Dayton Circus Collective’s Jeff Opt, one of the founders of Sideshow, still oversees the volunteer-run arts and music festival, returning to the “Old” Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14. CONTRIBUTED

Sideshow returns: Dayton music and art highlighted in this free festival

What started as the seemingly overwhelming task of delivering two days of art, music, food and more from the area has become one of Dayton’s proudest traditions. 

Sideshow returns to Yellow Cab Tavern for its 12th year, bringing nearly 100 artists and bands with it. Organizers have added spoken word poetry and comedians in recent years for a more well-rounded event. 

>> 5 reasons to go to Dayton’s free art and music show

It all gets started Friday at 5 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand both days to keep your belly full while the Yellow Cab Tavern will serve local beers to keep your whistle wet.

>> Local artists, local music blend in unique Sideshow

Artistically speaking, you can find artists dealing in everything from painting and sculpting to photography. When it comes to the music, whether you love it loud or prefer softer tones, there’s a virtual guarantee you’ll find something to your liking. A full listing of artists, performers and times can be found here

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The family-friendly event is free, but donations are accepted at the door.


What: Sideshow XII

Where: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

When: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. May 12, 3 p.m.-1 a.m. May 13

Cost: Free; donations suggested