of fried cheese — will be a hot treat. If you need to cool off, the intriguing Ouzo Slushies will be at the ready for 2017.

>> Ouzo making a comeback at this year’s Greek Festival  

Saturday night is particularly busy at Italian Festa, but there will be a special stuffed shells dinner if you want to take your chances!

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SUNDAY

Time to take it easy. You've almost made it.

Do a drive-by of the Greek Festival to shop in the Grecian Boutique, or for last-minute pastries and all the spanakopita and pastitsio you can carry. Say it with me: "baklava."

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The Italian Fall Festa will feature spaghetti and meatballs. Get there by 3 p.m. to catch the spaghetti eating contest for children and adults. The Meatball Madness Run is at 10 a.m.

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Or you can head straight for the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival. The family-oriented festival features 200 booths of crafts and the festival food you are going miss come November. 

MAP OUT YOUR OWN PLAN!

🥙 31st annual Beavercreek Popcorn Festival

Where: Dayton-Xenia Road between North Fairfield Road and Meadow Bridge Drive

When: Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.Sunday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: WebsiteFacebook | 937-602-CORN | info@beavercreekpopcornfestival.org

🥙 The 59th annual Dayton Greek Festival 

Where: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton 

When: September 8-10; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 

Cost: Free admission on from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8; Admission for the remainder of the weekend is $2 per adult, which includes a free raffle ticket. Free admission for active military, veterans and children 12 and younger. 

Info: Website | (937) 224-0601

🍝 Italian Fall Festa

Where: Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Kettering

When: Sept. 8-10. Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-11 p.m.; Saturday noon-11 p.m.; Sunday noon-8 p.m.

Cost: Free, shuttle available from at the nearby Reynolds & Reynolds parking lot

Info: 937-258-3600 | italianfallfesta.comfacebook.com/italianfallfesta