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Break out your stretchy pants (and ponchos). Here’s how to hit 7 of the weekend’s biggest festivals 

We have your weather forecast and road map to hitting as many festivals this weekend as possible. 

It is that weekend — the one that drives festival-lovers with raging cases of FOMO (the fear of missing out) cray-cray. 

>> WEATHER: How the weekend weather is impacting your favorite festival: Cancellations, festival food to go

The Dayton area’s largest festivals might not be this weekend — Friday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 9. But so many of our most beloved ones are.

And it seems that list gets bigger and bigger each and every year. 

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There is no need to despair, fine people. Just throw on your stretchiest pair of stretchy pants and get ready to grub. 

Here is how to do the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival, the Greek Festival, the Italian Fall Festa and other festivals this weekend. 

You may need an umbrella or poncho, but you can do it. 

FRIDAY

Delicious food, craft beer, wine and bocce ball attracted as many as 50,000 people to Bella Villa Hall in Beavercreek for the annual Italian Fall Festa. PHOTOS BY TOM GIlLIAM (Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)


The 60th Greek annual festival opens at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at the church at 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton. 

Lunch is always a popular time, so plan ahead. 

For the second year in a row, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is making it easier for you to do so by offering pre-ordered  grub you can pick up from the front of the festival during lunchtime Friday. 

The menu items and pickup times (11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.) can be selected via the Dayton Greek Festival website. Click here to place order using a credit card.

Carryout orders must be placed by 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

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Organizers of the John Pirelli Lodge Order Sons of Italy’s Italian Fall Festa offer Friday lunch pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at that festival’s site, 2625 County Line Road in Kettering. 

Call (937) 258-3600 to order ahead between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Cash payment is due when food is picked up for individuals or groups.

🌧️ FRIDAY WEATHER NOTE FROM METEOROLOGIST McCall Vrydaghs:

“There will be a few showers or storms around early in the evening on Friday, especially south of I-70. As the evening progresses, the chances will dwindle. So the later the better.”

Swing by the 21st annual Egyptian Festival between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. at St. Mina and St. Abanoub Church, 1531 King Richard Parkway, Miamisburg.

There will also be tours of the church and museum every hour featuring an exhibit showcasing the life of monks and the history of the holy family and their journey to Egypt.

Come hungry.

Delights include Chicken and lamb kabob, dolma (stuffed grape leaves) and macaroni pasta with bechamel sauce.  

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Admission and parking are free for the festival that continues 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and  11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more info, visit www.stminastabanoub.org.

Wrap things up by 7 at the Egyptian Festival and head to the Greek Festival, which has tents and dining and shopping options indoors. 

Volunteers will show you how to make dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) and avgolemono soup (lemon chicken soup.)

As noted above, stuffed grape leaves are also big in Egypt, so you can compare the differences. 

The Greek festival features several cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend. 

Like St. Mina and St. Abanoub Church, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church offers tours.

End your evening with a beer or two at Oktoberfest Springboro! There will be an exclusive selection of domestic and German-inspired beers. The fest runs from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday.

>> Why you should add Oktoberfest Springboro to your list

SATURDAY

The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival, now in its 29th year, takes place the weekend after Labor Day on Sept. 12 and 13.  (Source: Provided by the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival)

🌧️🌧️  SATURDAY WEATHER NOTE FROM MCCALL: 

“As for Saturday, the best time to head to any festivals will be in the morning. While there may be a few showers around, the chances for rain will be less than later in the day. As we head into the afternoon rain will become more widespread and perhaps heavy at times.”

Spend the morning at the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival

The Popcorn 5K and Fitness Walk are at 8:30 a.m

The festival opens at 10 a.m. with a full day of entertaining starting at 10:30 a.m.

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Dayton blues gems the Doug Hart Band take the stage at 4:30 p.m. and local Elvis tribute artist Ryan Roth closes the first day of the festival with his band Comeback Special beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

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Food options range from jambalayafalafel and Dippin Dots Ice Cream to all sorts of popcorn.  

While you are in Greene County, swing over to Yellow Springs for Cyclops Fest, a celebration of our region’s craft culture, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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 Zombie Dogz  and other food trucks will be there. The beer garden will feature Yellow Springs Brewery. The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton will host an interactive community mural. 

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Come late/afternoon evening, it will be time to head back to the Greek Festival to get your opa on and dance. Or you can head over to the Italian Festa to say “ciao” to all your friends and play some bocce ball.

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Saganaki — a Greek version of fried cheese — will once again be up for grabs at the Greek Festival. If you need to cool off, grab an Ouzo Slushie.

>> Ouzo making a comeback at Greek Festival  

Saturday night is traditionally hopping at Italian Festa, and there will be a special stuffed shells dinner.

The sausage, onion and pepper sandwiches are always crowd favorites as are the pastries made with love. People buy them by the ton and freeze them, a festival organizer told this news organization. 

The meatballs fly.  

Italian crooner Aaron Caruso, a festival favorite, will play from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 

If you’d rather have homemade potato salad, cabbage rolls and brats instead, then plan to have dinner at the Sister Cities of Vandalia’s Oktoberfest Saturday night. 

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The zany jam band The Menus will perform at the event and there will be popcorn. 

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SUNDAY

9 Sept 07 Photo by (Ron Alvey). Veniti Tsikas, a Dayton resident, delivers a tray full of loucoumathes. They are like donuts that are dipped in honey. A small basket of the treats sell for $2 at the 49th Annual Greek Festival. The three day festival, ending Suday, took place at the Greek Orthodox Church, located at 500 Belmonte Park North, which is next to the Dayton Art Institute. The festival had lots of Greek dancing, food, desserts and there was a childrens area. (Ron Alvey)

🌧️🌧️ 🌧️ SUNDAY WEATHER NOTE FROM MCCALL: 

“Sunday is by far the worst day for festivals as it will likely rain all day and be quite windy."

Time to take it easy. You've almost made it.

Do a drive-by of the Greek Festival to shop in the Grecian Boutique, or for last-minute pastries and all the spanakopita and pastitsio you can carry. Say it with me: "baklava."

>> What to eat at the Dayton Greek Festival

The Italian Fall Festa will feature spaghetti and meatballs. Get there by 3 p.m. to catch the spaghetti eating contest for children and adults. The Meatball Madness Run is at 10 a.m.

The Browns and Bengals games will be shown on large screen TVs. 

>> Why you should check out this up-and-coming Oktoberfest celebration

Or you can head straight for the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival. The family-oriented festival features 200 booths of crafts and the festival food you are going to miss come November.

MAP OUT YOUR OWN PLAN! 

🍿  Beavercreek Popcorn Festival

Where: Dayton-Xenia Road between North Fairfield Road and Meadow Bridge Drive

When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: WebsiteFacebook | 937-602-CORN | info@beavercreekpopcornfestival.org

🥙 The 60th annual Dayton Greek Festival 

Where: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton 

When: Sept. 7-9; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 

Cost: Free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8; Admission for the remainder of the weekend is $2 per adult, which includes a free raffle ticket. Free admission for active military, veterans and children 12 and younger. 

Info: Website | (937) 224-0601

🍝 Italian Fall Festa

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

When: Sept. 7 to 9.;  Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch) and 6-11 p.m.; Saturday noon-11 p.m.; Sunday noon-8 p.m.

Cost: Free, shuttle available from the nearby Reynolds & Reynolds parking lot

Info: 937-258-3600 | WebsiteFacebook  

🥙 The  21st Annual Egyptian Festival 

WHEN: Sept. 7- 9; 4-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 

WHERE: St. Mina and St. Abanoub Coptic Orthodox Church, 1531 King Richard Pkwy., Miamisburg

COST: Free admission and parking 

INFO: (937) 866-0622 | WebsiteFacebook

🍺 Sister Cities of Vandalia’s Oktoberfest 

WHEN: Sept. 7-8. 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday and noon to midnight on Saturday

WHERE: Vandalia Sports Complex, 1111 Stonequarry Road.

COST: Admission is $5 each day.

MORE INFO: WebsiteFacebook

🌭Cyclops Fest 

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

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

ADMISSION: Free 

MORE INFO: Website  |  Facebook

🍺Oktoberfest Springboro

WHERE: Springboro United Church of Christ, 5 W. Mill St.

WHEN: Sept. 7-8. Friday 6 p.m. to midnight and Saturday  7:30 a.m. to midnight.

ADMISSION: $3 (kids 12 and under are free)

MORE INFO: WebsiteFacebook

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