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Your 2018 Dayton Bucket List: 50 ideas for fun

Published: Thursday, December 31, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, January 01, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

John Legend performs at the Rose Music Center on Monday evening..   TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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John Legend performs at the Rose Music Center on Monday evening.. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

We have a New Year's resolution for you.

In 2018, get to know Dayton a little better. See the sights, hear the sounds, savor the tastes.

We guarantee everyone will discover something new to love about this town.

Here are 50 ideas for things to experience this year, in no particular order: 

ISO Heaven has solidified its designation as Toxic Brew Co.’s favorite, among both tasting-room visitors and the brewery’s bar-and-restaurant retail accounts. The beer is named for Iso-Alpha acids, which are imparted by hops during the brewing process, and which help give IPAs their signature hit of bitterness. Co-founder Shane Juhl calls the brew a “well-balanced single IPA.” JIM WITMER/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER(Jim Witmer, Contributing Photographer)

1) Discover Dayton-made beer. The easiest way to do this is with a walking brewery tour. Start at the Fifth Street Brewpub and walk down Fifth to the Oregon, you can then hit Toxic, Warped Wing, Barrell House and the Dayton Beer Company. The best part of the tour is you can stumble to all five breweries in just under a mile.

>> How to walk Dayton’s craft brewery trail

>> 12 must-try signature Dayton beers

The RiverScape River Run officially opened downtown on the Great Miami River on Friday, May 5, 2017. CONTRIBUTED BY FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS(Kyle Nagel)

2) Get out and paddle. The Miami Valley has plenty to offer when it comes to water attractions/recreation. In fact, this region is considered a destination for water sports. When sunny skies arrive, grab some friends and enjoy the thrill of canoeing, kayaking and rafting (and check out our guide to paddling for tips on where to go). Be sure to check out RiverScape River Run. While it opened last May, river conditions weren’t quite ideal to make the most of it. But we have a feeling 2018 will be the year to paddle in Dayton!

>> Why RiverScape River Run is a huge deal

July's Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally was held Friday, July 21, 2017. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

3) Check out the Yellow Cab. The popular Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton is home to lots of great music events and festivals, food truck events, craft beer, night markets and more. The Yellow Cab is famous for off-the-beaten path fun. Get the latest upcoming event info on their Facebook page. While the Yellow Cab got its start as a venue for special events only, it now has regularly weekly hours and events Thursdays through Sundays. So there’s even more to love!

>> Popular Dayton venue expanding its schedule

John Legend performs at the Rose Music Center in June. TY GREENLEES/STAFF(

4) Enjoy an outdoor summer concert. Dayton is beyond lucky to have some incredible outdoor music venues to fill your summer nights with great music and great fun. The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights and Fraze Pavilion in Kettering both bring in a variety of national acts, from nostalgia tours, to up-and-comers. Coming in summer 2018 is a brand new outdoor venue in Dayton — The Levitt Pavilion — sure to add to your FREE summer fun. That’s right, free! If you’re really up for a memorable time, head up north to Fort Loramie for Country Concert, a multiple day country music campout in July featuring some of the biggest artists in country music all on one stage (and some pretty darn amazing people watching).

>> Who’s coming to Country Concert ‘18?

Celtic music and dance, beer and food are the stars of one of Dayton's signature festivals of summer. Here are scenes from Dayton Celtic Festival 2017 on Sunday, July 30, 2017. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY E.L. HUBBARD(E.L. HUBBARD)

5)  The Celtic Festival. This is the festival of festivals and it should be on everyone's list of events to attend. Experience the luck of the Irish and immerse your senses in the rich Celtic heritage. The 2018 festival will take place July 27-29, so mark your calendars.

>> Reasons to go to the Dayton Celtic Festival

The 20,000-light Carillon Holiday Tree was lit on Wednesday evening to kick off the Holiday festivities at Carillon Historic Park and Dayton History. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

6) Carillon Historical ParkRide the Dayton Carousel of Innovation, experience pioneer history, tour the Patterson Homestead, drink fresh-brewed craft beer and enjoy German-style hearty fare. You have to see Carillon during the holiday season. The Tree of Light is a sight to behold.

The highest point in Dayton is at Lookout Point in Woodland Cemetery.(Connie Post)

7) View Dayton from the Woodland CemeteryAside from visiting the famous Daytonians who are buried here, Woodland offers a view like no other. Lookout Columbarium stands at the highest point in the city and is the ultimate spot for sightseers, lovers and lunch breaks. 

>> 17 things to see at Woodland Cemetery

Nick Kizirnis, leader of the Nicky Kay Orchestra, brings his instrumental sounds to Dayton Music Fest 2017 at Blind Bob’s and the Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

8) Experience the local music scene. We have tons of talented local bands playing local music venues routinely. Not sure where to go? 

>> Best places to see live music in Dayton


9) Hike the Gorge. The prettiest 2-mile stretch of the Little Miami State and National Scenic River, east of John Bryan State Park, is a must-do adventure (especially in the fall). It’s the perfect example of post-glacial canyon cutting and offers the most rad views for hikers. 

>> Why this is the best trail to hike

>> 12 amazing hiking trails in Dayton

A biker travels along the Great Miami River bike path Wednesday evening, June 8, 2011. Staff photo by Nick Daggy(Staff photo by Nick Daggy)

10) Hit the Great Miami River trailAre you ready for an adventure? With 75 miles of trails, it’s the ultimate spot for runners, skaters or cyclists. The trail winds through downtown Dayton, Riverscape, museums and several monuments. 

>> The 5 best Miami Valley bike trails and how to make the most of them

>> The best place for an indoor biking adventure

SECONDARY PHOTO: A view of Main St., Tipp City. Next summer, the city is tearing up the entire street and resurfacing. They are also widening the sidewalks. The area being redone is between First Street and Fourth Street. There are over 50 shops in the area that will be affected. Staff photo by Jim Witmer(Jim Witmer)

11) Discover some of the Dayton's finest communities. Spend some time in a community you may not know too well. Some of the area's most charming communities worth the drive include WaynesvilleTipp CityYellow Springs and Lebanon. Great shopping, great eats!

Marion’s Piazza has been named No. 1 in Pizza Today’s “Hot 100” list. It’s the fourth year out of five that Marion’s topped the list, which is based on annual sales. FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)

12) Eat Dayton-made food. Eat all Dayton made food for a day. Who doesn’t enjoy Mikesells potato chips, Esther Price Chocolates and Marions Piazza? Here’s a list of “Dayton classic” foods to make it easier for you! 

Rock climbing at Urban Krag in downtown Dayton. TEESHA MCCLAM / STAFF FILE PHOTO(HANDOUT)

13) Get your climb on at Urban KragWhen that adventurous spirit strikes, you know where to head. The indoor rock climbing wall is designed to test your strength, provide a safe atmosphere and brings families together with a fun activity. 

Tasty treats await you at the end of Cowvin's Corny Maze.(Contributed)

14) Get lost in a corn maze. One of the perks of living in the Midwest is fun on the farm. Farm owners across the region have gotten creative by creating corn mazes and fall family activities to offer weekends of fun throughout the fall.

The Dayton Ballet Company will give the Verdi “Requiem” an entirely new look. Here, dancers rehearse for the Sept. 16 -17 performance at the Schuster Center. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

15) Experience the arts. It's no secret that Dayton has one of the best arts/cultural scenes for a town of its size. Experience it for yourself. If you like theater, check out a Human Race or Playground Theatre production or a big-ticket show at the Schuster Center or Victoria Theatre. If you like dance, check out the Dayton Ballet or DCDC. Music? The Dayton Philharmonic has shows for just about every musical preference. If you've never seen the Opera, do it in 2018. Prefer the visual arts? Familiarize yourself with DVAC.

The 3rd on Third market returned to Dayton on Sunday, April 19, featuring live music, food trucks, baked goods and a variety of vendors carrying everything from locally made goods to antiques and collectibles. The rain-or-shine market is held on the third Sunday of each month from April through October at 1121 E. Third Street.

16)  3rd on Third. Check out some of the area’s hottest vendors at this outdoor market that runs from April through October.

A Lockhead Martin F-35 Lightning II and a P-51 Mustang take a “heritage flight” at the Vectren Dayton Air Show last month. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Staff Writer)

17) Check out some sweet planes. The National Museum of the United States Air Force has some pretty badass planes that you’ll want to see with your own eyes. Grab the family for an all-day airplane extravaganza. And don't miss the annual Dayton Vectren Air Show in June with high-flying entertainment.

Rowdy members of the Red Scare, a student group that attends sports games, are the “pulse of UD Arena.” Contributed photo(Contributed)

18) Go see a University of Dayton Flyers basketball game! Dayton is home to one of the top ranked college basketball programs in attendance, and there are a few reasons why. UD Arena is conveniently located, the atmosphere is fun thanks to the Red Scare, there isn’t a bad view in the building and it’s always fun to cheer for our very own Cinderella team that has beaten the odds time and time again. And just wait until the renovations to UD Arena are complete!!

>> Flyer Faithful traditions run deep

Eat your way through more than a dozen restaurants at The Taste of The Greene on Aug. 10. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


19) Eat local. Dayton has some pretty darn delicious food destinations. Make a vow to try somewhere new or try something new off the menu at one of your go-to spots. If you aren't sure where to go, visit the Miami Valley Restaurant Association's web site to learn more about our network of local dining. Still not sure? There is no better time to try someplace new than Restaurant Week (one in winter, one in the summer). You'll get great deals. If you can, try the sneak preview event before each and sample foods from a bunch of places in one stop. During the summer, food events like Taste of the Greene, Taste of All Things Oregon, Taste of Miami Valley and The Taste (Fraze Pavilion) won't disappoint.

Photo from the dedication of the Dayton Region's Walk of Fame mural wall in Dayton Wright-Dunbar neighborhood. The mural was designed by Dayton artist James Pate. The dedication followed the 2017 walk of fame induction ceremony. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Amelia Robinson)

20) Take a walk and learn about Dayton history. There are a couple easy ways to do this. At Riverscape Inventor’s Walk, you can admire Daytonian inventions by strolling down the green-and-white towers at Patterson Boulevard Canal Parkway. If you want to learn about some of the people who have shaped Dayton’s past, present and future, take a stroll down the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame at the corner of West Third and South Williams streets. 

Young’s Jersey Dairy will unveil its “Young’s On The Moove” food truck this summer. Photo courtesy of Young’s Dairy Facebook page.

21) Enjoy a delicious treat from Young's Jersey Dairy. Enjoy some of the most delicious homemade ice cream treats while hanging out with farm animals, playing mini golf and more. Find more tasty frozen treats here

The Five Rivers Fountain at the confluence of the Great Miami and Mad rivers runs Tuesday, May 20, in downtown Dayton. Staff photo by Chris Stewart(CHRIS STEWART/DAYTON DAILY NEWS/Chris Stewart)

22) Get to know downtown. Downtown Dayton is a great place to live, work or play. Downtown is home to the city's top arts/cultural destinations. You'll find more than 50 restaurants, more than 30 bars/clubs, a ballpark known for routinely selling out home games, plus tons of museums and galleries. The best way to experience downtown is at the monthly showcase event, First Fridays, held the first Friday of the month. During the summer, Summer in the City will return with a series of themed special events.

The 2nd Street Market will host a “Stock-Up Wednesday” on Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving. FILE(Staff Writer)

23) Shop at 2nd Street Market. Visit your local growers, bakers, artisans and culinary specialists at the one and only 2nd Street Market. If you’re lucky, you may even hear live music. The market will add Sunday hours starting in the summer of 2018.

Photo inside of the Funk Museum and Exhibition Center in downtown Dayton. Photo: Amelia Robinson

24) Visit Dayton’s new funk museum. The funk music genre put Dayton on the map as the Land of the Funk in the 1970s and '80s, thanks to a stable of groups that included the Ohio Players, Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame, Zapp, Faze-O, Heatwave, Sun, Slave and Lakeside. A museum honoring Dayton’s contributions to funk music years in the making is now open.

>> 8 Dayton bands you should give a funk about

Zombie Dogz on Brown Street in Dayton.(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

25) Try a Zombie Dogz gourmet hot dog. This famous Dayton food institution started out as a food truck then turned into a brick-and-mortar store near the University of Dayton campus. These hot dogs are legit. You can’t go wrong with the Calling in Dead (housemade white truffle mac’n’cheese topped with parmesan garlic cracker crumbs).

>> Why the food at Zombie Dogz is making people lose their brains

A sporty Packard convertible.(Photos by Lauren Rinehart)

26) Visit one of Dayton’s specialty museums.  Check out the Packard Museum dedicated to extravagant, gleaming masterpieces of transportation. At the Dayton International Peace Museum, kids will fall in love with the Children’s Room that’s decked out with games and instruments. Not a kid? No worries. Stop by and tour the exhibits, recline on cozy couches and curl up with a good book.

Col. Charles Ormsby, acting director, Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, views displays at the site of the original Wright Brothers’ Bicycle Shop in downtown Dayton Sept. 13. Ormsby accompanied a group of military and civilian scientists, staff and engineers from the directorate on a visit to significant aviation history sites across Dayton during an Aviation Heritage Tour to gain a better understanding of the evolution of innovation in Dayton, the legacy of which the AFRL carries on today. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marisa Alia-Novobilski)(Air Force Research Laboratory)

27) See the Wright Brothers’ Bicycle Shop. Whether you’re visiting Dayton or a local Daytonian, you have to add the Wright Cycle Company Complex as a point of interest. 

The Dayton Metro Library's grand opening for the main branch was held on Aug. 5, 2017.(Amelia Robinson)

28) Spend an afternoon at downtown Dayton’s new library. Sure you can grab your favorite book and curl up in a quiet corner. But this library offers so much more. Make a video in a green screen room, an interactive children’s area or check out the stunning sculpture in the main atrium. 

>> 10 things you’ll love about the new downtown Dayton library

Dayton Ballet’s holiday classic The Nutcracker is on stage from Dec. 15-23 at the Schuster Center in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

29) Go see the Nutcracker. It's a Dayton holiday tradition. If you missed it this year, don't repeat that mistake. The Dayton Ballet, with support from the Dayton Philharmonic, puts a Dayton spin on a classic. While you're there, browse the historic old Rike's Department Store windows that are housed in the Schuster Center lobby during the holiday season.

Emily Howbert, 7, of Kettering peers at "Rosie," the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's groundhog. "Rosie" saw her shadow Monday morning during the annual museum event and predicted six more weeks of winter. A groundhog has been predicting when winter will end for the museum for over 15 years. This is the fourth year Rosie has served as the official prognosticator. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

30) Be a kid again at the BoonshoftNo matter your age, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is going to steal your heart. Check out animals up close, watch an array of laser shows, see yourself in a heat image camera and take part in presentations. 

Osage Orange Tunnel at Sugarcreek MetroPark.(Submitted)

31) Hit up all the MetroParks. With 19 MetroParks in the Dayton area, this could keep you pretty busy all year. Pack a picnic and take a hike. Be sure to check out the living tree tunnel at Sugarcreek Metropark. Need some inspiration? Here are more than 20 ways to experience all our MetroParks have to offer.

McNasty's Mobile Food Truck makes a stop at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.(Connie Post)

32) Get your noms at local food trucks. Ever wonder if you could eat food only from food trucks for an entire day? It’s cool, we made it easy for you. Check out our food truck guide to find your favorite, make a new discovery or to find out where they’ll be. 

Education and fun combine with Native American dances, historical presentations and more during the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park this weekend. (Staff file photo)


33) Travel back in time at Sunwatch Indian VillageStep back in time to about 800 years ago and see how the Fort Ancient Indians lived. You’ll get to see reconstructed structures and villages, found artifacts and more. A great way to experience Sunwatch is through the annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow in the summer.

An assortment of Elsa’s legendary “Bad Juan” margaritas. File photo by TY GREENLEES/STAFF(Staff Writer)

34) Drink margaritas! Grab your friends and refresh your thirst with Bad Juan Margaritas from Elsa’s. Or check out a new spot. Find some of our favorites here: 5 best places to find margaritas

Charleston Falls Preserve in Miami County includes a 37 foot waterfall. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT/Photographer Bill Garlow)

35) Go see a breathtaking waterfallBeautiful. Peaceful. Serene. Visit waterfalls at Clifton Gorge, Charleston Falls, Ludlow Falls  and West Milton. 

The Troy Strawberry Festival was held June 3-4, 2017 in Troy, Ohio. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

36) Don’t miss the county fairs and festivals. Summer and fall will offer plenty of opportunities for festival fun. Support your local county fair and immerse yourself in funnel cakes, livestock shows and the heat of the summer. Some of the biggest draws include the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, the Dayton Greek Festival, the Troy Strawberry Festival, but there are so many more. You can find tons of festival fun every weekend, summer and fall. Try a “sundae” at the Sauerkraut Fest, a famous strawberry donut at Troy’s fest and baklava at the Greek Fest.

The Dayton Art Institute was in the midst of construction when the Great Depression hit. Because the startup budget was dedicated to building, when the new museum opened in 1930 the galleries were filled with donated art. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

37) Spend some time in a local art galleryDayton’s art scene is vibrant and constantly moving. Take some time to see an exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Visual Arts Center or any other galleries in the area. If you are willing to splurge, go to DVAC's art auction and support a local artist and start or grow your personal art collection.

The Dayton Art Institute held its 46th annual Oktoberfest celebration last weekend, Sept. 22 to 24 on the grounds of the museum, located at 456 Belmonte Park N. in Dayton. As one of the Dayton-area's biggest festivals, Oktoberfest typically draws more than 25,000 people to the museum grounds during the weekend. TOM GILLIAM / STAFF(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

38) Drink up on Oktoberfest. When it comes to fall fun, it’s hard to top an Oktoberfest celebration. The Dayton region is home to some pretty incredible Oktoberfest celebrations, all offering a little something different. The Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest is its signature fund-raiser and a must do. Springboro’s Oktoberfest is the newest fest on the block that is getting a lot of attention for good reason. And if you’re up for a drive, you have to check out Minster Oktoberfest complete with beer tray relays and more.

Heater and Gem are the Dragons' beloved mascots and love to have a good time with fans. They especially like playing tug o' war.(Contributed photo)

39) Catch a Dayton Dragons game. America would not be America (and summer would not be summer) without its favorite pastime. Whether you’re a sports nut or not, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at a Dragons game. Here’s a guide to making the most of it. Don’t forget to have your picture taken with Heater and Gem!

The 1902 Wright Glider Replica.(Lauren Rinehart)

40) Hit the Aviation TrailWhether you’re a Wright Brothers fanatic or a full-on aviation enthusiast, this is something you’ll want to check out. Make sure you check out the Parachute Museum!

The Clifton Mill "Eggs Benedict" is a twist on an old favorite, with eggs and ham served on a biscuit.(Connie Post)

41) Go get brunch. Indulge on a weekend with a fantastic meal and some boozy drinks (Bloody Mary, anyone?) at one of our fantastic local restaurants. A must-read: 10 of the best brunch spots in Dayton

This LED blinking heart is a project you can easily make on a first date at Proto Build Bar in Dayton. (TABATHA WHARTON/STAFF)

42) Make something at this maker’s space. Proto BuildBar in Dayton is a 3-D printing shop. And a bar. And a coffee shop. It’s all three all at the same time so you can eat, drink, socialize and make stuff.

Guide to Dayton's Drive-in Movie Theaters(Chakeres Theatres, Inc. Facebook)

43) Go old-time at the drive-in. Take the family to see a double feature at one of the area’s retro drive-in movie theatres in Fairborn or Brookville.

>> Luxury movie theaters in Dayton

Link: Dayton Bike Share kicked off on Courthouse Square Tuesday, May 5, 2015 with a celebration during Downtown Dayton Partnership’s 'The Square is Where.'

44) Take a bike tour of Dayton. Rent a bike from Link Dayton and tour the downtown Dayton area.

Electric go-carts zip around the track at Scene75, a perfect destination for indoor family fun. TY GREENLEES/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

45) Challenge your friends. Head to Scene75 and challenge your friends in video-game contest, laser tag, mini-golf, go-karts, bumper cars, and mini-bowling.

Ozone Zipline Adventures at YMCA Camp Kern offers an adventure close to home. This facility offers four zipline tour options, ranging from five to 11 lines, and a series of special events. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

46) Take a mini road tripThe possibilities are endless. Check out THE famous Yellow Spring, or head underground to the Ohio Caverns. Zipline at Camp Kern or see the Devil’s Bathtub at Hocking Hills. Plan your trip with 7 must-see sights in driving distance of Dayton.

>> Zipline adventures across Ohio

THE NEON MOVIE THEATER, 130 E Fifth St. in downtown Dayton is a great destination to see top-notch films and Oscar contenders that you may not get to see elsewhere. (Photo source: Facebook)

47) Visit the Neon movies, Plaza Theatre or the Little Art Theatre. Moviegoers of all ages will find much to love about these local independently-owned and run theaters.

Hat with accessories at BRIM in downtown Dayton's Oregon District. PHOTO / Tess Vella-Collette

48) Spend a day in the Oregon District. Whether you’re looking for a place to eat, shop or hang out with friends, the Oregon District is the place to go. Grab a cocktail from a locally-owned restaurant or enjoy a local craft beer at Toxic or Lucky’s. Look for vintage goods at Clash Consignment or Feathers, check out records at Omega Music or find a new hat at BRIM. Seriously, the list goes on.

The gamers’ paradise bar called “D20: A Bar with Characters” at 2144 E. Whipp Road in the Oak Creek Plaza will host a euchre tournament and beer event at 7 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 20. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

49) Check out one of Dayton’s new bar arcades. Nothing pairs better with a game of Donkey Kong or Pac Man than a nice cold brew. A similar idea, turn gaming night into a night out with games and brews at D20: A Bar with Characters or Cardboard Crowns.

50) Check out one of Dayton’s brand new bars or restaurants. One of Louisville’s most famous bars is opening a location in Dayton in 2018. We can’t wait to try Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse! We also are excited to learn more about The Famous coming to Centerville. It promises something “Famously” different!

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The biggest and baddest St. Patrick's Day party in the STATE is held right here in Dayton

Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 11:25 AM

It looks like Dayton’s Oregon District was the place to be on Friday evening, March 17, 2017 for St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
It looks like Dayton’s Oregon District was the place to be on Friday evening, March 17, 2017 for St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Argue if you want to, but the fact is that the Dublin Pub, located at 300 Wayne Ave., has one of the biggest, baddest St. Patrick’s Day events in the state of Ohio. It says so right on the event’s flyer.

>> PODCAST: 10,000 leprechauns and more tales from the man behind one of Dayton’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day traditions

The two-day drink and eat fest draws lads, lasses and leprechauns from around the region, many of whom are actually Irish. So many kilts. 

>> Your guide to St. Patrick’s Day events in Dayton

The VIP pre-party starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 16 and then St. Patrick’s Day officially kicks off at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17 with the “admission line pre-check” at the Wayne Avenue entrance. 

We go inside the Dublin Pub for St. Patrick's Day.

>> 10 local ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with food

Dublin Pub helped us break down St. Patrick's Day by the numbers leading up to this weekend’s 20th St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza.

>> Where to get Dayton’s favorite ooey-gooey fries


The cost for general admission that’s good both days of St. Patrick’s Day at the Dublin Pub.

Audience members as Dulahan performs during the St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Dublin Pub in downtown Dayton, Saturday, March 17, 2012.( Wine)


The number of people who typically turn out for St. Patrick’s Day.


The number of days it takes to set up the Dublin Pub’s famous tent in their parking lot. Planning began months ago.

>> PHOTOS: Our favorite photos from St. Patrick’s Day 2017


The approximate number of acts that will perform at the event. 

>> PHOTOS: Early morning St. Patrick’s Day revelers at Dublin Pub


The approximate number of hours it takes to clean up after the event.


The number of interior seats and patio seats at the Pub. There are roughly 240 total seats inside and 80 on the patio.


The number of volunteers, employees, security guards and others who will work at the Dublin Pub on St. Patrick’s Day.


The number of hours staffers, volunteers and others devote to the event, from the planning all the way down to the execution.


The number of beer barrels that pub customers drank in 2016.


The number of different beer types pub customers drank in 2016.

TICKET INFOGeneral admission is $10 and covers Friday and Saturday (March 16-17). The VIP Experience tickets are $50 and include admission for STRANGER VIP Night, St. Patrick’s Day, tickets for food or drink, and a St. Patrick’s Day souvenir cup ($75 value).

The Dublin Pub kicks off its St. Patrick's Day celebration.


Here is the entire itinerary for Dublin Pub’s 2018 St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 VIP pre-party 

— 11 a.m. Dublin Pub opens for lunch 

— 6 p.m. Tent opens for VIP pre-party & STRANGER 

— 8 p.m. The VIP Experience with STRANGER 


— 4:30 a.m. admission line pre-check at Wayne Ave entrance, ID’s required and must be 21. $10 cover cash only. 

— 5:30 a.m. open serving Breakfast & Guinness. First 100 people get free St. Patrick’s Day T-shirt. Mix 107.7 Morning Show live remote 

—7 a.m. JAMESON’S FOLLY, main stage (7-10 a.m.) 

— 10 a.m. free shuttle bus starts from Dublin Pub to Flanagan’s 

— 10:30 a.m. Celtic Academy of Irish Dance, main stage 

— 11 a.m. JAMESON’S FOLLY, inside Jameson stage (11 a.m.-2 p.m.). 

Jameson Girls on main stage in tent. Master of Ceremonies Jim Bucher The TV Guy Hosts Dublin Pub St. Patrick’s Day. Jameson free photo booth until 5 p.m. 

— Noon MIAMI VALLEY PIPES & DRUMS, main stage 

—1:30 p.m. FATHER, SON & FRIENDS, main stage (1:30– 5:30 p.m.) 

— 3 p.m. Scott Houchens and THE PULLOUTS, inside Jameson stage, rock covers (3-7 p.m.) 

— 5 p.m. Guinness Girls 

— 5 p.m. Jay Tieber tribute to those who have passed featuring Shawn MacIntyre Hall and “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes special farewell to John     Sechrist, original opening bartender and good friend. 



— 8:30 9 CASTLE CLOSE, Celtic Rock, main stage 

— 9 p.m. SPUNGEWURTHY, rock covers, inside Jameson stage (9 p.m. – 1 a.m.)

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Top 10 things to do this week

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Yellow Cab Night Market is hosting their second annual Thanksgiving Show from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Yellow Cab Night Market is hosting their second annual Thanksgiving Show from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO(CONTRIBUTED)

Obviously, it’s one of the biggest party weekends of the year. So there’s that.

But here are a bunch of other events happening this weekend and into next week that you should know about.

>> Your guide to St. Patrick’s Day parties around Dayton

What a night it was at Flanagan’s Pub! Shenanigan paid them a visit and made some new friends on St. Patrick’s Day.(Kamron Taylor)


Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton, hosts one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in town and this year is no exception. The multiday bash, Friday through Sunday, March 16 through 18, features live music, Irish food and drink specials. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Friday, 5:30 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

The first 100 people through the door on Saturday receive a free T-shirt. This year’s entertainment includes 9 Castle Close, Spungeworthy, Father, Son & Friends, Stranger and Jameson’s Folly. Call 937-224-7822 or visit

WTUE-FM (104.7) and ALT 103.9 present the long-running St. Pat-Rocks Party at Flanagan’s Pub, 101 E. Stewart St., Dayton, at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 17. The event features games, prizes, drink specials and appearances from on-air talent from WTUE and ALT 103.9.

Live music is presented by Dulahan, Hey There Morgan, Ithika and others. Cost: $10 one-time entry, $15 all-day entry. Free admission from 6-8 a.m. Call 937-228-5776 or visit

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Country singer Alan Jackson, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October, brings his Honky Tonk Highway Tour to the Nutter Center in Fairborn on Friday, March 16. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Alan Jackson has released 16 studio albums, nine of which were certified multi-platinum, and has received dozens of industry awards. However, the Georgia native isn’t resting on his laurels. After a successful run of his Honky Tonk Highway Tour, Jackson has extended the roadshow into 2018. The singer, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October, performs at the Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16. Cost: $39.99-$129.99. Call 937-775-4789 or visit

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Gabriel Iglesias. CONTRIBUTED


Gabriel Iglesias has been open about canceling some 2017 dates following struggles with depression, alcohol and diabetes after the death of his mother. The comedian, known to his fans as “Fluffy,” has begun working through the pain and is back out on the road. Iglesias, whose credits include voice work on the films “Coco” and “The Book of Life,” brings his One Show Fits All Tour to the Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22. Cost: $28-$48. Call 937-775-4789 or visit

Soprano Angela Mortellaro (pictured) and baritone Grant Youngblood join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for A Sea Symphony at the Schuster Center in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents two different but related programs at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton this weekend. The DPO presents “A Sea Symphony” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17. Soprano Angela Mortellaro, baritone Grant Youngblood and the DPO Chorus under the direction of Hank Dahlman will also perform. Cost: $8-$64.30. The DPO presents “The Sea: Vaughan Williams’ Siren Call” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Cost: $8-$43. Call 937-228-3630 or visit


Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are struggling playwrights in the late 1500s when their fortunes are altered by advice from a soothsayer. That’s the set up for the 10-time Tony Award-nominated musical comedy, “Something Rotten!” The breakout 2015 play from the creative team of Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’Farrell and Wayne Kirkpatrick launched a national tour in 2017. The Victoria Theatre Association’s Premiere Health Broadway Series presents “Something Rotten!” at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, Tuesday through Sunday, March 20 through 25. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with 2 pm. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $25-$98. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

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If you’re planning on using your upcoming tax return on updates to your living space, the Dayton Home & Outdoor Living Show is a great place to start. The expo, at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, March 16 through 18, features more than 225 exhibitors, including plumbers, contractors, interior decorators and landscape architects. Show hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $6 in advance, $10 at the door. All senior citizen tickets are $4. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Call 937-333-4072 or visit

The Miami Valley Community Concert Association presents Duo Baldo, the musical comedy team of actor/pianist Aldo Gentileschi (left) and violinist Brad Repp, at the Performing Arts Center at Centerville High School on Thursday, March 22. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Actor/pianist Aldo Gentileschi and violinist Brad Repp were already successful performers when they formed Duo Baldo in 2004. It was the case of two great tastes going great together. Since then, the musical comedy team has been entertaining audiences with a unique combination of virtuosity and humor. The Miami Valley Community Concert Association presents Duo Baldo at the Performing Arts Center, Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22. Cost: $30 adults, $5 students. The next Miami Valley Community Concert Association program is Daniel & Heather Narducci on May 22. Call 937-853-8292 or visit


In her play, “The Other Place,” Sharr White explores health problems, family dysfunction and a failing marriage. Dayton Theatre Guild’s production of the play opens at the Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape, 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton, on Friday, March 16. “The Other Place” is presented weekends through April 1. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday opening weekend, and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday the following weekends. Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors and $13 students. Call 937-278-5993 or visit


For its latest concert, the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will be joined by special guests the Magic Circle Mime Company. The Youth Orchestra, which is comprised of more than 90 musicians from 28 area schools, presents the Family Series concert, “Orchestra from Planet X,” at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Cost: $14-$22. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

July's Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally was held Friday, July 21, 2017. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)


It’s clear spring is drawing near because Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, is hosting its first Food Truck Rally of the year from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 16. El Meson, Smokinbeebeeq, the Drunken Waffle and Son of a Biscuit are among the local mobile food purveyors setting up that evening in the back parking lot of the former taxi cab depot. Cherry Lee and the Hot Rod Hounds will perform. Cost: Free. Visit

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Are you a beer pong champ? Get ready for this St. Patty’s Day tournament in Dayton

Published: Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Looking for a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a day early? 

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Bring the luck of the Irish (and dress in green!) to Scene75 for a beer pong tournament on Friday, March 16. 

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 Lepre-Con Beer Pong Tournament Rules 

  • 2-Player Teams 
  • Must register team
  • Single elimination 
  • 21+ age restriction
  • Follow Scene75 beer pong house rules (contact for details)
Scene75 also hosts glow-in-the-dark beer pong tournaments

Rules will be enforced by a Scene75 referee. Teams are required to register one hour in advance of the tournament. Competitors dressed as leprechauns will be awarded a $5 gift card.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Lepre-Con Beer Pong Tournament

WHERE: Scene75, 6196 Poe Ave., Dayton

WHEN: Registration starts at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16

COST: $10 per team, $5 per player



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How to get a FREE breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The Senior Night Ugly Sweater Party at Timothy's Bar is another festive tradition at Timothy's.
Timothy's Bar Facebook page
The Senior Night Ugly Sweater Party at Timothy's Bar is another festive tradition at Timothy's.(Timothy's Bar Facebook page)

Timothy’s Bar on Brown Street is getting St. Patrick’s Day started ASAP this year. 

The bar is bringing back the “original 5:30 a.m. club” and opening doors Saturday morning for a FREE limited-edition “Breakfast at Timothy’s” T-shirt with a $5 2018 Bud Lite mug purchase.

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According to Timothy’s Facebook event page, if all inspections go according to plan, there will be FREE breakfast provided at the Double 18 Lounge — the new addition to Timothy’s bar, which intends to open this week. 

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St. Patrick’s Day Schedule at Timothy’s

-12 p.m.- Riley’s Red Keg tapping at the Double 18 (Limited Supply)

-1 p.m. - Pong tournament for a chance to win Timothy’s VIP passes good for life! (Direct message Timothy’s Facebook page to sign up your team)

-3 p.m. - 6 p.m.- DILLY DILLY HOUR, scratch-offs will be passed out to win prizes 

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WHAT: Breakfast at Timothy’s St. Patrick’s Day 2018

WHEN: 5:30 a.m., Saturday, March 17

WHERE: Timothy’s Bar, 1818 Brown St., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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