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16 can’t-miss festivals in July

Summer festival season is in full swing. Here are 16 ways to get your festival fix this month.

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WAYNESVILLE SECOND SATURDAY STREET FAIRE

July 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Waynesville, 97 S. Main St., Waynesville

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Festival includes Artists Booths where artists, crafters and authors display and sell their creations. Over 40 artisans will feature everything from woodworking to fiber arts. Local entertainers will perform in the Main St. Gazebo and other locations around town.

Free admission

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SPRINGSFEST

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)

July 8, noon to 10 p.m. John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs

Great Guys Entertainment and Yellow Springs Brewery present a day of friends, beer and music from Delicate Steve, Speaking Suns, the Yugos, Lioness and others.

$25 Yellow Springs resident, $35 general admission, $50 deluxe tickets and free for children 12 and younger

KICKIN’ CHICKEN WING FEST

July 8, 3-10 p.m. at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

Food, drinks and live performances by Top This Band, Brass Tracks, Zane & the Sway and the Flashback Band.

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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

ST. JOHN’S FESTIVAL

July 14-16, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 3-11 p.m. Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 753 South Hyatt St., Tipp City

Annual family fun Summer Festival with live entertainment, amusement rides, children’s games, Bingo and more.

Nothing beats a summer festival - and Dayton has more than you could ever dream. Here's 10 of the best ones you won't want to miss. (Tabatha Wharton)

ART IN THE PARK

July 15, 12-8 p.m. at City Park, 35 Parkwood Dr., Tipp City

Celebrate local visual, culinary and musical artists at City Park with artist displays, demonstrations, music and food.

DAYTON BLUES FESTIVAL

July 16, 1-9 p.m. at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

Part of the Downtown Summer Music Series featuring blues bands and performances, food and merchandise vendors on site. Bring blankets or event chairs, but no tents, pets, outside food or beverages please.

Balloons inflate for a balloon glow Friday, July 10 at Smith Park during the Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival and Warrior Weekend to Remember. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF (Nick Graham)

THE OHIO CHALLENGE BALLOON FESTIVAL

July 21-22, 4-10 p.m. Friday & 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Smith Park, Middletown Regional Airport, Middletown

The Ohio Challenge is a sanctioned hot air balloon competition featuring 30 participants. Other activities include: outdoor concerts, car show, food vendors, arts & crafts, carnival rides, and fireworks on Saturday at 9:45 p.m.

MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS FESTIVAL

July 21-23, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday at Mary, Help of Christians, 954 N. Maple Ave., Fairborn. Featuring festival food, live entertainment, carnival rides and more.

MIAMI VALLEY MUSIC FEST

July 21-22, Troy Eagles Campground, 2252 Troy-Urbana Road, Troy

The annual event combines music, art and charity.$45 weekend passes before July 17, $60 VIP weekend upgrade before July 22, VIP car parking $25 before July 22 and $75 for reserved campsite before July 22.

SWAMP ROMP

July 22, 4 p.m. at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

Festival featuring Zydeco Sounds & A Taste of Louisiana. For more information, call 937-296-3300 or email fraze@ketteringoh.org.

SUMMER MOON FESTIVAL

July 22-23, Events start at 7 a.m. Saturday & Sunday at Armstrong Air & Space Museum, 500 Apollo Dr., Wapakoneta 

Celebrate the anniversary of Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing; enjoy inflatable activities, science demonstrations, face painting, aeronautics activities, mini golf, a kids trivia competition, the Lima Area Concert Band, animals from the Toledo Zoo, and the Run to the Moon races (speedy-feet.com).

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Garlic Fest, a 3-day food, drink, sport and entertainment festival, took over Beavercreek, July 15-17. The event also featured the Bocce Classic, a 32-team double-elimination bocce ball tournament, food trucks and cooking demonstrations. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

GARLIC FEST

July 22, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton

Featuring 15 food vendors, live band, cooking demos and more.

DAYTON CELTIC FESTIVAL

July 28-30, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 12-11 p.m. Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

Mix of Irish food, music, culture and entertainment for people of all ages.

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)

ANNIE OAKLEY DAYS FESTIVAL

July 28-30, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at York Woods, Darke County. 

Featuring shooting contests, a car show, fast draw competitions, melodramas, historical tours, a pilgrimage to Annie’s grave, special displays at Garst Museum, a Saturday parade, antique market and concessions.

The 53rd Annie Oakley Festival will be held from July 29-31, 2016 at York Woods, 6129 Reed Rd., Versailles. Contributed photo.

BELGIAN ALE & FOOD FESTIVAL

July 29, 4-7 p.m. at Miami Valley Golf Club, 3311 Salem Ave., Dayton

Enjoy 21 Belgian and Belgian Style Ales - plus special selections from local and regional brewers. Paired with a variety of ales, there will be a menu of authentic, gourmet Belgian cuisine prepared by chef Jason Downe. Retail beer and growler sales will be available.

FOOD TRUCK BOULEVARD BASH

July 30, 1 p.m. at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

Live music and more than 20 food trucks lined up on Lincoln Park Boulevard.

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