7 crave-worthy Dayton food festivals that will take you around the world

Dayton festivals are packed with culture and delicious food.

Schnitzel, kibbee and muffaletta , oh yum.

Cultures from around the world will be celebrated now through fall.

There will be music, culture and soooo much delicious food.

Below are some of our favorite upcoming ethnic festivals to help you prepare your tum-tum for culinary adventures right here at home.

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1)  Germanfest Picnic 

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Dayton’s Liederkranz-Turner club has all the bier, schnitzel and Oompa-pa bands one can take.

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Why go:  Entertainment includes Triad of Comedy, The Band 5, Nothing But Treble, Last Call Trio, Full Throttle, Ludlow and Hey There Morgan.

There will be a kids zone with games and rides, craft vendors, a genealogy area, a raffle for a trip to Germany for two, a Bavarian fashion show, a race/walk and cultural displays.

The RTA will offer free shuttles to parking areas.

The polka mass takes place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.

Where: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

When:  5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10;  11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11; and  11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12

Cost: Free admission

Connect:  Website | 937-429-9251| Facebook 

2) Dayton African American Cultural Festival 

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Credit: Barbara J. Perenic

Why go: The celebration of African and African American culture includes food, African drumming,  dance and gospel, jazz, blues, hip-hop and R&B music on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Island MetroPark.

There will be performances by Lenny Williams; Chay BuddahMississippi Red565 NationRachel Shaw and Renee Pate.

The festival’s gospel explosion will be held Sunday, Aug. 19, at Courthouse Square.

Locations: Island MetroPark, 101 E. Helena St., Dayton  (Saturday) and Courthouse Square near the corner of Third and Main Streets in downtown Dayton (Sunday)

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Cost: Free admission

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3)  Greater Dayton Lebanese Festival 

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Credit: Jim witmer

Why go: Dive into kibbee, kafta, baklawa, shawarma  and other handmade Lebanese foods at this beloved festival. There will be dance, cultural displays and amusement park rides.  
There will be a Catholic Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.

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When: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; 11 to 6 p.m. Sunday Aug. 26

Where: St. Ignatius Maronite Catholic Church,  5915 Springboro Pike, West Carrollton

Cost: Free admission

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4)  Dayton Greek Festival

Why go: You will find opa for days at the 60th annual festival.

Meal options include pastitsio, moussaka, Greek pizza, tsoureki, dolmades,  gyro sandwiches and so many delicious desserts.

Saganaki, flamed Greek cheese,  will be served for a second year and there will be tours of the church’s Byzantine-style sanctuary, as well as shopping in the Grecian Boutique, music and dance.

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Free parking shuttle bus will take festival-goers to and from the Grandview employee lot on Shaw Avenue.

Where: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept 8; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.

Cost: Free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Admission for the remainder of the festival is $2 per adult for the entire weekend.  Entry is free for children 12 and younger.

Connect: Website | (937) 224-0601|  Facebook

5)  Italian Fall Festa

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

Gelato, spaghetti and all the meatballs, muffaletta sandwiches and homemade calzones are among the delicious treats that will be found at the 41st annual festival.

In 2014, the  festival required about 600 gallons of sauce, 20,000 meatballs and 9,400 sausages and about 900 volunteers to put on.

There will be a Meatball Madness 5K, children’s games, bocce,  live music,  a spaghetti eating contest, beer, wine, Italian drinks, dancing  and daily featured dinners at the event sponsored by the John Pirelli Lodge #1633.

A pre-Festa lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, by calling 937-258-3600

Where: Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Kettering

When:  6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 7; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8; noon to 8 p.m.  Sunday, Sept. 9.

Cost: Free admission and parking

Connect: 937-258-3600 | Website Facebook

6) Hispanic Heritage Festival 

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

Why go:  The vibrant festival starts  with a parade at noon.

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Entertainment includes URBachata; Rika Swing; Al Son Del lya, Rondalla Puerto Rico, Hot Enchiladas; The Amador Sisters; Orgullo Mexicana; dance lessons by Salsannati and Que Lindo Es Panama.

Organized by Puerto Rican, American and Caribbean Organization (PACO) Latino,  the celebration partners with URS Rubber Duck Regetta and includes a children area, food vendors, a Latin karaoke competition,  zumba and games.

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15

Where: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

Cost: Free admission

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7)  Oktoberfest at Dayton Art Institute

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

Why go: Art, beer, bands, brats and Bavarian roasted nuts. There is a reason so many people collect Oktoberfest beer steins and T-shirts each year. So many great memories are created at Oktoberfest, a fundraiser for the DAI that has attracted 875,000 and has raised more than $5 million since its inception in 1972.

Where: The Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton

When: Oktoberfest Lederhosen Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Oktoberfest Preview Party, 7-11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21.

Oktoberfest hours: noon to 11:30  p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.

How much will it cost you? Admission to the lunch is free. Advance tickets to the preview party are $55 for members and $75 for non-members. Gate admission is $95. Ticket sales begin later this month.

Advance Oktoberfest general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors ages 60 and older and youth ages 7 to 18. Gate admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and youth.

Children 6 and younger admitted free of charge.

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