It is that weekend — the one that drives festival-lovers with raging cases of FOMO (the fear of missing out) cray-cray.
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.
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.
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.
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.
🌧️🌧️ 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.
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.
Food options range from jambalaya, falafel 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.
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.
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.
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.
The zany jam band The Menus will perform at the event and there will be popcorn.
🌧️🌧️ 🌧️ 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."
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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.
WHERE: John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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)