It was great seeing so many of you at Oktoberfest at the Dayton Art Institute this weekend! Although Dayton’s Oktoberfest is officially over for the year, October is just beginning this week. You’re probably thinking, “How in the world could this happen?” I did too. However, when I asked my buddy Jeeves, he told me that in another part of the world, Munich, Oktoberfest actually starts in September and ends in October. Having this mystery solved, hopefully we can all sleep well tonight. But before hitting the hay, let’s check out our options as Oktober…I mean October…begins.
On Wednesday, head on over to the University of Dayton’s ArtStreet for the SO Percussion: Workshop & Jam Session. There are opportunities for audience participation, so if you have always dreamed of playing the triangle, here is your opportunity. Are you a high school student? If so, I’m surprised you’re reading this. If not, do you know a high school student? If you answered yes, encourage him/her to check out the College Prep Night presented by Fifth Third Bank at Fifth-Third Field. Plus, there is an opportunity for those who RSVP in advance to win a $1,000 scholarship! If you love flowers, consider going to Going Green in Dayton at Gallery St. John, where you will have the opportunity to look at photos, sketches, and paintings by local artists of over 120 wild flowers in Dayton environments. And finally on Wednesday, if you’re looking for something that is unique and fun, check out the Blue Man Group as they perform at the Schuster Center. Although they describe themselves as blue, I have heard they are actually mauve…“mauvelous” that is!
On Thursday, Give the Best Pint in Town at the Community Blood Center! if you didn’t have the opportunity to do so last week. While you’re there, get your very own, super cool Octoberfest t-shirt! If you are looking for pointers on how to write grants (i.e. how to get free money!), check out the Southwest Ohio American Association of Grant Professionals Regional Conference at Atrium Medical Center. If you grew up always wanting to be a princess, head on over to the Nutter Center for Disney On Ice presents Princess Classics. Also, Tinker Bell (a.k.a. the “hottest fairy of them all”, according to a five-year old boy I know) will make an appearance.
On Friday, if fashion is your thing, check out the BRAVO! Fashion Show and Champagne Brunchat the Sinclair Ponitz Center to benefit the Dayton Opera. If you’re feeling like a Friday after-work happy hour is in order, consider heading to Arrow Wine’s Centerville location for their 13th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration…which betcha by golly wow is actually in October! On Friday night, downtown is definitely the place to be. Head over to The Neon for a sneak preview of the award-winning documentary, The Elephant in the Living Room. Or, before the weather gets too cold, get that bike out and join the Courteous Mass October Ride. If you enjoy the outdoors, then you will definitely want to check out GearFest at Eastwood MetroPark. This outdoor festival will feature athlete demonstrations, competitions, camping, the latest products/gear, and music! Also, while downtown, check out First Friday, which will feature a variety of entertainment options, from live music to art galleries to bonfires! (For more info on First Friday, click here.) Or, head on over to the Firefly Building’s amazing rooftop for Pecha Kucha Dayton Vol. 5, which will involve snacks, drinks, social networking, and idea sharing with eight creative presenters. And if you don’t mind the drive and would like to experience Oktoberfest again, head up to Minster for their version. Although I’ve never been, I’ve heard that Minster’s Oktoberfest is famous for serving beer in half-gallon plastic jugs!
On Saturday, get off that couch and check out the 33rd Annual Spring Valley Potato Festival. If you enjoy learning about other cultures, head over to Middletown for Middfest International 2010 Celebration of Botswana. All you music fans will want to experience the Dayton Music Fest, which will feature numerous bands playing at several different Dayton venues. If you want to be one of the first ones to get a pumpkin, head to Young’s Dairy for the 34th Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival.
Also on Saturday…All you motorcycle lovers better rev up your engines and speed over to Thomas Cloud Park for the Pink And Chrome – Ride for the Cure for Susan G. Komen for the Cure! And in the evening, even though the “official” fish fry season hasn’t yet started, check out the Fenwick High School Fish Fry, Monte Carlo, & Silent Auction night…where all proceeds raised will support student athletes at my alma mater! Also, Minster Oktoberfest, The Elephant in the Living Room – Movie, and GearFest will all still be strong options!
On Sunday, check out the 2010 Harvest Fest at Garden Station Community Garden and Art Park. Or, head to one of the many events you may have missed this week/weekend: the 33rd Annual Spring Valley Potato Festival, the 34th Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival, Minster Oktoberfest, Blue Man Group, The Elephant in the Living Room – Movie, or Midfest International Celebrates Botswana. It’s truly going to be a “mauvelous” week in Dayton!
What would you get if you crossed two fish with two elephants?
A pair of swimming trunks.
These are just a few best bets from the DMM Calendar. There are plenty more events listed there, so if you haven’t, I encourage you to check it out today! Also, if you have an event to share or promote, please submit it – it’s great marketing and better yet, it’s FREE! And finally, if you have a dumb joke to share, I’m all ears!
Have a great week Dayton!