7 fall festivals we just cannot wait for

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7 fall festivals we just cannot wait for

With summer coming to a close, it’s time to look forward to all the great fall-oriented festivals in the Miami Valley. Here are a few of our favorites.

1.) DAYTON GREEK FESTIVAL

OPA! The amazing food is the star of the show at this annual festival. 

A few mouth-watering dishes to try: pastitsio (the Greek version of lasagna), moussaka (eggplant casserole), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), lamb shank dinner slow-roasted in a flavorful sauce and gyro pita-wrapped sandwiches. 

New this year: Saganaki (the famous Greek way to prepare fried cheese) and Ouzo Slushies. There will also be plenty of craft beers, imported beers, wines and the popular baklava and honey puffs and Tsoureki bread. Plus, don’t miss tours of the incredible church.

Baklava is a staple at the Dayton Greek Festival. (Chris Stewart/Staff file photo) Chris Stewart

WHEN: Sept. 8-10, 2017

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

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

COST: Admission is free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday (come for lunch!). Admission is $2 per person rest of the weekend, with free admission for children 12 and younger.

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

2.) ITALIAN FALL FESTA

This festival is celebrating the big 4-0 this year! Stuff yourselves silly with pizza, pastas, sausages, meatball sandwiches, breads, calzones, Cannoli, Gelato and more. 

For this extra special occasion, the Festa will have its own limited-edition beer brewed by Dayton’s Warped Wing Brewing Company. Once the Festa is gone, so is the beer. 

Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com

WHEN: Sept. 8-10, 2017

HOURS: 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Kettering

COST: Free parking and free admission

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

Explore 30-acres of a re-created 16th century English village, when you take a step back in time to attend the Ohio Renaissance Festival. (Source: Facebook)

3.) OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Prepare thyself for some medieval fun. This 30-acre permanent village has been re-created to transport visitors to 16th Century England.

Food highlights include: Giant Turkey Leggs, Steak-On-A-Stake, Barbecue, Stuffed Spuds, Bread Bowl Stews, beer, wine and desserts. 

Entertainment includes: jousting, musicians, dancers, comedians, jugglers, sword-fighters, storytellers and hundreds of costumed performers on 12 stages in nearly 100 shows daily.

WHEN: Sept. 2 – Oct. 29 — Nine weekends Saturdays, Sundays plus Labor Day

HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Renaissance Park in Harveysburg. Just minutes off I-71, exit 45 or I-75, exit 38 on State Route 73 in Warren County.

COST: Tickets: Adults $22.50; Children $9.50 (ages 5-12); Children under 5 free.

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

Pigs, Pork chops and People were all plentyful Saturday at the Preble County Pork Festival in Eaton, Ohio. In it's 41st year the festival will cater to 100,000 visitors a day. With over 500 crafters, food vendors and even pig races there is something for everyone. Martin Wheeler III

4.) PREBLE COUNTY PORK FESTIVAL

It’s time to pig out! This festival celebrating Preble County’s pork-producing industry has plenty of festival fun for the whole family. But no surprise, the food is the star of this show. 

Eats include a BBQ pork chop smorgasbord, sausage and pancake breakfast and a short order restaurant. Other activities include pig races, a petting zoo, camel and pony rides, a magic show, cooking demos and more.

WHEN: Sept. 16-17, 2017

HOURS: Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton

COST: Free admission

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

Scenes from Oktoberfests past. STAFF FILE PHOTO

BEER!!! Toast to the fall with the Dayton Art Institute’s signature fund-raiser and one of the region’s biggest festivals. 

Browse booths from more than 50 artisans from throughout the region, munch on foods from the German-inspired to traditional food truck eats. Wash down that food with ample domestic, international and craft beers, international wines. There will be live music on two stages throughout the weekend.

Special events include a Lederhosen lunch on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring brats, metts, schnitzel sandwiches, German salads, homemade noodles and live entertainment. Another hot ticket is a special preview party Friday evening. 

>> PHOTOS: Oktoberfest 2016

WHEN: Sept. 22-24, 2017

HOURS: Lederhosen Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Preview Party: 7- 11 p.m.; Saturday: Noon - 11:30 p.m.; Sunday: Noon - 7 p.m.

WHERE: Grounds of Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton

COST: Admission to the Lederhosen Lunch is free (pay for food). Advance tickets for the Preview Party are $55 for members and $75 for non-members and includes complimentary beer, wine & soft drinks. Food vendors will be on site and premium beverages will be available for purchase. Admission at the gate is $95. Online presales begin later this month. Admission to the festival on Saturday and Sunday will be $5 adults, $3 seniors (60+) & youth (7-19) in advance; $7 adults, $5 seniors & youth at the gate; children 6 & under free.

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

The 37th annual Minster Oktoberfest will take place on Oct. 2 through Oct. 4 , but Saturday will be the biggest day with all sorts of beer-related activities that you wouldn’t typically expect. (Source: Facebook)

If you can’t get enough Oktoberfest fun in Dayton, here is a celebration a short drive north that is definitely worth the drive. But make sure you have a DD for this one! 

Of course, there will be plenty of beer and food and craft vendors, but this festival is also famous for some of its silly traditions. You can drink beer from a milk jug, participate in a beer tray relay or a jug-hoisting competition. This festival draws about 80,000 each year to this small village in Auglaize County.

WHEN: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017

HOURS: Friday 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: One block west of the intersection of SR-119 and SR-66 in Minster

COST: Free admission

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

Sauerkraut is served on everything, including pizza, at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville. The operators say they are ready to cancel this year’s festival unless the village sets aside new rules. Staff Writer

7.) OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL

Sauerkraut pizza, anyone? This is one of the region’s signature fall festivals. 

Shop by visiting the vendor tents ranging from arts and crafts to sculptures, ceramics, paintings, woodworking and more. And of course, dare to try some more unique sauerkraut dishes from fudge to a “sundae.” 

WHEN: Oct. 14-15, 2017

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Downtown Waynesville. Shuttle buses are recommended. Take shuttle buses from Wayne Local High School.

COST: Free admission

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

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