40 reasons May may be our favorite month

The River Run Mural spans 950 feet next to the Great Miami River across from RiverScape Metro Park. Designed by artist Amy Deal it was painted on the flood wall by artists from K12 Gallery. River Run opens on May 5 LISA POWELL / STAFF
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The River Run Mural spans 950 feet next to the Great Miami River across from RiverScape Metro Park. Designed by artist Amy Deal it was painted on the flood wall by artists from K12 Gallery. River Run opens on May 5 LISA POWELL / STAFF

Here are 40 reasons why May just may be our favorite month.

MAY 2

Lucinda Williams: The country singer, who released her 12th studio album in 2016, performs in concert. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$49.50. 937-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

MAY 5

Cinco de Mayo: Celebrate the holiday with this special event featuring food specials, drinks and live music from Michael Riley and Funky G & the Groove Machine. El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton. 2 p.m. $5, or $20 VIP patio tickets. 937-859-8229 or www.facebook.com/elmeson.

Chuy's Cinco de Mayo Party in the Park: Chuy's is having a fiesta starting at 4 p.m. under the big tent with margaritas, Mexican beer, chips and queso and a performance by The Menus at 7 p.m. More info: austinlanding.com.

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River Run grand opening and Pickin' in the Park: Celebrate the grand opening of River Run at RiverScape as Five Rivers MetroParks presents the first installment of its outdoor bluegrass series with Casey Campbell, Slippery Creek and the Tillers. RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton. 5:30-10 p.m. Free. 937-274-0126 or www.metroparks.org.

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Sideshow Preview Party: Get a sneak peek at the art featured in the upcoming Sideshow 12 on May 12 and 13. The Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 937-203-8175 or www.yellowcabtavern.com.

MAY 5 & 6

Rob Schneider: The actor-comedian performs at Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek. 7:30 & 10 p.m. $27. 937-429-LAFF (5233) or www.daytonfunnybone.com.

MAY 5-JUNE 17

"Glen Cebulash: New Work": The art and art history professor and chair at Wright State University presents an exhibition featuring his large abstract paintings. Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 937-224-3822 or www.daytonvisualarts.org.

MAY 6

Free Comic Book Day: More than a dozen area specialty shops such as Bell, Book & Comic in Dayton, Epic Loot Games & Comics in Centerville, Mavericks in Kettering and Need More Comics & Toys in Huber Heights celebrate the annual international holiday with free special edition issues and sales on back issues and new releases. Cost: Free. Times vary. www.freecomicbookday.com.

Queensryche: WTUE presents the hard rockers in concert with special guests Kix. Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy. 8 p.m. $28-$65. VIP Gold Upgrade available. 937-339-2911 or www.hobartarena.com.

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MAY 6 & 7

MayFair Plant Sale: Annuals, perennials, tropical, vines, shrubs and more will be available. Wegerzyn Gardens, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. 937-277-6545 or www.metroparks.org.

MAY 7

Brunch Food Truck Rally: The Drunken Waffle and Smokinbeebeeq present the monthly event, which features brunch, bloody marys, mimosas, craft beer and coffee. Yellow Cab Bldg., 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. www.yellowcabtavern.com.

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MAY 9

Local H: The rockers perform with local openers Abertooth Lincoln and the 1984 Draft. Rockstar Pro Arena, 1106 E. Third St., Dayton. 7 p.m. $10. All ages. www.rockstarproarena.net.

Jerry Seinfeld will perform at the Schuster Center on May 12. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)
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Jerry Seinfeld will perform at the Schuster Center on May 12. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

MAY 12

Jerry Seinfeld: The comedy superstar returns to town. Schuster Center, Dayton. 7 p.m. $50-$150. www.ticketcenterstage.com.

MAY 12 & 13

Sideshow 12: Dozens of visual arts will be displaying art in this annual festival, which also features live music from Trey Stone & the Ringers, Goodnight Goodnight, Salvador Ross, Abertooth Lincoln and Dark Backward. The Yellow Cab Bldg., Dayton. 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Free but donations are accepted.

Mike Armstrong: The cop-turned comic, a favorite of "The Bob & Tom Show," returns to Wiley's Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton. 8 p.m. Friday, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $10. 937-224-5653 or www.wileyscomedy.com.

MAY 12-28

"Wonder of the World": Dayton Theatre Guild presents by David Lindsay-Abaire about Cass, who leaves her husband and meets a clown therapist, a lonely tour boat captain and other colorful characters on her journey to find herself. The Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape, 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday opening weekend, and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday the following weekends. $20 adults, $18 seniors and $13 students. 937-278-5993 or www.daytontheatreguild.org.

MAY 13

Art on the Playground: Rose Arts Centre presents the fifth annual interactive art festival for kids. Habitat Environmental Center, 3036 Bellflower St., Kettering. 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 937-296-0294 or www.playkettering.org.

Soulstice: Beignets on the Bayou: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company celebrates its 48th season with its annual fundraiser. America's Packard Museum, 420 S. Ludlow St., Dayton. 6 p.m. www.ticketcenterstage.com..

Chonda Pierce: Faith and Friends Radio presents the comedian in concert. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 7 p.m. $26 or $47 for VIP ticket with preshow Q&A at 6 p.m. www.faithandfriendsradio.com.

MAY 16

Mid-Day Arts Café: Victoria Theatre Association presents an ongoing lunchtime series devoted to local arts groups. This installment focuses on Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton Opera. Schuster Center, Mathile Theatre, Dayton. 11:30 a.m. $7 or $15 for program and lunch. www.ticketcenterstage.com

MAY 17

Walk! Downtown Dayton Kickoff: Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County present the 12th annual event. RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument St., Dayton. 11:30 a.m. 937-496-3090 or www.phdmc.org.

MAY 18

Beer Glass Etching: Make your own custom beer stein and enjoy a complimentary beer tasting in this Rosewood Arts Centre program at Eudora Brewing Co., 4716 Wilmington Pike, Kettering. 6- 8:30 p.m. $25 Kettering residents, $35 nonresidents. Preregistration required. This program is for ages 21 and older. No experience required.

MAY 19

The Migraines: Indiana punk Eddie Migraine reunites his band, which features three members from Dayton, for a 25th anniversary show. Rockstar Pro Arena, Dayton. 7 p.m. $8. All ages. Legbone, the Give Ups and Bribing Senators will also perform.

Brit Floyd: The Pink Floyd tribute band presents the Immersion World Tour. Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights. 8 p.m. $23.50-$49. 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com.

MAY 19 & 20

"Guys and Dolls": Dare to Defy Productions presents this classic musical at Victoria Theatre, Dayton. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $23.50 to $53.50. www.ticketcenterstage.com.

"Moving Spirits": Rodney Veal directed this dance concert at Sinclair Community College, Blair Hall Theatre, Dayton. 8 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Funky Comedy Starship of Love: Nick Taylor hosts this showcase featuring headliner Tyrone Hawkins with Larry Starks and Nate Washington. Wiley's Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton. 8 p.m. Friday, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $10. 937-224-5653 or www.wileyscomedy.com.

MAY 19 & 21

"Carmen": Dayton Opera will be joined by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet and the Dayton Opera Chorus. Schuster Center, Dayton. 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $28-$98. www.ticketcenterstage.com.

MAY 19-21

Kevin Farley: The actor-comedian performs at Funny Bone Comedy Club, The Greene, Beavercreek. 7:30 & 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $15-$45 Friday and Saturday, $12-$42 Sunday.

Hamvention: The Dayton Amateur Radio Association presents its signature annual event, which attracts attendees from around the globe, at its new location. Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, 120 Fairgrounds Road, Xenia. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. $22 advance, $27 at the door. www.hamvention.org.

A record-breaking number of attendees were on hand to take in A World A’Fair 2016 at the Dayton Convention Center. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)
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A record-breaking number of attendees were on hand to take in A World A’Fair 2016 at the Dayton Convention Center. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

World A'Fair: The long-running international festival returns to the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $5 adults and seniors, $3 youth 6-18 in advance or $8 adults, $5 seniors, $4 youth 6-18 at the door. Free children 5 and younger. 937-299-8429 or www.aworldafair.org.

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MAY 20

Big Brews and Blues: The 8th annual fundraiser for Diabetes Dayton features craft beer, food trucks, emcee Earl "Southside Hayes" and performances by Sonny Moorman, Eldorado Brown and Lizzi Neal Band. RiverScape MetroPark, Dayton. 5 p.m. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. $50 VIP admission. $20 general admission. 937-220-6611 or www.diabetesdayton.org.

Chicago: The classic rock-pop group, which scored 11 No. 1 singles, presents its 50th anniversary tour in a sold-out show at Rose Music Center, Huber Heights. 8 p.m. $51-$73. www.ticketmaster.com.

Food truck rally and competition: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tons of food trucks and beer and wine garden. More info: www.miamicountyfair.com

MAY 21

Fleurs de Fête: The wine and gourmet food festival returns with more than 400 different wines to sample and dishes from area restaurants. Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton. 1-4 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. $5 children 4-12, free for kids under 4. 937-293-2841 or www.fleursdefete.com.

“Kinky Boots” comes to the Schuster Center May 23-28. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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“Kinky Boots” comes to the Schuster Center May 23-28. SUBMITTED PHOTO

MAY 23-28

"Kinky Boots": Victoria Theatre Association and the Premier Health Broadway Series present this touring company of the popular musical. Schuster Center, Dayton. 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $30. www.ticketcenterstage.com.

Rick Springfield will perform at Rose Music Center on May 26, 2017. CONTRIBUTED
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Rick Springfield will perform at Rose Music Center on May 26, 2017. CONTRIBUTED

MAY 26

Rick Springfield: The actor-rocker performs with local opener Stranger. Rose Music Center, Huber Heights. 8 p.m. $23.50-$60. www.ticketmaster.com.

MAY 28

Heritage Day: Dayton History presents this annual old-fashioned patriotic celebration complete with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the grand finale fireworks display. Carillon Historical Park, Dayton. 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free for Dayton History members and children younger than 3, $8 adults, $7 seniors (60 and older), $5 students and children (3-17). 937-293-2841 or www.daytonhistory.org.

Maxwell will perform at Fraze Pavilion on May 31, 2017. CONTRIBUTED
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Maxwell will perform at Fraze Pavilion on May 31, 2017. CONTRIBUTED

MAY 30

Maxwell: The R&B singer performs with special guests Ledisi and Leela James. Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering. 7 p.m. $46-$66 in advance, $51-$71 at the door. 937-296-3300 or www.fraze.com.

MAY 31

Kettering Block Party: The annual event returns with a performance by the Kettering Civic Band. Fraze Pavilion, Kettering. 6 p.m. Free. www.fraze.com.