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The Ohio area has multiple events for students to enjoy over the summer. These include concerts, comedy shows, performances, festivals and more.

Five Rivers MetroParks have trails and parks all over the city of Dayton. This organization is also responsible for many of the outdoor activities. Some summer events include:


Located along the Miami River in the heart of downtown Dayton, RiverScape houses concerts, community events and river rentals. Kayaks are also available to ride along the river. RiverScape has many trails that overlook the river and are close to the Dayton Dragons Stadium, nightclubs and dining areas.

City Folk Festival 

This is a three-day event that takes place in downtown Dayton near RiverScape. This event will include fireworks, vendors, music, workshops and performances.  The event will take place June 29- July 1.


Dayton Celtic Festival 

online_828878145_870649f6f0_CindyFunk_celticThis is another three-day event that celebrates Celtic Heritage. Items from Scotland, Ireland and Great Britain are available. There will also be vendors and free food. The event will take place July 26- July 28.

Dayton African American Cultural Festival

This festival will give people a chance to experience an African Village, a pavilion of paintings from Africa and enjoy live R&B, gospel and jazz performances. The event will take place Aug. 24- Aug. 25.

Taste of Miami Valley

This event will have more than 30 local restaurants that will be on site providing reasonably priced food samples, representing the best of the culinary arts from Thai and seafood to cabbage rolls and barbeque. They will also have specialty wines and imported beers. This is event will take place Sept. 20-21.

Hispanic Heritage Festival 

This event is where people can enjoy Latin food and hear sounds of salsa, merengue, Tejano, Latin jazz, Cumbia and Bachata music. This event will take place Aug. 17.

A World A’Fair

A World A’Fair will also take place this summer, downtown at the convention center.  This is a three-day festival involving 29 ethnic groups to promote and preserve the cultures and heritage of ethnic groups, religious groups and war veterans. Some organizations that will participate will represent Africa, Czechoslovakia, Greece and Ireland.  This event will take place May 17-19.

Adventure Reef Waterpark

Another fun site to visit this summer is Kettering Recreation Center. They operate two aquatic facilities, Adventure Reef Waterpark and the main pool. The main pool is a year round indoor pool. Adventure Waterpark is open during the summer and includes a splash pad, leisure pool with large water playground and some of the highest and fastest slides in the area. They also have a waterfall pool, sun bathing area and concession stand.

Dayton Dragons

online_Fifth-Third-Field---Dayton-Ohio-(photo-courtesy-of-Dayton-Dragons)In Downtown Dayton, thousands come out every year to watch the Dayton Dragons games. The Dayton Dragons are a professional minor league baseball team that plays home and away games until October.

The stadium is Fifth Third Field and has many events throughout the season such as American Celebration Night, which honors airmen, and the Subway Race for runners, walkers and strollers, where participants receive free gifts and tickets to the game.

Vans Warped Tour

This year the Vans Warped Tour celebrates its eighteenth year. This is an all day music festival with over thirty bands. Music ranges from hip hop to punk, ska to pop rock and hardcore to house rock. The tour will stop at Cincinnati on July 30. Bands include: Black Veil Brides, Billy Talent, Chiodos, Forever the Sickest Kids, Hawthorne Heights, Motion City Soundtrack, Never Shout Never,  The Early November, The Used, VersaEmerge and much more. Tickets are $30.75. For more information go to www.vanswarpedtour.com.

Kings Island

online_3779790937_6d305e8f6c_EliDuke_KIKings Island has an newly expanded waterpark, rides, food, entertainment and a kid area. Opening day is April 27. Tickets are cheaper online. Single day passes are $37.99, two-day passes are $54.99 and admission after 5 p.m. is $21.99. Parking is $12.  A gold season pass is $100.50 and includes free parking for the year. Kings Island allows a payment plan of six payments of $16.75.

The Oregon District

online_oregondistrictThe Oregon District, another popular Dayton Destination, houses many restaurants, shops, nightclubs and bars in the area. Other nightclubs in Dayton include Masque, Aquarius, Vex, Vault and Therapy Café.

Dayton Art Institute

The Dayton Art Institute has a large collection of art on display for visitors. They also host special exhibits. Thier collection covers 5000 years of art history according to their website. They are closed on Monday, open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. College students can get in free with a valid ID. On June 8, they will hold their annual Art Ball. They host multiple other events throughout the year. For more information go to www.daytonartinstitute.org.online_dai_BenWetzel

There are a lot of places and things to do in Dayton this summer to keep students occupied. However many students plan on working this summer.

“This summer I’ll be working and going to class,” freshman Kailey Reese said.

“I live in Texas, so I’ll be going home and finding a job. I look forward to spending time with my family,” freshman Kim Lamb said.

“I’m ready to graduate, my summer plans include finding a job,” senior Zack Warner said.

“I’m doing a lot of work this summer. I’ll be at Catco in Columbus. However I do look forward to spending time with some of my friends from school here in Dayton, “ freshman Ken Ferguson said.

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Wright State University.
Summer activities across Ohio offer entertainment and culture