7 festivals happening in and around Dayton this weekend

So many festivals, so little time. It’s a big weekend of festivals, and there’s no shortage of fun!

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Luckily, you have us to make it easy for you. Here’s a complete rundown of all the festivals going on in the Dayton area this weekend. 

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A record-breaking number of attendees were on hand to take in A World A'Fair, May 20-22, at the Dayton Convention Center. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED) (HANDOUT)


Travel around the world without leaving the Gem City. A World A’Fair will celebrate its 45th year with the food, dances, songs, crafts and cultures that make Dayton diverse. Bring an appetite and prepare to be entertained and explore great culturally-themed booths.

WHEN: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 18-21

WHERE: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: FacebookInstagram

ADMISSION: Advance tickets are $5 for adults and seniors and $3 for those ages 6 to 18. Admission at the door is $8 for adults, $5 for adults and $4 for youth. 

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Lunafest is the annual fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues and highlighting women filmmakers. The goal of the festival is to highlight women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. All proceeds from LUNAFEST will go to the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and also to Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose storytelling catalyzes social change. 

WHAT: 9th annual LUNAFEST

WHERE: 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton

WHEN: Sunday, May 20, from 3 to 5 p.m.

INFO: Event listingFacebookWebsite

ADMISSION: $10 at The Neon ($5 for students)

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Despite overcast skies and occasional showers, thousands of people turned out to support over 40 vendors at the First Gourmet Food Truck Competition and Rally held at the Miami County Fairgrounds in 2015. STAFF FILE PHOTO BY JIM WITMER


OK, this technically isn’t a festival, but it will sure feel like one! Over 40 trucks are participating in what is one of the tastiest days in the Miami Valley. Favorites like Susie's Big Dipper and Kenny’s Meat Wagon will be flocking to the Miami Country Fairgrounds to dish up their most delicious fare. This free event helps support the Miami County Agricultural Society. There will be a beer and wine garden. There will also be arts and crafts, a car show and a kiddie tractor pull.

WHAT: Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally & Competition

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19  

WHERE: Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Rd., 25A, Troy 

INFO: Facebook


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Fleurs de Fête, also known as the Original Party in the Park, returns this weekend. The 27th wine and gourmet food festival is co-presented by Heidelberg Distributing Company and Arrow Wine & Spirits. More than 400 different wines will be available to sample that day. Fleurs de Fête also features dishes from dozens of area restaurants, a Belgian beer garden, music and live and silent auctions.

WHAT: Fleurs De Fete wine and food festival

WHERE: Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20

INFO: Event listing | Website | Facebook

ADMISSION: 70 in advance, $75 at the door.

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One price wristband for rides on Saturday and Sunday. Food, beer, adult games, kids games and live music. Vender Rice will perform Friday night at 7 p.m. and the Living Room Band will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

WHAT: St. Brigid Community Festival

WHEN: Friday, May 18 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 19 from 4 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 from 12 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: 312 Fairground Rd., Xenia

INFO: Event listing | Facebook

ADMISSION: Free parking

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According to the Facebook event page, there will be arts and crafts, business and community booths. Free entertainment and music, children's games, food concessions, carnival and more.

WHAT: 38th annual Spring Fling Festival

WHEN: Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m. and Saturday, May 20 at 12 p.m.

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park (formerly Library Park)

INFO: Event listingFacebookWebsite

ADMISSION: Free entry
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This annual festival brings together live music, camping and chill vibes. Early entry on Thursday, May 17 cost $20 per person. Fri.-Sat. GA Tickets cost $92 per person at the gate. Fri.-Sat. VIP Tickets $167 per person at the gate. Sat. GA Tickets are $52 per person at the gate and Sat. VIP Tickets are $120, if available. No tickets will be sold for a single day pass on Friday.

WHAT: Hookahville 49

WHEN: Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20

WHERE: 7092 State Route 540, Bellefontaine 

INFO: Facebook

ADMISSION: Prices range from $20 to $167

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