1) HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Musket-firing, theatrical performances, hands-on demonstrations and music from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will set the tone for the annual Heritage Festival presented by Dayton History. The old-fashioned patriotic celebration returns to Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29.
Vocalist Minnita Daniel Cox will join the DPO for songs by American composers such as George Gershwin, John Philip Sousa and Count Basie. Members of Dayton Ballet will also perform. Carillon’s historic exhibitions will be open during the festival.
Cost: Free for Dayton History members and children younger than 3, $8 adults, $7 seniors (60 and older), $5 students and children (3-17). Call 937-293-2841 or visit www.daytonhistory.org.
2) SHAWN WAYANS
Acting was Shawn Wayans’ primary occupation for most of the 1990s and 2000s, sparked by the earlier success of the hit sketch comedy program, “In Living Color.” He and his brother Marlon had a five-season run with the sitcom, “The Wayans Bros,” and also co-starred together in the family-created films “Scary Movie,” “Scary Movie 2” and “White Chicks.” However, since 2010, Wayans has been focused on stand-up comedy, which he did regularly before his acting career took off. The actor-comedian performs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, The Greene, 88 Plum St., Beavercreek, Friday through Sunday, May 27 through 29. Show times are 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $30-$60. Call 937-429-LAFF (5233) or visit www.daytonfunnybone.com.
3) KETTERING BLOCK PARTY
Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, is preparing to begin its 25th anniversary season, which includes big name acts like Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow and the Hollywood Vampires featuring Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry. Like past seasons, the summer of outdoor concerts and festivals at the Fraze begins with the Kettering Block Party at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. The Kettering Civic Band will perform. Cost: Free. Call 937-296-3300 or visit www.fraze.com.
4) LAST GAS
Nat Paradis was enjoying a simple existence. He was content working as the manager for Last Convenient Store near the border of the United States and Canada and cheering for his beloved Red Sox but then his life is turned upside when an old flame returns to town. That is the set up for “Last Gas,” a comedic love story by John Cariani. Dayton Theatre Guild’s production opens in the Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape, 40 Wayne Ave., Dayton, on Friday, May 27. “Last Gas” runs through June 12. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday opening weekend, and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday the following weekends. Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors and $13 students. Call 937-278-5993 or visit www.daytontheatreguild.org.
For its current show, “Stunt,” Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St., Dayton, has curated a mix of abstract work in collage and paint. The exhibition, featuring pieces by Darren Harper, Colleen McCulla and Tres Roemer, opened on May 6. “Stunt” is on display through June 18. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Call 937-224-3822 or visit www.daytonvisualarts.org.
6) GEM CITY GET DOWN
Truck Bound Regime is working on a new EP for ICB Records. However, the local hip-hop group is taking a break from production work to host the last installment of its fund-raising concert series the Gem City Get Down. Trunk Bound Regime and MC Picket Fence headline this show at Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton, at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Cost: $3. Proceeds benefit SoLoved and the organization’s work with homeless veterans. Call 937-938-6405 or visit www.blindbobs.com.
7) BRITISH CAR MEET
A 1936 Austin 20, a 1957 Triumph TR3 and a 1964 Jaguar 3.8 S-type are just a few of the classic automobiles available to view by appointment at the British Transportation Museum. However, members of the non-profit organization also get out into the public for events like the British Car Meet, where local collectors are invited to show off their collectible cars. The museum presents its 13th annual British Car Meet at Top of the Market Banquet and Event Center, 32 Webster St., Dayton, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Cost: Admission is free for spectators. Car registration is $18. Call 937-232-9310, 937-429-0871 or visit www.britishtransportationmuseum.org.
8) PATRIOT FREEDOM FEST
Each year at this time, the American Veterans Heritage Center presents its Patriot Freedom Festival. The 12th annual Memorial Day weekend event — at Dayton VA Medical Center, 4100 W. Third St., Dayton, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 — features live music, military re-enactors, guided historical tours and more. Musical acts include guitarist Eric Loy, blues rockers Margaret & the Magnets, praise group Stirred Not Shaken and southern rock act Still Standing. Cost: Free. Call 937-267-7628 or visit www.americanveteransheritage.org.
9) KYLE MARLER
Singer-songwriter Kyle Marler now calls Columbus home. However, when it came time to book his summer tour, the Dayton native decided to launch the 22-date outing with a hometown show at Jimmie’s Ladder 11, 936 Brown St., Dayton. Marler will perform with special guests Matt Schneider, Ink & Embers and Bauner Chafin at 10 p.m. Saturday, May 28, before hitting the road for solo shows in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and nine other states. Cost: $5. Call 937-424-1784 or visit www.jladder11.com.
10) COUNTRY NIGHT
Wednesday nights are Bike Night at Rip Rap Roadhouse, 6024 Rip Rap Road, Dayton. Each week, bikers are invited to park their motorcycles on the large lawn and enjoy food and drinks while area cover bands perform songs from the ’70s and ’80s. In June and July, Rip Rap Roadhouse is doubling up on the fun and offering a second Bike Night. Thursdays will have a country theme with area acts playing songs from the past and present. Call 937-236-4329 or visit www.ripraproadhouse.com.