FESTIVAL MADNESS: It’s non-stop food, beer and cheers in September

September is a HUGE month when it comes to festival fun. Here’s proof with this list of September festivals near Dayton.

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Last year’s Alter High School AlterFest. CONTRIBUTED (Staff Writer)


Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 7-11 p.m. Friday, 12-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-11 p.m. Sunday & 12-5 p.m. Monday at Archbishop Alter High School, 940 E. David Road, Kettering.

Featuring live entertainment all weekend, plus great food, including the famous chicken dinner, Italian sausage and other food vendors plus the beer and wine garden. Lots of family fun with games, entertainment, rides and activities for all ages. This is a festive gathering for family and friends. The Alter Fest 5K Race/Run/Walk will be held on Saturday; race begins at 8 a.m. at the high school. $20 race day registration. First 150 registrants get a T-shirt. Cost: Prices vary. For more information, call 937-434-4434 or visit


Roy Phillips shows Nick Woolf how to be a tinsmith Saturday during the Fair at New Boston. BILL LACKEY/STAFF (Contributing Writer)


Sept. 1-2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at George Rogers Clark Park, 936 S. Tecumseh Road, Springfield.

Step back 200 years in time; everything about this event creates the illusion of time travel to 1790-1810. The historical adventure begins with Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark rides into the Fair on horseback, along with cannon fire salutes at the opening ceremonies. Cost: Free.

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The Ohio Renaissance Festival opened its village gates in 1990, and has been a popular annual event ever since. TY GREENLEES / STAFF (Contributing Writer)


Sept. 1-Oct.29, Saturdays & Sundays plus Labor Day, at Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville.

Guests can step back in time in a 30-acre recreated 16th Century English village. The festival features nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink fit for kings, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages. Cost: Tickets range from $4.75 - $60. For more information, call 513-897-7000 or visit

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September 1, 2-11 p.m. at German Club Edelweiss, 531 E. Wenger Road, Englewood.

Park opens at 2 p.m., the food line opens at 3 p.m. and there will be live band music from 3-11 p.m. Musical entertainment provided by Steve Makofka (3-5 p.m.) and Frank Svet (6-11 p.m.). The Miami Valley 0-40 All Star Soccer Game will be held at 4 p.m. Join in for food, drinks, music, dancing, corn hole and a playground for kids. Open to the public. Cost: $3 per person; children 16 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 937-836-6889.


Sept. 1, 6-9 p.m. at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg.

Annual River Blast with family activities, giant inflatable play zone, face painting, crafts, caricature artists, puppet shows, concessionaires, live music; Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display at 9 p.m. Cost: Free. For more information, call 937-866-4532 or visit

Kettering’s Holiday at Home parade and festival is one reason to stick around town this holiday weekend. CHUCK HAMLIN/STAFF/FILE (Staff Writer)


Sept. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering.

Holiday at Home has grown from a small, neighborhood event in 1959 into one of Ohio’s largest weekend events. Packed with exciting, fun, safe, family-oriented activities designed to encourage people to stay at home and enjoy their family and friends over Labor Day weekend. Featuring free music and entertainment, children’s games, handmade art & craft exhibits, food trucks, auto show, a Labor Day Parade and more. Cost: Free. For more information, visit

>> FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Holiday at Home

Obie Won (left) of Dayton served as DJ between bands and Max Terrior of Wilberforce (right) was the Master of Ceremonies at the 23rd annual Michelob Dayton Reggae Festival held Sunday Sept. 5 at Dave Hall Plaza in downtown Dayton. Seven reggae bands performed throughout the day including Mista Dread, Lucky Spaulding and Seefari. Vendors were also on hand selling a variety of clothing, crafts and musical instruments. (Lisa Powell)


Sept. 2, 1-8 p.m. at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton.

Part of the Downtown Summer Music Series. Food and merchandise vendors on site. Bring a blanket or event chair, but no tents, pets, outside food or beverages please. Cost: Free. For more information, visit


Baklava for the Dayton Greek Festival, which is celebrating 60 years this year. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF (Chris Stewart/Staff Writer)


Sept. 7-9, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park North, Dayton.

Authentic Greek food and pastries, imports, jewelry, Greek dancing, children’s activities, live Greek music, church tours and free parking and shuttle bus. Cost: Friday free until 5 p.m.; rest of the weekend: $2/Adults, children 12 and under are free. Free parking and shuttle. For more information, call 937-224-0601 or visit


Sept. 7-9, 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Mina and St. Abanoub Church, 1531 King Richard Parkway, Miamisburg.

Enjoy the exquisite flavors of Egypt, shop for Egyptian jewelry, arts & crafts; live entertainment, raffle prizes, carnival rides, face painting and more. Free admission and parking. Cost: Free. For more information, visit

Oktoberfest is Sept. 9 and Sept. 10 and will take place at the Vandalia Recreation Center and Sports Complex.


Sept. 7-8, 6-11 p.m. Friday & 12-11 p.m. Saturday at Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia.

German bands, Bratwurst and Mettwurst, German Potato Salad, pretzels, beer, arts & crafts, children’s games and more. No pets allowed, however, service animals are welcome. Cost: $5 each; Free for children under 12. Wrist band good all weekend. For more information, visit

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)


Sept. 7-9, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 12-11 p.m. Saturday, 12-8 p.m. Sunday at Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton.

Weekend of Italian music, Italian food and a fun game of Bocce on the spacious grounds of Bella Villa. Free admission and parking. Shuttle service from the Reynolds & Reynolds parking lot. Cost: Free. For more information, visit


Sept.7-9, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Clinton County Fairgrounds, 958 W. Main St., Wilmington. Help celebrate Clinton County’s agricultural heritage as they honor one of the area’s biggest industries with a 3-day extravaganza. The festival features antique farm machinery, a parade, games, all types of food made from corn, a quilt show, musical entertainment, antiques and crafts and the Corn Olympics. Cost: $4-$7. For more information, call 937-383-KORN (5676) or visit

One of the nation’s youngest Oktoberfest celebrations is becoming one of the fastest growing in the Dayton area. PHOTO BY TOM GILLIAM (Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)


Sept. 7-8, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday & 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Springboro United Church of Christ, 5 W. Mill St., Springboro.

Celebration of authentic German food, beer, wine and entertainment for the entire family. Cost: $3 each; Children 12 & under are free. For more information, visit

Scott Jenkins stirs up a batch of Kettle Corn for J & J's Concessions at the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival Sunday, Sept. 13. (Jan Underwood)


Sept. 8-9, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Beavercreek, at Dayton-Xenia and North Fairfield roads.

Over 300 booths with festival foods, continuous live entertainment, 5K popcorn run, treats, special services, creative crafts, and specialties made with popcorn. Also, children’s area with games, inflatables, contests and other activities. Cost: Free. For more information, call 937-602-CORN (2676) or visit

The fifth annual Middletown Arts Festival will return to downtown on Saturday, Sept. 8, from noon to 8 p.m. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)


Sept. 8, 12-8 p.m. at Downtown Middletown, Inc., 1050 Central Ave., Middletown.

Featuring local artists, musicians and dancers for a day filled with art and culture. Festival will be two full blocks of music, art, dancing, a wine garden, vendors and more. Cost: Free. For more information, visit

Street Magician Scott Miller wows attendees at last year’s Second Saturday Street Fair in Waynesville.


Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the second Saturday in June, July, August and September at Waynesville, 97 S. Main St., Waynesville.

Waynesville will host its annual Second Saturday Street Faire on Main Street in the historical village (between Miami Street and North Street). The event will include over 40 artisans, live local music and dance, live art demonstrations, free kids art booth, face painting and art contest. Food trucks and farmer’s market. Cost: Free. For more information, visit

A vendor sells skateboards and related accessories at a booth at last year’s Cyclops Fest. CONTRIBUTED


Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs.

Epic festival of handmade goods plus music, culture and D.I.Y. items. It showcases some of Ohio’s best handmade artists, musical acts and creative contemporaries. Also features street performers, kid activities and a mixture of gourmet food truck vendors. Cost: Free. For more information, visit


Sept. 8, 1-3 p.m. at Bill Yeck Park, 2230 E. Centerville Station Road, Dayton.

Create a woodland home for fairies and gnomes at this family-friendly festival. Build a house out of natural materials for woodland fairy and gnome residents. Other activities include game stations, face painting, snacks, and music provided by the Hithergreen Strummers. Come dressed as a fairy, gnome or elf. Pre-registration is requested for this free family event. Cost: Free. For more information, visit


Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Eichelberger Amphitheater, 8625 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights.

Full day of live music, food trucks, kids zone, vendors and more. Hosted by the Arts and Beautification Commission. Cost: Free. For more information, call 937-233-1423 or visit


Sept. 9, 4-7 p.m. at Stubbs Park, 255 W. Spring Valley Road, Centerville.

Featuring professional guitarists from the Southwest Ohio region performing many guitar styles, including jazz, blues, folk, classical and popular. The amphitheater offers lawn seating only, so bring your blanket or chairs. Cost: Free.



Sept. 14-15, 6-11 p.m. Friday & 4-11 p.m. Saturday at Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton.

Featuring musical acts, visual artists, dance, theater, poetry, comedy and more. While the festival itself is a celebration of women in the arts, organizers hope to provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity. Cost: Free. For more information, call 937-424-3870.


Sept. 14-15, 4-10 p.m. Friday & 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Park, 591 South Park Drive, Xenia.

Paddleboats on the lake, food, vendors, a parade, free entertainment and the return of field day for kids are part of the festival. Cost: Free.


Sept.14-15, 4-11 p.m. Friday & 12-11 p.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg.

Live Bluegrass music, arts and craft vendors, beer and food trucks, kids’ activities. Cost: Free. For more information, call 937-866-8999 or visit


Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Delco Park, Delco Park Drive, Kettering.

Event to raise awareness about our community’s pollinators. Hear from local Ohio beekeepers, honey vendors, educators and more. Food trucks and items made with honey will be available. Cost: Free. For more information, visit


Sept. 15, 5 to 9 p.m. at The Greene, 4452 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek.

It’s the annual Air Force Marathon After Party & Beer Fest. Featuring live music with Columbus favorite The Reaganomics; food, raffles, kids events and more, include a skydiver at 5 p.m., weather permitting. Event includes 15 beer samples and a souvenir mug. Cost: $20 per person in advance; $25 at the event. Each ticket purchased will be entered into The Greene Raffle. For more information, visit

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)


Sept. 15-16, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday & 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton.

Lots of pork-inspired food, over 400 arts and crafts vendors, parade, live pig displays, hands-on activities and cooking demonstrations, camel and pony rides, petting zoo and more. No pets, please. Free admission and parking. Cost: Free. For more information, call 937-456-7273 or visit

Colorfully dressed dancers perform on stage with the band Rondella at the Hispanic Heritage Festival on Patterson and First streets. FILE (Staff Writer)


Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton.

Featuring a parade, live Latin music and authentic Latin food, cultural performances and activities for the entire family. Cost: Free. For more information, visit


Sept. 15-16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs.

Observe sheep, llamas, alpacas, cashmere goats, Angora rabbits and other wool-bearing animals at the show. There will be shearing demonstrations, wool spinning, weaving and much more to see and learn. More than 100 vendors from several states. Cost: Free. For more information, visit


Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Beavercreek Community Park, 760 Factory Road, Beavercreek.

ArtFest is a creative festival with local artists of all genres, performers and Miami Valley food trucks. Visitors can help create ‘hands on’ art installation projects, shop for homemade items and enjoy stage and strolling performances by musicians and artists. Parking is available at Nutter Park on Factory Road with direct access to the bike path leading to the festival. Cost: Free. For more information, visit


Sept. 16, 1-7 p.m.; Gates open at 1 p.m. at Polish Picnic Grounds, 3690 Needmore Road, Dayton.

Featuring food & beverages, dancing, games and music, including Randy Krajewski and his polka band. No coolers, please. Cost: $4 per carload. For more information, call 937-222-8092.

Spectators look over the 1935 Bentley that won Best of Show at last year’s Dayton Concours d’Elegance. CONTRIBUTED (Dayton History)


Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton.

Examine and admire 200 classic and antique automobiles and motorcycles amidst the setting of the region’s premier outdoor museum. Free parking, live music, historical demonstrations, food and beverages. Cost: $20 for adults ($15 in advance); $5 for children ages 3-17; Free to Dayton History members and children under 3. For more information, visit


Jazz and rhythm and blues band Kick-N-Fava will be the closing act Sunday, Sept. 17 at the 16th Annual Fish and Shrimp Festival at Freshwater Farms of Ohio in Urbana. The event will also be Sept. 15-16. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)


Sept. 21-23, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Freshwater Farms of Ohio, 2624 U.S. 68, Urbana.

Get your fill of mouth-watering seafood selections while enjoying a live music stage, multiple vendors, games and activities for the whole family. Freshly harvested shrimp will be for sale beginning Saturday morning. Cost: daily admission: ages 13 & up - $5, Ages 3-12 - $2, Ages 2 and under are free. Tickets available at event admission gate only. For more information, call 937-652-3701 or visit


Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Action Sports Center, 1103 Gateway Dr., Dayton.

The Miami Valley Sports Festival brings together multiple sports and people to celebrate sport, fitness, health and wellness. MVSF has tournaments, seminars, demos, clinics and more. Cost: $10 per person. For more information, visit

Pretzels in all shapes and sizes are part of the food fun with the Germantown Pretzel Festival. STAFF FILE PHOTO (Contributing Writer)


Sept. 22-23, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday & 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park, 75 N. Walnut St., Germantown. Featuring vendors with hand-crafted items, tasty treats, fun for the kids and more. Sidewalks will guide you around the park to experience everything the Pretzel Festival has to offer. Cost: Free. For more information, visit

The Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest is a sure sign of fall in Dayton. The festival is one of the museum’s biggest fund-raisers and the region’s biggest fall festivals. STAFF FILE PHOTO (Staff Writer)


Sept. 22-23, 12-11 p.m. Saturday; 12-7 p.m. Sunday at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton.

A Dayton tradition since 1972, the community event includes artisans, unique international foods, selection of domestic, international and craft beers, family-friendly art activities, live music, a Weingarten with a variety of international wines and more. There will also be a fully covered main stage viewing area, an expanded craft beer tent with big-screen TV’s to view football, and live music on two stages throughout the weekend. Parking and free shuttle service. Cost: $8 Adults; $5 seniors (60+) and youth (7-18); At the Gate: $10 Adults; $7 seniors and youth; Children 6 and under are Free. For more information, visit

Visitors enjoy Aullwood Farm, displays, demonstrations, food and live entertainment at Aullwood's family friendly Apple Fest.. (Submitted)


Sept. 22-23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday at Aullwood Audubon Farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton.

Featuring food, live entertainment, free children’s activities, meet farm animal friends, tractor or draft horse pulled wagon rides and more. A variety of artisans and craft exhibitors will offer soaps, jewelry, woven items, sand art, garden ornaments, etc. Cost: $7 Adults; $5 children (3-11); Friends of Aullwood members and children under 3 are Free. For more information, call 937-890-7360 or visit


Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Gathering, 8911 Yankee St., Centerville.

Fun for the entire family. Free activities include: Zorb Ball obstacle course, bungee trampoline, bounce houses, pony rides, RC car racing, carnival games and more. Cost: Free. For more information, visit


Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Learning Tree Farm, 3376 S. Union Road, Dayton.

Pony rides, hay rides, kids games, conservation exhibits, farm animals, sheep herding, pumpkin chucking, storytelling and more. Cost: $10 per family of up to 8; $2 for each additional person. For more information, visit


Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton.

A Rose Festival co-sponsored by the Miami Valley Rose Society of Greater Dayton. Open to the public. Cost: Free. For more information, visit


2009 Tipp City Mum Festival Queen, Cathy Barrow. jumps from a slide Sunday at the Tipp City Mum Festival. Later Barrow rode the mechanical bull. (Jim Noelker)/Dayton Daily News (Jim Noelker)


Sept. 28-30, 5-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday & 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at City Park, 35 Parkwood Dr., Tipp City.

Friday Cruise-In, Saturday Parade, Little Mr. and Miss Pageant, Sunday Motorcycle Ride, Arts, Crafts, MumKids Land - Family Fun, Great Food & Live Entertainment all weekend long. Cost: Free. For more information, visit


Sept. 29-30, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Fairborn Community Park, 691 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road.

Featuring live bands, vendors and crafters, food, clowns, magic shows, bounce houses, face painting, carriage rides, pony rides and more. Pets are welcome, but please be sure they are leashed and you have something to clean up after them with you. Cost: Free. For more information, call 937-754-3090.

Brian Hesseling purchases apples from Amanda Santel at the Black Barn booth during the Country Applefest in downtown Lebanon Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. NICK DAGGY / STAFF (Nick Daggy)


Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon.

Fairgrounds will be filled with homemade crafts, food and entertainment. On-site free parking and handicap access. Free admission and parking. Rain or shine. Cost: Free. For more information, visit


Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Monument Square, Downtown Urbana.

Registration forms available online at Join the festivities, which will include sampling contestant’s chili, a cornhole tournament, jalapeno eating contest, dunk tank, bouncy house. Parade featuring the Antioch Shriners begins at Noon; live entertainment, food and craft vendors, etc. Cost: Free; fee for entering the competition. For more information, call 614-440-7560 or visit


Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Waynesville, OH, 97 S. Main St., Waynesville.

Find the finest antiques at The Old Main Street Antique Show in Waynesville. Cost: Free. For more information, visit

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