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2017 Summer Entertainment and Activities
Below is a summary of this summers entertainment opportunities in the Dayton area. For all the activities except Dayton Riverscape and the Fraze you will need to bring a lawn chair. Each venue is followed by an active link to their web sight to provide the details of the concerts or related information. If the active links do not work, copy and paste it into your web browsers address block.
For teens and young singles, these activities make very inexpensive activities and dates. Your friends will be impressed with your creativeness.
1) The Fraze (695 – Lincoln Park Blvd, Kettering)
The Fraze again has a great line up of Free and Nearly Free entertainment. There is $2.00 Tuesday (4), $5.00 Friday (4), Throwback Thursday (5), Free @ Fraze (3), and Free Festivals at the Fraze (11). All the festivals have live entertainment. At the top left of the page just go over “Concerts & Events”. This will bring down the above headings, or go to the very bottom of the page for the same listing. There are 27 Free and Nearly Free actives. Go to the web sight review and then go and enjoy.
2) Rose Music Center at The Heights
The Rose really does not have any activity that I would consider Free and Nearly Free, but I am including it for completeness.
3) Five Rivers Metro Parks
This link takes you to their PARKWAYS publication web sight. Click on Summer 2017 on the top right side and it will take you into Summer PARKWAYS publication. From there you can get greater detail then I have summarized below and activities for all the MetroParks.
4) Summer Music at Riverscape Metropark (237 E Monument Ave., Dayton)
- Picking in the Park 5:30-10 PM –Friday, Aug 4th
- R&B Hot Summer Music 7:30 – 9:30 PM –Friday — June 9, July 14
- Big Band Nights 7:30 – 9:30 PM –Thursday — June 8 & 22 July 6 &20, Aug 17
5) Special Events at Riverscape Metropark
a) Dayton Celtic Festival–Fri July 28 6:00-11:00PM, Sat July 29 12-11PM, Sun July 30 12-6PM. This is a great festival. I always go Friday night. The parking is better and the crowd is less, although last year it was crowded on Friday night.
b) German Fest Fri Aug 11 5-11, Sat Aug 12 11-11PM, Sun Aug 13 11-6PM This is a new festival for Riverscape. With a name like Bauer I will be there and hope to see you.
Music at Lunch Riverscape Metropark
- Now through Sept 29 – 11:30am to 1:30 pm Mon -Fri
If you find yourself down town, take your break along the river with live acoustic music. Enjoy lunch from a rotating selection of food trucks or grab an ice cream from the Fountain Snack Bar. Free WiFi.
5) Springfield Art Festival (June 9 thru July 15)
There is six weeks of top notch entertainment. The web sight has the activities summarized . Also click on the poster for a printable flier.
6) The Green in Beavercreek (Dorthy Lane & County Line Rd)
Presents live music 6:00 to 10:00 PM Thursday through Saturday, now through September 30 at the Fountain Stage. For the concerts, the best is to park in the South Parking Garage and go through the tunnel. Then turn to the left and go up on the concrete walkway. You can set up your lawn chairs in perfect comfort away from most of the people. You will be slightly looking down on the right side of the stage. This is a great place to go to enjoy a worm summer evening. For younger children (at heart) the fountains are refreshing.
7) Centerville Stubbs Park Amphitheater (255 W. Spring Valley Road.)
Again Centerville is providing a complete summer (Sundays thru Sept 10th) of entertainment by great local groups. Go to the above web sight and click on 2017 Summer concert series “Click here to view complete schedule”. This will drop down a printable listing. You need to bring your lawn chairs since there is no seating. There concerts are always very popular. The best I find is to park in the lower rear/back grass lot. They open the rear gate after the concerts and this allows easy exit to 725 through the plat. I recommend you check a map of the plat for less confusion with the plat streets.
8) Beavercreek Summer Concerts (Dominick Lofino Park, 640 Grange Hall Road)
A very good array of entertainment, Sundays July 30th. Several interesting groups. I recommend the June 11th “Mad River Railroad” looks like a good concert. In August they generally have several movie nights. The movie title is listed at the park entrance. Go early with the family and enjoy the parks playground equipment or a walk along the lake.
9) Fairborn Free on Friday (Community Park, 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.)
Entertainment – Fridays through July 28th in the Atherton Amphitheater. Well worth going to and not a large crowd. Again go early with the family and enjoy the parks playground equipment.
10) New Carlisle Summer in the Park Series (Smith Park, W. Jefferson St. Rt. 571)
Sunday, July 9th, 6:30 PM. They have a loyal following of several QAC’s seniors. I will be there with some snacks to share. So come to New Carlisle and join us. Google the above title and it should take you to the local newspaper sight. If the weather is threatening the concert will be mover to the high school.
11) Bespoke Theater / Shakespeare in South Park
There are now two amateur Shakespeare companies in the Dayton area.
Bespoke Theater: will present this year THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR at Carillon Park on Aug 18th-20 and 25-27. Times will be posted in the coming months! Bring a sack lunch or enjoy the Carillon Brewing Company menu selection. This is the earliest they have posted their summer schedule. Hopefully if comes off this year.
South Park: When play and schedule is defined it will be listed on their web sight.
12) Troy Main Street Series Prouty Plaza and Town Square
Troy is most famous for their Strawberry Festival, always the first weekend in June. Troy also has a summer music series, they list the dates, but they don’t publicize the acts much ahead of time. You need to go to Troy Main Street web sight to determine the groups to be performing.
13) Green County Parks and Rec
Green County Parks provides many summer activities for the family and children. Review the parks booklet for these activities.
14) Miami Valley Bike Paths
Ohio’s Miami Valley region provides over 330 miles of paved, multi-use recreational bike trails. Stretching across county lines, these trails connect parks, historic landmarks and area attractions. Path users travel through meadows, scenic countryside, forested areas, beside the rivers and city centers.
Dan has traveled portions of many of the trails. He has exclaimed that several are outstanding. An example is #25 – Great Miami River Trail: . If you can arrange two vehicles, starting at Piqua and go to Huber Heights. The trail follows the river and is a slight down hill grade. Total trip is about 35 miles. There are many parking areas, road intersections along the trail so you can do it in parts.
Another is #1 – Little Miami River Scenic Trail: Starting at Spring Valley the trail follows the Little Miami along the old railroad grade. Actually the trail starts in Xenia, and you can go all the way to the Ohio River. When Dan and I road it there were tunnels of Green. This is a beautiful trip any time of the year. Also looking up at the I-71 bridge over the Little Miami Vally is an awesome sight. Try the trails with your family.
15) Miami Valley Water Trails
Again Ohio’s Miami Valley has almost 400 miles of river trails in the Great Miami River (Great Miami, Stillwater, Mad,) and the Little Miami River watershed. You can go from Covington, Sidney or Springfield to the Ohio on the Great Miami or from Yellow Springs to the Ohio on the Little Miami. If you want a little more sporting trip try the Mad River portion of the watershed from Springfield to down town Dayton. The Ohio DNR Little Miami sight has great information on that water trail. The only problem is that they put SOUTH to the top of the map. Best putins are 6, 8,or 10. Borrow a canoe or kayak and head to one of the local rivers or one of the 10 horse power limit lakes with the kids. You could also try the upper portion of The Caesar Creek (not the lake proper). There is a boat ramp about 1/3 of the way up the creek/river off Compton Rd. Like I said above, borrow a canoe or kayak and enjoy the Miami Valley Water Trails.
16) Cowin Lake State Park Sail Boat Races / just relaxing
Cowin Lake Sailing Association has sail boat races every Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m. They also have regattas every Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m. The best place to watch the races is from the south mid lake point. A second option is from the camp area hill on the north side of the lake. Bring a pick nick lunch and enjoy the day. If you have sailed before many times boat skippers are looking for a crew. Go to the sailing club, also on the south side of the lake just east of the marena off SR 730, about 12:00/12:30 and ask around. For supper you can go to the Capricorn Inn just north of the spillway on SR 730, or for a nicer place try the Spillway Lodge 623 Old State Rd, Clarksville, OH 45113 (Old SR 730).
17) Caesar Creek State Park
There are many trails and overlooks. First on your itinerary should be a visit to the Corp Of Engineers Visitors Center (US 42 south from Xenia then US 73 east ~1.2 miles; then south east on county 37/Clarksville Rd ~2.4 miles ). There you can get a map of the area. When you leave the visitors center you will go over the dam with an overlook of the lake and Caesar Creek Gorge. After your trip around the lake go into Waynesville and visit one of the many friendly small town restaurants or an ice cream at McDonald’s.
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