Enjoy the holiday weekend with one of these unique events
With many big Labor Day weekend events—such as River Blast and Kettering Holiday at Home—canceled this year, some families may be at a loss when deciding what to do this weekend. Thankfully, many other organizations have created or altered events that make it easy to enjoy the holiday weekend while staying safe.
Dayton History has partnered with the Miami Valley Antique Fire Apparatus Association to create a family-friendly event at Carillon Historical Park. On Saturday, Sept. 5, the park will be hosting an Antique Fire Apparatus Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will feature 40 pieces of antique fire trucks and apparatuses. The park’s 35 exhibit buildings and structures will also be open to the public. Guests will also be able to take train rides on the 7.5” gauge railroad.
The Oregon District is kicking off the weekend with its first Out on 5th event Sept. 4-6. During each weekend in September and October, Fifth Street will be closed to vehicles and reimagined as a pedestrian promenade. Restaurant dining areas will be expanded, sidewalk sales will be popping up and special entertainment and activities will be found throughout the street. The area has also been named a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, so visitors will be able to take beverages bought at specific locations throughout the area. The event is 5-10 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Those who’d like to head downtown will be able to enjoy a Downtown Dayton Sidewalk Sale Sept. 4 5 to 8 p.m. and Sept. 5 noon to 5 p.m. Local shops will have products displayed in front of their storefronts, downtown restaurants will be offering takeout and drink specials, and roaming entertainment will be on the streets.
For those who’d like to spend some time enjoying nature, the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District is hosting an event called Discover Sweet Arrow Reserve. The free event, held Sept. 5 10 a.m.-1 p.m., has been designed to introduce people to the park if they’ve never been before. Visitors will be able to pick up a trail map and participate in scavenger hunts. Sweet Arrow Reserve is the largest park in the district and has seven different trails.