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6 festivals and fairs happening in and around Dayton this weekend

Festival season is in full swing, with several fairs and festivals happening this weekend.

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Here are the best festivals for the weekend of July 12-14:


The Montgomery County Fair lasts until Sunday, and there are a ton of fun activities in store. Enjoy live music, carnival rides, rodeos and much more. Also, be sure to check out our list of the best foods to try at the fair

WHEN: July 8-14

WHERE: Montgomery County Fairgrounds

COST: $10 admission

INFO: Website

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Hawthorne Heights headlined the fourth annual music festival Dayton is for Lovers at Yellow Cab Tavern on Saturday, Aug. 25. Weathervein, Minor Love, Crosley Court, The Raging Nathans, Seth Canan & The Carriers, RIND, You vs Yesterday, GoodnightGoodnight, Bribing Senators, BlackWater, Life In Idle and Dead Roses were also on the lineup. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam

If you’re looking for a music festival with Dayton-based bands, then you’re in luck. The 5th annual Dayton is for Lovers Gem City Music Festival returns to the Yellow Cab Tavern this weekend.

The all-ages show kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, July 12, when doors open, with live music starting shortly after.

Want to go?

WHAT: Dayton is for Lovers Gem City music festival

WHERE: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

WHEN: Friday, July 12 from 6 to 11:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Online 

INFO: Facebook


A dozen local restaurants and food trucks were on hand to feed steaming hot chicken wings to hungry chicken wing lovers at this year's Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest at Fraze Paviliion. ALEXIS LARSEN

Some of the best chicken wings in the area all will be in one spot this weekend. The Eighth Annual Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest is Saturday, July 13, and will feature wings from places like Amber Rose, Basil’s and Dewberry 1850. You can also enjoy live music on the Fraze stage as you chow down on your favorite flavor of wings.

WHEN: July 13, 3 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

COST: Free entry

INFO: FacebookWebsite

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This annual festival is held at the historic McKinley United Methodist Church and features food, games, inflatables, giveaways and information booths. There is also a Kids Eat Free Zone, while supplies last. 

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

WHERE: McKinley United Methodist Church, 196 Hawthorn St., Dayton

INFO: Website


The Sonny Moorman Group performs for the large audience of music fans during Michelob Dayton Blues Festival at Dave Hall Plaza in downtown Dayton.
Photo: Teesha McClam/Dayton Daily News

The Dayton Blues festival begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, as part of the Downtown Summer Concert Series. Listen to the best blues music this side of the Mississippi, with bands like the Shaun Booker Band, the Soul Fixers, the Kellen Williams Trio, Mississippi Red and the Bumble-Bee-Licious Blues Band and the Tony Cheesebourough Band. 

WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 1 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Levitt Pavilion, 134 S. Main St., Dayton

COST: Free

INFO: Website


You’ve probably had Jim Beam at lots of times and places, but the Bourbon Experience Tent will feature exclusive, hard-to-find Beam bourbons. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer

The Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival highlights the three favorite things of Kentuckians (and a lot of other people as well). Here are the delicacies and associated activities you can expect to find at the fest, as well as some new attractions.

>>WHAT TO KNOW: Newport’s Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival this weekend

What: Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival

When: July 11-14, 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky.

Cost: No admission cost

More info: Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival Facebook page