Hello fall. Enjoy the gorgeous weather with some outdoor fun with festivals and a food truck rally or head indoors for Dayton local music.
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Here are 10 of the best ideas for weekend fun:
A scene from Dayton Art Institute's 2016 Oktoberfest. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED
The Lederhosen Lunch, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, launches a weekend of Oktoberfest festivities at Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton. The 47th annual event continues Friday with the Oktoberfest Preview Party from 7 to 11 p.m.
Oktoberfest, which runs through Sunday, Sept. 23, features food, craft and international beers and live entertainment. Festival hours are noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: Free for Friday lunch. Preview Party is $55 DAI members, $75 nonmembers in advance. All tickets are $95 at the gate. Saturday and Sunday admission is $8 adults, $5 seniors 60 and older and youth 7-18 in advance, $10 adults, $7 seniors & youth 7-18 at the gate. Free for children 6 and younger. Call 937-223-4ART (4278) or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org.
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REO Speedwagon, recently voted "Top Musicians in Illinois History," return to the area for a concert at Rose Music Center in Heights on Sunday, Sept. 23. CONTRIBUTED
2) REO SPEEDWAGON — SOLD OUT
REO Speedwagon was never a darling of the critics, but its music has always resonated with fans, which has kept the rock group on the road since the late 1960s. That appeal was reconfirmed in July when the rockers were named “Top Musicians in Illinois History” for the state’s bicentennial celebration, receiving more votes than top five finalists Alison Krauss, Nat King Cole, Cheap Trick and Miles Davis. REO Speedwagon performs at Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $23.50-$72. Call 937-228-2323 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
3) MAT LAVORE
Whether he’s swallowing needles, predicting the future or convincing a volunteer to forget her own name, it’s obvious Mat LaVore exists on a different plane than most humans. The self-described astonishment artist uses these distinct skills to entertain audiences with a unique mix of illusion, hypnosis and mind reading. LaVore presents “Magic and Mystery” at the Schuster Center, Mathile Theatre, Second and Main streets, Dayton, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Cost: $28. Call 937-228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Luxury Pushers (pictured), Dead Rider, Happy Chichester, Adam Remnant, Tino and Shrug are among the acts performing at Dayton Music Fest at multiple venues on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22. CONTRIBUTED
4) DAYTON MUSIC FEST
While one of the headliners, Crooks on Tape, had to cancel its appearance, Dayton Music Fest will still roll on in multiple venues with live rock, rap and more on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22. Notable acts include the return of Chicago-based Dead Rider, a reunion from celebrated local punk act Luxury Pushers, Columbus-based stalwart Happy Chichester, former Southeast Engine frontman Adam Remnant, rapper Tino and hometown heroes Shrug. This year’s DMF venues are Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St. and Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St. Music begins at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Two-day passes are $15 in advance / $25 at doors. Single-day passes are $15 at doors. Visit www.facebook.com/daytonmusicfest.
>> Original local music the star of the show at Dayton Music Fest
Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford star in “The Old Man & the Gun.” Contributed by Eric Zachanowich /Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Photo: American-Statesman Staff
5) FILMDAYTON 10
For the past decade, FilmDayton has worked to advance the art, craft and business of film the Miami Valley. The local organization is celebrating that mission with a 10-year anniversary party in The Grande Hall at Liberty Tower, 120 W. Second St., Dayton, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. This building, still under construction, was a set in the locally filmed Robert Redford film, “The Old Man and the Gun.” Cost: $15 producer level includes red carpet experience, appetizers and access to cash bar. $50 executive producer level includes two drink tickets and a ticket to a screening of “The Old Man and the Gun.” $100 director level includes two drink tickets, a FilmDayton swag bag and ticket to The Neon premiere of “The Old Man and the Gun” on Oct. 11. Call 937-554-0031 or visit www.filmdayton.com.
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Austin, Texas-based 10-piece group The Nightowls brings a danceable mix of R&B, funk and soul to Levitt Pavilion in Dayton on Friday, Sept. 21. CONTRIBUTED
6) THE NIGHTOWLS
Unlike many of its hometown contemporaries, Austin, Texas-based group The Nightowls remain gleefully out of step with the city’s rich history of roots rock and country. The 10-piece outfit eschews Americana in favor of a danceable mix of R&B, funk and soul. The Nightowls, currently on the road supporting its recently released fourth album, “We Are the Nightowls,” performs at Levitt Pavilion, South Main streets, between Fourth and Fifth streets, Dayton, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Cost: Free. Bluegrass duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley perform at Levitt Pavilion on Saturday followed by local blues guitarist Noah Wotherspoon on Sunday. Visit www.levittdayton.org.
>> Who’s playing at Levitt Pavilion this week?
7) BOEING BOEING
In his French farce, “Boeing Boeing,” playwright Marc Camoletti inserts a timid house guest into the action to sabotage philandering bachelor Bernard’s precarious relationships with three beautiful flight attendants. Misadventure and hilarity ensues. Lebanon Theatre Company’s English language adaptation of the 1960s comedy, directed by Cherie Cooper-Daraugh, opens at The Mechanic Street Playhouse, 10 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon, on Friday, Sept. 21. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Opening night’s production follows a 6 p.m. dinner. Cost: $19. “Boeing Boeing” is presented weekends through Sunday, Sept. 30. Call 513-228-0932 or visit www.ltcplays.com.
8) COMICS ROCK TOUR
Stand-up comedy has been Hope Flood’s main focus since she started telling jokes professionally in the early ’90s. However, when she’s not on stage, she’s working with organizations she founded like Females in Comedy Association (FICA) and Blacks About Social Happenings (BASH) or focusing on print projects like “Comedy the Magazine” and “Comedy 2000.” The Michigan native presents Comics Rock Tour with Hope Flood & Friends at Wiley’s Comedy Joint, 101 Pine St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22. Ray Jackson and Nate Washington will also perform. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, and 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $15. Call 937-224-5653 or visit www.wileyscomedy.com.
ArtsLIVE opens a new season of the Vanguard Legacy Concert with the Escher Quartet in the University of Dayton's Sears Recital Hall Park on Sunday, Sept. 23. CONTRIBUTED
9) ESCHER QUARTET
ArtsLIVE opens a new season of the Vanguard Legacy Concert with the Escher Quartet in the University of Dayton’s Jesse Philips Humanities Center, Sears Recital Hall, 300 College Park, Dayton, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. The ensemble, which takes its name from visual artist M.C. Escher, will perform selections by Brahms, Britten and Dvorak. Cost: $18 general admission, $15 UD alumni and seniors, $10 UD faculty, staff and employees, $5 youth and non-UD students 18 and younger, free for UD students. Call 937-229-2787 or visit https://udayton.edu.
The Yellow Cab hosted its second food truck rally of the season on Friday, April 20, 2018. The food trucks featured for this rally were: El Meson, Smokinbeebeeq, Greek Street Food Truck, Son of a Biscuit, Cupzilla-Korean BBQ, Thai1On, Harvest Mobile Cuisine, Just Jerks Ena’s, ~Nacho Pig~ and The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
Photo: Tom Gilliam
10) FOOD TRUCK RALLY
If you’re undecided on what to eat for dinner on Friday, Sept. 21, Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton, just might have the solution. That night the downtown venue in a renovated taxi terminal is hosting another Food Truck Rally beginning at 5 p.m. There will be a veritable smorgasbord of dishes from Smokinbeebeeq, Son of a Biscuit, Greek Street, EAT, Twisted Taco and other participants. Call 937-424-3870 or visit www.yellowcabtavern.com.
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