Taste of the Arts in Piqua | May 8
A wonderful evening in downtown Piqua from 5-9 p.m. with appetizers, entrees and desserts ranging in price from $1-$4, plus artisans, live entertainment, demonstrations and more. Admission is free.
Hug the Earth Festival in Covington | May 9
One of the most adventurous festivals in the region, and hosted by the Miami County Park District, the this festival takes place from noon to 5 p.m. at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, located just north of Covington. Among the list of unique things to do here is rock climbing, zip lining, tree climbing, a high ropes course, canoeing, archery and rocket shoots, among many other activities, all for free, including admission. The event kicks off at noon with a performance by the Banana Slug String Band. They are popular for songs such as “Dirt Made My Lunch” and “Water Cycle Boogie.” Then, starting at 1 p.m., there will be archery, geoaching, canoeing on the pond (registration for this begins at noon), rocket shoots, rock pile digs, face painting, gnome-fairy house building, an Animal Safari, and much more. There are also several food vendors offering homemade ice cream, shakes, sundaes and kettle corn, plus a natural play area, beautiful hiking trails, and exhibits on local ecology and nature. (Pictured below)
Greenville Feast & Fest | May 9
Along with food trucks, this event features a craft market, live bands, kiddie amusement rides and the Xtreme Roughstock Rodeo. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Old Fashioned Days in Arcanum | May 15-17T
his hometown festival features carnival rides and games, lots of food trucks and vendors, crafts, live music and entertainment and more. Admission is free.
A World A’Fair in Dayton | May 15-17
Sample food from more than 50 countries and enjoy live performances and art from 5-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Dayton Convention Center.
Miami County Food Truck Rally & Competition | May 16
Choose from dozens of food trucks at the Miami County Fairgrounds, plus live entertainment, beer and wine sales and lots of family fun. Takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and admission is free. (Pictured above)
Tawawa Park Cruise-In in Sidney | May 16
Held in conjunction with the Traveling Vietnam Wall, this cruise-in will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Tawawa Park. It is free to attend. The wall will be in place starting May 14.
YOLO Festival of Races in Greenville | May 16
Choose from a 5k, 15k and half marathon, plus a kids run and walk or run. Takes place from 7:30-10:30 a.m. in Greenville.
West Liberty’s Annual Fire Sales | May 16
This event corresponds with the community wide garage sale in West Liberty and takes place downtown. There will be food trucks and outdoor sales. Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Memorial Day Weekend at Young’s Jersey in Yellow Springs | May 21-25
Enjoy carnival rides and games, plus everything else offered at Young’s Jersey during this special weekend. Carnival rides are open 3-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for rides are $1 each or $20 for all-day passes.
Memorial Day Weekend at Poor Farmer’s Campground in Fletcher | May 22-25
A full holiday weekend of activities are planned for campers, including a live DJ, the 11th Annual Spring Golf Cart Challenge, a strawberry shortcake and ice cream social, live music by Sugar Grove (bluegrass), parades, BINGO and more. To reserve a campsite, call (937) 368-2449.
Antique Tractor, Engine & Flea Market in Fletcher | June 4-7
This event is open to the public and campers at Poor Farmer’s Campground in Fletcher and features antique tractors, tractor pulls, a kiddy pedal tractor pull and an outdoor flea market, among other activities. Located at 7211 N. Lost Creek-Shelby Rd. To reserve a campsite, call (937) 368-2449.
Ohio Chautauqua in Defiance | June 4-8
Chautauqua is a five-day community event that combines living history performances, music, education, and audience participation into a one-of-a-kind cultural event. It is touring Ohio this spring with the closest location to us being Defiance on June 4-8.
St. Mary’s Parish Festival in Piqua | June 5 & 6
A family festival offering popular chicken wings and barbecue dinners and children’s games, plus games of chance, beer and entertainment, including a performance by Driving Force at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Clark Manson at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The 50th annual festival will take place from 6-11 p.m. Friday and 3-11 p.m. Saturday at 528 Broadway. Admission is free. (PICTURED ABOVE LEFT)
Troy Strawberry Festival | June 6-7
Features more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment on three stages, tons of food, including many strawberry themed treats, a Sunday car show and much more. Takes place along the Great Miami River levee and throughout downtown Troy. It is free, including shuttle services. (PICTURED ABOVE RIGHT)
Food Truck Rally in Minster | June 6
The Minster Historical Society will host this event featuring gourmet food trucks, live music, beer sales and more from 3-10 p.m. at 112 W. Fourth St. Admission is free.
Dean Martin Festival in Steubenville | June 11-13
This festival honors “The King of Cool” and features look-alikes, singing contests, performances and more, plus traditional festival attractions throughout downtown Steubenville.
Poultry Days in Versailles | June 12-14
This festival has a little bit of everything, from a grand parade and antique car parade to a talent show and art and photography show, not to mention plenty of chicken to eat and pints to drink. Admission is free.
Anna Homecoming | June 12-13
Family fun with a parade, cruise-in, live music, an adult waffle ball tournament, kiddie tractor pulls, craft and domestic beers and more. Admission is free.
Charm on the Farm in Lebanon | June 12-14
Charm on the Farm is an open air shopping vintage market located on a 56-acre farm in Lebanon. Shoppers will find rustic gifts, furniture and home décor. There are also food trucks, DIY project sessions, and more. Located at 4953 Bunnell Hill Rd.
Canal Music Fest in Tipp City | June 13
The Tipp City Area Arts Council’s 11th Annual Canal Music Fest will feature “Absolute Journey Tribute” and “Absolute Leppard Tribute” and takes place at 7 p.m. at City Park. The concert is free. Food and beverages will be available at 5 p.m.
Yellow Springs Street Fair | June 13
More than 200 vendors, two stages of music, arts, crafts, buskers and more, plus the Music & Beer Fest from noon to 7 p.m. Street Fair hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Taco Fiesta in Kettering | June 14
Spend a Sunday afternoon eating tacos from local restaurants and listening to the musical rhythms of jazz, meringue, calypso, bembe, cha cha, samba and bossa nova. The fun starts at 1 p.m. and admission is free. There are performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Ohio Dreamfest in Ansonia | June 18-21
This outdoor concert and camping event features two stages, three nights and lots of music, plus artisans, food vendors, a beer tent and a “huge” community fire. Bands will include Ekoostik Hookah, Marcus Rezak’s Shred is Dead, Glostick Willy and Dustin Smith and the Daydreamers, among many others. Tickets range from $20-$110 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.
Harvest Jubilee in Fort Recovery | June 18-21
This event begins Wednesday with the Taste of Fort Recovery event from 5:30-10 p.m. and continues with activities for all ages, including duck races, inflatables, rides and amusements, BBQ chicken dinners and more. Admission is free.
WWII 75th Anniversary Event in Lewisburg | June 19-21
The Lewisburg Historical Society will present this special “Remembering & Honoring WWII Heroes” event from 1-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. It is free to attend. Activities will include: Axis and Allies reenactors, battles and living history, a Victory Canteen USO Show: A Tribute to the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band, a Live Radio play, live entertainment, food, vendors, antique vehicles and more. The event will take place at the soccer fields behind 261 E. Clay St. For more information, call (937) 962-4377.
Cruise-In in Fletcher | June 19
Bring your classic, souped-up hot rod, truck or gold cart to Poor Farmer’s Campground in Fletcher for this cruise-in. It is free to enter, as is admission to the grounds and takes place from 5-8 p.m.
Sidney Music & Arts Festival | June 19-20
This festival will celebrate music and art during Sidney’s Bicentennial celebration. Children 12 and under will enjoy a free Fun Kidz Zone.
Summer Solstice Celebration at Serpent Mound in Peebles | June 19-21
This is a festival to share new and ancient knowledge, stories, talents and crafts and takes place Serpent Mound. Festival hours are 3-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Friends of Serpent Mound started this festival as a way for the public to share and learn about the many facets of Serpent Mound. Speakers at the festival vary from locals, historians, Indigenous Americans, scientists, spiritualist and more. Learn more at www.serpentmound.org. (Pictured below right)
Celtic Fest Ohio in Waynesville | June 19-21
This festival takes place at the Ohio Renaissance Festival and features Celtic food, music and entertainment for the entire family.
Vintage in the Village in Tipp City | June 20
This festival in downtown Tipp City will feature booths offering handmade, vintage and antique items, plus food trucks and children’s activities. It is free and takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pictured above left)
Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert & Food Truck Rally | June 20
Come out to East High Street at 4 p.m. for a Food Truck Rally, followed by live music at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Additional concerts and food truck rallies are scheduled for July 18 and Aug. 15 in 2020.
A Taste of the Crossroads in Vandalia | June 23
The Taste features many Miami Valley restaurants, caterers and food trucks. Enjoy over 100 samples of appetizers, soups/salads, main entrees and desserts. Then wash it down a craft beer from one of eight Dayton regional breweries. There will also be live music. Presale tickets go on sale April 6 and are $15. The event takes place at the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce, 544 W. National Rd.
Maria Stein Country Fest | June 26-28
This unique festival has a little bit of everything, including tractor square dancing! There are a variety of sports tournaments for all ages, including 3-on-3 basketball, volleyball, punt, pass and kick, and dodgeball, plus a mini-Indy Race for big wheels! There’s plenty of food options and carnival rides, games and concessions. Admission is free.
New Knoxville Independence Day Celebration | June 26-27
This small town festival has big town fun at this festival. This includes inflatables, games of chance, vendors, tug-of-war contests, chicken dinners and, of course, fireworks.
Cy Young Days in Newcomerstown | June 26-28
This festival honors baseball pitcher Cy Young and the game he loved. The festival features a vintage baseball tournament, car show and a parade that typically features a Cy Young Award winner, plus festival food, midway and live entertainment.
Darke County Food Truck Rally & Competition | June 27
This third annual event takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Darke County Fairgrounds. Along with food trucks, there will be a craft vendor market, the Darke County’s Got Talent Competition, a car, motorcycle and tractor cruise-in, pony rides and a petting zoo and more. Admission is $1. Those 10 and under are free, as is parking.
Fourth of July Celebration in West Liberty | June 27
Almost always the first Independence Day celebration of the year in our area, West Liberty’s fireworks will take place at dusk. There will be other activities as well, including a community fish fry from 5-7 p.m.
Rail Festival in Dayton | June 27-28
This family oriented festival at Carillon Park features live steam engines, modern train displays, historical exhibits, railroad vendors, free miniature train rides (for all ages) and more. It takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors and $7 for children. 3 and under are free.