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One of the biggest outdoor parties of the fall is also one of the longest running cultural celebrations in the area. The Dayton Greek Festival, now in its 59th year, returns to Annunciation Greek Orthodox, 500 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 8-10.

The annual event features Greek music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations, shopping, church tours, beer, wine and food such as gyros and baklava. Greek Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: Free Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $2 the rest of the weekend. Free for children 12 and younger. Street parking is available but the spots fill up fast. Free parking and shuttle service is available at Grandview Hospital. Call 937-224-0601 or visit

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Pasta Fagioli, spaghetti, cannoli and gelato are just some of food available when the Italian Fall Festa is presented at Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Kettering, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 8 through 10. The annual event also features entertainment, activities, desserts and drinks. Festival hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Free. The Meatball Madness 5K run begins at 10 a.m. Sunday. Performers include Dr. Zoot, Aaron Caruso, Ray Massa and Happy Days. Call 937-258-3600 or visit

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Cincinnati-based funk rockers The Almighty Get Down is known for bringing a high energy dance party backed by its powerful brass section, the Horndogs, wherever it goes. This approach earned the band the award for Best Live Act at the 2015 Cincinnati Music Awards and it's this pedigree that made leader Willy Morren and company the perfect headliner for the annual WYSO Community Concert. The Yellow Springs-based radio station presents The Almighty Get Down at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave, Dayton, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. The Claudettes and Zane and the Sway will also perform. Cost: Free. Food from Pa's Pork and The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton and the special Vox Populi and other beers from Yellow Springs Brewery. Visit


Light Up the Night is the theme of the annual Boonshoft Bash, presented at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 DeWeese Pkwy., Dayton, from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. It's such a major affair the museum is closed for the day to prepare for the gala fundraiser. Boonshoft Bash features hors d'oeuvres, open bar, seated dinner, dancing and live music from This Side Up. Cost: $225. Like many fundraisers, Boonshoft Bash has a raffle with multiple prizes, including a grand prize of $10,000 cash. Raffle tickets are $100 for the first ticket and $50 for each additional raffle ticket. Call 937-275-7431 or visit


The Texas Tenors finished fourth during its run on "America's Got Talent" in 2009 but the vocal group still walked away winners. Since then, the trio's days have been filled with touring and recording, which led to three Emmy Awards. The group's latest television special, "Rise," premiered on PBS in early August and the album of the same name was released in early September. The Miami Valley Community Concert Association's 2017-18 season begins with a concert by The Texas Tenors at the Centerville Performing Arts Center, Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. The concert series continues with Pavlo on October 17. Cost: $30 adults, $5 students (first grade through college). Season tickets are $80 adults, $15 students. Call 937-297-0463 or visit


For its annual fundraiser, Opera Guild of Dayton hosts an event unlike any other in the area. The Art of Fashion is the theme of the latest installment of the Bravo! Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show, presented at Sinclair Community College, Ponitz Center, 444 W. Third St., Dayton, on Friday, Sept. 8. The boutique opens at 9:30 a.m. followed by social hour at 10 a.m. and the champagne brunch and fashion show at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $58 Pearl Patron and $78 Diamond Patron. Call 937-224-3521 ext. 1099 or visit


It's been 27 years since the Woggles released its debut album and the band hasn't forsaken its devotion to retro rock 'n' roll, from garage psychedelia and rockabilly to R&B and power pop. The band's latest album, "Tally Ho," was released in early August by Wicked Cool Records, the label founded by Little Steven Van Zandt. The Woggles, on tour supporting the new release, perform at Blind Bob's, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Local openers Manray and the Zygotes will also perform. Call 937-938-6405 or visit


The party will be popping when the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival returns to Dayton-Xenia Road, between Fairfield and Meadow Bridge, Beavercreek, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10. The annual street fair has more than 200 booths offering crafts, festival food and plenty of popcorn-related treats, plus a Sunday car show. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Free. Call 937-602-CORN or visit

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Word has it California-based metal band DevilDriver is releasing an outlaw country album later this year. However, don't expect cowboy hats and boot scootin' boogies on the group's latest tour. DevilDriver, currently on the road with 36 Crazyfists and Cane Hill, performs at Oddbody's Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 937-813-4272 or visit


The Air Force Marathon Sports and Fitness Expo is presented at the Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn, on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 14 and 15. This massive show, in the concourse and arena, features more than 100 exhibitors specializing in sports, fitness and nutrition. Expo hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Cost: Free. Call 937-775-4789 or visit

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