The BEST festivals in Dayton this weekend: Apples, mums and more

Apple pie. Apple fritters. Caramel apples.

This weekend you can fill up on apples from the farm and ooey, gooey apple treats in Lebanon.

You can also celebrate the flower of fall — the mum — this weekend.

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Fall festival season is in full swing.

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Here are the festivals for the weekend of Sept. 28-30:

The annual Mum Festival brings crowds and colorful mums to Tipp City and its City Park. This year’s Mum Festival is the 60th year for the event. Contributed photo. (Contributing Writer)


There’s more to this festival than gorgeous mums. There’s a Friday cruise-in, Saturday oarade, Little Mr. and Miss Pageant, Sunday motorcycle ride, arts, crafts and MumKids Land Family Fun. Food and live entertainment all weekend long.

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When: Sept. 28-30, 5-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday & 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 

Where: City Park, 35 Parkwood Drive, Tipp City. 

Cost: Free. 

More info: 


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)


Apples are the star of the show at this beloved festival tradition celebrating 36 years. Apple pies. Apple fritters. Caramel apples. The fairgrounds will be filled with homemade crafts, food and entertainment. On-site free parking and handicap access. Free admission and parking. Rain or shine. 

When: Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Where: Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway, Lebanon. 

Cost: Free

More info: 



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.  

When: Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Where: Monument Square, downtown Urbana. 

Cost: Free; fee for entering the competition. 

More info: Registration forms available online at

More info: Call 614-440-7560 or visit 



Find the finest antiques at The Old Main Street Antique Show in Waynesville.  

When: Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Where: 97 S. Main St., Waynesville. 

Cost: Free

More info:

The 29th annual Ohio Renaissance Festival runs Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday for nine weekends — Sept. 1 through Oct. 28. This festival will transport you back to the 16th Century in an English village with knights, jousts, swordsmen, pirates, nobles, peasants and jugglers walking past you in timely costumes. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER (Tom Gilliam)


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. 

This weekend’s theme: Feast of Fools: Expect fools and foolish antics, including Fools Olympics and a King of Fools contest.


When: Sept. 1-Oct.29, Saturdays & Sundays plus Labor Day

Where: Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville. 

Cost: Tickets range from $4.75 - $60.

More info: Call 513-897-7000 or visit

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