See Riverscape from the air on a warm spring day

RiverScape offers a lunchtime escape with food trucks and music

This region is enormously blessed to have the parks system that we do. 

The different locations are beautiful year-long, but they especially sing in spring and summer. 

This week a special lunchtime series at RiverScape returns with music and food trucks.

RiverScape MetroPark hosts an event called Music@Lunch from now until the end of September. 

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, grab lunch from a rotating selection of daily food trucks or at the RiverScape Café and enjoy live acoustic music, free Wi-Fi and views of the Great Miami River. 

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Amanda and Dr. Martin Vincente are launching their food truck trailer, HaolePino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine, at Airway Shopping Center Nov. 9, 2018. The Riverside couple has five children. Pictured: Elaina( age 1), Amanda, Calla( age 8), Antonio (age 16), Martin, Koa (age 4) and Cayo (age 14).
Photo: Contributed

FOOD TRUCKS

Featured food trucks over the next five months include Chanhl's Catering Company, Haolepino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine, Twisted Taco, El Meson, Nacho Pig, EAT and DFish DChicken. 

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Jah Soul performs during 2015 R&B Hot Summer Music concert at Riverscape, Dayton, Ohio.
Photo: Five Rivers MetroParks Flickr

MUSIC

The RiverScape Summer Music Series concerts have also started up. They are free for all ages and held under the RiverScape Pavilion. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, including craft beer and fare from local food trucks. See complete schedule below.

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Spend First Friday enjoying live bluegrass at Pickin’ in the Park and then gear up to get out and bike this May during National Bike Month with your Five Rivers MetroParks.

RECREATION

Starting Memorial Day weekend, bikes and bike accessories can be rented at RiverScape Rentals, open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day. The interactive fountains and the Five Rivers Fountain of Lights also open Memorial Day weekend. 

“The warm weather has people itching to get outside, and there are myriad outdoor opportunities at RiverScape MetroPark that start in May and continue throughout the summer," said RiverScape MetroPark manager, Meredith Adamisin. 

Fitness in the Park has kicked off with the new Cardio Dance in the Park. Returning this year is Yoga in the Park, which begins May 18 with a Vinyasa yoga practice led by Tori Reynolds of Speakeasy Yoga. Fitness programs are most Saturdays throughout the summer from 10 a.m. to noon. 

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Those who want a new fitness challenge this season can join Fit Body Boot Camp instructors on select Tuesdays starting in June for a high intensity interval training workout under the Pavilion. Bootcamp in the Park starts on Tuesday, June 11 and is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

RIVERSCAPE CAFE

The RiverScape Café serves very simple fare — cold or grilled wraps for $4. The veggie made with red pepper hummus, spinach, onions, tomatoes, black olives and feta cheese on jalapeño cheese wrap or the turkey made with gouda cheese, spinach, tomatoes,onions and pickle on a jalapeño cheese wrap. 

Hot dogs ($3) can be upgraded with cheese and chili for $1. It's simple food with no flash — mozzarella sticks ($4), nachos with cheese and chili ($4), pretzel with cheese ($2.50) — but it's the setting with the beautiful plantings and the river that makes the food so satisfying. With so many activities planned for this summer it is sure to work up an appetite and it's nice to know that if you want to grab something quick for a few bucks it's there. With 12 oz. piña colada and mango slushies to wash it down with, this is a stop with simple pleasures that are priced right. Soak it up while you soak up the view. 

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RiverScape MetroPark Music@Lunch dates 

MAY 

May 27: No M@L Memorial Day 

May 28: Music by Noah Back, food by EAT 

May 29: Music by Edde Osborne, food by Drunken Waffle 

May 30: Music by Danny Voris, food by El Meson 

May 31: Music by Reyna Spears, food by DFish DChicken 

JUNE 

June 3: Music by Gary Hill, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

June 4: Music by Marianne Kesler, food by Haolepino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine 

June 5: Music by Matt Gill, food by Drunken Waffle 

June 6: Music by Frank Svet, food by El Meson 

June 7: Music by 2Tones, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

June 10: Music by Stephen King, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

June 11: Music by Kyleen Downes, food by EAT 

June 12: Music by Noah Back, food by Drunken Waffle 

June 13: Music by Big Band Gary Hill, food by El Meson 

June 14: Music by Reyna Spears, food by DFish DChicken 

June 17: Music by Ron Hartwell, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

June 18: Music by Edde Osborne, food by Haolepino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine 

June 19: Music by 2Tones, food by Drunken Waffle 

June 20: Music by Marianne Kesler, food by El Meson 

June 21: Music by Joe Lipinski, food by Nacho Pig 

June 24: Music by Brenna Geyer, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

June 25: Music by Noah Back, food by EAT 

June 26: Music by Reyna Spears, food by Drunken Waffle 

June 27: Music by Big Band Colin Richards, food by El Meson 

June 28: Music by 2Tones, food by Nacho Pig 

JULY 

July 1: Music by Stephen King, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

July 2: Music by Kyleen Downes, food by Haolepino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine 

July 4: No M@L Independence Day 

July 5: Music by Brenna Geyer, food by DFish DChicken 

July 8: Music by Reyna Spears, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

July 9: Music by Stephen King, food by EAT 

July 10: Music by Noah Back, food by Drunken Waffle 

July 11: Music by Big Band Debray Music Duo, food by El Meson 

July 12: Music by Brenna Geyer, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

July 15: Music by Danny Voris, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

July 16: Music by Edde Osborne, food by Haolepino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine 

July 17: Music by Kyleen Downes, food by Drunken Waffle 

July 18: Music by Matt Gill, food by El Meson 

July 19: Music by Joe Lipinski, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

July 22: Music by Brenna Geyer, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

July 23: Music by Marianne Kesler, food by EAT 

July 24: No M@L 

July 25: No M@L 

July 26: No M@L 

July 29: No M@L 

July 31: Music by Danny Voris, food by Drunken Waffle  

AUGUST 

Aug. 1: Music by Frank Svet, food by El Meson 

Aug. 2: Music by Marianne Kesler, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

Aug. 5: Music by Stephen King, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

Aug. 6: Music by Gary Hill, food by EAT 

Aug. 7: Music by Brenna Geyer, food by Drunken Waffle 

Aug. 8: No M@L 

Aug. 9: No M@L 

Aug. 12: No M@L 

Aug. 13: Music by Marianne Kesler, food by Haolepino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine 

Aug. 14: Music by Noah Back, food by Drunken Waffle 

Aug. 15: Music by Big Band Danny Voris, food by El Meson 

Aug. 16: Music by Joe Lipinski, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

Aug. 19: Music by Reyna Spears, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

Aug. 20: Music by Stephen King, food by EAT 

Aug. 21: Music by Matt Gill, food by Drunken Waffle 

Aug. 22: Music by Debray Music Duo, food by El Meson 

Aug. 23: Music by Marianne Kesler, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

Aug. 26: Music by Noah Back, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

Aug. 27: Music by Gary Hill, food by Haolepino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine 

Aug. 28: Music by Kyleen Downes, food by Drunken Waffle 

Aug. 29: Music by Big Band Edde Osborne, food by El Meson 

Aug. 30: Music by Reyna Spears, food by Chanhl's Catering Company  

SEPTEMBER 

Sept. 2: No M@L Labor Day 

Sept. 3: Music by Danny Voris, food by EAT 

Sept. 4: Music by Gary Hill, food by Drunken Waffle 

Sept. 5: Music by Marianne Kesler, food by El Meson 

Sept. 6: Music by Joe Lipinski, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

Sept. 9: Music by Noah Back, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

Sept. 10: Music by Kyleen Downes, food by Haolepino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine 

Sept. 11: Music by Ron Hartwell, food by Drunken Waffle 

Sept. 12: Music by Matt Gill, food by El Meson 

Sept. 13: No M@L 

Sept. 16: Music by Reyna Spears, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

Sept. 17: Music by Marianne Kesler, food by EAT 

Sept 18: Music by Mike Sedmak, food by Drunken Waffle 

Sept. 19: Music by Debray Music Duo, food by El Meson 

Sept. 20: Music by Joe Lipinski, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

Sept. 23: Music by Stephen King, food by Chanhl's Catering Company 

Sept. 24: Music by Gary Hill, food by Haolepino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine 

Sept. 25: Music by Noah Back, food by Drunken Waffle 

Sept. 26: Music by Danny Voris, food by El Meson 

Sept. 27: Music by Edde Osborne, food by Chanhl's Catering Company

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