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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

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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

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5 of the best festivals happening in and around Dayton this weekend

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

5 of the best festivals happening this weekend (6/22/18 to 6/24/18). This includes Festival on the Hill, Carillon Rail Festival, Dayton Air Show, Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow and Treasure Island River Fest.

Festival season is in full swing. 

Here’s a rundown of the biggest, best festivals going on in Dayton or a short drive away this weekend. 

The weekend is going to be sunny, warm and gorgeous, so make the most of it!

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 💃🏻 FESTIVAL ON THE HILL

The inaugural, 3-day Festival on the Hill event, held at the Dayton Masonic Center (525 W Riverview Ave), featured "Dayton’s largest happy hour," food and a variety of musical acts, including an AC/DC tribute band, American Idol finalist Alexis Gomez and country music artists John King and Clark Manson. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

The festival will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, with two days of entertainment and music. This location offers easy access and ample parking for summer fun, food and music. Festival-goers will enjoy open seating on the expansive front lawn, where every seat provides outstanding views of the large main stage and the downtown Dayton skyline. 

>> PHOTOS: Festival on the Hill 2016

Want to go? 

WHEN: June 22-23, 5-11 p.m. Friday and 3-11 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave.

COST: Adult General Admission: $7; Active military, law enforcement and first responders: $5; Youth under 12 years of age are admitted free with an adult admission

INFO: https://festivalonthehill.org

🎶 RAIL FESTIVAL

Dayton History and Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society present the Rail Festival at Carillon Historical Park on June 24-25, 2017. CONTRIBUTED(Dayton History)

Live steam engines, model train displays, historical exhibits, free train rides, food and merchandise vendors.

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Want to go?

WHEN: June 23-24, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

COST: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $5 Children 3-17, free for children under 3

INFOCall 937-293-2841 | Website

✈️ VECTREN DAYTON AIR SHOW

Vicky Benzing, known as the "fastest woman at Reno Air Races ever," will perform for the first time at the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show. CONTRIBUTED

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Want to go?

WHERE: Dayton International Airport, 3800 Wright Dr.

WHEN: June 23-24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

COST: $19 adults in advance, $25 at gate; $13 seniors and youth ages 6-11 in advance, $16 at gate; kids 5 and under free

INFO: Website

🥁 POW WOW

Women and men of the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans spend weeks hand-crafting their customized traditional attire for the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village.(Kristy Creel)

Exploring the rich history of Dayton and the Miami Valley must go hand in hand with education about the Native American history that ultimately shaped our region. Hosted by the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, the 30th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village is one of the best opportunities to immerse yourself into the colorful and deeply-rooted traditions woven into the core of the Miami Valley.

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WANT TO GO?

WHAT: 30th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow
WHEN: 12 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 & 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24

WHERE: SunWatch Indian Village, 2301 West River Rd., Dayton

COST: $8.00/Adults, $6.00/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-17), Free/Age 5 & under. Weekend passes are available for $15.00/Adults, $9.00/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-16), Free/Age 5 & under. DSNH Members 1/2 price admission for this special event

INFO & ADMISSION: 937.268.8199 | www.sunwatch.org

🛶 TREASURE ISLAND RIVER FEST & GREAT MIAMI RIVER RACES

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Family fun, adventure, food trucks, a beer truck and music come together for two special events this weekend along the Great Miami River in Troy.  Adventures on the Great Miami hosts the second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23.

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WANT TO GO? 

WHAT: Treasure Island River Fest and the Great Miami River Races 

WHERE: Treasure Island Park at 409 N. Elm St., Troy, OH 

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

COST: Free entry. Fees for certain events and rentals

INFO: www.greatmiami.net

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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

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

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

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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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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.”

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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)

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Want to go?

WHAT: First Annual 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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5 reasons to head to Celtic Fest Ohio this weekend

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio entertained festival goers with loads of Celtic music performed by live bands, a plethora of food and drink options, as well as more than 50 shopping vendors, on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, June 17-19, 2018. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)
The inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio entertained festival goers with loads of Celtic music performed by live bands, a plethora of food and drink options, as well as more than 50 shopping vendors, on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, June 17-19, 2018. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

This is the third year for Celtic Fest Ohio at the Renaissance Park in Waynesville. As the fest grows in popularity, organizers add new events and features while retaining those that made it grow in the first place. Here are five reasons to attend Celtic Fest Ohio:

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1. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT (JUNE 15-17)

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Celtic Fest Ohio will be held on June 15th-17th at the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival.

Arguably the cornerstone of the fest, nearly 20 acts will take the stage over three days. Bands representing a mixture of Celtic rock, punk rock, bluegrass, and gospel will play a variety of traditional ballads, Celtic rock songs, and pub songs. Returning favorites include Dulahan, Jameson’s Folly and Fin Tan.

Two notable additions to the musical lineup this year are Albannach, a Scottish band that plays traditional tribal music using bass drums, bodhráns (Irish frame drums), and a single bagpipe, and The Elders, an internationally touring Irish-American folk rock band. The Elders recently announced that, after 20 years and eight studio albums, they will be retiring at the end of 2018.

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The lineup isn’t limited to music. Four troupes will give performances in Celtic dance, highland dance, and ceili (group folk) dance, and the 42nd Royal Highlanders, a pipe and drum corps of a Scottish infantry regiment that was active during the American Revolution, will give a demonstration as well.

2. SHAMROCK SHENANIGANS (JUNE 15)

The inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio entertained festival goers with loads of Celtic music performed by live bands, a plethora of food and drink options, as well as more than 50 shopping vendors, on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, June 17-19, 2018. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

This newest addition to the fest is an obstacle course consisting of beer pong, cornhole, limbo, and others, with three beer stations along the way. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, and the overall winner will be crowned as the “Official Shamrock Shenanigator.” There will also be a kid-friendly version, with root beer and water. There is a separate entry fee of $15.

3. VIKING ENCAMPMENT (JUNE 16-17)

The 42nd Royal Highlanders, a pipe and drum corps of a Scottish infantry regiment that was active during the American Revolution, will give a demonstration at Celtic Fest Ohio. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

This piece of living history includes a 40-foot replica of a Viking ship, so people can live a day in the life of Vikings during the “Beowulf” area, such as what it was like to sail to faraway lands.

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4. BORDER COLLIE DEMONSTRATIONS

Alan Miller of Kentucky will bring his border collies, a breed of herding dog originally developed on the English-Scottish border, to demonstrate how to herd duck and sheep.(Contributing Writer)

Alan Miller of Kentucky will bring his border collies, a breed of herding dog originally developed on the English-Scottish border, to demonstrate how to herd duck and sheep, a family tradition that is educational and entertaining, and shows how such practices are still in use today.

5. FOOD AND DRINK

The inaugural Celtic Fest Ohio entertained festival goers with loads of Celtic music performed by live bands, a plethora of food and drink options, as well as more than 50 shopping vendors, on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, June 17-19. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

There will be Irish-themed food as well as American comfort food at the fest. The vendors are: Pleasant Peasant (haggis, bangers & mash, shepherd’s pie), 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q (smoked Irish and Scottish meats, moonshine), Aleing Knight Pub (hot dogs, Scotch eggs, Celtic baked pots), Davinci’s (American or Celtic pizza), King’s Kustom Kreatons (donuts), Holly B’s Sweets (gourmet chocolates), Martin’s Fine Foods (ice cream), and KJs Cajun Cuisine (beignets, or French pastries).

The drink booths will be serving Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Magners Irish Cider, Valley Vineyards wines, American domestic beers, water and Coca-Cola products.

There will also be Guinness and cider tastings inside the Guinness tent, along with a Guinness Ambassador for instruction and a pint glass to take home.

Want to go?

WHEN: June 15-17; 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Renaissance Park, 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville

COST: $12 (single day), $18 (two-day pass), $5 ($5 Friday), $15 (Shamrock Shenanigans), $18 (Guinness Tent tastings)

MORE INFO: www.celticfestohio.com

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Crazy cash prizes, local craft beer and homemade cabbage rolls? This is not your average church festival

Published: Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The St. Helen Festival is one of the Dayton area's longest running festivals.
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The St. Helen Festival is one of the Dayton area's longest running festivals.(Contributed)

This is not your average church festival.

The St. Helen Spring Festival in Riverside is now is its 65th year. That’s pretty remarkable considering how some longstanding Catholic church festivals have come to an end in recent years — Immaculate Conception ended 59 years of festivals in 2014, with Ascension’s also came to an end after more than 30 years in 2015.

This year’s event, running June 8-10, has some of the familiar attractions that bring generations of people back year after year. But there are also a few things that make it pretty special.

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If you’ve never been, or haven’t been in a while, here are some great reasons to break that streak this year:

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DAYTON CRAFT BEER

The Dayton-area's newest local brewery, Devil Wind, hosted its grand opening on Friday, March 30, 2018. The 3,000-square-foot brewery is located at 130 S. Detroit St. in downtown Xenia, just steps from the bike path. The brewery’s partners include Hatfield, Doug Lane, Michael Van Kirk and Perry Wyatt. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

Now it’s true lots of festivals have beer, and thank goodness for that. However, not all have craft beer. This year St. Helen’s Festival will have 12 craft beer taps featuring beers from Warped Wing Brewing Company, Hairless Hare Brewery and Xenia’s newest brewery, Devil Wind.

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They’ll also be serving up favorites like Miller Lite, Summer Shandy, Strongbow and many more. No matter your drink preference, you should be able to find an adult beverage to keep you cool all weekend long. 

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LOCAL FOOD

Let’s face it: this is the real reason most of us hit festivals, and St. Helen’s is notorious for its delicious food at reasonable prices. 

The kitchen offers several delicious options, but the cabbage rolls are the stars of the show.

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“We’re known for our cabbage rolls. We’ve always had them,” Marketing and Publicity Co-Chair Colleen Kirby said. “We make our cabbage rolls in-house every year from scratch. They are amazing.”

Holy Smokes BBQ returns to the event for its third year as well.  Meanwhile, the bake sale inside the school features pastries of virtually every variety.

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The homemade cabbage rolls are the stock in trade of the St. Helen Festival every year.(Contributed)

GAMES OF CHANCE

One of the festival’s biggest attractions has been the various booths where you can wager to donate or win small amounts of money. But the St. Helen raffles are no joke. $100 winners will be announced every hour throughout the weekend and winners need not be present to win. What’s more, there will be a $1,000 winner announced for Friday and Saturday each, with a $10,000 winner named Sunday evening. Not a bad incentive to get out of the house for a few hours.

Gambling for money is almost as old as time. But what about gambling for cake

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“We have a cake booth. You buy a ticket, you put your number down and spin the wheel. If it lands on your number, you get to pick out a cake,” Kirby explained.

Another St. Helen tradition is the basket raffles where prize packages worth a minimum of $200 are up for grabs. Some of the baskets include things like a Nintendo Switch, American Girl merchandise, Vera Bradley bags, a Gatlinburg package, a Yeti cooler, an Apple Watch and more.

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With prizes ranging from NFL tickets to cabin getaways, each St. Helen Fest basket is a haul to behold.(Contributed)

LOCAL BANDS

St. Helen Spring Festival organizers have always worked to provide a multitude of musicians to please the crowds over the years. This year, there are going to be TWO stages going all day. 

Here are the schedules: 

Carroll Patriots Stage

Friday June 8th:

6:30 p.m. - Boss Hawg

9:00 p.m. - Five Story Plunge

Saturday June 9th:

1:30 p.m. - Southbound

4:00 p.m. - Mad Hatter

6:30 p.m. - The Scotty Bratcher Band

9:00 p.m. - Spungewurthy

Sunday June 10th:

12:30 p.m. - The Hathaways

3:30 p.m. - Hey There Morgan

6:00 p.m. - Ithika

Tuty's Bar & Grill Stage

Friday June 8th:

6:30 p.m. - Five

9:30 p.m. - The Doug Hart Band

Saturday June 9th:

1:00 p.m. - Amateur City

2:30 p.m. - Kevin Obergefell

4:00 p.m. - Kellen Williams Trio

6:00 p.m. - Last Call

9:30 p.m. - The Eric Jerardi Band

Sunday June 10th:

12:00 p.m. - Todd the Fox

2:00 p.m. - The Wallens

4:30 p.m. - Ira Stanley & Blues Power

6:30 p.m. - Flat Out

FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN

Despite the various booze and gambling options, organizers maintain this festival is not just for adults. Aside from almost a dozen rides, St. Helen will have a section with activities just for kids such as face painting. 
“I think sometimes, because of the beer and the bands, people think that it’s more of an adult affair. I think once it starts to get dark, it turns into more of an adult thing, but during the day it’s all about the kids,” said Westerfield

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PARKING

Free parking is available on the hill behind St. Helen School. You can get to the parking lot from the Granville Place entrance.  There will be handicapped parking available as well as a shuttle service, which is new this year. 

If you want to catch the shuttle, park in the additional off-site parking at Carroll High School. 

Shuttle Schedule:

Friday June 8th - 7 p.m. to 12;30 a.m.

Saturday June 9th - 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Sunday June 10th - 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

 

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: 65th Annual St. Helen Spring Festival

WHERE: 5086 Burkhardt Road, Riverside

WHEN: Friday, June 8 from 6:30 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, June 9 from 1 p.m.-midnight; and Sunday, June 10 from noon to 9 p.m.  

COST: Free admission

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