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Published: Saturday, September 09, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— 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.
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.
Spend the morning at the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival. The 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.
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.
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.
Saturday night is particularly busy at Italian Festa, but there will be a special stuffed shells dinner if you want to take your chances!
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."
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.
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!
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.
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
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
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 7:00 AM
— Irish music is always the big draw at the Dayton Celtic Festival. However, the event — presented by United Irish of Dayton at RiverScape MetroPark in Dayton, Friday through Sunday, July 27 through 29 — continues to expand its other offerings.
The free festival features workshops, vendors, food, beer, children’s activities and Sunday Mass. Returning favorites include the Bushmills Irish Whiskey tastings at 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, the Celtic breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday and Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. Special guests include authors Cindy Thomson and Terence O’Leary and storyteller Cathy Jo Smith.
“The Celtic breakfast and Gaelic Mass are big staples every year,” said Shawn Kain, who has handled the festival’s marketing and publicity since 2004. “We’re fortunate to have the Mass, which is set in Gaelic and English. Whenever they say anything in Gaelic, they come back and say what it means in English because Gaelic is a pretty complex language.
“The Celtic breakfast is always good on Sunday morning,” he continued. “We try to give people traditional festival food, but we also have a lot of authentic Celtic food and beverages to give it that Irish flavor.”
Workshops include Baking with Bill Evans of Evans Bakery, an Introduction to the Gaelic Language and Introduction to Irish Music.
“We’ve done a lot to expand the cultural side of the festival,” Kain said. “That has been the biggest change this year. We have dancing, history, genealogy, the Irish wolfhounds and all the different workshops. The merchandise is big, too, because you get an opportunity to find stuff in person that you can normally only get online.
“Musicians from some of the participating bands will be helping with the Introduction to Irish Music workshop,” Kain continued. “It’s nice because the bands are not just there singing, they help out with the festival, too. They take part in it, try to promote it and get people to support the vendors. It’s a team effort, which is really neat. They’re real down to earth and they like to mingle with the crowd. We really appreciate them. We’re lucky to have them.”
HOW TO GO:
What: United Irish of Dayton presents Dayton Celtic Festival with Gaelic Storm, Scythian, Socks in the Frying Pan, the Fitzgeralds, We Banjo 3, Heron Valley, Rory Makem and others
Where: RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton
When: 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 27 through 29
More info: 937-372-9788 or www.daytoncelticfestival.com
Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 11:47 AM
— 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.
“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.
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:
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.
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.
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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.
A fireworks display sponsored by Start Skydiving will start around 10:15 p.m. Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 10:57 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:23 AM
— A new festival and concert is coming to the Dayton-area this summer.
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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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.
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.
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“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.”
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
Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:21 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:20 PM
— 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.
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
COST: $5 for adults, children under 12 are free. Parking $15 (includes free shuttle and admission)
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?
WHEN: Friday to Sunday, July 27-29
WHERE: Riverscape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton
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
>> PHOTOS: The 34th annual Germanfest Picnic
4) BACON FEST
Bacon on bacon on bacon. And also bacon.
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
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.
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.
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