Sweet corn is the star of the show at Fairborn’s Sweet Corn Festival, scheduled this year for Aug. 19-20. CONTRIBUTED

25 festivals coming up this month you may (or may not) know about

From community festivals, to mega-beer events, to foodie events, August is jam-packed with something for everyone.

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Take part in canoe jousting during the Third Annual Canoegrass Festival, Aug. 7-9 in Tipp City. (Source: Canoegrass.com)

CANOEGRASS

Aug. 3-6 at Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Road, Tipp City

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Featuring camping, live music (Bluegrass, Americana, Roots), floating stage for Tube Jam, canoe and kayak trips with live music, canoe jousting, giant slip and slide, rope swing, community campfires and more.

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BLUEGRASS & BREW FESTIVAL

Aug. 4, 4-10:30 p.m. at 305 Main St., Fairborn. 

The City of Fairborn presents the first annual Bluegrass & Brew Festival, featuring an evening of bands playing traditional tunes and food and beer vendors.

BABY BOOMER FESTIVAL

Aug. 5, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Leonard Franciscan Living Community, 8100 Clyo Road, Centerville. 

Enjoy craft beer, live music, commercial and craft vendors and specialty food trucks. Each attendee is asked to bring cans of food; items and funds collected will be donated to a food pantry in the Centerville area.

The opening of the Dayton Metro Library's main branch has been delayed. Submitted photo by Andy Snow.
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DAYTON METRO LIBRARY COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

Aug. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Dayton Metro Library Main Branch, 215 E. Third St., Dayton. 

The festival, between Second Street and Patterson, will include music from DJ Basim, food trucks, balloon artists, chalk drawers, face painters, hoop dances. There will be performances by Zoot Theatre Company, The Repeating Arms band, poet Sierra Leone and Deja Cru dancers.

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LEBANON BLUES FESTIVAL

Aug. 5, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Historic downtown Lebanon. 

Blues bands, food and a deluxe beer garden.

ANNUAL VINTAGE TRUCK SHOW AT YOUNG'S DAIRY

Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs. 

Annual Vintage Truck Show featuring over 100 antique trucks from all over the country. The event runs rain or shine. For more information, call 937-325-0629 or visit youngsdairy.com.

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PEACH DAZE FESTIVAL

Aug. 5-6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 N. Ohio 48, Lebanon. 

Homegrown peaches and peach dishes, bounce house, train ride, barn yard, craft and food vendors.

POLISH SUMMER FEST

Aug. 6, 5-9 p.m.; Gates open at 3 p.m. at Polish Picnic Grounds, 3690 Needmore Road, Dayton. 

Featuring food and beverages, dancing, games and music, including Duane Malinowski and his polka band. No coolers, please.

Celebrate German culture with food, drink, music and more at Germanfest Picnic Aug. 11-13 at Riverscape Metropark in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

GERMANFEST PICNIC 2017

Aug. 11-13, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton. 

Celebrate German culture with food, drink, music, crafts and an appreciation of its history. Polka Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday; 5K and 10K Walk and Run.

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RUNWAY FEST & FIREWORKS

Aug. 11, 6-10 p.m. at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport, 10550 N Springboro Pike, Miamisburg. 

Music, food, fireworks, inflatables, Wright B Flyer; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

ENGLEWOOD ARTS FESTIVAL

Aug. 12-13, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday at Centennial Park, Union Road, Englewood. 

Enjoy arts and crafts, food and live entertainment.

The 2015 Festival of the Vine to be held at Fraze Pavillion (Source: Facebook)

FESTIVAL OF THE VINE

Aug. 12, 3 p.m. at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering. 

Fine wine and cool live jazz.

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Photo: Photo via The Light Fest Facebook event page

THE LIGHTS FEST

Aug. 12, 3-9 p.m. at Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 E. Ohio 73, Waynesville

Featuring live music, food trucks. Lantern launch takes place at nightfall and is 100 percent dependent on the wind and the fire marchal’s approval. Participants will then ignite their personalized sky lanterns with Tiki torches and let them take flight.

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ART ON THE COMMONS 2017

Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering. 

Presented by Rosewood Arts Centre, the festival features fine arts and crafts by over 100 artists from all over the U.S. Artwork for display and sale includes ceramics, digital art, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal and stone, mixed media, painting, photography, wood and works on paper creation. Also, live entertainment and interactive art activities.

BELLBROOK LIONS CLUB FESTIVAL

Aug. 17-19, 6-11 p.m. Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 4-11 p.m. Saturday at Old Sugarcreek Elementary School grounds, Bellbrook. 

Food, gaming for adults and children, Lions Brew Tent featuring craft beers from several Dayton-area craft breweries and a drawing for a $10,000 grand prize at the end of the festival.

CARLISLE RAILROAD DAYS

Aug. 18-19, All day Friday and Saturday at Village of Carlisle.

Family fun, food, games, vendors and bluegrass music. Firecreek will close down the festivities this year.

Nothing like a beautiful day at Island Metropark celebrating African American culture with great music, food, clothing and wares. The 2015 African American Cultural Festival featured several special moments, including a flower petal tribute to the late Julian Bond, a former NAACP chairman, politician and social activist, and a traditional African wedding ceremony. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

DAYTON AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Aug. 19-20, 12-8 p.m. Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday at Dayton Island Metro Park on Saturday, 101 Helena St., Dayton; Courthouse Square on Sunday, corner of Third and Main, Dayton. 

Live music, African drumming, gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, hip-hop, dancers, live performances and more.

THE SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL

Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Stanley Jones Park, 198 S. Clayton Road, New Lebanon. 

Food truck rally, live entertainment, fishing derby, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, pony parties, farmers market and more.

FESTIVAL OF NATIONS

Aug. 19, 2 to 8 p.m. at Great Miami River Levee, Troy.

Celebrating nations and cultures from around the world through interactive booths/displays, food, dance, music, story-telling and arts and crafts.

Expect lots of this sweet corn at the annual Fairborn Sweetcorn Festival this weekend. STAFF FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MUNCH
Photo: Dave Munch

FAIRBORN SWEET CORN FESTIVAL

Aug. 19-20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Community Park, 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn. 

Family-oriented event featuring some 180 handmade arts and crafts booths and food vendors. Also, activities for children, including pony rides the Big Bounce, and free entertainment. Pets are allowed, but should be kept on a leash and owners must clean up after their pets.

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Bacon Fest is just one of the many food events by the Miami Valley Restaurant Association coming up in 2017. Sweet-Umms served a Sweet Potato “BACON” Dream Cake at Bacon Fest 2016. (Bacon Fest)
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BACON FEST

Aug. 20, 3-9 p.m. at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering. 

An event commemorating pork’s best side with concoctions such as bacon funnel cakes, bacon tacos, candies bacon and bacon-wrapped chicken wings.

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Will Thomas grilling Kafta and Danny Slilaty grilling chicken for Shawarma sandwiches at the Dayton Lebanese Festival. (Submitted by the Dayton Lebanese Festival)

THE LEBANESE FESTIVAL

Aug. 25-27, 6-11 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday at St. Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church, 5915 Springboro Pike, Dayton. 

Middle Eastern dancing, entertainment, cultural displays, craft booths, amusement rides and more.

CLIFTON GORGE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

Aug. 25-26, 4-11 p.m. Friday & 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at 5 S. Clay St., Clifton. 

Family festival in the historic village of Clifton alongside the Clifton Gorge featuring vendors and artisans, kids’ activity area, cruise-in, live music and more.

THE GRAPE ESCAPE

Aug. 26-27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 N. Ohio 48, Lebanon. 

A festival with homegrown grapes, grape pie, grape ice cream, grape juice, and u-pick grapes, children’s activities, live music and more.

WHIRLED TOP FESTIVAL

Aug. 26, 5-8 p.m. at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg. 

Historic activity held in historic downtown Miamisburg where children and adults perform amazing tricks and spin gigantic tops.

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