Summertime in the city
By Maha Kashani
Photo: Explore the Oregon District during the Taste of all Things Oregon; photo: Josh Mayes;
Summer is in full swing! After being hammered with arctic conditions this past winter, I trust everyone is making the most of this beautiful weather, including all the great opportunities to soak up the sun while having some fun.
Did you know? Summertime in the City offers a diverse range of activities! Whether you want to Ride the River Rentals at the banks of the city’s Riverscape (metroparks.org), catch a Cool Film at the Victoria Theatre (victoriatheatre.com) or enjoy the eclectic variety of fairs, festivals and more all around town (downtowndayton.org), our urban core offers a little something for everybody. With plenty of ways to stay entertained, there’s no need to be caught wondering what do to this August.
Taste of all things Oregon – Sunday, Aug. 24; noon-7 p.m. on Fifth Street, between Wayne and Patterson.
Downtown Dayton’s Historic District is packed with stellar locally-owned original restaurants and shops. Many people have not had the luxury of experiencing the diverse range of dining and shopping options available; that’s why the Miami Valley Restaurant Association has teamed up with the Oregon District to help showcase all the fantastic options available in Dayton’s oldest neighborhood. This special street fair-style festival will feature our favorite restaurants offering samples and highlighting their most popular menu items to enjoy, with all the shops available for attendees to explore. OregonDistrict.org Cost: Free!
3rd on Third – Eclectic Outdoor Market and Food Truck Rally– Sunday, Aug. 17; 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. on East Third Street and Bates Street in St. Anne’s Hill.
Dayton’s newest Sunday market (Garden Station on Fourth Street and Wayne Avenue also features a produce market every Sunday) adds an eclectic twist to the typical open-air market and food trucks! This flea market-style open-air market aims to make its mark every third Sunday of the month featuring local artists, jewelry, collectibles, antiques, food and music. Check it out, and support this group’s goal to further ignite and encourage a sense of community in Dayton. Facebook.com/3rdon3rd Cost: Free!
Germanfest Picnic –Weekend of Aug. 8 at Carillon Historic Park
The Liederkranz-Turner, Dayton’s oldest German club, hosts this lively annual celebration of German culture, featuring plenty of activities and entertainment for the whole family. In addition to continuous live music all weekend long, special attractions throughout the festival include a 5K and 10K walk/run on Friday, Bavarian Fashion Show on Saturday, Polka Mass on Sunday and this year’s heritage booth, Augsburg and Dayton – Sister Cities for 50 Years. Make sure to please your palate with some authentic German food such as schnitzel dinners, brats, metts, wurstsalat and cabbage rolls to compliment the large selection of German draft and bottled beers available. DaytonGermanClub.org Cost: Free!
Fourth annual Tour de Dayton – Saturday Aug. 16; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dayton features over 30 miles of central bicycle trails connecting to a 270-mile network of paths – one of the many reasons we’ve been named one of America’s Top 50 Best Bike Cities! If you’re looking for an opportunity to explore why Dayton received this honor, then the Tour de Dayton is your golden ticket. Grab your wheels and get ready for this 10-mile bicycle tour through Dayton’s bike-friendly streets, neighborhoods, historical districts, cultural destinations and recreational points of interest. This year’s tour includes a stop at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for their monthly Family Day events. Details of this year’s tour are still developing, so please visit tourdedayton.wordpress.com and check out the route map to learn more. Cost: Free!
Miss Maha’s “Can’t miss it” pick of the month
Saturday, Aug. 23; 2 – 5 p.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens.
Alefest, the official headliner of Dayton Beer Week, is back. This much-anticipated celebration of ale showcases the finest styles of craft beer in an educational, responsible and enjoyable fashion. 2014’s fest features over 400 craft beers from local and world-class breweries, a special Cider Tent, live entertainment, educational seminars, a silent auction full of beer memorabilia and more. Admission includes 20 samples, a commemorative glass and entry into the raffle. For more information, please visit alefest.com. Cost: $35 in advance, $40 at the gate.
This is just a sampling of what August has in store. To stay up-to-date on all the great ways to stay entertained, make sure you keep reading your Dayton City Paper.
Cheers to summertime fun, Dayton — Live it up!
Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@DaytonCityPaper.com.