Top 10 things to do this weekend: New music fest, beer, German treats and more

One of Dayton’s most beloved festivals is celebrating 35 years of music, beer and the most incredible potato salad you’ll find around town.

Not to mention there are tons of big concerts and a new music festival a short drive away.

Raise your beer stein or wine glass to the Gem City. There are tons of things to do this weekend around Dayton

>> The best festivals and special events this weekend

Here are 10 ideas for weekend fun:

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Austin-based Dayton-area native Erika Wennerstrom is among the acts at the new Bellwether Music Festival at Renaissance Park in Waynesville on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)


This is the first year for the Bellwether Music Festival at Renaissance Park, 10542 E. Ohio 73, Waynesville. However, you wouldn’t know that from the talent on the bill this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11.  

The lineup features acts such as MGMT, the Flaming Lips, Echo & the Bunnymen, Local Natives and Dr. Dog, along with regional talent such as Dawg Yawp and Speaking Suns. Erika Wennerstrom, a Dayton-area native and the leader of Austin-based Heartless Bands, performs a solo set with her new touring band. 

The music and camping festival was organized by Bill Donabedian, the founder of Cincinnati festivals Bunbury and Midpoint.Cost: $55 per day general admission, $95 for two-day general admission pass. VIP, camping, glamping and RV packages are available. The festival is rain or shine. Visit

Dayton was thirsty this weekend! Hundreds of beer enthusiasts packed Fifth Third Field, in downtown Dayton, for the Great American Beer Tasting. Ticket holders were able to sample over 100 beers at the event. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)


Coconut Victory at Sea porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company and Rogues Ales’ Paradise Pucker sour ale are among the cool offerings on tap at the Great American Beer Tasting. The 11th annual event — presented by the Dayton Dragons and Heidelberg Distributing at Fifth Third Field, 220 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 — features more than 100 different beers. Cost: $30 in advance, $40 day of the event. Entry includes 20 four-ounce samples, souvenir sampling glass and raffle ticket. $5 designated driver tickets. Call 937-228-2287 or visit

>> The Great American Beer Tasting is back at Fifth Third Field and bigger than ever

David Byrne American Utopia Tour, Aug. 11, 2018


If you’ve seen the groundbreaking 1984 Talking Heads concert film, “Stop Making Sense,” then you know the band’s former leader, David Byrne, has an interest in pushing the boundaries of the live experience. He continues that approach with the ambitious, rhythm-driven stage show for his latest album, “American Utopia.” The tour, which hits Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, features songs from Byrne’s solo career and some favorites from his Talking Heads days. Benjamin Clementine also performs. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $39-$93. Call 937-228-2323 or visit

The 34rd Annual Germanfest Picnic in Dayton was RiverScape MetroPark for the first time in the event’s history. The picnic, hosted by the Dayton Liederkranz-Turner club, took place Aug. 11-13 and proved to be a fun way to spend the weekend in the Gem City. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED) (Tom Gilliam)


This summer marks the 35th annual Germanfest Picnic and the members of the Dayton German Club continue to expand the event. A second stage featuring comedy and contemporary rock and folk is just one of the new updates when the event returns to RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10 through 12. The picnic also features a Polka Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, plus German food, beer on tap, the KidZone, 5K and 10K races, genealogy assistance and Markt Platz featuring handmade crafts and German items. Germanfest hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The 5K and 10K run begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Cost: Free. Call 937-429-9251 or visit

>> Endless food, German beer and Oompa-pa bands return downtown for the popular Germanfest Picnic 

Festival of the Vine will be held this Saturday, Aug. 11 at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering. FILE


The staff at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, will be working hard with four very different events over the next four days. Roots & Boots Tour: The Electric ’90s Throwdown featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Cost: $35 lawn & terrace, $45 orchestra in advance. All ticket prices increase $5 day of show. Fraze hosts Festival of the Vine 2018: The Fine Wine & Cool Jazz Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Cost: Free. Rosewood Arts Centre and the Kettering Arts Council present the 30th annual Art on the Commons at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. Cost: Free. Twenty-time Grammy Award-winner Vince Gill performs at the Fraze at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. Cost: $37.50 lawn & terrace, $55 orchestra, $60 plaza rows DD-JJ, $75 plaza rows AA-CC in advance. All ticket prices increase $5 day of show. Call 937-296-3300 or visit

>> Festival of the Vine coming to the Fraze on Saturday 

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SICSA Pet Adoption Center presents its annual Chip, Dip, and Cheer Dog Wash and Summer Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 11. The event, at 10 Wilmington Place Retirement Community, 10 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, features not only a dog wash, microchipping, nail trimming and ear cleaning to games, vendors and food. All proceeds benefit SICSA’s mission and pets. Visit


Billy Bob Thornton is headed to the Dayton area for a show at JD Legends. (Photo by (Frazer Harrison)/Getty Images) (Frazer Harrison)


Billy Bob Thornton has always been a versatile actor, taking on very different roles in film such as “Sling Blade” and “Monster’s Ball” and television programs such as “Fargo” and “Goliath.” The Oscar-winning actor’s versatility also led him to a music career. As a singer-songwriter, he has released solo albums such as “Private Radio” (2001) and “Beautiful Door” (2007). Thornton has also released a handful of albums as a member of the Boxmasters, including “Modbilly” (2009) and “Providence” (2015). Thornton and the Boxmasters perform at JD Legends, 65 Millard Drive, Franklin, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Local band Cherry Lee & the Hotrod Hounds open the show. Cost: $20-$24, $75-$115. Call 937-746-4950 or visit



Victoria Theatre Association’s Summer Cool Films Series follows up Christmas in July with another themed weekend at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. The disaster movie marathon, August 17 through 19, features “The Poseidon Adventure” on Friday, “The Towering Inferno” on Saturday and “Earthquake” on Sunday. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $6 per screening or $39 for a 10-ticket passbook good for any film screening in the Cool Film Series. Call 937-228-3630 or visit

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Stand-up is Tony Rock’s primary focus but he has amassed some high-profile television projects over the past two decades. He starred on “All Of Us” from 2003 to 2007 and “Mann and Wife” from 2015 to 2017, with guest spots and small movie roles mixed in. Most recently, he starred as Vince in the CBS comedy, “Living Biblically.” Rock is back on the road doing his comedy act this summer, including a return to the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 88 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 16 through 19. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cost: $20-$50. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit



Outside of a brief hiatus from 2006 to 2010, Corrosion of Conformity has been consistently taking its hard rock to the people since forming in North Carolina in 1982. While most of the original members are gone, guitarist Woody Weatherman continues to lead the band. C.O.C., as the group is known to fans, cracked the Billboard 100 album chart for the first time this year with the release of its latest album, “No Cross No Crown,” which peaked at number 67. The heavy metal band performs at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. Cost: $25. Visit

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