Beer, brats, food trucks and a few more reasons to go to Oktoberfest

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Nothing beats a summer festival - and Dayton has more than you could ever dream. Here's 10 of the best ones you won't want to miss. (Tabatha Wharton)

For the 46th time, the Dayton Art Institute will be throwing its annual Oktoberfest fundraising party, adding the unusual component of arts and crafts to the usual German food, music, and beer. 

>> What you need to know about Oktoberfest 2017 at DAI

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

In addition to the over 60 visiting artisans displaying and selling their wares, the museum’s permanent collection, including their current special exhibition, “Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau,” will be open to patrons.

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>> PHOTOS: Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest 2016

By day, the vibe at the Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest is “more chill,” with people perusing the over 60 artisans on the premises. By night, it’s a party. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

“The vibe changes from day to night,” said Amy Askins, DAI Oktoberfest Co-Chair. “During the day, it’s more chill. People are more interested in perusing the artisans. At night, it’s packed. It’s a party.”

>> 50 ideas for your Dayton summer bucket list

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

A few notable facts about DAI Oktoberfest 2017:

LEDERHOSEN LUNCH AND PREVIEW PARTY (LEDERHOSEN OPTIONAL)

Many people like to start their weekend early, so the DAI Oktoberfest is offering heavily discounted lunch and libations Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Brats, metts, tenderloins will be $5, and potato salad and the homemade noodles are $3 (or you combo it with a dessert for $10).

The beer and wine is $5. The beer list includes Miller Lite, Terrapin High 5 IPA, Blue Moon, Crispin Original Apple Cider, Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest and Harvest Shandy, and Warsteiner’s Dunkel, Oktoberfest, Koenig Ludwig Hefeweiss, and Pilsner beers. Wines are Michelle Sparkling Brut, Dr. L Riesling, Rodney Strong Chardonnay, Save Me San Francisco Cabernet Sauvignon, and Deloach Pinot Noir.

The preview party will also feature these beverages, accompanied by live music from This Side Up, a Dayton-based rock cover band. Askins said that while lederhosen is certainly welcome, it is not mandatory, or even expected.

“We encourage people who work downtown to come out,” she said. “So they’ll be in their ordinary work attire. But a few people will be wearing (lederhosen) for sure.”

>> When the community came together to open the Dayton Art Institute

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

THE MAIN EVENT

For the main two-day party, there will be a full live music lineup and art-related activities for children. Most importantly, the one beer truck open for the lederhosen lunch and preview party will be joined by five others, bearing breweries such as Fat Head, Mad Tree, Dogfish, Great Lakes, and popular individual varieties such as New Belgium Fat Tire, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, and Stone Arrogant Bastard. On the wine side, an additional Riesling, Chardonnay, and two Cabernet Sauvignons will be added, as well as a Pinot Grigio and a Dark Red.

According to DAI organizers, the food options remain fairly consistent from year to year, with popular favorites such as Zombie Dogz and the Associate Board Alumni (the museum’s own) Brats & Metts. The few notable newbies this year are Kona Ice, Nida Thai, and the Drunken Waffle, which features such delicacies as the Reservoir Dog (a waffled corn dog), the Boba Feta Burger (quarter pounder topped with feta cheese and pesto between a waffle), and the Bocheesian Rhapsody (grilled cheddar and Jack cheese between a waffle). 

>> PHOTOS: Dayton Art Institute Art Ball 2017

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

ART AT OKTOBERFEST

Every year, the DAI offers an “official mug of Oktoberfest.” According to Chris Schairbaum, DAI Oktobefest Co-Chair, they typically sell over 1,000 of these each year. This year, Bubba Jones Cups, an Ohio potter who specializes in handmade ceramic items for craft breweries and enthusiasts, is designing the mug. There will be 16-ounce and 32-ounce mugs available, along with a few ceramic growlers. A mug purchase comes with a free beer ticket.

According to Askins, they had a larger-than-usual group of artisans applying to participate this year, including Renata Kelly, a wearable art artisan who makes, among other things, a shawl one can wear eight different ways.

“Every year, I go home with a new pair of earrings or a bracelet,” said Askins. “We have a handful of people who work in metal and glass, everything from large sculptures you can hang outside to centerpieces for large rooms to items that can fit in your hand. We have committee heads for all of these areas, and they really went above and beyond as far as recruitment.” 
Scenes from Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, which took place Sept. 24-25, 2016. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

WANT TO GO?

What: The Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest

When: Sept. 22-24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton

Cost: $3-$7 (general), $55-$95 (preview party), free for children 6 and younger

More Info: 937-223-4ART or www.daytonartinstitute.org/oktoberfest

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7 things that will WOW you this weekend at the Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

The Ohio Challenge 2018

Prepare to be wowed.

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A giant crab and a giant gator are among the more than 30 balloons set to take flight during The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival and Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend to Remember. The annual event will return to Middletown’s Smith Park/Middletown Regional Airport this weekend.

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“This is a good, positive event for the city. Everyone loves to see the balloons. There’s always that ‘Wow’ factor. Spectators often wonder ‘How did they get up there?’ ‘How do they stay up there?’ and they follow them. It’s so cool,” said Kathy Stites, event manager, The Ohio Challenge.

>> Watch time-lapse video of these balloons inflating and taking flight

 
The Gator is one of the special balloons that will be featured at the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival this weekend in Middletown. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Presented by Selection.com, the event runs Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The festival includes balloon competitions and balloon glows, fireworks, skydiving demonstrations, a laser light show, tethered balloon rides and live entertainment. There will also be carnival rides for children from Murray Brothers Amusements, Inc., expanded food booth offerings, as well as 25 arts and crafts vendors on site.

This is the 16th year for the festival, which has grown into one of the area’s largest, signature summer events. More than 300 volunteers come together to support the festivities. 

Here are six things to do, see and experience at The Ohio Challenge:

Competition balloons decorate the sky during the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown in 2016. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

1. Hot air balloon launches, rides and competition

Check out launches of colorful balloons of all shapes and sizes.

Mass balloon launches and special shapes will take to the skies on Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Beyond the visual spectacle of bright colorful balloons in the sky, The Ohio Challenge is a sanctioned hot air balloon competition. This year over 30 participants will compete for the Ohio Challenge Trophy and to qualify for a national tournament.

This little lady walks on a partially inflated balloon during the Fluff & Puff event at the 2016 Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

Experience the fun yourself with tethered hot air balloon rides for $10 and $15 or try out the Fluff & Puff balloon walk-through as well.

Call 513-932-3552 to arrange full paid rides.

All balloon activity is wind and weather permitting. Admission to the park is free during morning hours for those who would like to see the Saturday and Sunday morning balloon flights.

>> PHOTOS: Ohio Hot Air Balloon Challenge 2016

Claw D — The Crazy Crab piloted by Zach Burgess of Monroe will be one of the special balloons featured at this year’s Ohio Challenge. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

2. Night balloon glow

Balloons can look even more amazing at night. This year’s balloon glows will take place Friday and Saturday from 9:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

3. Fireworks

A fireworks display sponsored by Start Skydiving will start around 10:15 p.m. Saturday. 

4. Skydiving

Team Fastrax skydiving performances will take place at 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday and again at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:15 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday.

Rides are part of the fun at the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival. These festival-goers were photographed during the 2016 event at Smith Park in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

5. Festival fun

Beyond the balloons, you’ll find plenty of family fun all weekend long.

The event will include outdoor concerts, arts and crafts, festival foods and carnival rides.

“There’s so much to do. There’s a little something for everybody. It’s a good family-oriented festival in the park. There’s a lot of good food, and a lot of great vendors. It’s a good place to be,” said Sean Askren, a Middletown resident, pilot committee member and FAA liaison.

This is one of the special balloons that will be featured at the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival this weekend in Middletown. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

There will be live music on Friday night with Broken Road, a Rascal Flatts tribute band and on Saturday evening featuring The Skallywags from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Main Stage activities, including opening remarks and the National Anthem, will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. A Wounded Warrior Honoring Ceremony, recognizing Purple Hearts and Gold Stars, will be held on Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m.

For a complete list of events and activities, visit the Ohio Challenge website.

>> 7 festivals to add to your summer bucket list

Competition balloons fly over Hook Field during the 2016 Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

6. Car show

The show featuring 125 to 150 cars will be held on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration for the car show is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost to register is $15. Dash Plaques are guaranteed to the first 100. A number of awards will be given.

7. Balloons & Breakfast

Watch hot air balloons before enjoying a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice from 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday. The breakfast supports the Middletown High School girls soccer team. The cost is a suggested donation of $5.

Want to go?

WHAT: The Ohio Challenge Balloon and Festival Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend to Remember

WHEN: Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. The festival is open 4-10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday and again from 4-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Balloon activity only from 7-9:30 a.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave and Verity Parkway in Middletown

ADMISSION: During regular evening festival hours, walk-in admission is $5 per adult (children ages 12 and under are free), $15 per car load (which includes a free shuttle ride and admission for all in the vehicle). Vehicles should enter the festival grounds via Middletown Regional Airport, 1800 Germantown Road.

MORE INFO: www.ohiochallenge.comwww.warriorwtr.com

Hot air balloons are inflated for attendees to get a closer look during the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown in 2016. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

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There’s a NEW festival with music, beer, food coming to the Great Miami River this summer

Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 10:57 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

Adventures on the Great Miami hosted its second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23. Packed with a full day of fun, this river-centric event hasd tons to do for the family. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
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Adventures on the Great Miami hosted its second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23. Packed with a full day of fun, this river-centric event hasd tons to do for the family. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

A new festival and concert is coming to the Dayton-area this summer. 

>> What to know before you go to the new Adventures Fest music fest on the river this weekend

Adventures Fest will take place July 21 and will feature a roster of Ohio musicians for a day of fun and music along the Great Miami River. 

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Young Heirlooms will be among the headline acts at the new Adventures Fest along the Great Miami River near Tipp City on July 21, 2018.(CONTRIBUTED)

Jessica Lea Mayfield, Young Heirlooms and Lioness will be headlining the event. This Pine Box, Shrug, M Ross Perkins, Sylmar and Neo American Pioneers are also on the lineup. 

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Jessica Lea Mayfield, a singer from Kent, Ohio, headlines of the new Adventures Fest at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City on Saturday, July 21. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Ticket are $20 in advance and $30 the day of. Children under 4 are free. The festival is presented by Adventures on the Great Miami.

Camping and river trips are available for an additional fee. Beer and food will be sold on site. 

>> Dayton Music Insider: Miami Valley Music Fest & Adventures Fest

“We couldn’t be more excited for the bill that came together for this first Adventures Fest,” David Obenour, concert promoter said in a press release. “There are so many amazing Ohio artists now and when it became apparent that the stars would align for Jessica Lea Mayfield, we knew we had found our headliner. Everyone that day is going to be great though and being able to see them all riverside at Adventures makes the day even better.”

>> A roundup of the best places to see live, local music in Dayton

Lioness will be among the headline acts at the new Adventures Fest along the Great Miami River near Tipp City on July 21, 2018.(CONTRIBUTED)

Want to go?

WHAT: Adventures Fest

WHEN: July 21 from 10 a.m. to midnight

WHERE: Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Road, Tipp City

TICKETS: Eventbrite

INFO: Facebook

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7 AMAZING festivals we just cannot wait for

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:21 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:20 PM

The Ohio Challenge 2018

There are festivals and fairs here, there and everywhere. If you can’t get to them all, you can at least try to get to the best. Here are 10 of our favorite festivals happening this summer and into the fall.

Mark your calendars and prepare to eat, drink, sing and dance your way through the Dayton region.

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Sean Askren's hot air balloon "Bohica" and Doug Grimes' "The Gator" balloon were inflated during a media preview Thursday, July 20 for The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown. The event runs Friday through Sunday. For more information visit www.ohiochallenge.com. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

1) THE OHIO CHALLENGE BALLOON FESTIVAL

Prepare to be wowed. This sanctioned hot air balloon competition will feature a race of 30 participants for the glory, the coveted Ohio Challenge Trophy and a bid to attend the nationals. There will be night balloon glows at dusk, a car show, balloon rides, fireworks, outdoor concerts, food vendors, arts and crafts and carnival rides.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, July 20-21

WHERE: 2301 Wedekind Drive, Middletown

INFO: ohiochallenge.com

COST: $5 for adults, children under 12 are free. Parking $15 (includes free shuttle and admission)

>> 7 things that will wow you this weekend at hot air balloon festival

>> PHOTOS: See the amazing balloons from Middletown’s annual hot hair balloon festival

Gaelic Storm will once again headline the Dayton Celtic Festival this July. CONTRIBUTED

2) DAYTON CELTIC FESTIVAL

Celtic music is just one of the things to love about one of the signature festivals of Dayton summer. There’s also the beer, the kilts and the delicious grub. Three days of free live music from Gaelic Storm, Scythian, Socks In The Frying Pan, Rory Makem, The Fitzgeralds, We Banjo 3 and Heron Valley. 

Did we mention the beer, food and culture?

>> 8 fun facts about Gaelic Storm

WHEN: Friday to Sunday, July 27-29

WHERE: Riverscape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

ADMISSION: Free

INFO: Website | Facebook | Instagram

>> PHOTOS: Dayton Celtic Festival 2017



3) GERMANFEST PICNIC

The 35th annual Dayton Liederkranz-Turner Germanfest Picnic is back for a second year at its new home at Riverscape with all the things you love about this Dayton tradition, including that unbelievable potato salad. Get ready for schnitzels, German beer, pretzels, Bavarian noms, polka and chicken dancing and apple cake. There will be a raffle for a trip for two to Germany plus $1,000 spending money.

WHEN: Aug. 10-12 — 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Riverscape Metropark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

ADMISSION: Free

INFO: Website

>> PHOTOS: The 34th annual Germanfest Picnic

The fifth annual Bacon Fest took over the Fraze Pavilion, in Kettering, with porky fun on Sunday, Aug. 20. The event sponsored by the Fraze and Miami Valley Restaurant Raiders — a monthly “foodie” group that visits local restaurants — featured bacon treats from 15 locally owned restaurant. STAFF PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

4) BACON FEST

Bacon on bacon on bacon. And also bacon.

>> PHOTOS: Did we catch you drooling over the amazing food at Bacon Fest? 

This festival sets out to prove that “everything goes better with bacon.”

Local restaurants create bacon-ey dishes for the event presented by the Restaurant Raiders, a foodie group that supports Dayton area restaurants. 

Music includes Cherry Avenue, The Fries and Fu5ion.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18

WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

INFO: fraze.com/bacon-fest-2018

Ohio Renaissance Festival is always a great time, but on Fantasy Weekend, wondrous creatures such as unicorns, fairies, and elves sneak into our realm for a visit. We went to Fantasy weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather, great food and drink, and saw many incredible costumes. PHOTO / Josher Lumpkin

5) OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Transport yourselves to another era at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. This 30-acre permanent village has been historically re-created to resemble 16th Century England. Every weekend from Labor Day through the end of October, experience entertainment including jousting knights, jugglers, comedians, sword-fighters and the Queen herself with more than 100 shows daily. Feast on gigantic turkey legs, sip on hearty ales and flavorful wines. No utensils required. More than 150 world-class artisans will display their wares.

WHEN: Weekends Sept. 1 – Oct. 28 plus Labor Day. Open 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Renaissance Park in Harveysburg, Ohio on State Route 73 in Warren County.

INFO: Website

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

6) DAYTON GREEK FESTIVAL

OPA! The Dayton Greek Festival is celebrating 60 years this year. Experience the best of Greek food, music and culture at this three-day festival in September. Feast on pastitsio, moussaka, dolmades, saganaki, tsoureki, Ouzo slushies, craft beers, baklava and more. Take a tour of the gorgeous Annunciation Greek Orthodox church. Entertainment includes Greek dancing and music as well as cooking demonstrations and shopping.

WHEN: Sept. 7-9. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park North, Dayton

COST: Admission is free on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and $2 per person the entire weekend. Children under 12 are admitted free, as well as active military and veterans. Free parking and shuttle service.

INFO: Website

Sauerkraut pizza is one of the local delicacies peddled at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville. STAFF/NICK DAGGY(STAFF/NICK DAGGY)

7) OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL

Whether you love sauerkraut or hate it, there’s something for everyone at one of the region’s biggest festivals. Sauerkraut can be found as a main course, an ingredient or a topping for pizza, sundaes, brownies, donuts, cookies, sausage, hot dogs and more. There are plenty of unique dishes for those who dare. There will be non-sauerkraut tainted foods as well.

WHEN: Oct. 13-14. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Downtown Waynesville

COST: Free admission

INFO: Website

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Food truck rallies, river clean ups, firefighter challenges and more to do this weekend in Dayton

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

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It’s only the middle of the week, but we’re already looking forward to the weekend.

Here are a few ways to get a jump start on your plans.

>> Get the latest forecast from WHIO

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>> Top 10 things to do this week

 🍴 DARKE CO. FOOD TRUCK RALLY AND COMPETITION

On Sunday, July 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. food trucks including The Drunken Waffle, EAT, Son of a Biscuit, El Meson and Ghostlight Coffee served their best breakfast and lunch dishes for Brunch! A Food Truck Rally. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

On July 21, dozens of food trucks will park and serve their best bites in hopes of taking home bragging rights. There also will be craft and small business vendors set up to sell accessories, candles and wax melts, soaps and more.

>> The reason The Drunken Waffle food truck changed its name — and its menu 

Want to go?

WHAT: The Darke County Food Truck Rally and Competition

WHEN: July 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville 

INFO: Facebook

🌎 CLEAN SWEEP OF THE GREAT MIAMI RIVER

Employees of Cox Media Group Ohio, including Ted Cox and his 14-year-old son Theo, clean up debris along the Great Miami River in Dayton Friday during Clean Sweep 2014. The Clean Sweep effort is organized by groups including American Rivers and Five Rivers MetroParks. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

The annual Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River is a huge, two-part effort, with the Dayton-area portion happening on July 20 and July 21. The event is an opportunity to clean up our region’s greatest waterway, as well as remind people that their relationship with the Great Miami River is a two-way street. The Clean Sweep is coordinated and supported by many sponsors, including Dayton.com’s own Cox Media Group Ohio.

>> More than 900 people expected to show their love for Great Miami in river cleanup

Want to go?

WHAT: Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River

WHEN: Friday, July 20 & Saturday, July 21

WHERE: Multiple locations

INFO: cleansweepofthegreatmiamiriver.org

🎭FUTUREFEST  

“we, the invisibles” by Susan Soon He Stanton, is a tribute to behind-the-scenes immigrant hotel workers. It premiered at this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY BILL BRYMER(Staff Writer)

FutureFest is a weekend of theater featuring six new plays; each production is followed by remarks from the playwright, evaluation by professional adjudicators and audience feedback. Read more about it here.

>> Take a chance on a new play at Dayton’s FutureFest this weekend

Want to go?

WHAT: FutureFest 2018

WHEN: July 20-22 

WHERE: Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler, located in Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark. 

INFO: Website 

🎵43RD ANNUAL BAND ORGAN RALLY

Mike and Liz Barnhart of Riverside will bring their 6-foot-tall fairground band organ to the 43rd Annual Band Organ Rally at Carillon Historical Park on July 21 and 22. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The rally, last held in Dayton in 2016, will bring dozens of antique and newly constructed band organs to the park. It is sponsored by the Mid-American Chapter of the Musical Box Society International and the Carousel Organ Association of America.
>> Experience the ‘happiest music on Earth’ this weekend in Dayton

Want to go?

WHAT: 43rd annual Band Organ Rally

WHEN: July 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 22 from 12 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Carillon Historical Park, 
INFO: Website

🎈THE OHIO CHALLENGE BALLOON FESTIVAL

Competition balloons decorate the sky during the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown in 2016. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Contributing Writer)

A giant crab and a giant gator are among the more than 30 balloons set to take flight during The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival and Team Fastrax Warrior Weekend to Remember. The annual event will return to Middletown’s Smith Park/Middletown Regional Airport this weekend.
>> 6 things that will wow you this weekend at hot air balloon festival

Want to go?

WHAT: The Ohio Challenge

WHEN: Friday, July 20, from 4 to 10:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 21, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m

WHERE: Smith Park Path, Middletown

INFO: Website

🎶🍺 ADVENTURES FEST

Adventures on the Great Miami hosted its second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23. Packed with a full day of fun, this river-centric event hasd tons to do for the family. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

Featuring a roster of Ohio musicians for a day of fun and music along the Great Miami River, this new event debuts this weekend. Jessica Lea Mayfield, Young Heirlooms and Lioness will be headlining the event. This Pine Box, Shrug, M Ross Perkins, Sylmar and Neo American Pioneers are also in the lineup.

>> There’s a NEW festival with music, beer, food coming to the Great Miami River this summer

Want to go?

WHAT: Adventures Fest

WHEN: July 21 from 10 a.m. to midnight

WHERE: Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Road, Tipp City

TICKETS: Eventbrite

INFO: Facebook

🔥HUNKS AND LADDERS FIREFIGHTER COMBAT CHALLENGE

Firefighters pull a 165-pound dummy to simulate rescuing a person during the Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday, July 22, 2017, at The Greene in Beavercreek.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

Firefighters try to woo the crowd as one-by-one they compete in an obstacle course during the challenge. The event also will include a performance by the band Stranger, beer sales and other activities.  Funds raised at the free event and from sales of the 2018 Hunks and Ladders calendar benefit A Special Wish Foundation Inc., Miami Valley Firefighter/EMS Memorial Association and Pink Ribbon Driven.

>> Women smashing their way into upcoming firefighter challenge

Want to go?

WHAT: Hunks and Ladders Firefighter Combat Challenge

WHEN: Begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21

WHERE:The Greene, 4450 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek

COST: Free 

INFO: hunksandladders.org or Facebook

🍴EL MESON’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

El Meson hosted a two-day Cinco De Mayo party on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018. The eatery featured margaritas, dancing, live music, food trucks, a Cantera Negra Tequila Tasting, and amazing food from the restaurant’s own kitchen and bar. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

The restaurant at 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carollton is planning a two-day weekend blowout to celebrate its 40th anniversary, according to details posted to Eventbrite.
>> Classic restaurant celebrating 40 years with epic parking lot parties

WANT TO GO? 

What: El Meson’s 40th Anniversary Weekend 

When: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 

Where: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carrollton

Cost: Admission is $5 for both days and a limited number of $35 VIP tickets are available for Friday or Saturday patio seating.

Tickets: Visit the Eventbrite page for advance VIP tickets

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