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:
MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR
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
DAYTON IS FOR LOVERS MUSIC FESTIVAL
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.
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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.
KICKIN’ CHICKEN WING FEST
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
COMMUNITY FESTIVAL AND HEALTH FAIR
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
DAYTON BLUES FESTIVAL
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
WORTH THE DRIVE: BACON, BOURBON BOURBON AND BREW FESTIVAL
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.
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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