Miss Maha and the City

Goodbye summer, hello fall

by Maha Kashani

Photo: Enjoy authentic brats and metts during Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute; photo courtesy of DAI

I hate to break the news, but with Labor Day now behind us, summer is technically over. That being said, don’t fret! Summer was here and gone in a flash, but September is jam-packed with plenty of options to feed your hunger for exploration, adventure and excitement in the city.

Whether it’s experiencing culture at the famous Dayton Greek Fest, exploring downtown’s vibrancy during Urban Nights, appreciating Dayton’s rich cultural arts scene alongside young professionals or simply sipping on an ice cold Oktoberfest brew, there are many ways to stay entertained this month! Join me as we salute goodbye to summer, and say hello to fall.

Did you know? This coming spring, Dayton will join the ranks of more than 25 cities across America with our very own bike share transportation system. According to the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Dayton’s bike share program will feature 22 stations throughout Greater Downtown Dayton with more than 200 bikes to share. Over $1 million has already been secured for the project, which will be maintained by the RTA and Bike Miami Valley. This is such great news for Dayton! Patrons, who will range from one-day pass users to annual subscribers, can unlock the bikes and ride to any other station or back to their original location at the end of their trip. To learn more, visit bikemiamivalley.org.

Miss Maha’s Best Bets to:

Experience Culture:

Dayton Greek Festival – Sept. 5–7 at 500 Belmonte Park North (next to Dayton Art Institute)

Go Greek at the 56th annual Greek Fest with three days full of authentic food, pastries and imported beer and wine available to enjoy while you shop, watch cooking demonstrations, listen to live music, enjoy dance performances and explore cultural exhibits during this unique celebration! This family-friendly event, featuring kids’ activities in the “Zorba Zone” and a $5,000 grand raffle, has something for everyone. Tip: You must try the dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), spanakopita (spinach and feta pies) and, of course, baklava. Trust me. OPA! DaytonGreekFestival.com. COST: $2 per person, free for children 12 & under. Note: Friday lunch from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., admission is free!

Explore Downtown:

Urban Nights – Friday, Sept. 12, in and around Downtown Dayton

Downtown’s bi-annual block party is back and bigger than ever! This tastefully over-the-top showcase of downtown sights, sounds, eats, treats, shopping and more is hands-down my favorite night of the year! More than 30,000 people are expected to hit the vibrant streets of Downtown Dayton and light up the night while spectating and participating in the hundreds of activities happening in the city. Whether you want to take your bike out for a spin during the Urban Bikes @ Urban Nights group ride, check out art exhibits, patronize downtown’s pop-up shops and retail stores or just stroll around people-watching, you are guaranteed to have a great time. Plus, the Taste of the Miami Valley restaurant showcase will be taking place down at Riverscape, so make sure you come hungry! Tip: With so many things to see and do, I highly recommend downloading the activity map from downtowndayton.org and planning out your night in advance. COST: Free

Appreciate the Arts:

ENCORE at Russian Panorama – Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center

Dayton ENCORE, young professionals of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, kicks off their season with the music of eight diverse Russian composers in three unique formats during the Signature Russian Panorama “Season Opening Spectacular” event. ENCORE Season ticket holders will enjoy a pre-show mix and mingle, exclusive backstage tour, plus stellar seats for the show – all for only $20 per ticket! You can’t beat that price anywhere in America. Visit DaytonPerformingArts.org/Encore to learn how you can get your tickets for this upcoming season. COST: Young Professionals Season Ticket 6-Pack offer – $120

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

Sept. 26-28 at the Dayton Art Institute 

Yes, it is that time of the year again. Arguably one of the best events in Dayton, Oktoberfest is an experience in and of itself! Given the extensive lineup of craft and international beers, plus a diverse variety of wines, I’m confident you’ll have no problem quenching your thirst while exploring the diverse artisan exhibitors and savoring the international food options. This festival is also family-oriented, offering plenty of kid-friendly art activities, live music on two stages and an expanded Craft Beer tent with big-screen TVs so you won’t miss any of the weekend’s football action. Tip: I highly recommend checking out the VIP Preview Party on Friday night to experience Oktoberfest in a casual, less-crowded atmosphere while enjoying complimentary beer/wine and a live performance by a local favorite, The Menus. Hope to see you there! DaytonArtInstitute.org/events-activities/Oktoberfest COST: Preview Party: $45 members or $60 non-members (in advance). Regular admission at the door: Adults – $7; Seniors and Youth – $5. Children under 6 – FREE.

Although summer has come and gone, the Dayton City Paper is dedicated to keeping you tapped into all the great things happening around town. Time to get out and have some fun, cheers!

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

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