Miss Maha and the CIty

GermanFest Picnic, FilmDayton Festival and more August events

By Maha Kashani

Summer is in full swing and, personally, I’m having the time of my life! July was full of amazing food, fun and adventure with the chance to hang loose during Call of the Tropics, to try Ride the River kayak rentals, to be electrified during Cirque in Yellow Springs, and to celebrate all things Irish.  All that, in addition to the inaugural Dayton Fashion Week being a huge success, summed up a fantastic month for yours truly.

July was a blast, but I think August might take the cake! Let’s see what Dayton has in store for us…

Did you know? The RiverScape River Run Project is putting a full court press on their fundraising efforts to remove the low dam in the Great Miami River and make this the “Last Dam Summer” in Dayton. The low dam has stood in the way of kayakers and water enthusiasts for years, but once the dam is removed, Daytonians can begin reaping a long list of benefits.  What does this mean? A seven-mile stretch will be opened up from Eastwood MetroPark to Carillon Park, giving everyone an opportunity to “get out and get in” the river. Removing the dam means we will have a safer river, improved water quality and aquatic habitat, creating a dynamic downtown scene for residents, businesses and visitors. Plus, people can enjoy a new regional recreation destination. With $3.8 million already raised, the River Run is almost fully funded. Help push this project over the edge by showing your support and making a donation at www.downtowndayton.org.

Explore the City

Tour de Dayton Saturday, August 4. Starts at Burns-Jackson Park, 410 Buckeye Street.

Dayton loves cycling and with a dedicated bicycle hub at Riverscape, dedicated bicycle lanes around the city and hundreds of miles of bike paths around the region, it’s no wonder we are such an enthusiastic cycling community. This free 10-mile cycling tour around the city is a great way to explore local businesses as well as cultural, historical and recreational destinations around town. This year’s cycling tour route begins at Burns-Jackson Park and will take riders on a tour of the following neighborhoods: Oregon, Downtown, Great Miami & Mad River Trails, North Springfield/Findley St., St. Anne’s Hill, Webster Station, Twin Towers & South Park. It will also include cool points of interest like Urban Krag, 2nd Street Market, David Clay Studio, Ghost Light Coffee, High Street Gallery and more. Don’t have a bike? That’s OK. Several free rentals will be on hand. For more information visit www.TourdeDayton.com Cost: FREE

Get a Dose of Culture

GermanFest Picnic August 10-12 at Carillon Park

African-American Cultural Festival August 25-26 at RiverScape MetroPark

This year, the Dayton Liederkranz-Turner celebrates the 28th Annual GermanFest Picnic at Carillon Park with attractions that include live music, authentic German food, genealogy support, Belgian beer tastings, a Bavarian Fashion show, a 5K race/walk and a heritage booth featuring a toast to breweries in Dayton. Later this month, check out the Dayton African-American Cultural Festival at Riverscape MetroPark. This two-day, city-wide family event brings the richness of the African-American experience to the Dayton and surrounding communities in the areas of arts, culture, education and live music. Check them both out to get a double dose of culture this month. For more information visit www.daytongermanclub.org/picnic.php or www.daacf.com. Cost: FREE!

Catch a Cool Flick

FilmDayton Festival August 24-26 at the Neon Movie Theatre, 130 E. Fifth St.

Dayton’s local film community moves front-and-center into the spotlight this month with the 4th Annual FilmDayton Festival. Many people don’t realize that Dayton has a rapidly growing film community. Even Tom Hanks took notice, praising the award-winning Wright State University filmmakers and students on multiple occasions. With special events, workshops and a spectacular line-up of locally-connected films, this annual film festival promises to be a great weekend for both filmmakers and film-lovers across the Miami Valley.

Miss Maha’s “Can’t Miss It” Pick of the Month

AleFest Dayton Saturday, August 25 at Carillon Historical Park

This much-anticipated celebration of ale serves as the official headlining event for Dayton Beer Week. The 14th annual AleFest will showcase the finest styles of craft beer in the world in an educational, responsible and enjoyable fashion. This year’s festival features over 350 craft beers from more than 150 world-class breweries, a special Gluten-Free Beer Zone, expanded draught/cask ale/lagers selection, educational seminars, “Fresh Fare” samplings of cheeses, breads, tapenades and olives, a silent auction full of beer memorabilia, and grand raffle prize for a weekend trip for two to the Yuengling Brewery. Wow, that’s a lot! Admission includes 20 samples, a commemorative glass, live entertainment and entry into the raffle. For more information visit www.alefest.com. Cost: $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

Can’t get enough? Me either! Unfortunately, my word count limits me from telling you about all the other great events happening in town this month. To learn about more ways to stay entertained, make sure to “like” me on Facebook www.Facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter @MissMaha.

Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@daytoncitypaper.com,

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