Wow, it’s hard to believe that it is officially autumn! And in Dayton, do you know what “falls” in autumn? If your answer is leaves, sorry, you only get partial credit. Although leaves do fall in the autumn, there are also many fun festivals and events that fall during this time of the year! So let’s not waste anytime in checking out our options for the first week of fall!
On Wednesday, head to the Community Blood Center to Give the Best Pint in Town, as blood donations are vital to the health of our community. Whether you’re a pessimist or optimist, it really doesn’t matter. You can “B Negative” or “B Positive”, as the Community Blood Center is accepting of all types! Plus, you get a cool Octoberfest shirt for donating, which will be just in time for Oktoberfest going on at the Dayton Art Institute this weekend! Speaking of blood/health issues… are you tired of hearing biased opinions when it comes to our nation’s health care bill? If so, join HYPE (Helping Young Professinals Emerge) and the Troy, Tipp City, Covington, and Piqua Areas Chamber of Commerce for the presentation, Demystifying the Nation’s Health Care Bill, which will discuss an un-biased, non-partisan view on this important issue. In case anyone is wondering, I am by no means a politician (my friends tell me I’m too honest), nor do I have any political agenda. Also on Wednesday…if you enjoy outdoor activities and would like to volunteer at GearFest this year, make sure you attend the GearFest Volunteer Orientation. Or, if you had a rough day, perhaps you need a glass of wine, so check out the Pina Winery in Napa Valley Tasting at the Wine Gallery downtown.
On Thursday, put away your iPod for the day and tune into Mix 107.7 for their Radiothon for RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities). The event is happening all day (6:00AM-7:00PM), so even if your boss doesn’t let you listen to music at work and you work the standard 9-5 job, you still have 5 hours to be listening! You will also be able to make donations online and at some McDonald’s locations. Also Thursday…if you enjoy the theater scene, there are several plays from which to choose: Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. at Town Hall Theatre, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at La Comedia (dinner and a show), and August: Osage County at Wright State’s Festival Playhouse, which is about an Okalahoma family. I’m not sure why they didn’t just call it Oklahoma.
On Friday, if you don’t already have lunch plans and enjoy networking with other area young professionals, head on over to Murray’s Place for Generation Dayton’s ‘4th Friday Lunch’. If you are a UD grad like me and are itching for an excuse to make it back on campus, check out the ArtBeat Festival of the Arts, which will feature local and student performing groups, as well as food and art vendors. In downtown Tipp City, check out the Tipp City Mum Festival. Although the theme of this year’s festival is Law Enforcement, “Mum’s the Word! You Have the Right to Remain Silent”, you can see I’m not good at keeping mum about it…I just hope I don’t get in trouble for mentioning it here. If you’ve decided to spend Friday night at The Greene, be sure to check out the 80s cover band Stranger. And if you want to preview the Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest, listen to the band Velvet Crush, and avoid the crowds, be sure to purchase tickets for their Preview Party, which is also happening on Friday. And, if you have extra tickets, feel free to send them my way!
On Saturday, get your walking shoes out to support one of two great causes. Participate in the St. Vincent de Paul – 2010 Friends of the Poor Walk or the Great Strides – Walk for Cystic Fibrosis. After getting your exercise in, if you’re the “sweet” type, head to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds for the Chocolate Festival. And if you’re the “salty” type, the Germantown Pretzel Festival is the place to be. Or, if you’re the healthy type, head over to Lebanon (the city, not the country) for the Country Applefest or to the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm for the Aullwood Apple Fest. If you’re the shy type, head back to the Tipp City Mum Festival. If you enjoy Hispanic food and breaking piñatas, then check out the Hispanic Heritage Festival and Flea Market at College Hill Community Church in North Dayton. And, the “must attend” festival of the week is the DAI Oktoberfest, which will feature live entertainment, unique arts and crafts, and a variety of beers and international foods. Plus, if you attended the jumpstART event last week, you will be able to get in free with your admission pass! Or, check out this article to find out more about Oktoberfest AND how to win tickets from DMM! Also, just in case outdoor festivals are not your thing and you’d instead prefer to kick back and watch movies, make a trip to The Neon for the LGBT Film Festival, where several films will be featured, including Top Drawer Shorts, A Marine Story, and Violet Tendencies.
On Sunday morning, head to The Winds in Yellow Spring and then to The Little Art Theatre for Brunch and a Movie. Or, check out one (or more!) of the festivals you missed or liked so much that you want to explore again! The Aullwood Apple Fest, the Tipp City Mum Festival, the Pretzel Festival, and DAI’s Oktoberfest will still be happening places to be!
Why did Humty Dumpty have a great fall?
He wanted to make up for a lousy summer.
These are just a few best bets from the DMM Calendar. There are plenty more events listed there, so if you haven’t, I encourage you to check it out today! Also, if you have an event to share or promote, please submit it – it’s great marketing and better yet, it’s FREE! And finally, if you have a dumb joke to share, I’m all ears!
Have a great week Dayton!