20 reasons why September might be the best festival month of the year

Published: Monday, September 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

A look at some of our favorite Dayton-area fall festivals.

September is full of festival fun! Mark your calendars for these festivals in Dayton or closeby.

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The Ohio Renaissance Festival offers nine weekends of festival fun from September through the end of October. CONTRIBUTED

OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Sept. 2-Oct.29, Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 2-Oct. 29 at Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville.

Guests can step back in time in a 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village. The festival features nearly 100 shows daily on 12 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

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It’s an annual feast at the Dayton Greek Festival. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO(Contributing Writer)

DAYTON GREEK FESTIVAL

Sept. 8-10, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton.

Authentic Greek food and patries, imports, jewelry, Greek Dancing, children’s activities, live Greek music, church tours, and free shuttle bus.

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ANNUAL EGYPTIAN FESTIVAL

Sept. 8-10, 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Mina and St. Abanoub Church, 1531 King Richard Parkway, Miamisburg.

Enjoy the exquisite flavors of Egypt, shop for Egyptian jewelry, arts & crafts; live entertainment, raffle pries, carnival rides, face painting and more.

VANDALIA SISTER CITIES OKTOBERFEST

Sept. 8-9, 6-11 p.m. Friday & 12-11 p.m. Saturday at Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia.

German bands, Bratwurst and Mettwurst, German Potato Salad, pretzels, beer, arts & crafts, children’s games and more. No pets allowed.

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(Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com)

ITALIAN FALL FESTA

Sept. 8-10, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 12-11 p.m. Saturday, 12-8 p.m. Sunday at Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton. Weekend of Italian music, Italian food, and a fun game of Bocce on the spacious grounds of Bella Villa. Free admission and parking. Shuttle service from the Reynolds & Reynolds parkinglot.

SPRINGBORO OKTOBERFEST

Sept. 8-9, Opens at 5 p.m. Friday & 11 a.m. Saturday at Springboro United Church of Christ, 5 W. Mill St., Springboro.

Celebration of authentic German food, beer, wine and entertainment for the entire family.

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The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival, now in its 29th year, takes place the weekend after Labor Day on Sept. 12 and 13.  (Source: Provided by the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival)

BEAVERCREEK POPCORN FESTIVAL
September 9-10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Dayton-Xenia and North Fairfield roads, Beavercreek.

Festival foods, continuous live entertainment, 5K popcorn run, treats, special services, creative crafts and specialties made with popcorn. Also, children’s area with games, inflatables, contests and other activities.

WAYNESVILLE SECOND SATURDAY STREET FAIRE

Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Waynesville, 97 S. Main St., Waynesville.

Festival includes Artists Booths where artists, crafters and authors display and sell their creations. Over 40 artisans will feature everything from woodworking to fiber arts. Local entertainers will perform in the Main Street Gazebo and other locations around town.

XENIA COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

Sept. 15-16, 4-9 p.m. Friday & 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Park, 591 South Park Dr., Xenia.

Paddleboats on the lake, food, vendors, a parade, free entertainment and the return of field day for kids are part of the festival.

Pigs, Pork chops and People were all plentyful Saturday at the Preble County Pork Festival in Eaton, Ohio. In it's 41st year the festival will cater to 100,000 visitors a day. With over 500 crafters, food vendors and even pig races there is something for everyone.(Martin Wheeler III)

PREBLE COUNTY PORK FESTIVAL

Sept. 16-18, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day at Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton.

Lots of pork inspired food, over 400 arts and crafts vendors, parade, live pig displays, hands-on activities and cooking demonstrations, camel and pony rides, petting zoo and more. No pets, please.

ANNUAL WOOL GATHERING SHOW

Sept.16-17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs.

Observe sheep, llamas, alpacas, cashmere goats, Angora rabbits and other wool-bearing animals at the show. There will be shearing demonstrations, wool spinning, weaving and much more to see and learn. More than 100 vendors from several states.

Daytonians of Hispanic heritage joined the rest of the Gem City's international community in a day of fun, food, music and education at the 16th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

HISPANIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Sept.16, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton.

Featuring a parade, live Latin music and authentic Latin food, cultural performances and activities for the entire family.

POLISH FALL FESTIVAL

Sept.17, 3-7 p.m.; Gates open at 1 p.m. at Polish Picnic Grounds, 3690 Needmore Road, Dayton.

Featuring food & beverages, dancing, games and music, including Randy Krajewski and his polka band. No coolers, please.

ARTFEST

Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Beavercreek Community Park, 760 Factory Road, Beavercreek.

ArtFest is a creative festival with local artists of all genres, performers and Miami Valley food trucks. Visitors can help create ‘hands on’ art installation projects, shop for homemade items and enjoy stage and strolling performances by musicians and artists. Parking is available at Nutter Park on Factory Road with direct access to the bike path leading to the festival.

The 2009 Tipp City Mum Festival was held this weekend in Tipp City. The Tipp City Mum Festival started in 1959 which makes it the oldest festival in the Miami County. Mum is an abbreviation of Chrysanthemum, a hearty fall flower.(Jim Noelker)

TIPP CITY MUM FESTIVAL

Sept. 22-24, 4-10 p.m. Friday, all day Saturday & Sunday at Third Street, Tipp City.

Friday night Cruise-in, Saturday the Mum Festival Parade followed by festival activities at the City Park, Sunday festival activities. Live entertainment both Saturday and Sunday.

Scenes from Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, which took place Sept. 24-25, 2016. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

OKTOBERFEST AT DAYTON ART INSTITUTE

Sept. 23-24, 12-11 p.m. Saturday; 12-7 p.m. Sunday at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton.

Presented by Miller Lite, the community event includes artisans, unique international foods, selection of domestic, international and craft beers, family-friendly art activities, live music, a Weingarten with a variety of international wines and more. There will also be a fully covered main stage viewing area, an expanded craft beer tent with big-screen TV’s to view football, and live music on two stages throughout the weekend.

The second day of Apple Fest took place at Aullwood Audubon Farm. The event included animals, games, live music and various types of food.(Ron Alvey)

AULLWOOD APPLE FEST

Sept. 23-24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at Aullwood Audubon Farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton.

Featuring food, live entertainment, free children’s activities, meet farm animal friends, tractor or draft horse pulled wagon rides and more. A variety of artisans and craft exhibitors will offer soaps, jewelry, woven items, sand art, garden ornaments, etc.

HERITAGE OF FLIGHT FESTIVAL

Sept. 29-October 1, Friday, 2-11 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Main Street, New Carlisle.

Featuring the Annual Parade of Planes, and an array of events and activities on Main Street.

Apples for sale at the Black Barn booth during the Country Applefest in downtown Lebanon Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. NICK DAGGY / STAFF(www.todayspulse.com)

COUNTRY APPLEFEST

Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon.

Fairgrounds will be filled with homemade crafts, food and entertainment. On-site free parking and handicap access.

HUBER HEIGHTS FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at Chambersburg and Brandt Pike, Huber Heights.

Featuring food, music, fall crafts, 2-day cruise-in, bands, hay rides, pony rides, bouncy house, face painting and more.

5 reasons to do Halloween early at this spooktacular weekend festival

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

We visit the 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival.

Celebrate Halloween a weekend early with this community celebration complete with a zombie walk, Witch’s Brew Beer Garden, parade and costume contests.

Here are 5 reasons to go to the Fairborn Halloween Festival Oct. 20-22.

1. NEW: Witch’s Brew Beer Garden and food trucks

New this year is the Witch’s Brew Beer Garden located in the 5/3 Commons area with Hairless Hare, Warped Wing and Heidelberg Distributors. The Witch’s Brew Beer Garden is open from 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be several food trucks/food vendors on site throughout the festival.

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The 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival ushered in the best of the spooky season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, 2016. The downtown area was decked out with creepy displays, with food vendors, rides and music filling a portion of Main Street. Costume contests, bands and performers were also a part of the two-day celebration.(Tom Gilliam)

2. SpooktackularParade and costume contest

The 61st Annual Spooktacular Parade will assemble at the Fairborn YMCA. Costume judging will take place from 6-7 p.m., with the parade proceeding from the “Y” at 7:30 p.m. on Kauffman Avenue and down Main Street to the festival’s main stage. Costume prizes will be awarded for different age groups for youth, plus categories of adult, family, animal, best couple and overall scariest. Trick-or-treat at the booths as well.

>> PHOTOS: Fairborn Halloween Festival 2016

3. Zombie Walk

Join in on a Zombie walk Saturday night. Walkers can pre-register at the Fairborn Chamber of Commerce until Thursday, Oct. 19, or can sign up at 5 p.m. on the day of the event at the Fairborn Senior Center. The cost to walk is $3 if already made-up and $6 to have your makeup done by a make-up artist. Beverages, face painting and “blood” splattering will be available at 5 p.m. The walk will begin at 9 p.m. and travel down Main Street to the front of the festival stage, where the zombies will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

The 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival ushered in the best of the spooky season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, 2016. The downtown area was decked out with creepy displays, with food vendors, rides and music filling a portion of Main Street. Costume contests, bands and performers were also a part of the two-day celebration.(Tom Gilliam)

4. Fun and games

Amusement rides, games and crafts will take place Friday alongside the costume judging and parade. Saturday’s festivities start at 11 a.m. and include amusement rides, games, crafts, downtown shopping and food vendors. Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. is the perfect time for families and kids to visit the festival to enjoy amusement rides, downtown shopping, food vendors and crafts.

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5. Live music

On Friday, local band Beesly takes the stage from 9-11 p.m.

On Saturday, local country music performer Jenna Snow will perform at 3:30 p.m. Rock It 88 (’60s and ’70s rock) will perform at 5:30 p.m. Forsaken will perform classic rock starting at 8 p.m.

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THE SCHEDULE

Here is the complete schedule of events (subject to change)

FRIDAY, OCT. 20

4-11 p.m. — Amusement Rides

6-7:30 p.m. — Games, crafts and activities at YMCA

6-11 p.m. — Foy’s Haunted Museum

6-7 p.m. — Costume judging at YMCA

7:30 p.m. — Spooktacular Parade

9-11 p.m. — Local Band Beesly

SATURDAY, OCT. 21

11 a.m.-11 p.m. — Amusement rides

1:30-2 p.m. — Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance

3:30-4:30 p.m. — Jenna Snow

5:30-7 p.m. — Rock It 88

6-7 p.m. — Trick or Treat at the Booths

6-11 p.m. — Foy’s Haunted Museum

8-9:30 p.m. — Forsaken

9:30 p.m. — Zombie Walk

SUNDAY, OCT. 22

Noon-6 p.m. — Amusement rides

WANT TO GO?

What: 6th annual Fairborn Halloween Festival

When: Friday to Sunday, Oct. 20-22

Where: Downtown Fairborn

Cost: Free admission

More info:WebsiteFacebook

Insider's guide to Yellow Springs Street Fair: 7 things to know

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 1:45 PM

Here is a pro tip that will making parking easier for Yellow Springs Street Fair and there'll be cheese curds. Video by Amelia Robinson

The fall edition of the Yellow Springs Street Fair is upon us. 

Between 20,000 and 25,000 people are expected to attend. 

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Here are 7 things you need to know to make the most of it:

contributed

1. LOTS OF VENDORS; BRING CASH

You’ll find an enormous selection of arts and crafts, as well as food. “The main attraction is on the streets in downtown Yellow Springs,” said Karen Wintrow, executive director of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce. “We have a lot of returning vendors. Yellow Springs is one of their favorite places.”

Lawn art and sculptures are always popular items at the street fair. One of the returning vendors will be Heather B Leaves. “She makes beautiful concrete leaves and fountains and planters,” Wintrow said.

Some of the vendors are locals, including Twisted Tines. “They primarily make jewelry out of silverware – forks and spoons,” Wintrow said.

The Chamber is hosting 200 vendors; additional vendors will be set up on private property. Best to have cash on hand.

Your complete guide to all the festivals happening in Dayton this weekend

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 10:18 PM

Same as original with one festival added.

So many festivals, so little time. 

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Luckily, you have us to make it easy for you. Here’s a complete rundown of all the festivals going on in the Dayton area this weekend. 

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Our favorite photos from opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017 in Waynesville, Ohio. The festival is a 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival runs weekends through the end of October. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS(Tom Gilliam)

OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL 

Sept. 2-Oct. 29, Saturdays and Sundays, at Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville. 

Guests can step back in time in a 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village. The festival features nearly 100 shows daily on 12 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

>> PHOTOS: Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017

>> 5 reasons to love the Renaissance Festival 

BRADFORD PUMPKIN SHOW

Oct. 10-14, 4-10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 1-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Bradford Pumpkin Show, 115 N. Miami Ave., Bradford.

Featuring food vendors, parades, games and rides, live entertainment. Parking available in several places around the village. 

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Actor Jill Alexander will come to Dayton for this year s Dayton LGBT Film Fest. A Miami Valley native, she is featured in festival film, “Sensitivity Training.” Photo credit: Theo & Juliet photography.(Staff Writer)

 

DAYTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

Oct. 13-15, 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton.

Films range from insightful, challenging and thought-provoking pieces to hysterical and quotable material. 

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Warren Lyon places a fresh log on the fire burning under a bubbling cauldron of apple butter as he stokes the fire to keep the butter cooking during the Enon Apple Butter Festival. Bill Lackey/Staff

 

ENON APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL

Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Settler’s Park, Main Street and Xenia Street, Enon.

Live entertainment; enjoy the pleasant aroma of cooking apples, spices, and wood smoke at the festival where everything revolves around apple butter. 

 

FAIRBORN FALL FESTIVAL

Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Community Park, 691 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn.

Featuring live bands, vendors and crafters, food and more. Pets are welcome, but please be sure they are leashed and you have something to clean up after them with you. 

 

KIWANIS OKTOBERFEST

October 14-15, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday & 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Peace Park, 70 E. Dayton St., West Alexandria.

In addition to the arts and crafts, there is music and entertainment the entire weekend. A parade is scheduled on Saturday at 11 a.m. with an antique car covered bridge run on Sunday at noon. A 5K and 10K run will be held on Saturday morning. There will be plenty of homemade and German food available. 

 

DAYTON LIEDERKRANZ-TURNER OKTOBERFEST

Oct. 14, 5 to 11 p.m. at Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton.

A celebration of authentic German food, music and beverages. Music by the Steve Owen Sound. 

 

48TH OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL

Oct. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday & 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 10 B North Main St., Waynesville.

The streets come alive with more than 460 crafters & artists from all over the country; plus there’s sauerkraut served in many traditional and non-traditional ways, such as Reubens, Cabbage Rolls, Sauerkraut Pizza and Sauerkraut Macaroni and Cheese. 

>> Insider’s guide to the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Artisan vendors, street performers and live music when the Yellow Springs Street Fair and Music and Beer Fest return to the small village on Saturday, Oct. 14. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

 

YELLOW SPRINGS STREET FAIR

Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yellow Springs.

All day festival featuring entertainment, street performers, fine arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more. Free and open to the public, and handicapped accessible. For the safety and comfort of all, animals are prohibited from Street Fair, except for Service animals. 

>> Reasons to go to the Street Fair this weekend

 

OAKWOOD FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL

Oct. 15, 2 to 5 p.m. at Shafor Park, Collingwood Avenue and Shafor Boulevard, Oakwood.

Guests can enjoy an afternoon of fun games, food, hayrides along Shafor Boulevard to see Scarecrow Row, pumpkin painting and other entertainment for the whole family. Kids can dress up and join the “Costume Parade” around the park.

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Parking secrets for Waynesville’s Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Published: Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 1:05 PM
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 10:13 AM

Waynesville Chamber Executive Dawn Schroeder explains were to park for the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.

More than 350,000 people and their cars will hit Waynesville this Saturday and Sunday for the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. 

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Chamber Executive Director Dawn Schroeder explains how to park at Wayne Local Schools on 659 Dayton Road in the video above. 

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She said the best times for those who prefer lighter festival crowds is after 4 p.m. Saturday or Sunday before churches let out at 1 p.m.

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The annual festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 in downtown Waynesville.