October Dayton Dozen


If you are looking for some classic Fall Fun in October – the following guides may be for you!

Pumpkin Patches

U-Pick Apples

However, if you are looking to shake it up a bit, we would love to suggest the following local events!


Mark Your Calendars for our Pick of the Month! 

Vintage Market Days

Get ready for Vintage Market Days Dayton-Cincinnati coming to Greene County Fairgrounds!

November 1-3
Green County Fairgrounds Greene

Early Buying Event: Three Day Pass 10am-4pm (all three days) | $10/ticket
General Admission: Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm | $5/ticket

Enjoy this indoor vintage market full of vintage, vintage-inspired art, handmade treasures, furniture, home décor, boutique clothing, and jewelry! Be sure to check out this great Guide to Vintage Market Days Dayton-Cincinnati for some tips to prepare for this fun experience!

Mom Tip – Buy early and save! All tickets will be mailed to your home, but tickets will be available at the gate. Plus, be on the lookout for ticket deals, including BOGO 1/2 price three-day pass for $15.


1.  Make It Dayton Festival 

  • October 5, 2019
  • 9:30am–5pm
  • Carillon Historical Park

Artists, woodworkers, 3D printers, rocketeers, makers and crafters will find plenty to love at this year’s Make It Dayton Festival 

2.  Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience @Five Rivers Metro Park

***DMB Tip*** This event has a robust, ‘recycle, landfill, compost’ program. Make this a learning opportunity when sorting waste.

  • October 5 & 6, 2019
  • Saturday 11am–10pm  & Sunday 11am-4pm 
  • Eastwood Metro Park
  • Free, no registration needed

See website for a schedule of events with activities, competitions, professional demos, exhibitors, music, food, and free camping. 

3.  Arts, Beats and Eats @Datyon Art Institute

***DMB Tip*** Check the RTA schedule to be dropped off right at the grounds. Kids ride free. 

  • October 6, 2019
  • 12pm-7pm

Free event held inside and outside the DAI. Help them celebrate their centennial with food trucks, beer garden, art activities, photo booth, live music, entertainment, and giveaways.

4.  Centerville Fall Festival

  • October 6, 2019
  • 2pm-5pm 
  • Stubbs Park, Centerville 

“Bringing Country to the City” with hayrides, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, inflatables, face painting, games and Jesse and Buzz from Toy Story. 

5.  Get Outside Storytime: Nature Play @Dayton Metro Library 

***DMB Tip*** Part of a series of “Get Outside” storytime events.

  • October 7, 2019 
  • 10-11am
  • 3-6 years old
  • Englewood Metro Park, Patty Shelter
  • Registration requested; walk-ins welcome 

Stories of nature followed by an exploration of the park. 

6.  Fall Farm Fest @Miami County Parks

  • October 12 & 13, 2019
  • Saturday 12-7pm & Sunday 12-5pm
  • Lost Creek Reserve 2385 E St Rt 41, Troy

Celebrating Miami County’s agricultural heritage with free admission over this two-day festival. Bring cash for pumpkins, hayrides and corn maze. 

7.  Fall Flyer @LM&M Railroad

***DMB Tip*** Bring cash for the farm shop on-board; cider and pie!

  • October 12,13,19, 20, 26, 27, 2019

Take a ride on the LM&M railroad with the autumn scenery. New offerings this year include balloon artists, face painting, photo props and platform activities weather permitting.  After returning to the station each rider receives a small pie pumpkin. 

8.  Slightly Spooky Family Campfire @Wright Memorial Library 

***DMB Tip*** Check out their maker boxes available for checkout.

  • October 17, 2019 
  • 6pm  families with preschool/elementary children
  • Drop-in 

Slightly spooky bonfire with campfire songs, games and stories. If the chance of rain is greater than 50%, a modified campfire will be held inside. 

9.  Fixit Clinic @Washington Centerville Public Library 

***DMB Tip*** This is hands-on with help. You’re doing the work with help.

  • October 19, 2019 
  • 1pm
  • Free, no registration required 
  • Woodbourne Library Community Room

Fixit Clinic offers a workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to disassemble and troubleshoot non-functioning items–electronic gadgets, appliances, computers, toys, sewing machines, bicycles, skateboards, etc.

10.  Dayton Dia de Muertos Parade and Celebration 

***DMB Tip*** Become a spectator for the parade for a low-key, seasonal event. 

  • October 20, 2019 
  • 2–8pm  

Pre-parade festivities at 2 near 5th and Jefferson (check event for confirmation of details). Parade at 4 through Oregon ending at Missing Piece Art Space for post-parade celebration. 

11.  Stoddard Ave Pumpkin Glow Volunteer

***DMB Tip*** unique fun to volunteer to carve and then look for your pumpkin at the main event.

  • October 25–27 2019 
  • 9am-9pm
  • Family-friendly

Come carve some of the hundreds of pumpkins for the Stoddard Ave Pumpkin Glow. Stay for an hour or all day. 

12.  Jumpstart Your Creativity Writing Workshop @Greene County Library

***DMB Tip*** Check local library systems for regular “write-ins” for NaNoWriMo.

  • October 30, 2019 
  • 6-7:30pm  
  • No registration needed
  • Adults & teens 

Speaker, Nancy Christine speaks from her award-winning book, Rut-busting Book for Writers while getting your inspiration engine chugging along. Bring pen and paper for writing exercises and great suggestions to plow through roadblocks.