Dayton loves a big party: These local events were our most viewed photo galleries of 2018

There’s no shortage of fabulous nights and fun events to attend in Dayton. 

Every week Dayton.com dispatches photographers into the community to capture the frivolity of galas, festivals and street fairs and to spot the folks who attended. 

Those photo galleries are wildly popular on our site. Here are the top 10 viewed galleries of 2018 from contributing photographers Tom Gilliam, E.L. Hubbard and David Moodie. 

 Art Ball

Art Ball, Dayton’s swankiest night of the year, is the perfect mix of elegance and fun. It’s a wonderful event to have great food, dance the night away, and see Dayton dressed in its’ finest at the Dayton Art Institute. PHOTO: E.L. HUBBARD/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

>>PHOTOS: Art Ball 2018, Dayton red carpet night

Dayton Celtic Festival

Kilts, kilts and more kilts. All of Dayton seems to embrace their Celtic heritage during the Dayton Celtic Festival. Great food, beer and incredible music draw visitors from far and wide. PHOTO: TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

>>PHOTOS: Did we spot you at Celtic Fest in downtown Dayton this weekend?

Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest 

What could be better than sampling countless great beers while admiring one of the best views of Dayton? Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute is one of those can’t-miss events for many across the Miami Valley. PHOTO: TOM GILLIAM/ CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

>>PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest?

Ohio Renaissance Festival 

The Ohio Renaissance Festival transports visitors back to the Renaissance period. Costumed characters, jousting, shows, and giant roasted turkey legs are a sampling of the fun. PHOTO: TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

>>PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the Ohio Renaissance Festival’s opening weekend?

Masquerage 

Dayton’s ‘Party of Parties,’ draws hundreds each year and raises money for Equitas Health. This year’s theme was Rio Nights and costumed revelers danced all night. PHOTO: TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

>>PHOTOS: Did we spot you at Masquerage this weekend?

St. Patrick’s Day at the Dublin Pub 

Green hair, green beads, green fingernails and green beer. Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day at the Dublin Pub. Crowds gather each year for great live music and merriment. PHOTO: TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

>>PHOTOS: Did we spot you taking part in St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans at The Dublin Pub?

DVAC Art Auction 

The Dayton Visual Arts Center, now called The Contemporary, held its 24th annual art auction in April. Art and art lovers gathered at the auction that supports educational programs and events at The Contemporary. PHOTO: TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

>>PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the DVAC Art Auction this weekend?

Austin Landing Fitness Fest 

The Austin Landing Fitness Fest was a day of fun, fitness and food that benefited the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Outdoor fitness classes, demonstrations and an obstacle course were part of the fun. PHOTO: DAVID MOODIE / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

>>PHOTOS: Did we spot you flexing your muscles at Austin Landing’s first Fitness Fest?

Dayton Greek Festival 

The Dayton Greek Festival has been one of the most popular events in the area for 60 years. Crowds love the Greek dance performances, gyros, and baklava. PHOTO: TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

>>PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the 60th annual Greek Festival?

Yellow Springs Street Fair 

Live music, crafts, food and great people watching make the Yellow Springs Street Fair one of the regions most popular events. PHOTO: TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

>>PHOTOS: Did we spot you at the Yellow Springs Street Fair?

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