๐Ÿ’Ž Summer Festival Fun (Issue #39)

PLUS: Tell us which event you're most excited about!

Good Morning,

And welcome to the 335 new subscribers that have joined us since last week! Every week, we share events and shows curated for the Miami Valley.

With Memorial Day celebrations completed, itโ€™s certainly starting to feel like summer in the Miami Valley. Pools are open, school is out, and some of our biggest summer festivals are coming up.

Between Troyโ€™s Strawberry Festival this weekend, and Yellow Springsโ€™ Street Faire next weekend, the areaโ€™s two most popular events are upon us!

And thatโ€™s inspired us to start asking you which of the events we feature youโ€™re most excited for. So please take a second to tell us using the new events poll after our events section. This feedback helps us know what kinds of events we should share more of. Thanks!

Now, letโ€™s get to it!

โ€” Max



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๐Ÿงถ Quilt Show

๐Ÿ“… Friday & Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
๐Ÿ“ Greene County Fairgrounds, Xenia
๐Ÿ’ฐ $5/day

Save the date for the Miami Valley Quilters Guild biennial quilt show! Admire over 200 quilts and special exhibits. Explore booths from quilt shops and specialty vendors, with onsite machine cleaning and repair.

Learn more about the guild at the welcome booth and stop by Scrap City for fabric deals. It's a must-see event for quilt enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Get your tickets here.


๐ŸŒฑ SW Ohio Home Grow Expo

๐Ÿ“… Friday: 5 pm
๐Ÿ“ The Brightside, Downtown Dayton
๐Ÿ’ฐ $20

Curious about growing cannabis at home? Learn all about it at this Home Grow Expo downtown! With possession and cultivation now legal, this is the first event of its kind in the Miami Valley.

Listen to seasoned speakers, participate in hands-on demos, and attend expert presentations to get caught up on the law. Browse 30 vendors, enjoy music from The Big Damn Jam, and stay refreshed with plenty of food and drinks.

Perfect for enthusiasts and beginners alike. Get your tickets here.


๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Dayton Pride Festival

๐Ÿ“… Friday: 5 pm | Saturday: 6 pm
๐Ÿ“ Downtown Dayton
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Kick-off Pride Month in Dayton this weekend! Due to growing attendance, this downtown festival is now moving to N St. Clair Street.

Friday's festivities will take place between E 1st and E 2nd Street. Then Saturday's events will expand down to include E 3rd Street. Expect vibrant activities, lively entertainment, and a welcoming atmosphere. Learn more here.


๐Ÿ“ Troy Strawberry Festival

๐Ÿ“… Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm | Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
๐Ÿ“ The Square, Downtown Troy
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Take a trip up north to the Strawberry Capital of Ohio for one of the Miami Valley's largest festivals!

What started as a little party in Troy in 1977 has now grown into a massive event that attracts over 200,000 visitors every year. In 2023, the Troy Strawberry Festival won 3rd place in Best of Dayton's "Annual Festivals" category.

Saturday's key attractions are a strawberry-tasting competition, a pie-eating contest, and the Little Ms. and Mr. Strawberry Pageant. Sunday will start with two races in the morning and the cruise-in car show throughout the day. Both days will have live music across multiple stages.

Welcome summer with this staple event in our community. Learn more here.


๐Ÿ›๏ธ Dayton City Market

๐Ÿ“… Sunday: 12 - 5 pm
๐Ÿ“ RiverScape MetroPark, Downtown Dayton
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Experience a fun-filled day for the whole family at RiverScape! Shop local vendors, enjoy live music, and let the kids cool off at the splash pad. Meet beloved characters from The Fairy Godmother Events from 1 - 4 pm.

Savor delicious bites from C'est Cheese Food Truck and get your caffeine fix at Dolce Doppio Coffee Bar. Dora-friendly and family-friendly, this free event has it all! Learn more.


๐Ÿ‘ธ Kids Craft Day With Belle

๐Ÿ“… Sunday: 2 - 4 pm
๐Ÿ“ Bock Family Brewing, Washington Twp.
๐Ÿ’ฐ $12

Sip on craft brews while the little ones craft with Belle from Beauty and the Beast. In addition to crafting, there'll be games, storytime, face painting, and a tasty snack for the kids to enjoy.

With two hours of character interaction, itโ€™s a perfect afternoon for the little ones. A fun and relaxing time for the whole family! Learn more.


๐ŸŽช Yellow Springs Street Fair

๐Ÿ“… Sat, Jun 8th: 9 am - 7 pm
๐Ÿ“ Downtown Yellow Springs
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Join the Yellow Springs community for the spring edition of one of the Miami Valley's most beloved festivals! In 2023, this won 2nd place in Best of Dayton's "Annual Festivals" category.

See 250+ vendors take over downtown Yellow Springs with their booths lining the streets. Enjoy lots of live music and cold drinks from the beer tent. Be sure to bring your appetite for all the food trucks waiting there to delight.

Parking will go quickly for this event. Our advice is to grab a spot outside of town on Dayton Yellow Springs Road. Sure, it adds a walk but avoids a lot of congestion. Learn more.


๐ŸŽช Waynesville Street Faire

๐Ÿ“… Sat, Jun 8th: 10 am - 4 pm
๐Ÿ“ Downtown Waynesville
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Explore the charm of historic Waynesville at its annual street fair! Browse vintage clothing, unique antiques, and handmade treasures from over 50 vendors. Looking for some new garden additions? Bring your green thumb and grab some new plants as well.

Listen to live music and treat yourself to tasty bites from food trucks. Kids can enjoy activities organized by the local arts council. It's a day of nostalgia, creativity, and community in the heart of Waynesville! Learn more.


๐ŸŽฉ Art Ball

๐Ÿ“… Sat, Jun 8th: 7 pm
๐Ÿ“ Dayton Art Institute, Downtown Dayton
๐Ÿ’ฐ $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. There are only 600 spots and they're going quick. So if this is up your alley, secure your seat today.


๐ŸŽค Party In The Park: Simply Queen

๐Ÿ“… Fri, Jun 14th: 5:30 - 9:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ St. Leonardโ€™s Lawn, Centerville
๐Ÿ’ฐ Free

Celebrate summer with Centerville's Party in the Park series! Rock out at this season's opening show with classic hits from Queen performed by Simply Queen. Since Stubbs Park is under construction this year, these events have moved to St. Leonard's front lawn, giving the concerts a music festival feel that's quite fitting.

Grab a bite from local food trucks and a pint (or two) from the beer tent. With activities for the kids and over 30 vendors to shop from, there's even more to do before the show starts at 7 pm.

This event is organized in part by the Heart of Centerville Washington Township, a local business group we're proud members of. So, you may see us helping man the beer tent at one of the concerts! Learn more.


Events marked with an asterisk (*) in the โ€œfeaturedโ€ section have been sponsored by our advertising or affiliate partners. Have an event youโ€™d like to promote? Reply and let us know!

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Wild Front Tears | Jayne's On Main | 7pm | Free

Nathan Jenkins Band | The Barrel | 8pm | Free

Dayton Pride Silent Disco | Yellow Cab Tavern | 8pm | Advance: $15, Doors: $20

Britches Down | Phone Booth Lounge | 8pm | Free

Toronzo Cannon and The Noah Wotherspoon Band | Hidden Gem Music Club | 8pm | Advance: $20, Doors: $25

Achill Crossing | Dublin Pub | 8:30pm | Free

Cameron Parks | The Brick Tap & Tavern | 8:30pm | Free

Finding Melissa | Courtyard Lounge | 9pm | Free

Maggie Baugh w/ Ashley Martin | Good Time Charlie's | 9pm | Free



Heartsiq's Dayton Pride Afterparty | Yellow Cab Tavern | 4pm | Advance: $12, Door: $15

The Shady Pine | Jayne's On Main | 6pm | Free

Velvet Crush Unplugged | Hidden Valley Orchards | 6:30pm | Free

Last Call | The Barrel | 8pm | Free

Next To Nowhere | Mr. Boro's Tavern | 8pm | Free

The Wright Brothers Band III | Phone Booth Lounge | 8pm | Free

Almond Butter Band | Hidden Gem Music Club | 8pm | Advance: $10, Doors: $15

Jeff Rearick | The Brick Tap & Tavern | 8:30pm | Free

The Bucket List Players | Courtyard Lounge | 9pm | $5



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

The Kite Runner | Victoria Theatre | 8pm | $25+



The Kite Runner | Victoria Theatre | 2pm & 8pm | $25+

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



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

The Kite Runner | Victoria Theatre | 1pm & 6:30pm | $25+



Ian Lara | Dayton Funny Bone | 7:30pm | $20



Ian Lara | Dayton Funny Bone | 6:30pm & 9pm | $20

Next Stop Comedy | Bock Family Brewing | 8pm | $20+


Friday, June 7th

Christopher Titus | Dayton Funny Bone | 7:30pm | $37

Caleb Synan | Wileys Comedy Club | 8pm | $15


Saturday, June 8th

That One Mailman & T-Robe | Dayton Funny Bone | 6:30pm & 9pm | $42

Caleb Synan | Wileys Comedy Club | 7:15pm | $15


Thatโ€™s all for today. Thank you for reading this weekโ€™s memo!

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

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