September Dayton Dozen :: A Guide to Family-Friendly Events


september 2020 dayton dozen

  1. Hidden Valley Orchards – Their Fall season starts August 27th and runs through the whole Fall. If you haven’t checked out this Lebanon-area family-friendly farm, you definitely need to. They have an orchard, a playground, a shop with preserves and goods, an ice cream parlor, a coffee shop plus bakery, a small dinner menu, and a full bar with live music.
  2. Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Young’s Jersey Dairy – While their official Fall events have been canceled for 2020, they are still open to the public for visits. This is the perfect time to visit to pick pumpkins right from the field! Pick-your-own pumpkins starts September 19th from 11am-6pm, and the price is $9/pumpkin.
  3. Cincinnati Zoo’s (first ever) Virtual Zoofari – For the first time, the Zoo will be offering the Zoofari digitally! The event takes place September 25th at 7pm. You and your kids can spend Friday evening with Fiona the Hippo, listening to live music, learning about the Zoo, and watching surprise celebrity appearances.
  4. Boonshoft’s BASH to Basics – This virtual event is September 12th from 7pm-8pm and requires a Zoom reservation. It focuses on Biology, Atronomy, STEM, and History, with talks from members of the Discovery Zoo, the Astronomy team, and the STEM education team. It also includes a catered charcuterie plate from Brock Masterson’s.
  5. URS Rubber Duck Regatta – Held Friday, September 18th, at the Dixie Drive In, this event is going virtual and now includes a family-friendly movie as well as the Duck Drop! Admission is $5 per person (under 5 years is free) and is limited to the first 400 cars.
  6. Dayton Greek Fest – This annual event is held the weekend after Labor Day (September 11th-13th). While festival directors haven’t released details, they have confirmed that the Greek Fest will still take place but with obvious safety precautions followed to keep guests and volunteers safe.
  7. Dayton Italian Fest – Join the Italian Fest for drive-through Italian food September 11th-13th.
  8. Carillon Park’s Harvest Tea – This is an authentic 19th century afternoon tea held at the Patterson Homestead where you will learn about the history of the Patterson Homestead and what life was like in America. This event is held September 13th from 2pm-4pm.
  9. Troy Main Street Chocolate Walk – Limited to just 200 tickets, this is the 4th year Troy has hosted this event. You can stroll through the picturesque downtown and enjoy all sorts of chocolate-themed treats on September 4th from 5:30-8pm.
  10. Lock 27 Locktoberfest – Usually, this event runs the entire Oktoberfest season. This year, they are kicking it off early (it started the middle of August) with special menu items and beers at both the downtown and Centerville locations.
  11. Kettering Rez’s BYO-Bingo – This is the perfect socially-distant family-friendly event. Held on September 18th from 7-8:30pm, every family will have their own table, and there will be an ice cream bar to enjoy.
  12. Centerville Washington Township Great Geochaching Adventure – Get outside with your kids and explore area parks while finding a set of geocaches. This runs through October 4th, so enjoy the Fall weather while your kids hone their treasure hunting skills.

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