Our favorite photos from opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017 in Waynesville, Ohio. The festival is a 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival runs weekends through the end of October. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
Photo: Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam

3 of the BEST ways to spend your Labor Day in Dayton

With Labor Day weekend just a few days away, now’s the time to finalize your weekend plans. 

Here are three events you won’t want to miss, happening this weekend only. 

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Scenes from AlterFest 2017, the annual Labor Day Weekend festival for Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Tom Gilliam

One of the Dayton-area’s biggest annual festivals runs for FOUR days. This one has it all: rides, games, food and live music. Activities for kids include Plinko, frog fling, allie oops, Nerf basketball, duck bond, goldfish booth, skeeball and more. Adults can take part in big six, blackjack, instant “lottery” tickets. poker and more. Don’t pass up the chicken dinner. It’s legendary.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 31, 7-11 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 1, 1-11 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 2, 1-11 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 3, 12-5 p.m.

WHERE: Alter High School, 940 E. David Road, Kettering.

COST: Free

INFO: Website

>> 6 reasons you can’t miss Alter Fest

>> PHOTOS: AlterFest 2017


Lincoln Park was filled with people for the Holiday At Home festival Monday, Sept. 1 in Kettering. Chuck Hamlin \ Staff
Photo: Staff photo by Michael Franz

Holiday at Home has grown from a small, neighborhood event in 1959 into one of Ohio’s largest weekend events. With arts and crafts, silent auctions, concessions, auto shows and kid’s activities, there’s something here for everyone. Fitness gurus, be sure to check out the 5K Run/Walk. Make note of the epic parade on Monday from 9:55 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. 

WHEN: Sept. 1-3

WHERE: Kettering Government Center and Fraze Pavilion. 

COST: Free

INFO: Website

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The Ohio Renaissance Festival runs Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday for nine weekends starting this weekend through the last weekend in October. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Staff Writer


The Ohio Renaissance Festival opened its village gates in 1990, and has been a popular annual event ever since. Played out over a 30-acre, recreated 16th-century English village, there are more than 100 daily shows on 14 stages and more than 150 costumed characters and arts and crafts shops.

WHEN: Sept. 1-Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (weekends and Labor Day only)

WHERE: Renaissance Park, 10542 East State Route 72, Waynesville 

COST: $21-23 (adults), $9.50 (kids aged 5-12), $60 (adult season pass) 

MORE INFO: 513-897-7000 | website

>> PHOTOS: Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017