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Published: Monday, September 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— September is full of festival fun! Mark your calendars for these festivals in Dayton or closeby.
OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Sept. 2-Oct.29, Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 2-Oct. 29 at Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville.
Guests can step back in time in a 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village. The festival features nearly 100 shows daily on 12 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.
DAYTON GREEK FESTIVAL
Sept. 8-10, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton.
Authentic Greek food and patries, imports, jewelry, Greek Dancing, children’s activities, live Greek music, church tours, and free shuttle bus.
ANNUAL EGYPTIAN FESTIVAL
Sept. 8-10, 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Mina and St. Abanoub Church, 1531 King Richard Parkway, Miamisburg.
Enjoy the exquisite flavors of Egypt, shop for Egyptian jewelry, arts & crafts; live entertainment, raffle pries, carnival rides, face painting and more.
VANDALIA SISTER CITIES OKTOBERFEST
Sept. 8-9, 6-11 p.m. Friday & 12-11 p.m. Saturday at Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia.
German bands, Bratwurst and Mettwurst, German Potato Salad, pretzels, beer, arts & crafts, children’s games and more. No pets allowed.
ITALIAN FALL FESTA
Sept. 8-10, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 12-11 p.m. Saturday, 12-8 p.m. Sunday at Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton. Weekend of Italian music, Italian food, and a fun game of Bocce on the spacious grounds of Bella Villa. Free admission and parking. Shuttle service from the Reynolds & Reynolds parkinglot.
Sept. 8-9, Opens at 5 p.m. Friday & 11 a.m. Saturday at Springboro United Church of Christ, 5 W. Mill St., Springboro.
Celebration of authentic German food, beer, wine and entertainment for the entire family.
BEAVERCREEK POPCORN FESTIVAL
September 9-10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Dayton-Xenia and North Fairfield roads, Beavercreek.
Festival foods, continuous live entertainment, 5K popcorn run, treats, special services, creative crafts and specialties made with popcorn. Also, children’s area with games, inflatables, contests and other activities.
WAYNESVILLE SECOND SATURDAY STREET FAIRE
Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Waynesville, 97 S. Main St., Waynesville.
Festival includes Artists Booths where artists, crafters and authors display and sell their creations. Over 40 artisans will feature everything from woodworking to fiber arts. Local entertainers will perform in the Main Street Gazebo and other locations around town.
XENIA COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
Sept. 15-16, 4-9 p.m. Friday & 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Park, 591 South Park Dr., Xenia.
Paddleboats on the lake, food, vendors, a parade, free entertainment and the return of field day for kids are part of the festival.
PREBLE COUNTY PORK FESTIVAL
Sept. 16-18, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day at Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton.
Lots of pork inspired food, over 400 arts and crafts vendors, parade, live pig displays, hands-on activities and cooking demonstrations, camel and pony rides, petting zoo and more. No pets, please.
ANNUAL WOOL GATHERING SHOW
Sept.16-17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs.
Observe sheep, llamas, alpacas, cashmere goats, Angora rabbits and other wool-bearing animals at the show. There will be shearing demonstrations, wool spinning, weaving and much more to see and learn. More than 100 vendors from several states.
HISPANIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Sept.16, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton.
Featuring a parade, live Latin music and authentic Latin food, cultural performances and activities for the entire family.
POLISH FALL FESTIVAL
Sept.17, 3-7 p.m.; Gates open at 1 p.m. at Polish Picnic Grounds, 3690 Needmore Road, Dayton.
Featuring food & beverages, dancing, games and music, including Randy Krajewski and his polka band. No coolers, please.
Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Beavercreek Community Park, 760 Factory Road, Beavercreek.
ArtFest is a creative festival with local artists of all genres, performers and Miami Valley food trucks. Visitors can help create ‘hands on’ art installation projects, shop for homemade items and enjoy stage and strolling performances by musicians and artists. Parking is available at Nutter Park on Factory Road with direct access to the bike path leading to the festival.
TIPP CITY MUM FESTIVAL
Sept. 22-24, 4-10 p.m. Friday, all day Saturday & Sunday at Third Street, Tipp City.
Friday night Cruise-in, Saturday the Mum Festival Parade followed by festival activities at the City Park, Sunday festival activities. Live entertainment both Saturday and Sunday.
OKTOBERFEST AT DAYTON ART INSTITUTE
Sept. 23-24, 12-11 p.m. Saturday; 12-7 p.m. Sunday at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton.
Presented by Miller Lite, the community event includes artisans, unique international foods, selection of domestic, international and craft beers, family-friendly art activities, live music, a Weingarten with a variety of international wines and more. There will also be a fully covered main stage viewing area, an expanded craft beer tent with big-screen TV’s to view football, and live music on two stages throughout the weekend.
AULLWOOD APPLE FEST
Sept. 23-24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at Aullwood Audubon Farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton.
Featuring food, live entertainment, free children’s activities, meet farm animal friends, tractor or draft horse pulled wagon rides and more. A variety of artisans and craft exhibitors will offer soaps, jewelry, woven items, sand art, garden ornaments, etc.
HERITAGE OF FLIGHT FESTIVAL
Sept. 29-October 1, Friday, 2-11 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Main Street, New Carlisle.
Featuring the Annual Parade of Planes, and an array of events and activities on Main Street.
Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon.
Fairgrounds will be filled with homemade crafts, food and entertainment. On-site free parking and handicap access.
HUBER HEIGHTS FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at Chambersburg and Brandt Pike, Huber Heights.
Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:22 PM
— 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!
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.
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
Live steam engines, model train displays, historical exhibits, free train rides, food and merchandise vendors.
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
INFO: Call 937-293-2841 | Website
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
🥁 POW WOW
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
“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: 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
Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— 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:
1. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT (JUNE 15-17)
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)
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)
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.
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, a family tradition that is educational and entertaining, and shows how such practices are still in use today.
5. FOOD AND DRINK
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.
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
Published: Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— 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.
If you’ve never been, or haven’t been in a while, here are some great reasons to break that streak this year:
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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?
“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.
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:
Friday June 8th:
Saturday June 9th:
Sunday June 10th:
Friday June 8th:
Saturday June 9th:
Sunday June 10th:
12:00 p.m. - Todd the Fox
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
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.
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?
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.