💎 Graduation Season Is Here (Issue #37)

PLUS: Nominations for Best of Dayton 2024 are open!

Good Morning,

And welcome to the 294 new subscribers that have joined us since last week! Every week, we share events and shows curated for the Miami Valley.

It’s going to be a very busy weekend in the Miami Valley.

High school graduation season is kicking off with 18 graduations just this weekend. Including multiple large school systems like Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Centerville, Miamisburg, and Springboro.

And in the midst of it all are two big community events with Merchant Market in Centerville and Spring Fest in Miamisburg. Not to mention all of the other awesome events we have to share today.

Speaking of cool things to share, Dayton Daily just opened up nominations for the Best of Dayton 2024. Through Friday, May 24th, you can nominate your favorite local businesses and people across 182 subcategories. Show your faves some love by voting here. 

Alrighty, let’s get to it!

— Max



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🎪 Spring Fest In The Burg

📅 Friday: 5 - 9 pm | Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm | Sunday: 12 - 6 pm
📍 Riverfront Park, Miamisburg
💰 Free

Join Miamisburg for its largest festival this weekend at the new Riverfront Park! The parade kicks off Saturday at 9:30 am, but the fun goes all through the weekend starting Friday.

They'll have delicious bites from local food trucks, cold sips at the beer tent, and handmade items at the Maker's Mart to browse. Enjoy live music, watch artists chalk in real-time, and let the kids loose in the traveling playground.

Try your luck in the 50/50 raffle with tickets starting at $5 a pop. Winners will be announced on Sunday, though you do not need to be present to win. Learn more.


🏷️ Trash ‘N Treasure

📅 Saturday: 8 am - 2 pm
📍 St. Anne’s Hill, Downtown Dayton
💰 Free

Join the St. Anne’s Hill community for the annual rummage sale. Residents throughout this historic neighborhood (and downtown staple) will have their treasures for sale. Grab a bite and/or a pint on 5th Street, and explore what the community has to offer.

These community garage sales are a great way to keep items in use and out of the landfill. Perfect for eco-conscious shoppers and treasure hunters alike. Learn more.


🏁 Corvette Cars and Coffee

📅 Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
📍 Air Force Museum, Dayton
💰 Free

Calling all Corvette lovers! This cruise-in will have classic and modern models on display from all over the Miami Valley.

Oh, and here's a fun fact for you: The Corvette is the longest-running, continuously produced passenger car in American history. As of this April, it's been in production for 68 years! Store that tidbit away for the next time you're at trivia.

Given its popularity with astronauts and pilots, there isn't a better place for this meet-up than the Air Force Museum. Bring your friends or make some new ones amongst fellow auto aficionados. Learn more.


🍻 May Daze Craft Brew Fest

📅 Saturday: 1 - 5 pm
📍 Student Union Apollo Room, Wright State University
💰 Drinker: $40 | Designated Driver: $10

Discover local brews at WSU’s Alumni Association's first-ever craft brew fest! Sample and sip beers from 15 of the Miami Valley's top breweries. And you can think while you drink at educational sessions led by craft brewing experts.

Your ticket includes a tasting glass, 20 tasting tickets, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, a T-shirt, and access to all sessions. This event is a must for craft beer enthusiasts. Secure your tickets and see who is participating here.


🔋 Cars & Coffee: Let’s Talk EVs

📅 Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm
📍 2nd Street Market, Downtown Dayton
💰 Free

Explore the latest in electric vehicles (EVs) with the folks from Drive Electric Dayton (DED). They'll have a showcase of their EVs on display and are charged up to chat about where the market currently is — and where it's going.

DED's mission is to promote EV adoption and champion building more EV infrastructure across the Miami Valley. Chat with their experts and learn about going electric! Learn more.


🛍️ Centerville Merchant Market

📅 Sunday: 12 - 5 pm
📍 St. Leonard Lawn, Centerville
💰 Free

See St. Leonard's Lawn transformed into an upscale market at Centerville's 3rd annual Merchant Market! Browse 150 vendors offering art, antiques, clothing, and more. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and family activities spread across the scenic lawn.

Every attendee can enter a free raffle to win select prizes from vendors valued at more than $2,000. The first 200 arrivals will get exclusive tote bags. These are high-quality bags you'll actually want to keep using — not a cheap giveaway.

As one of the largest spring events in Centerville, it's sure to be a party. And as proud members of the group behind it, the Heart of Centerville and Washington Township, we'd love to see you there! Learn more here.


⚜️ Fleurs de Fête

📅 Sunday: 1 - 4 pm
📍 Carillon Park, Dayton
💰 Advance: $80 | Door: $85

Join Carillon Park for their annual May party in the park. Sample a vast selection of wines and pair them with gourmet bites from local eateries. Prefer beer over wine? Then grab a stein at the Belgian Beer Garden.

Enjoy the melodies of live music and bid on unique items in the silent auction. It's an elegant experience that celebrates the best of Dayton while supporting the park that preserves our history. Get your tickets here.


🍸 Mixology Monday - Gin

📅 Mon, May 20th: 6 pm
📍 Salar, Oregon District
💰 $59

Are you looking for a way to up your bar game? Salar's bar manager, Sara, has got you covered in this cocktail class!

This class is all about gin, which is one of my personal favorites. Nothing like a crisp gin & tonic on a warm summer day... but I digress. This is a great way to add some new drinks to your repertoire and meet some new folks on a Monday. Get your ticket here.


🎳 KMO Bowling Extravaganza

📅 Thu, May 23rd: 4 - 6 pm
📍 Poelking Wilmington Lanes, Dayton
💰 Individual: $50 | Team: $225

Join the Kettering Moraine Oakwood Chamber of Commerce for an evening where business meets bowling! Networking can often feel stuffy, but this event makes it easier in a fun and casual setting.

Have a small team you're looking to treat? This is also a great way to end the work day with some team-building. Knock back some pins and win some new connections. Register in advance here or at 3 pm that day.


🧀 Cheese Fest

📅 Sat, May 25th: 3 - 10 pm
📍 Austin Landing, Miamisburg
💰 Free

Savor summer and celebrate cheese at Austin Landing! Dive into a night of cheesy delights from over 15 food vendors. Sip on craft beers in the Beer Garden and groove to live music all evening.

Expect the sight of dazzling fireworks to end the night. So if that's your jam, plan to stick around (or even post up with a lawn chair). Learn more here.


🍕 Dayton Pizza Fest

📅 Sat, May 25th: 5 - 9 pm
📍 Yellow Cab Tavern, Downtown Dayton
💰 Free

Join Yellow Cab Tavern for one big pizza party. Taste and try a variety of pies and pizza-inspired dishes served up by local food trucks. If you're always down for a nice slice, then this is the rally for you.

This is their 11th year putting on family-friendly events like this for foodies. Treat your taste buds and see who is participating here.


🎩 Art Ball

📅 Sat, Jun 8th: 7 pm
📍 Dayton Art Institute, Downtown Dayton
💰 $400+

Step into elegance at the Art Ball, Miami Valley's top social event for over six decades. Savor cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, then enjoy a sit-down dinner throughout the museum. Explore special areas like The Hale Cloister and The Moonlight Lounge with its stunning city views.

Live music, dancing, and open bars with specialty drinks await to enhance your evening. Featuring this early as there are only 600 spots and they'll likely go quickly. If this is up your alley, secure your seat today.


Events marked with an asterisk (*) in the “featured” section have been sponsored by our advertising or affiliate partners. Have an event you’d like to promote? Reply and let us know!



Slideshow 17 Music Fest | Yellow Cab Tavern | 5pm | Free

Britches Down | Hidden Valley Orchards | 6pm | Free

Stephen Strings | Bock Family Brewing | 7pm | Free

Riverfolk | The Barrel | 8pm | Free

Fairbanks 142; Grateful Dead Tribute | Hidden Gem Music Club | 8pm | $10

Cross River Junction | Phone Booth Lounge | 8pm | Free

North Lindsey | The Brick Tap & Tavern | 8:30pm | Free

Rocko and Pat | Courtyard Lounge | 9pm | Free



Slideshow 17 Music Fest | Yellow Cab Tavern | 3pm | Free

Rick George | Hidden Valley Orchards | 6:30pm | Free

Tony Gretsch | Bock Family Brewing | 7pm | Free

Windborne’s The Music Of Whitney Houston | Schuster Center | 7:30pm | $23+

Rockstar | The Barrel | 8pm | Free

Jay Clark Band | Mr. Boro's Tavern | 8pm | Free

Duke of Owls, Lucid Wasteland, Charm School, Stoneface Syd | Hidden Gem Music Club | 8pm | $10

The Distance | Phone Booth Lounge | 8pm | Free

Reyna & Dana | The Brick Tap & Tavern | 8:30pm | Free

Back Burn | Courtyard Lounge | 9pm | $5



The Church Basement Ladies: Plowin' Thru | La Comedia Dinner Theatre | 12:30pm & 7:30pm | $70+

Disney Pixar Finding Nemo Jr. | Town Hall Theatre | 7pm | $16

On Golden Pond | Actor's Theatre Fairborn | 7:30pm | $17.50



Disney Pixar Finding Nemo Jr. | Town Hall Theatre | 3pm | $16

The Church Basement Ladies: Plowin' Thru | La Comedia Dinner Theatre | 7:30pm | $70+

On Golden Pond | Actor's Theatre Fairborn | 7:30pm | $17.50



The Church Basement Ladies: Plowin' Thru | La Comedia Dinner Theatre | 12:30pm & 7:30pm | $70+

Disney Pixar Finding Nemo Jr. | Town Hall Theatre | 3pm | $16

On Golden Pond | Actor's Theatre Fairborn | 3pm | $17.50


Friday, May 17th

Mike Merk | Wileys Comedy Club | 8pm | $15


Saturday, May 18th

Mike Merk | Wileys Comedy Club | 7:15pm | $15


Friday, May 24th

Donnell Rawlings | Wileys Comedy Club | 7pm & 9:30pm | $35

Jacob Williams | Dayton Funny Bone | 7:30pm | $25


Saturday, May 25th

Jacob Williams | Dayton Funny Bone | 6:30pm | $25

Donnell Rawlings | Wileys Comedy Club | 7pm & 9:30pm | $35


That’s all for today. Thank you for reading this week’s memo!

Hope you have a great weekend, and we look forward to seeing you next Thursday!

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