Dayton had its usual share of big festivals and fun outings in 2019.
And we think the community spirit was even stronger this year. Many attended the Gem City Shine after large-scale tragedy struck the Miami Valley, including the Memorial Day tornadoes and Oregon District shooting.
These photo galleries are wildly popular on our site. Here are the top 10 viewed galleries of 2019 from contributing photographers Tom Gilliam, E.L. Hubbard and David Moodie.
#10: FAIRBORN ST. PATRICK’S DAY STREET PARTY
There was an epic new St. Patrick’s Day bash in the city of Fairborn. Many came out to show their Irish side on March 17 and enjoyed a street party, a beer tent and live music. There sure was no shortage of green!
#9: COUNTRY CONCERT
The County Concert always draws thousands from both around the state and around the country. This year, it was held on July 11 through 13 in Fort Loramie. There is never a dull moment with a full lineup of bands!
#8: GERMANFEST PICNIC
Those who wanted to get in touch with their German side were able to come together as a community at the Germanfest Picnic. The festival, held on August 9, was hosted at Riverscape Metropark for the third year, bringing a taste of German culture to downtown Dayton.
#7: MINSTER OKTOBERFEST
Every year, Minster’s Oktoberfest weekend attracts a crowd roughly three times the size of its population of near 3,000. Minster is located approximately one hour north of Dayton. The event this year was held on Oct. 4-6.
#6: ITALIAN FALL FESTA
Pasta, wine, and more was enjoyed at the 42nd annual Italian Fall Festa. Many enjoyed a three-day Italian feast Sept. 6-8 at the Sons of Italy lodge in Kettering.
#5: DAYTON CELTIC FESTIVAL
Kilts, beer, and lots of green were seen at the Dayton Celtic Festival! It took place at Riverscape MetroPark on July 26 - 28. The free festival featured workshops, vendors, food, beer, children’s activities and Irish music.
#4: DAYTON ART INSTITUTE’S OKTOBERFEST
The 3-day event, voted best festival in Dayton.com’s Best of 2018 contest, includes artisan booths, plenty of food, kid-friendly activities, music on two stages and lots and lots of international, domestic and craft beer and wine.It was held on Sept. 27 - 29.
#3: GEM CITY SHINE
A star-studded party took over the Oregon District on Aug. 25, with an estimated 20,000 plus in attendance to honor the victims of the Oregon District mass shooting and help the community heal. It was an event in Dayton like no other as Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper, Thundercat and more performed.
#2: DAYTON ART INSTITUTE ART BALL
In many ways, the Dayton Art Institute’s Art Ball remains in a class by itself. This charity event was voted the Best Gala in Dayton.com’s annual Best of 2018 contest. This year, it was held on June 8 with the theme “Icon.”
#1: HAUNTFEST ON FIFTH
Rain didn’t stop the party at the Oregon District’s annual Halloween party Hauntfest on Fifth on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. It’s the region’s biggest Halloween party, and the Miami Valley made sure they showed up for it! This year had an extra emphasis on community after the tragic events in the Dayton area in 2019.