Updated: Guide to this summer’s Dayton-area festivals

Festival season is here and there are plenty to attend — with live music, vendors, plenty of food options and more. The following is a guide to some of those coming up in the Dayton region.

🏖️St. Christopher Festival

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Credit: Jan Underwood

When: June 7-9

Location: 425 E. National Road, Vandalia

Description: The St. Christopher Festival in Vandalia will be taking place June 7-9. Guests will be able to experience live music, bingo, gambling, carnival rides and a variety of other activities for families and adults alike.

🏖️St. Helen Spring Festival

When: June 7-9

Location: 5086 Burkhardt Road, Dayton

Description: Midway rides, live music, food and more will be at the St. Helen Spring Festival June 7-9. Guests can park at Carroll High School and be shuttled to the event. The menu includes frozen margaritas, funnel cakes, kettle corn, pizza and barbeque provided by Holy Smokes BBQ.

🏖️Jewish Cultural Festival

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 9

Location: 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton

Description: Celebrating Jewish culture and heritage, the Jewish Cultural festival will take place on June 9. The event will feature educational sessions featuring speakers, a variety of food from the Jewish community, a crafts market and other family-friendly activities.

🏖️Canal Music Fest

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Credit: Canal Music Fest

When: 6 p.m. June 8

Location: City Park: 312 Park Ave., Tipp City

Description: The free Canal Music Fest will be held on June 8 at City Park in Tipp City. The line-up this year includes Draw the Line, znels and American Idol finalist Michael Williams.

🏖️Versailles Poultry Days

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Credit: David A. Moodie

When: June 14-16

Location: 459 S. Center St., Versailles

Description: Versailles Poultry Days is returning for its 73rd year June 14-16. Throughout the decades, more than 1 million chicken dinners have been sold at the event. The theme for this year is “Poultry of the Caribbean.” During the weekend, there will also be a car show and a parade.

🏖️Dayton Seafood Fest

When: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. June 15

Location: Yellow Cab Tavern: 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

Description: The 2nd annual Dayton Seafood Fest will be taking place on June 15. Occurring on National Lobster Day, this free event is open to all. A number of food trucks will in attendance, including Naughty Lobster, Crusin Cusine, El Rey, Hometown Swirls and more.

🏖️Celtic Fest Ohio

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 15

Location: Renaissance Park: 10542 E. Ohio 73, Waynesville

Description: Featuring many options for drinking, eating and shopping, the Celtic Festival will be returning to Renaissance Park on June 15. The festival will also have a variety of musical acts, headlined by Albannach, Scythian and the Byrne Brothers.

🏖️Americana Festival

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

When: July 3-4

Location: Activities kick off at Centerville High School Stadium, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville

Description: Taking place throughout Fourth of July Weekend, the Americana Festival has a number of activities for families to participate in. The event will start off with a fireworks display on July 3 at the Centerville High School Stadium. The festival will also have an auto show, 5K, community concert and a street fair.

🏖️United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

When: July 26-28

Location: Riverscape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

Description: Taking place at the Riverscape MetroPark in Dayton, the United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival is a free event that celebrates the history and culture of Ireland. There will be food, live entertainment and drinks. This event is sponsored by local bars Dublin Pub and Slyder’s Tavern.

🏖️Art in the City

When: 1-7 p.m. August 3

Location: Downtown Dayton

Description: The Downtown Dayton Partnership and AES Ohio are presenting 2024′s Art in the City festival on August 3. This event will bring local artists, from painters to dancers, together to celebrate their work.

🏖️All Ohio Balloon Fest

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Credit: Nick Graham

When: Aug. 8-10

Location: Union Country Airport: 1500 Weaver Road entrance, Marysville

Description: The Ohio Balloon Festival is a multi-day event where families can eat food, listen to music and check out air balloon launchings. Each night, a variety of hot air balloons will take to the sky, including ones based on characters like Yoda from Star Wars. However, all aerial entertainment is weather-dependent.

🏖️Germanfest Picnic

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

When: Aug. 9-11

Location: 1400 E. 5th St., Dayton

Description: For more than 40 years, Germanfest has been celebrating the German heritage of the Miami Valley with food, dancing and live entertainment. This free, family-friendly event helps support scholarship awards for youth in the area.

🏖️Dayton Porchfest

When: 12:45-6:45 p.m. Aug. 17

Location: St. Anne’s Hill Historical District, Dayton

Description: Held in porches and backyards throughout Dayton’s St. Anne Hill district, the Dayton Porchfest is a free music festival being held on Aug. 17. There will be 57 bands performing at this event, including Avalon Park, Lemongrass, Joe Waters, MelinaMarie and Mxntis.

🏖️ArtFest on Main

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24

Location: South Main Street, Springboro

Description: Featuring live entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities and a number of art booths, the ArtFest on Main returns to Springboro August 24. Artists of all mediums and styles will be welcome to the event. Students interested in participating will also be given access to a free booth to display art.

🏖️Taco and Nacho Fest

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

When: 3-10 p.m. August 24

Location: 10400 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg

Description: The third annual Taco and Nacho Fest will take place at Austin Landing on Aug. 24. The event will not only feature nachos and tacos, but also beer, tequila and other cocktails as well. There will also be live music at the event.

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