Miss Maha and the City

Scene75, Downtown Dayton Revival and more

By Maha Kashani

Wait, summer is almost over… already? I can’t believe how quick that went by!  Even though we were lucky enough to skip spring and jump right into 80-degree weather starting in March this year, I can still never get enough summertime…

Some say Labor Day is the official/unofficial end of summer. I say, “Let the good times roll in September with these fun ways to stay entertained.”

Did you know? Dayton is officially home to the largest indoor entertainment center in the nation! Scene75 opened its doors this summer offering fun loving Daytonians a special entertainment experience right in our backyard. In addition to a 150-seat restaurant named “Radar’s,” the facility features two bars, Ohio’s longest go-kart tracks, bumper cars, black-light mini-golf, mini-bowling, an arcade, 4-D theatre, laser tag, sand volleyball courts, bocce ball courts, large outdoor patio and more. It is truly fun for all ages facility, although it becomes 21 and up on Friday and Saturday nights. This exciting new addition to our community is something you must check out!  www.Scene75.com

Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to…

Explore Downtown Dayton:

Urban Nights Friday, Sept. 14 all around downtown Dayton

Don’t make it to the city often? Then Urban Nights is your best bet to experience what downtown Dayton is all about. Over 100 venues will be set up around town offering a taste of the unique arts, dining, shopping, music, housing and interactive experiences that our urban core has to offer. I recommend joining the crowd at Courthouse Square to cheer on the Over The Edge rappellers descending down the 27-story KeyBank Tower as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. After living vicariously through those daredevils, make your way to RiverScape for Taste of the Miami Valley and enjoy some delicious local restaurant samples. Once you’ve sampled your heart out, head to the Oregon District or Wright Dunbar District for dinner and a cold one with good friends. Remember to take your time and enjoy all the great entertainment along the way.

Cost: FREE! Visit www.DowntownDayton.org and download your interactive map to ensure you don’t miss out on all the fun.

Enjoy a Fall Festival

OktoberFest, Sept. 21-23 at the Dayton Art Institute

Quite possibly my favorite festival in Dayton, the 41st anniversary of Dayton’s Oktoberfest is guaranteed to be a great time. As if the extensive beer and wine selection weren’t enough, Oktoberfest offers so much more. Grab your friends and family and head to the Dayton Art Institute for live entertainment, delicious eats from around the world, local/regional/international artisans displaying beautiful works, a homebrewing contest and even children’s activities. What about football, you ask? Catch all the action on the four big-screen TVs in the craft beer tent. If you’ve got the cash, I recommend checking out Friday night’s Preview Party featuring unlimited beer and wine. Have Lederhosen? Feel free to dress to theme and don’t forget to pick up one of the famous souvenir mugs on your way out.

COST: Friday’s Preview Party $60 pre-sale, $80 at the door and General Admission $5 pre-sale, $7 at the door. www.DaytonArtInstitute.com

Experience the Arts

Encore at the Phil, Saturday, Sept. 29 starting at 5:30 p.m. at The Wine Gallery.

Encore is back! Yours truly, along with my co-host Lauren Hamer, are excited to introduce young professionals to Dayton’s world-class performing arts in a unique way with the second season of the Encore program. Help us kick off this season with the stunning Cirque Musica! Our special Encore evening will begin at The Wine Gallery on Monument for beverages and light appetizers before heading to the Schuster Center for a VIP backstage tour. Once the tour ends, we will be escorted to our seats for a journey of dazzling beauty blending with the thrills of the world’s greatest circus performers, all accompanied by our sensational Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. This full sensory experience, featuring music from Tchaikovsky to the Beatles, will leave you in awe. Guaranteed to be an evening you’ll never forget! COST: $25 www.DaytonPhilharmonic.com/encore

Miss Maha’s “Can’t Miss it” pick of the month

Downtown Dayton Revival Music Festival Sept. 8-9

Without a doubt, the most anticipated event of the year is the Downtown Dayton Revival. Think Lollapalooza, on a smaller scale, along the river in downtown Dayton. An estimated 40,000 people will flock to the city for this two-day music celebration featuring a spectacular lineup, including headliners Train and Grammy Award-winner John Legend, as well as hometown favorites like The Ohio Players, Guided by Voices and many more. 37 bands. 3 stages. 2 days. Don’t miss it! COST: $75 for a weekend pass. www.downtownrevival.com

This is just a snapshot of all the fun things happening in our community this month. To learn more about local events and exciting news impacting our region, make sure to “like” me on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MMATC and “follow” me on Twitter: @MissMaha. Ciao!

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

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