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Your complete guide to all the festivals happening in Dayton this weekend

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 10:18 PM

Same as original with one festival added.

So many festivals, so little time. 

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Luckily, you have us to make it easy for you. Here’s a complete rundown of all the festivals going on in the Dayton area this weekend. 

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Our favorite photos from opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017 in Waynesville, Ohio. The festival is a 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival runs weekends through the end of October. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS(Tom Gilliam)

OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL 

Sept. 2-Oct. 29, Saturdays and Sundays, 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.

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BRADFORD PUMPKIN SHOW

Oct. 10-14, 4-10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 1-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Bradford Pumpkin Show, 115 N. Miami Ave., Bradford.

Featuring food vendors, parades, games and rides, live entertainment. Parking available in several places around the village. 

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Actor Jill Alexander will come to Dayton for this year s Dayton LGBT Film Fest. A Miami Valley native, she is featured in festival film, “Sensitivity Training.” Photo credit: Theo & Juliet photography.(Staff Writer)

 

DAYTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

Oct. 13-15, 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton.

Films range from insightful, challenging and thought-provoking pieces to hysterical and quotable material. 

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Warren Lyon places a fresh log on the fire burning under a bubbling cauldron of apple butter as he stokes the fire to keep the butter cooking during the Enon Apple Butter Festival. Bill Lackey/Staff

 

ENON APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL

Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Settler’s Park, Main Street and Xenia Street, Enon.

Live entertainment; enjoy the pleasant aroma of cooking apples, spices, and wood smoke at the festival where everything revolves around apple butter. 

 

FAIRBORN FALL FESTIVAL

Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Community Park, 691 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn.

Featuring live bands, vendors and crafters, food and more. Pets are welcome, but please be sure they are leashed and you have something to clean up after them with you. 

 

KIWANIS OKTOBERFEST

October 14-15, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday & 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Peace Park, 70 E. Dayton St., West Alexandria.

In addition to the arts and crafts, there is music and entertainment the entire weekend. A parade is scheduled on Saturday at 11 a.m. with an antique car covered bridge run on Sunday at noon. A 5K and 10K run will be held on Saturday morning. There will be plenty of homemade and German food available. 

 

DAYTON LIEDERKRANZ-TURNER OKTOBERFEST

Oct. 14, 5 to 11 p.m. at Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton.

A celebration of authentic German food, music and beverages. Music by the Steve Owen Sound. 

 

48TH OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL

Oct. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday & 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 10 B North Main St., Waynesville.

The streets come alive with more than 460 crafters & artists from all over the country; plus there’s sauerkraut served in many traditional and non-traditional ways, such as Reubens, Cabbage Rolls, Sauerkraut Pizza and Sauerkraut Macaroni and Cheese. 

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Artisan vendors, street performers and live music when the Yellow Springs Street Fair and Music and Beer Fest return to the small village on Saturday, Oct. 14. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

 

YELLOW SPRINGS STREET FAIR

Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yellow Springs.

All day festival featuring entertainment, street performers, fine arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more. Free and open to the public, and handicapped accessible. For the safety and comfort of all, animals are prohibited from Street Fair, except for Service animals. 

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OAKWOOD FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL

Oct. 15, 2 to 5 p.m. at Shafor Park, Collingwood Avenue and Shafor Boulevard, Oakwood.

Guests can enjoy an afternoon of fun games, food, hayrides along Shafor Boulevard to see Scarecrow Row, pumpkin painting and other entertainment for the whole family. Kids can dress up and join the “Costume Parade” around the park.

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Festival season officially kicks off this weekend with SWEET treats

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.
Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.

Get ready for it! Festival season is officially upon us.

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It all starts with Bellbrook’s Sugar Maple Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, April 27-29. 

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This year’s Sugar Maple Festival marks the 40th anniversary. Here are a few things to know before you go:

PARKING PRO TIP
Take the free shuttle to the festival from Bellcreek Intermediate School, 3777 Upper Bellbrook Road. Parking will be virtually non-existent downtown. 

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Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.

FOOD & STUFF

Grub vendors and 75 craft peddlers will line Franklin Street. Everything from candles to fabric crafts to window art will be up for grabs.

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Warped Wing, Yellow Springs Brewery and Angry Orchard brews and booze will be for sale in the beer tent near the live music. Friday night’s kickoff event will include music from Full Frontal. On Saturday, Spungewurthy takes the stage.

As for the food, you can expect local food trucks and tent setups offering an array of flavors and foods.

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PANCAKES!!!

The annual pancake breakfast is set for 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Bellbrook United Methodist Church, 47 E. Franklin St. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children older than 2. Family admission is $15.

THE PARADES

The Sugar Maple Festival Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Mini Sweetheart Parade is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Bellbrook Park. 

OTHER COOL STUFF

Kids, teens and adults will be able to submit entries for a recycled sculpture contest. All entries will be displayed during the festival weekend. First, second and third place winners will receive a cash prize; all others receive a participation ribbon. For guidelines and entry details, visit the event Facebook page. Commemorative tees will also be available at the information booth and beer garden for $15. 

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There will also be “Real Housewives of Bellbrook” themed steins, which grants a free beer. But only 25 will be available for sale Friday. These steins are available for presale and can be ordered through SMFPreOrders@gmail.com.

Another stein option will be available in limited quantities at the festival — also offering free beer with its purchase. No pre-sale options are available for the second stein.  

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Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.

Dogs will get their chance to strut their stuff at the festival’s annual dog show Friday at 6:30 p.m. This show is not about breed or agility. Awards will be given out for for important things, like cutest puppy, cutest dog, ugliest, smallest, largest, best costume and silly dog tricks 

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Want to go?

WHAT: Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival

WHEN: April 27 to 29

WHERE: Downtown Bellbrook, Ohio (1 W. Franklin St.)

COST: Entrance to festival is free; pancake breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children older than 2, $15 for family admission.

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Brew 101: 6 do's and don'ts for your first craft beer fest

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 4:43 PM

7 Facts About Beer

So you want to go to a beer festival. Wouldn't any self-respecting beer aficionado feel the same?

Brew fests are a lovely rite of passage, with their exclusive releases, tasting flights, food pairings and live music.

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Still, the wonderful parts don't just happen without due diligence on the part of the beer lover (that's you.) Before you pony up for tickets or set out with your necklace of pretzels and a souvenir tasting vessel, take some advice from beer festival pros:

Beer lovers at the top-rated Great American Beer Festival in Denver savor the samples.(Contributed by the Great American Beer Festival/Denver/For the AJC)

Pick an event that will expand your beer experience. You can get hammered any time; your first beer festival should be more about really tasting regional brews and enjoying brewery lore and culture. According to LA Times Food contributor John Verive, to find a festival that's more about showcasing local or regional brews and less about pounding beers, look for a festival organized by, or in support of, a nonprofit. "Next time you're at your favorite local brewery, ask them which upcoming events they're excited to attend," noted Verive, who is also the founder of Beer of Tomorrow.

Also, note how the beer will be served. Some events have unlimited samples; others provide a set number of drink tickets with your admission. "The all-you-can-drink events are usually more expensive up front but they can work out to a better value if your goal is to try as many brews as possible," Verive noted.

Consider volunteering your first time out. If you take the advice to seek out a non-profit festival, a good way to get your feet wet is by volunteering instead of plunking down money for a ticket without knowing what to expect. Most festivals with volunteer opportunities ply volunteers with souvenir glasses, post-shift tasting tickets and free event t-shirts.

If you go this route, next year you'll know what to expect at the festival and whether or not it's worth investing in a ticket. Full disclosure: Some volunteers have so much fun they never do graduate to becoming attendees, instead returning year after year to pour beers and take tickets with friends they've met in years past.

Form a plan and then pace yourself. Figure out which brewers will be at your selected event and locate their booths on the festival website's map. As you enter, start far away from the entrance if there's only one, so you can avoid the rush to the closest stands. Plan to visit the stands with limited releases or those that feature home brews. Another strategy is to visit the tiniest breweries first since they tend to run out of at least some of their beers the most quickly. "Use the same strategy you would use at a theme park—hit the highest-demand tables first while the lines are short," Craft Beer and Brewing magazine advised. "Then as the lines grow, branch out to less-crowded ones."

Chat up the brewery reps. To really enjoy your first brew fest, seek out the booths and vendor tables with brewers and brewery employees doing the pouring, Verive recommended. "Instead of asking for 'the strongest' or 'the most hoppy' beer available, ask for advice on what you should try," he added. "Especially if you're new to beer, the brewery staff can point you toward the styles and brands to try first."

Don't get drunk. That's not the point, not this time. Make sure to eat a meal about an hour before the festival, CBB recommended.

"Give yourself some time to digest your meal. Drinking beer on a empty or full stomach can be equally uncomfortable and inadvisable." Also drink water before, during and after your time at the festival, especially if you'll be in the sun or warm weather. "

For every ounce of beer you drink, drink the same amount of water," CBB said.

"Not only will you feel better during the festival, but you'll also feel much better the next day, letting you get right back at it. And if you're at a festival full of octanes (beers above 8 percent alcohol by volume), consider making it a 2:1 rule."

Three good bet beer fests

After you soak in all this beer fest knowledge, if you're still considering which beer festival will be your first, here are three very good bets:

Fancy: The Savor American Craft Beer and Food Experience in Washington, D.C. is held at the National Building Museum.(Contributed by Savor: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience/Washington, D.C./For the AJC)

Savor: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience, Washington, D.C.

June 1-2, 2018

There isn't a single craft beer festival that comes to the level of class and sophistication of Savor, according to Ale/Sessions. "We're talking a whole new level of beer and food appreciation generally reserved for wine snobs. It's quality over quantity for this festival, with a select number of brewers chosen to pair with creative culinary dishes. High class beer at its best."

Oregon Brew Fest, Portland

July 26-29, 2018

Another pick from Ale/Sessions, Oregon Brew Fest is also one of the longest-running beer festivals in the country. It attracts a robust crowd of, oh, 70,000.

The Great American Beer Festival, Denver

Sept. 20-22, 2018

The only American festival to make the Collector's list of 2018 "8 Best Beer Festivals," these three beer-soaked days of celebration feature more than 800 breweries and 3,800 beers. The festival includes both a public tasting event and a private competition.

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Score some amazing vinyl for your collection at the Dayton Record Fair

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The Dayton Record Fair was held Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
The Dayton Record Fair was held Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

The allure of vinyl records endures much like an old school crush, for better or worse. This once-pronounced dead media has risen from the ashes to serve far more than a niche audience. 

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According to Billboard, vinyl sales have increased more than 250 percent in the last eight years. 

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Capitalizing on that rising tide is Dayton’s record fair, happening Saturday, Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. 4th St. 

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The event is presented by the new Skeleton Dust Records, co-owned by Luke Tandy, and Cincinnati’s Northside Record Fair. The Drunken Waffle food truck will be serving, and DJs include James Downing, Jack Davidson and Tim Dylan.

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Vendors include Ron House, Rob Coyle, Torn Light Records, Greg Biggs, Vinyl Shock Records, Jorin Edgerly, Leroy Purcey, Neil Sharrow, Jeff Bruce, Rob Kopfer, Jon Lorenz, Steve Spatt, John Papanek, Greg Durica, Doug Smith, Paul Tescher, Jeremy Wright, Scott Ferguson, Scott Simpson, Tim Rawlings, Jaren Lykens, Skeleton Dust Records, Mike Inlow and Jay Madewell. 

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The Dayton Record Fair was held Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

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That’s more than 20 vendors from Dayton and throughout the Midwest who will be offering up more than just vinyl. Tapes, CDs, T-shirts, posters and more will be up for grabs as DJs spin music from various genres throughout the day. If you’re a hardcore collector, you can buy an early bird pass to get first dibs an hour ahead of the rest. 

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WHAT WE SCORED FOR $20

This got us thinking about Dayton’s own record store, Omega Music, located at 318 E. Fifth St., which offers deals on vinyl year round. Say you had $20 on you just burning a hole in your pocket? What could you get for that Andrew Jackson? Here’s what we found on a trip to the store.

ELVIS PRESLEY 

“The Wonder of You”/“Mama Liked the Roses”

$2.99

(Jim Ingram)

Written by Baker Knight and recorded by several, including Ray Peterson, Ronnie Hilton and the Platters, “The Wonder of You” had long been a hit by the time The King released a live version in 1970. Elvis’ was the highest-charted version, reaching #9 — as did the B-side “Mama Liked the Roses”.

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GEORGE CARLIN

Take-Offs and Put-Ons

$4.99

(Jim Ingram)

This particular album is a bit misleading, based solely on the cover. Originally released as the iconic comic’s second stand-up album in 1967, it was re-released with an entirely different cover in 1972, following the smash success of his FM & AM album, which won a Grammy Award that same year. 

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LOUIS JORDAN

I Believe In Music

$4.99

(Jim Ingram)

Louis Jordan was once called “The King of the Jukebox” for the hits he churned out in the 1940s. Songs like “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?”, “Caldonia Caldonia” and “Saturday Night Fish Fry” were considered early influences on rock ‘n’ roll’s pioneers. Though not as in demand by the time I Believe in Music was released in 1973, Jordan was still a name. However, it would be his final album, as he died just 15 months later.

WINGS

“Silly Love Songs”/“Cook of the House”

$3.99

(Jim Ingram)

It’s an admittedly sappy pick, but its melody is hard to shake. Paul McCartney told Billboard Magazine in 2001 he didn’t write “Silly Love Songs” as a way of thumbing his nose to critics who deemed him too soft, contrary to popular belief. He simply loved love songs. Tough to argue with a master about his methods. McCartney’s late wife, Linda, shared writing credits on the B-side.

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BILLY PRESTON

“I Wrote a Simple Song”/“Outa-Space”

$1.99

(Jim Ingram)

Speaking of former Beatles, Billy Preston — who played on the Get Back sessions and was among several considered as a “Fifth Beatle” — thought his funky 1972 instrumental “Outa-Space” would be a hit. However, the suits at A&M Records made “I Wrote a Simple Song” the A-side. But enterprising DJs discovered the B-side anyway, making “Outa-Space” a huge hit, while its lead single skimmed the lower end of the Billboard Hot 100.

The total comes to $18.95 (before tax), leaving you with some excellent finds for a little bit of cash.

WANT TO GO?

What: Dayton Record Fair

When: Saturday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Cost: $5 ($10 for early bird tickets)

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These EPIC displays from the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival will take your breath away

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Chinese Lantern Festival

You’ve never seen holiday lights like THIS before! 

(Well, unless you went last year, of course!)

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival has returned to the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds with brand new light sculptures, more exciting performances and more cultural experiences. 

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It’s definitely worth the drive to take part in this enchanting and immersive cultural experience. 

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The 200-foot-long Chinese dragon (which, for some context, is longer than four school buses) has returned this year. New this year is a group of color-changing dinosaurs that are 3 stories high. Together, with an additional 35 sets of whole new lights, the lanterns illuminate the fairgrounds. 

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Still need some convincing? Take a look for yourself. 

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Believe us when we say to witness these incredible lantern displays in person is far more breathtaking. 

The festival will light up the Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus from Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018. 

It’s open nightly from 5:30-10:00 p.m with the ticket booth opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $10-15 per person, and will be available for purchase at the festival entrance, or online at ohiolanternfestival.com. There are also family 4-packs available for $40 and a special VIP package for $25 per person. 

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