Best of Dayton 2018: Arts & Entertainment winners

It’s no secret Dayton is quite a little hub for the arts. 

It’s hard to put into words, but our city has a funky, artistic personality that inspires creativity and fun at every corner. 

Our entertainment options are no different. Any night of the week, there is sure to be a can’t-miss show, festival or just a fun event that gets friends together and out of the house. It’s not often people say “there’s nothing to do” in Dayton. 

So we’d like to think that our Best of Dayton 2018: Arts & Entertainment winners will serve as an excellent guide the rest of this year when you’re blanking on all the action that’s going on in the area. 

We present to you, your 2018 Best of Dayton winners in the following categories:

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Best Arcade/ Gaming 

Underwater themed nine hole mini golf course at Scene75. Contributed Photo by Alexis Larsen (Staff Writer)

WINNER: Scene75

6196 Poe Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Canal Street Arcade & Deli

308 E. 1st St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 


1600 East Third St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

Best Art Gallery

The Dayton Art Institute. LYNN HULSEY/STAFF (HANDOUT)
"Ruga Swan," by artist Jiangmei Wu, was part of the Dayton Art Institute origami exhibit, “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami”. LISA POWELL / STAFF (HANDOUT)

WINNER: Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Front Street Studio Gallery

1001 E. 2nd St. Bldg 100, Dayton |  Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Rosewood Arts Centre

2655 Olson Drive, Kettering | Facebook

Best Bowling Alley

WINNER: Beaver-Vu Bowl

1238 N Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Poelking Lanes South

8871 Kingsridge Drive, Centerville | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Woodman Lanes

3200 Woodman Drive, Kettering | WebsiteFacebook 

Best Comedy Club 

Eddie Griffin headlines a show at Funny Bone in Beavercreek, Saturday, February 27, 2010.. ( / Peter Wine/Peter Wine)

WINNER: Dayton Funny Bone

88 Plum St., Beavercreek | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE:  Wiley's Comedy Club

101 Pine St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: The Black Box Improv Theater

518 E. 3rd St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

Best County Fair

There's good reason the Great Darke County Fair is considered one of the greatest fairs around. We stopped by the fair opening weekend, and here's who we spotted. The fair continues through Aug. 25 at the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

WINNER: The Great Darke County Fair

800 Sweitzer St., Greenville | Website 

SECOND PLACE: Montgomery County Fair

645 Infirmary Road, Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Greene County Fair

120 Fairground Road, Xenia | WebsiteFacebook

Best Dance Group

WINNER: Celtic Academy of Irish Dance

85 Woodman Drive, Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Ballet

126 N. Main St., Suite 210, Dayton | Website | Facebook 

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

840 Germantown St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

Best Festival

Some of the action at the Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest. (TOM GILLIAM)/CONTRIBUTED/FILE (TOM GILLIAM)

WINNER: Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest

456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Celtic Festival

237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Yellow Springs Street Fair

Downtown Yellow Springs | WebsiteFacebook 

Best Gala

Guests enjoy the evening in an outdoor area at the 61st annual Dayton Art Institute Art Ball held June 8, 2018. E.L. HUBBARD / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER (HANDOUT)

WINNER: Dayton Art Institute Art Ball 

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton | Website 

SECOND PLACE: Masquerage


THIRD PLACE: Humane Society's Pet Afflaire

Humane Society address: 1661 Nicholas Road, Dayton | Website 

Best Golf Course 

(NCR Country Club)

WINNER: NCR Country Club

4435 Dogwood Trail, Kettering | Website 

SECOND PLACE: Golf Club at Yankee Trace

10000 Yankee St., Centerville | Website 

THIRD PLACE: Sugar Valley Country Club

1250 Mead Road, Bellbrook | Website 

Best Haunted Attraction 

Land of Illusion’s Haunted Nights debuted for another season, and we were there for the big Labor Day weekend celebration on Saturday, Sept. 1, including a concert by Craig Campbell. Here are some of the people (and creatures) we spotted while we were there.  Land of Illusion in Middletown features 6 haunted attractions in one “Scream Park.” PHOTOS BY E.L. HUBBARD

WINNER: Land of Illusion

8762 Thomas Road, Middletown | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Kings Island Hauntfest

6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Mill | Website

THIRD PLACE: Lewisburg Haunted Cave

4392 Swishers Mill Road, Lewisburg | WebsiteFacebook 

Best Holiday Tradition

WINNER: The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill

75 Water St., Clifton | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: A Carillon Christmas

1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Ballet's Nutcracker


Best Indoor Music Venue

Come Together: A Beatles Tribute (pictured) and Neil Young Tribute Road Eyes are among the local acts performing in the first Winter Solstice Concert Series at Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton through Sunday, Dec. 23.

WINNER: Yellow Cab Tavern

700 E. 4th St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Little York Tavern

4120 Little York Road, Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Blind Bob's

430 E 5th St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

Best Local Artist

(Tiffany Clark)


WINNER: Tiffany Clark


SECOND PLACE: Erica Blackstock


THIRD PLACE: Michelle Carr


Best Local Band/ Musician 

The Platypus Theatre Company and the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will be visiting the Lands of Latin America with Max and His Dog at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 12 at the Schuster Center. Submitted photo. (HANDOUT)

WINNER: Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra




THIRD PLACE: Full Frontal


Best Local Theater Group

Richard Buchanan (Stanley Jerome), Eric Deiboldt (Eugene Jerome) and Rory Sheridan (Jack Jerome) appear in the Human Race Theatre Company production of Neil Simon s Brighton Beach Memoirs April 5-22 at the Loft Theatre. (Photo by Immobulus Photography) (HANDOUT)

WINNER: The Human Race Theatre Company

126 N. Main St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Black Box Improv Theater 

513 E. 3rd St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Playhouse

1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

Best Movie Theater

The Neon movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. (Photo source: Facebook) (HANDOUT)

WINNER: The Neon

130 E. 5th St., Dayton | Website | Facebook 

SECOND PLACE: Rave Cinemas Huber Heights 16

7737 Waynetowne Blvd., Huber Heights | Website

THIRD PLACE: Cinépolis Dayton

10251 Penny Lane, Miamisburg | Website 

Best Mural


WINNER: Historic "Ohio's Star City” mural in historic downtown Miamisburg (Central Avenue and First Street)

SECOND PLACE: Suicide Awareness mural at Third and Keowee streets

THIRD PLACE: Wright Dunbar Walk of Fame Mural

Best Museum

WINNER: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton | Website | Facebook 

THIRD PLACE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 DeWeese Pkwy., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

Best Outdoor Music Venue 

"Who's Bad," a Michael Jackson tribute band, performed to a crowd at the Fraze Pavillion in Kettering Thursday Aug. 20, 2015. LISA POWELL / STAFF (HANDOUT)

WINNER: Fraze Pavilion

695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Rose Music Center at The Heights

6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Levitt Pavilion Dayton

134 S. Main St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

Best Place for a Birthday Party

Underwater themed nine hole mini golf course at Scene75. Contributed Photo by Alexis Larsen (Staff Writer)

WINNER: Scene 75

6196 Poe Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 DeWeese Pkwy., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Magic Castle

4990 Wilmington Pike, Dayton | Website | Facebook 

Best Place to Take the Kids 

WINNER: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 DeWeese Pkwy., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Young's Jersey Dairy

6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: National Museum of the United States Air Force

1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base | WebsiteFacebook 


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