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Kiss those summer sandals goodbye and bring on the pumpkin spice, fall is here in the Dayton area! With the new season comes a wave of fall activities that get you into that autumn kind of mind.
Looking for activities for just the two of you? Head out to one of the area’s Oktoberfest celebrations! Kicking off the 27th of September, the Saint Peter Catholic Church hosts Oktoberfest complete with homemade German cuisine, a craft show, music, and games. The Dayton Art Institute kicks off their Oktoberfest celebration the weekend of September 27nd through the 29th. This huge event boasts two stages of live music, a Craft beer tent with TV’s so you can stay up on your fantasy picks, shopping, food, and more!
If shopping is your pleasure then hit the streets of Waynesville the weekend of October 12th for the 50th Annual Sauerkraut Festival. With over 450 vendors, you can get your Christmas shopping done early while sampling such delicacies as Sauerkraut Balls or Sauerkraut Pizza!
Dayton Haunted Attractions
Are you ready to get scared? The Dayton area has several big scare parks for an entire evening of frights. Dayton Scream Park features haunted trails and more! Horror Acres is sure to fright with all the big “Horror Legends” in residence. With 6 haunts on-site and a stage of entertainment, Land of Illusion is the perfect outing for a fright-tastic date night. Want to see more? You can find a list of local haunts here.
Corn mazes are great fun for everyone, just keep in mind a few things before you go. Make sure everyone in your party wears comfortable shoes. If heading out during the day, bring some sunscreen and water. If you’re venturing out at night be sure to dress for the weather and don’t forget a flashlight. Most importantly, always pick the maze appropriate for your group; some can be extremely complex and long.
For outings with youngsters, try a small maze such as Cowvins Corny Maze at Young’s Dairy, Mickey’s Corn Maze, or The “Y” -BUILDING A STRONG COMMUNITY at Apple Country Farm. For the more hardy explorers, try a moderate maze such as the maze at Idle Hour Ranch. For elite adventurers, try a complex maze like Tom’s Maze or the maze at Niederman Family Farms.
There’s a wealth of family-friendly festivals in the area this fall. The weekend of September 21st kicks off the Allwood Audubon Farm Apple Fest. October 5th and 6th take the kids for a day at the farm at the 43rd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival.
The Ohio Renaissance Festival entertains crowds of every age weekends through the 27th of October. Catch a comedy show, eat a huge turkey leg, meet the Queen, and cheer for your favorite Knight in the jousts while you’re there, or meander through the shops and find the perfect costume for this Halloween.
On October 5th through the 6th head over to Eastwood MetroPark for the Midwest Outdoor Experience. This huge event celebrates all things outdoor and features food, vendors, sports competitions and interactive sporting demonstrations. Dog lovers won’t want to miss the dog agility demos!
We hope this helps you narrow down your fall activities in the Dayton area. What will you head out to? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook.