Hello sunshine! Hello fun!
It’s time to make up for last weekend and that miserable rain with a weekend packed with fun.
Here are 10 of the best ideas for weekend fun:
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1) CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
There are plenty of car shows in the area but none like Concours d’Elegance. The 12th annual antique and classic car show, returning to Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, is a high-end affair with broad appeal.
Cadillac and the E-type Jaguar are the featured marques this year, but Concours d’Elegance also will showcase a wide variety of other makes and models from restored vehicles to classic automobiles preserved in original condition. The show begins with a preview party from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Concours d’Elegance hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: $75 for the preview party. Concours admission is $15 adults in advance, $20 adults at the door. $5 for children ages 3-17. Dayton History members and children younger than 3 will be admitted free. Call 937-293-2841 or visit www.daytonhistory.org.
2) DPAA SEASON OPENER
Each year, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance launches a new season with a special program showcasing the triple-threat billing of Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. This year’s Season Opening Spectacular is no exception. The program, at the Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, features “Beethoven’s Ninth,” “Egmont Overture,” “Ah! Perfido” and “Hallelujah Chorus.” Show times are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $25-$95. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
3) MY FAIR LADY
“My Fair Lady,” the enduring tale of Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, opens the 60th season for Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, on Friday, Sept. 14. The musical, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, is directed by Brian Sharp. “My Fair Lady” is presented weekends through Sunday, Sept. 30. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $18, $20. Season tickets are $80 adults, $72 seniors, students and military.Dayton Playhouse’s 2018-2019 season continues with “Murder on the Nile” November 2 through 11. Call 937-424-8477 or visit www.daytonplayhouse.org.
4) HISPANIC HERITAGE FEST
The Puerto Rican, American and Caribbean Organization hosts the Hispanic Heritage Festival at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, on Saturday, Sept. 15. The 18th annual event features Zumba fitness, dance lessons, karaoke, a noon parade and live performances by Rika Swing from Puerto Rico, Chicago-based URBachata, Al Son del Lyá from Columbus and Dayton-based Santana tribute band Hot Enchiladas. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cost: Free.Visit www.pacodayton.org.
Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, has become a major spot for music festivals. Recent events include Sound Valley Summer Fest and Dayton Is For Lovers. On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15, the downtown venue is hosting Ladyfest Dayton 2018 featuring Jasper the Colossal, Moria, Kyleen Downes, Enzo, Far From Eden and others. Poser Wrestling opens the festival at 6 p.m. Friday with bouts featuring local and out-of-town female wrestlers. Festivities continue at 4 p.m. Saturday. Ladyfest also features an art component with works from Jen Dyke, Misty Dawn Brothers, Rachael Lare, Whitney Marie, Viktoria Dekay and others. Cost: $7 per day, children younger than 12 admitted free with paid parent. Call 937-424-3870 or visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.
6) HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
With its latest production, Dare to Defy Productions is presenting a darker take on “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” While the musical, presented at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15, features many of the songs from the animated film composed by Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Godspell”), the new production’s tone is closer to Victor Hugo’s original novel. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $22.50-$54.50. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
7) RUBBER DUCK REGATTA
The 15th annual URS Rubber Duck Regatta is presented as part of the 18th annual Hispanic Heritage Festival. However, the fundraiser for local children and adults with disabilities is notable in its own right. The Rubber Duck Regatta returns to RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Quacky Kid’s Parade begins at 4:15 p.m. followed by the Big Duck Drop at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit United Rehabilitation Services. Cost: Free for spectators, $5 for duck adoption. Call 937-235-DUCK (3825) or visit www.daytonducks.com.
8) BEER FEST AT THE GREENE
Beer will be flowing at the first annual Beer Fest at The Greene, which will double as the Annual Air Force Marathon after party on Saturday, Sept. 15. Advanced ticket sales are $20 per person for 15 beer samples. The price goes up $5 a ticket the day of to purchase. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.thegreene.com/events or at EO Burgers, who will be selling sliders the day of the event.
9) POLISH FALL FEST
Toledo-based polka artist Randy Krajewski returns to town to provide the live soundtrack for this year’s Polish Fall Festival. The annual event returns to the Polish Picnic Ground, 3690 Needmore Road, Dayton, on Sunday, Sept. 16. Polish Picnic Ground gates open at 1 p.m. Krajewski & his polka band will perform from 3 to 7 p.m. Cost: $4 per carload. Coolers aren’t permitted, but beverages and Polish food will be available to purchase. Call 937-222-8092.
10) TONIC SOL-FA
Tonic Sol-fa was in the area in 2013 to perform at a Miami Valley Community Concert Association show. The vocal group from Minnesota returns to town on Monday, Sept. 17 to open the association’s 2018-19 season at Centerville Performing Arts Center, Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $30 adults, $5 students (first grade through college). Season tickets are $80 adults, $15 students. The next concert in the series is Thomas Pandolfi on October 21. Call 937-297-0463 or visit www.mvcconcert.org.