In Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties
There are plenty of entertaining activities in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Take a ride in an antique biplane, for instance, or tee off at one of the many golf courses in the region. Don’t miss the Outdoor Experience, Dayton Air Show or Montgomery County Fair. And be sure to check out the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Residents of Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties will enjoy a variety of annual events, festivals and community gatherings.
Air Force Marathon
Stretch your legs and lungs at this annual running event held the third Saturday in September. Challenge yourself with full marathon, half-marathon or 10K routes traversing historical landmarks on Wright-Patterson and in Fairborn, or tackle the 5K route the Friday before. About 15,000 participants enjoy the races, a fitness expo, pre-race pasta dinner and more. The marathon is also a qualifier for the renowned Boston Marathon. Visit the website to register or for more details, including entry fees and schedules.
Beavercreek Popcorn Festival
The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival is held annually the weekend after Labor Day. The festival has more than 200 booths with tantalizing festival food, crafts and special treats made with popcorn. There is also a children’s area, entertainment and the 5K Popcorn Run and Car Show.
Dayton Air Show
The Dayton Air Show is an annual event held in mid-June at the Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, 8 miles north of Dayton. The history of this flight exhibition dates to 1910 and the Wright Company. The Dayton Air Show showcases some of the world’s best known civilian and military pilots, including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
First Friday in Xenia
First Friday is a community event in downtown Xenia held May through September from 5 to 9 p.m. It features live music, street entertainers, activities for kids, special sales at downtown businesses and plenty of food, art and retail vendors.
Hometown Holiday Celebration
This annual event in Fairborn features carriage rides, a parade and tree lighting. The celebration takes place the first Friday in December and also includes store specials in the area. Visit the city’s website for more information about event times and locations.
Montgomery County Fair
The Montgomery County Fair is held in July at the county fairgrounds in Dayton. The fair features free concerts, a rodeo, livestock shows, a demolition derby, a pie-eating contest, carnival rides, games and more.
This free event is held the first weekend in October at Eastwood MetroPark. Formerly known as GearFest, Outdoor Experience has grown beyond just gear and exploded into a multiday event, featuring camping, competitions, regional music acts, demos, a beer garden and more.
Trebein Holiday Bazaar
Local vendors and crafters flock to Trebein Elementary School for the annual holiday bazaar held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Children have the opportunity to take their picture with Santa or enjoy the holiday shop for kids, while parents can win door prizes.
Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble county residents enjoy a wealth of artistic endeavors, from theaters to music to dance and more.
Performing Arts Center
300 S. Fountain Ave.
Springfield, OH 45506 937-328-3874
Clark State’s Performing Arts Center is a hub to a number of national troupes and artists. With its 1,500-seat Kuss Auditorium, 200-seat Turner Studio Theatre and the Salerno Educational Center, the 86,000-square-foot facility can accommodate a wide range of events and educational activities. The Kuss Auditorium is known for its acoustics and regularly plays host to national touring acts and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
126 N. Main St., Suite 210
Dayton, OH 45402 937-224-3521
In July 2012, Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Opera announced a groundbreaking merger, forming the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, the first and only merger of its kind in the nation. Founded in 1933, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra comprises 83 contracted musicians. The second-oldest regional ballet company in the U.S., Dayton Ballet is one of the top three dance companies in the nation that produces and presents new work, as well as the only dance company to establish a fund designated specifically to create new full-length 21st-century ballets. From the first meetings of its founders in 1960, Dayton Opera has enriched the cultural life of the Miami Valley. In 2003, Dayton Opera moved to its new home at the Schuster Center, enabling the company to produce bigger and better productions in an acoustically superior theater.
Human Race Theatre Company
126 N. Main St., Suite 300
Dayton, OH 45402 937-461-3823
The Human Race Theatre Company has been producing dramas, comedies, musicals and more for 30 years. Its season runs from September through June in the 212-seat Loft Theatre.
Springfield Symphony Orchestra
300 S. Fountain Ave.
Springfield, OH 45506 937-325-8100
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1943 by Edwin Juergens, William Minnick and William Fiedler, the organization’s first conductor. The SSO sponsors a Youth Symphony, Youth Chamber Orchestra, Youth String Ensemble and Children’s Choir. During the summer months, the SSO presents a free outdoor concert as part of the Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival.
Learn about the Ohio’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of the many local museums.
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
2600 DeWeese Parkway
Dayton, OH 45414 937-275-7431
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery grew out of a collection gathered by prominent Dayton citizens on their trips around the world that were contributed to the Dayton Library and Museum. The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a children’s museum, a science and technology center and an accredited zoo. It also houses a planetarium and an observatory.
Carillon Historical Park
1000 Carillon Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45409 937-293-2841
This 65-acre park and museum complex in Dayton features numerous historical buildings, including its Wright Brothers Aviation Center, the 151-foot-tall Deeds Carillon and the Kettering Family Education Center, which anchors the park and features changing exhibits in the National City Exhibit Gallery. Special events include carillon concerts, living history days, classic car shows, festive holiday celebrations and more. After stepping back in time on a learning adventure, you can sit down and relax with a bite or pint at the park’s cafe or brewery. Visit the website for hours, admission and more information about the various museums, grounds and gift shop at the park.
Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park N.
Dayton, OH 45405 937-223-4278
Over the past several years, Dayton Art Institute’s collection has grown significantly through generous gifts of artwork by local donors, including important Oceanic art, Asian art, and American fine and decorative art collections. The collection spans 5,000 years of art history.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House
85 S. Greenmont Ave.
Springfield, OH 45505 937-327-9291
The Westcott House, the product of arguably the most important architect of the modern era, was designed in 1906 and built in 1908. The Westcott House not only embodies Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative Prairie School architectural design but also extended Wright’s concept of relating the building to its site by means of a terrace, a lily pond, gardens and other landscape elements. Hours vary by season; visit the website for more information.
Miami Valley Military History Museum
120 Ohio Ave., Bldg. 120
Dayton, OH 45428 937-267-7629
The Miami Valley Military History Museum preserves the memory of the veterans of our armed forces — past, present and future. The exhibits begin with the Revolutionary War and continue through to more recent conflicts in Iraq and elsewhere. Hours are contingent on volunteer availability; check the museum’s website for more information.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
1100 Spaatz St.
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. The museum collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force’s history, heritage and traditions in air, space and cyberspace to a global audience through exhibits, educational outreach, special programs and the stewardship of the national historic collection.
Springfield Museum of Art
107 Cliff Park Road
Springfield, OH 45504 937-325-4673
The Springfield Museum of Art was accepted into the Smithsonian Affiliates program in 2012, currently the only art museum in Ohio with that distinction. The museum has a rotating list of exhibits and collections. Visit the website for information on current and upcoming exhibitions.
Wright “B” Flyer Inc.
10550 Springboro Pike
Miamisburg, OH 45342 937-885-2327
Wright “B” Flyer Inc. is an all-volunteer, membership-based corporation on the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport near Dayton. The corporation flies one Model B look-alike during the summer months, and the hangar doubles as a museum.
Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.
Beaver Creek State Park
12021 Echo Dell Road
East Liverpool, OH 43920 330-385-3091
Beaver Creek State Park, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is one of Ohio’s most scenic parks. The park includes Little Beaver Creek, a state and national wild and scenic river, and 2,722 acres of forest wilderness.
Cox Arboretum MetroPark
6733 N. Springboro Pike
Dayton, OH 45449 937-275-7275
This 189-acre facility is a place for visitors to escape among trees, shrubs, specialty gardens, mature forests and prairies. The arboretum hosts year-round educational programs that teach children and adults about sustainable horticulture, plant science and conservation. The park is also home to a native-Ohio butterfly house.
Dayton Aviation Heritage
National Historical Park
16 S. Williams St.
Dayton, OH 45402 937-225-7705
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park preserves and interprets the history and legacies of the Wright Brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar. There are five National Historic Landmarks and a National Register Historic District within the park. These include the Wright Cycle Company building, Hoover Block, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, the 1905 Wright Flyer III, Hawthorn Hill and the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial. The park also offers plenty of activities for kids, including Junior Ranger and nature programming.
900 Mound Road
Miamisburg, OH 45342 866-580-6508
The Miamisburg Mound is one of the two largest conical-shaped mounds of its kind in eastern North America, standing at 65-feet tall. Excavations in 1869 suggest the mound was built by the Adena culture (800 B.C. to A.D. 100). The mound’s top observation platform offers fantastic views of the area.
From malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s something for every taste and budget.
2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road
Dayton, OH 45459 937-433-9834
Dayton Mall, the largest regional mall in the Springfield-Dayton metro area, has more than 90 specialty stores and eateries.
Second Street Market
600 E. Second St.
Dayton, OH 45402 937-228-2088
The second Street Market operates in a historic block-long former 1911 B&O Railroad building. It was saved from demolition and renovated in 2001. The market strives to promote sustainable, local food systems. Local growers, bakers, culinary specialists and artisans fill this historic freight house.
Sports and Recreation
Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, the southwest region of Ohio offers a variety of recreational opportunities.
Adventure Reef Water Park
2900 Glengarry Drive
Kettering, OH 45420 937-296-2587
This 3-acre outdoor aquatic facility features a leisure pool with a large water playground, water slides, an interactive splash pad and a baby/toddler pool. Visit the website for information on when the water park is open for the season.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45220 513-281-4700
The Zoological Society of Cincinnati was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden the second-oldest zoo in the United States. The zoo is home to nearly 2,000 animals that represent more than 500 species, including alligators, giraffes, rhinos, lions, tigers, wallabies and monkeys. A gift shop and a number of eateries are also available.Dayton Dragons
Fifth Third Field
220 N. Patterson Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45402 937-228-2287
The Dayton Dragons are a Class A minor league baseball team playing in the Midwest League. The Dragons are affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. In 2011, the Dragons set the new record of the most consecutive home game sellouts (815 total) in all of professional sports. As of the end of the 2015 season, the still-in-progress record stands at 1,121 straight games.
Ohio is home to one of the greatest golfers in the last century, Jack Nicklaus. With such an iconic pro in the state, it’s easy to see why there are such fantastic courses to choose from. For more information on courses in Ohio, visit your city or county websites, local chamber of commerce websites or the TourismOhio’s website at www.ohio.org/interests/sports-recreation.
Goodfolk and O’Tymes Airplane Rides
177 S. Monroe Siding Road
Xenia, OH 45385 937-877-0837
Goodfolk and O’Tymes is the only antique biplane ride company in the Dayton area. Experience the birthplace of aviation firsthand in an authentic 1929 Travel Air 4000. For more information on hours and prices, visit the website.
6300 Kings Island Drive
Kings Mills, OH 45034 513-754-5700
Kings Island is a 364-acre amusement park 21 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason. There is something for everyone, including a water park, thrilling rides, an award-winning kids’ area, an animatronic dinosaur park, live entertainment and more. For more information on hours and ticket prices, visit the park’s website.
Miami Valley Bike Trails
Explore the countryside by bicycle with more than 300 miles of trails. The trail winds its way near the Great Miami River, parks, museums, picnic facilities, acres of natural land and over gently rolling terrain.
Young’s Jersey Dairy
6880 Springfield Xenia Road
Yellow Springs, OH 45387 937-325-0629
Young’s Jersey Dairy is a working dairy farm with a traditional ice cream parlor, two restaurants, miniature golf, a petting zoo, batting cages, a driving range and events throughout the year. Open year-round, it’s especially a favorite summertime stop for a cool scoop of ice cream on a hot day.