14 events you should check out in Dayton this weekend



From bluegrass, blues, rap and R&B to farming, films and LEGOs, this weekend is full of exciting events across the area.

If you love the arts, be sure to consider an outstanding production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Schuster Center, The Contemporary Dayton’s “Waking Up: Biennial Member and Student Invitational” or Art in the City, which features hundreds of local dancers, artists, musicians and other creatives setting up shop in downtown Dayton.

Here’s more information on these and other notable activities.

1. “Jesus Christ Superstar”

When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 through 7

Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton

Details: Last year was the 50th anniversary of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Dayton Live’s Premier Health Broadway in Dayton Series presents a London-conceived production of the acclaimed musical from director Timothy Sheader and choreographer Drew McOnie.

Cost: $26-$89

More info: 937-228-3630 or www.daytonlive.org



2. Elvis Costello

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

Details: Elvis Costello & the Imposters perform with special guest Nicole Atkins. The ticket price includes admission to a pre-show wine tasting on the Main Concourse.

Cost: $23.50-$83

More info: 513-232-6220 or www.rosemusiccenter.com



3. “Waking Up”

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Friday Aug. 5 through September 4

Where: The Contemporary Dayton, 25 W. Fourth St. inside the Dayton Arcade

Details: Katherine Kadish, Jamaal Durr, Erin Smith Glenn and Kyle Thiele are among the member artists displaying work in “Waking Up: Biennial Member and Student Invitational.” The gallery is open until 8 p.m. on First Fridays.

Cost: Free

More info: 937-224-3822 or www.thecontemporarydayton.org



4. Art in the City

When: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6

Where: Various outdoor spots in downtown Dayton

Details: AES Ohio Summer in the City’s signature event, Art in the City, returns to downtown with hundreds of local dancers, painters, musicians, sculptors, poets and other creatives presenting demonstrations, performances and hands-on workshops.

Cost: Free

More info: www.downtowndayton.org

Credit: Skip Peterson

Credit: Skip Peterson

5. British Car Day

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6

Where: Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road, Dayton

Details: The 37th anniversary British Car Day features Austin-Healey, Jaguar, MG and other manufacturers from the United Kingdom. While cars are the main focus, the show also features motorcycles from British companies.

Cost: Free for spectators, $20 to register a car

More info: www.britishcardaydayton.com

Credit: Submitted Photo

Credit: Submitted Photo

6. LEGO Fan Expo

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7

Where: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Details: Professional LEGO artists, displays and merchants are among the participants in the BrickUniverse: LEGO Fan Expo. Lego recreations of landmarks such as Mount Rushmore, Notre-Dame de Paris and the Manhattan Bridge will be on display.

Cost: $15 in advance, $18 at the door; free for children 2 and younger

More info: 937-333-4072 or www.daytonconventioncenter.com

7. I Love the ‘90s

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6

Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

Details: Take a musical trip back in time with the I Love the ‘90s Tour, a rap and R&B package pulling into Fraze Pavilion. The tour show features Vanilla Ice, All 4 One, Coolio, Rob Base, Tone Loc and Young MC.

Cost: $30 Tix pack, $50 lawn & terrace, $70 orchestra and $75 plaza in advance; ticket prices increase $5 the day of the show

More info: 937-296-3300 or www.fraze.com

Credit: Peter Wine

Credit: Peter Wine

8. Polish Summer Fest

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7

Where: Polish Picnic Grounds, 3690 Needmore Road, Dayton

Details: Polish Club hosts Polish Summer Fest, which features food, beverages and dancing to live music. Duane Malinowski and his polka band from Toledo will perform from 4 to 8 p.m. No coolers will be permitted.

Cost: $5 per carload

More info: 937-222-8092



9. The Foxies

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5

Where: Levitt Pavilion, 134 S. Main St., Dayton

Details: The 2022 Eichelberger Concert Season presents Nashville-based rock band the Foxies with local openers Clemmer. On Saturday, Aug. 6, Levitt Pavilion presents Tony Terry & Vibe 5, an evening of R&B from the actor and singer from North Carolina.

Cost: Free

More info: www.levittdayton.org

10. Lebanon Blues Festival

When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6

Where: Downtown Lebanon along Main Street

Details: Top blues musicians, food vendors and unique artisan and craftsmen booths comprise this 23rd annual event.

Cost: Free

More info: https://lebanonbluesfestival.com/

11. Bluegrass and Brew

When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5

Where: Main Street Commons, 103 W. Main St., Fairborn

Details: Grammy-winning Rhonda Vincent and The Rage headlines this event which includes multiple food trucks, family-friendly activities and a beer garden flowing with brews from Bonbright Distributors and Warped Wing.

Cost: Free

More info: www.bluegrassandbrew.com

Credit: Scott Benton

Credit: Scott Benton

12. “Thrust”

When: 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7

Where: Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs (Saturday) and Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton (Sunday)

Details: Local filmmaker Victor Bonacore’s latest project is a post-apocalyptic exploration of a world ruled by girl gangs.

Cost: $5

More info: www.littleart.com and https://neonmovies.com



13. First Friday

When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5

Where: Various locations throughout downtown Dayton

Details: This art hop features exhibit openings at the galleries, along with a variety of entertainment options, including street performances and roaming entertainers, arts demonstrations, live music, dining and shopping specials, and more.

Cost: Free

More info: downtowndayton.org

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

14. Small Farm and Food Fest

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6

Where: Carriage Hill Farm and MetroPark, 7800 E. Shull Rd., Huber Heights

Details: This event is devoted to the importance of eating healthy, small farms, hobby farming and homesteading skills. A variety of food trucks will also be available.

Cost: Free

More info: https://www.metroparks.org/

Contact this contributing writer at 937-287-6139 or e-mail at donthrasher100@gmail.com.