Lots to do in October in the Miami Valley
By Maha Kashani
Wow, another month is behind us and we are one step closer to 2013! September brought an abundance of entertainment options to Dayton, many of them in the form of festivals such as the inaugural Downtown Revival music festival, Italian Fall Festa, Greek Fest and the famous OktoberFest at the Dayton Art Institute to name a few. I hope you all had a chance to enjoy these fun activities in September, now let’s see what October has in store…
Did you know? The Downtown Dayton Partnership now has a mobile app! “Find it Downtown” mobile is the exciting new search tool for iPhones and Droids allowing visitors to quickly find what they need in downtown Dayton. You can locate downtown dining, nightlife, parking, shopping and galleries, or see which businesses and amenities are near your current location. Browse by category, get contact info and, most exciting for me, browse the robust calendar of events happening in downtown Dayton. To download the app, visit mobile.downtowndayton.org. Enjoy!
Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to…
Explore Downtown Dayton
Dayton Music Fest, Friday, Oct. 5 – Saturday, Oct. 6. Various venues around town
This exciting showcase of Dayton’s flourishing underground music scene is back again for its eighth year. Dayton Music Fest’s mission is to “Shine a spotlight on Dayton’s Indie Music Scene, creating a portrait of where the local scene stands circa 2012.” Curated by Don Thrasher and DCP’s own Kyle Melton, this showcase of over 30 bands will take place across various locations around town including Omega Music, Canal Street Tavern, South Park Tavern, Trolley Stop and Blind Bob’s, to name a few. You don’t want to miss this great opportunity for enthusiasts of all ages to experience the Gem City’s vibrant music scene. Visit daytonmusicfest.com. Cost: $10 [Omega Music and Midwest Outdoor Experience stages are FREE!]
Experience Arts & Culture
Ohio Renaissance Festival, now through October 21 in Harveysburg, Ohio
Take a step back in time to a re-created 16th century English village and experience over 400 years of fun in one single day! Ohio’s famous Renaissance Festival offers a little something for everyone with food, drinks, games, entertainment and over 135 world-class artisans offering handmade jewelry, pottery, home décor, art and more. Across this 30-acre village, you can experience demonstrations of coin striking, glass blowing or stone carving, catch one of nearly 100 shows running daily or test yourself with a game of skills. New this year, patrons can download a free app from the website to take advantage of special offers while visiting the festival. Visit www.renfestival.com. Cost: $16.99/adult, $8.00/child.
Meet Young Professionals
GenD and DYC Halloween Party, Thursday, Oct. 24. 5:30-9 p.m. Therapy Café, 452 E. Third St.
Generation Dayton is teaming up with the new Dayton Young Classics program of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance for an amusing costume party! I personally LOVE Halloween. Getting all dressed up is one of my favorite things to do… Getting all dressed up like someone else just makes it 10 times better. Throw on your favorite costume and head to the City for an exciting evening full of food, drinks, costumes and fun! You’ll meet some new friends and are guaranteed to have a blast. Visit www.GenerationDayton.org/Facebook.com/DaytonYoungClassics Cost: FREE
Educate Yourself for the Upcoming Election
Updayton Election Forum, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m. at Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St.
Play a part in helping advocate the needs of young creatives in our community by attending the 4th Annual Updayton Election Forum. This is your unique opportunity to hear from local candidates, learn about the hot issues, and be a part of the political process! There will be complimentary appetizers served and opportunities to meet and mingle with local candidates before and after the debates. GET INVOLVED! This is our future. Visit www.updayton.com Cost: FREE
Miss Maha’s “Can’t Miss It” pick of the month
11th Annual Masquerage, Saturday, Oct. 20 at The Roundhouse at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.
Known as “Dayton’s Party of all Parties,” Masquerage hands-down takes the cake as the most exciting charitable event in town. More than 6,500 people over the last 10 years have helped make this signature event one of the most anticipated events of the year. Each year has a special theme to bring a little extra spice to the event. In 2012, we will experience “Villains and Vixens – Where Evil Can Be Tempting!” With a fierce ambiance, heart pumping music, sizzling entertainment and delectable eats, this is definitely a place to see and be seen. If you’ve got the cash, I recommend living it up in the VIP Red Ribbon Lounge. Remember, masks are required! Visit www.ARCohio.org Cost: $50 in advance, $60 at the door, $150 VIP.
With all these exciting things happening in town, you are guaranteed to have a blast this October! To learn about more events and fun ways to stay entertained in Dayton, make sure you “Like” me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MMATC) and “Follow” me on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/MissMaha). Until next time, have fun and be safe!
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@daytoncitypaper.com