Love It Up With These 2018 Downtown Dayton Late Summer Events

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We are midway through summer, but there is no shortage of exciting events that are just steps from your front door. Living in downtown is a happening place and it is simple to find an activity to match your interests. Whether you are already taking advantage of the local dining, diverse nightlife and eclectic shopping, do not overlook the downtown Dayton late summer events! From food festivals and live music events, to outdoor performances, there is certainly more than enough to keep you entertained!

While this is not a complete list, dig into some of downtown Dayton late summer events and make sure you do not miss something that you are sure to love.

Dayton Celtic Festival

Dayton Celtic Festival kicks off July 27th.

Dayton Celtic Festival

Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29

A celebration of Celtic culture and Irish heritage held at Riverscape MetroPark.

Germanfest Picnic

Friday, August 10 – Sunday, August 12

This is one of the largest and most favorite festivals and full of Oompa-pa bands, German beer and Bavarian style food

Dayton African American Cultural Festival

Saturday, August 18 – Sunday, August 19

This Island MetroPark family event displays the richness of the African American culture through food, music experience and education.

Dayton Ale Festival

AleFest Dayton is Saturday, August 25th.


Saturday, August 25

AleFest is a craft beer festival displaying the finest beer styles of the world in an educational, responsible, and enjoyable fashion.

Dayton Reggae Festival

Sunday, September 2
Groove with the beat of the drums and be free to live in the life of the reggae moment at Riverscape Metropark.

Dayton Greek Festival

Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9
Hosted by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church – Enjoy great food, great entertainment and traditional Greek hospitality!

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Saturday, September 15

The exciting Hispanic Heritage Festival is back with hot Latin Music and spicy, delicious Latin Food.

Rubber Duck Regatta

The 15th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta hits the river on September 15th.

Rubber Duck Regatta

Saturday, September 15

Join United Rehabilitation Services (URS), for the 15th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta at RiverScape Metro Park.

Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest

Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23

A Dayton tradition that is rooted in art, community, beer, wine and good times!

Dayton Oktoberfest

Dayton’s Oktoberfest is September 21st through the 23rd.

Dayton is popular for special events such as concerts, sporting events and dozens of can’t-be-missed festivals. We encourage you to spend the next few months soaking up the sun and taking in the downtown fun! We would not want you to miss out, on making memories this summer. Mark your calendars and we will see you Downtown!

downtown dayton late summer events

For a complete list: The 2018 Events & Activities Guide

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