The 10 festivals we just cannot wait for


The 10 festivals we just cannot wait for

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Strawberry pie is always a hot seller at the Troy Strawberry Festival. CONTRIBUTED

It’s hard to believe, but festival season is officially here starting this weekend!

Thanks to our friends at the Sugar Maple Festival (happening this weekend), we officially have festival fever. 

Mark your calendars, grab some stretchy pants and get ready to eat, drink and ooh and aah your way through these 11 festivals.

Scenes from the 38th annual Bellbrook's Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 22-24, 2016. Photos by Tom Gilliam, Contributing photographer. Tom Gilliam


So.Much.Food. Dig into the first festival of the season with giant pork tenderloin sandwiches, sugar maple candies, barbecue ribs, giant grilled pork sandwiches, firehouse hot dogs and waffles drenched in sweet syrup. New this year? A soda fountain and a sugar maple food contest. Crafts, a parade, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, dog show, beer garden with local craft beer and more fun. You might spot a superhero or two while you’re there.

WHEN: April 21-23, 2017

WHERE: Downtown Bellbrook

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

A record-breaking number of attendees were on hand to take in A World A'Fair, May 20-22, at the Dayton Convention Center. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)


This festival, which will celebrate its 44th year, showcases and celebrates the different cultures that have made the Dayton area what it is today. Expect lots of different food, drinks, entertainment and great culturally-themed booths.

WHEN: May 19-21, 2017

WHERE: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: Website 

>> PHOTOS: A World A’Fair 2016

The famous strawberry donuts at the Troy Strawberry Festival. Amelia Robinson / Staff
Strawberry pie is always a hot-seller at the Troy Strawberry Festival. This year’s festival will take place June 6-7 in downtown Troy and on the river levee. CONTRIBUTED


If you truly want to indulge, this is the festival for you. Chocolate-covered berries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, strawberry burritos, strawberry cheesecake and Troy’s famous strawberry donuts are just a few of the treats you’ll find at this festival. Need something more savory before dessert? Giant pork tenderloins, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and more festival favorites will be scattered around the Public Square, downtown Troy. Tons of craft vendors, games and entertainment, too.

WHEN: June 3-4, 2017

WHERE: Downtown Troy, along the Public Square

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

Jim Bonaminio serving drinks at his Fairfield store Jungle Jim’s International Market in 2013. STAFF FILE PHOTO


There will be more than 400 beers from more than 100 different breweries. You’ll have the chance to try imported and local beers, along with craft brews and hard ciders. 

WHEN: June 16-17, 2017

WHERE: Jungle Jim’s International Market, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield

INFO: Website 

Sean D. Tucker in a photo flight over Dayton. TY GREENLEES / STAFF


Celebrate Dayton’s aviation heritage and honor our local military history at the Air Show. Enjoy stunning performances from U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II Heritage Flight, several ground displays, a parade, and more. 
WHEN: June 24-25, 2017 

WHERE: 3800 Wright Dr., Vandalia 


Enjoy mini sandwiches from a variety of restaurants. Amy Zahora, the association’s executive director, said sliders often go beyond mini burgers. “We are going to have all kinds of sliders,” she said. “We will have a little bit of everything.” 
WHEN: 3-10 p.m. June 24, 2017 
WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering 

INFO: Website

Yellow Springs Brewery and Great Guys Entertainment teamed up for Springsfest, a craft beer and live music-centric festival, on Saturday, July 9 at the John Bryan Community Center. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)


Friends, beer and music -- what more could you want? The second annual Springsfest is brought to you by Yellow Springs Brewery and Great Guys Entertainment, and features a festival-worthy musical lineup with craft beer to match.
WHEN: July 8, 2017 

WHERE: John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs. 

>> PHOTOS: Springsfest 2016 

Pies and Pints Pizza and Craft Beer’s signature wings took home the award for best wings at 2014’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival. They’ll defend their title again this year on July 9 at the Fraze Pavilion. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


Enjoy bold food, great music, and a family-friendly party at the Fraze. Several restaurants will bring their best of the best. 
WHEN: 3 p.m. July 8, 2017 

WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

INFO: Website

The 15th annual Dayton Celtic Festival celebrated sights and sounds of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with a bevy of unique foods, beers and live music at Riverscape MetroPark, July 29-31. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)


Celtic music is just one of the things to love about one of the most popular festivals of the summer! There’s also the beer, the kilts and the delicious grub. Three days of free live music from Gaelic Storm, Scythian and more, beer drinking, food and cultural events. You don’t need Irish, Scottish or Welsh ancestry to go, though of course, that’s just one more reason to go — you’ll feel distinctly more Celtic by Sunday evening anyway. 

WHEN: July 28-30, 2017

WHERE: Riverscape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

INFO: Website

Sweet-Umms plans to serve its delectable Sweet Potato "BACON" Dream Cake at Bacon Fest 2016.  (Bacon Fest)


Bacon. Main dishes, side dishes and desserts all featuring it. This is THE place to get your bacon fix.

WHEN: Aug. 20, 2017, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

INFO: Website

>> PHOTOS: Bacon Fest 2016

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