Dayton Dozen Events :: 12 Months of Things to Do {2024}

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Looking for fun and family-friendly things to do in the Gem City? We’ve got your Dayton Dozen events roundup of things to do each month during the year! Have some others that just NEED to be added to our list? Comment at the end with your suggestions.

january events in dayton

Happy New Year, Greater Dayton-Area moms! Another year is upon us, and the family-friendly activities around the Gem City are still in full swing for January. Check out our round-up of our top things to do during the month.


Boards & Books: Classic Game Night

January 4
6:00-8:00pm

Dayton Metro Library – Huber Heights Branch
6160 Chambersburg Rd
Huber Heights, OH 45424

Where the Wild Kids Are- Beach Party

January 27
11:00-11:45am

Northmont Branch
700 W. National Rd.
Englewood OH 45322

Bedtime Stories (As Told By Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up)

January 5-7, 12-14

Springboro Community Theater
115 Wright Station Way
Springboro, OH 45066

Family Skate Day: Animal Adventures!

January 7
1:00-5:00pm

RiverScape MetroPark
237 E Monument Ave, Dayton, OH

Preschool Story Time with Ms. Caitlin {Greene County Public Library}

January 10, 17, 24, 31
10:30-11:30am

Fairborn Community Library
1 East Main Street
Fairborn OH 45324

Camp Half-Blood Party at Troy-Miami County Public Library

January 29
3:00-6:00pm

Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library
12 N. Main St., Pleasant Hill

february events in dayton

Winter blues getting to you? Never fear! We have you covered on all our favorite Dayton Dozen Family-Friendly Events to catch this month of February and beat those gloomy Winter days.


Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone In Concert

Friday, February 9
7:30pm
Saturday, February 10
2pm

Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
1 W 2nd St, Dayton, OH

Jurassic Quest

February 2-4

Dayton Convention Center
22 E 5th St, Dayton, OH

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, February 24

Victoria Theatre
138 N Main St, Dayton, OH

Magic Carpet Concerts: Once Upon a Time

The timeless tale of Peter and the Wolf is brought to life by members of DBSE (the Ballet’s pre-professional dance company), our Opera Artists-in-Residence, and the Philharmonic Orchestra. Geared specifically for children, the first stop on this magical, musical trip is Peter’s House, where he narrates his fairytale story.

February 27-29 (27th is sensory-friendly)
11:30am

Dayton Masonic Center
525 W Riverview Ave, Dayton, OH

Discovery: Mytholomania!

A gifted ensemble of actors presents the greatest hits in Greek mythology – in under one hour! Creation myths such as Pandora’s Box, Persephone, Narcissus, and Prometheus jostle for space with a bunch of other characters and tales, with the presentation wrapping up with a 10-minute version of The Odyssey – complete with a googly-eyed Cyclops! This brand new, fast-paced, raucous comedy is a perfect addition to your school’s mythology unit.

Friday, February 9
9:30am & 11:30am

Victoria Theatre
138 N Main St, Dayton, OH

Dayton Royal Princess Ball

Sunday, February 4
12-3:30pm

Hilton Garden Inn Dayton Beavercreek
3520 Pentagon Park Blvd, Dayton, OH

Family Fun Night — Jubilee Community Church

Friday, February 2
6:30-9pm

Jubilee Community Church
11285 N Springboro Pike, Miamisburg, OH

march events in dayton

Do you already have fun plans ready for your little leprechauns in March? If you need more ideas, here are our top picks for family-friendly events around the Greater Dayton area.

Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour!

blippi coming to dayton march 2024

Saturday, March 30, 2024 – 2pm

SCHUSTER CENTER
1 WEST SECOND STREET
DAYTON, OHIO 45402

Blippi is coming to Dayton for the ultimate curiosity adventure in Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour! 

So, come on! Dance, sing, and learn with Blippi and special guest, Meekah, as they discover what makes different cities unique and special. Will there be monster trucks, excavators, and garbage trucks galore? You bet! So get ready to shake those wiggles out and OJ Twist your way through this brand-new musical party!

Stand-Up Science

Friday March 1st 7-8pm

Boonshoft, Dayton Society of Natural History

Ben Miller performs a multimedia show of graphs, pictures and video for a scientific comedic approach. 14+ audience for suggestive content. $15 member, $20 non-member pricing.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins Book Club

Saturday March 2nd 1pm

Beavercreek branch of Greene County Library

Register for a copy of this book to keep. Then come to the Library to discuss and watch the movie together with snacks. Ages 6-11.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day!

Tuesday March 5th 6pm

Victoria Theatre

Based on the PBS show, this touring musical makes a one-day stop in Dayton. See Dayton Live website for ticketing information.

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Sense and Sensibility

Friday March 8th 8pm, opening weekend

Dayton Playhouse

New adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel with the question of reputation and following your heart.

See site for ticket pricing.

Waterfowl Exploration with Five Rivers Metro Parks

Saturday March 9th 10am-12

Englewood Metro Park

Part of Conservation Leaders series, this program for 10-17 year olds helps learn about and identify Ohio’s waterfowl. Registration required and $3 cost with financial assistance available.

Family & Teen Peep Diorama

Tuesday March 12th 2:30-4:30

West Carrollton branch of Dayton Metro Library

Boxes, Peeps and other materials provided to help create a one of a kind creation at the Library. Take it home to complete, but turn it in by March 16. Voting is from the 18th-23rd.

Art Start Preschool Storytime at Rosewood Art Center

Thursday March 14th 11:30-12:15

Rosewood Art Center

A Dayton Metro Librarian will lead storytime with a Rosewood Instructor leading a hands-on project afterwards. Free with no registration necessary. Check out the renovated building in this fun way.

Teen Lock-In: Harry Potter Night

Friday March 15th 6-11pm

Centerville Library

Registration required for this 6th-12th grade after-hours event.

End of Winter Bird Walk

Saturday March 16th 9-11am

Woodland Cemetery

Slow pace and mostly on the road surface, wear comfortable and weather appropriate attire for this walking tour of the winter wildlife. Free with reservations.

Sprayed Edges Book Art

Saturday March 16th 2-4pm

Beavercreek branch of Greene County Library

BYO book to this adult program to customize the page edge. All other materials provided. Registration required.

Don’t Burn Your Eyes Out! By Armstrong Air and Space Museum

Monday March 18th 4-5pm

West Branch of Dayton Metro Library

Learn the science eclipses, how they happen and home-made equipment to safely view it.

The Great Ohio Toy Show

Saturday March 25 9am-4 (8am early bird)

Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center

Vintage and modern toys in seven buildings and 700 tables. $5 adults, $10 early bird, 12 and under free with free parking.

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april events in dayton

April brings warmer weather and the beginning signs of Spring. Get out and enjoy the activities that will be offered in and around Dayton. There are some great ones this month, including Total Solar Eclipse events!


TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE EVENTS

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

April 8
10am-4pm

1100 Spaatz St., Dayton

Aullwood Farm Viewing and Eclipse Art

April 8
9am-5pm

9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

April 8
9am-5pm

2600 Deweese Parkway, Dayton

Eclipse Block Party

April 6
10am-4pm

Downtown Tipp City

Eclipse Over Springfield

April 8
2-4pm

National Road Commons Park in downtown Springfield

Greene County Parks & Trails

April 8

All but two Greene County parks expected to be within the path of totality during the eclipse.

SO MANY MORE!

We just included some of our top picks, but there are tons more solar eclipse events happening all over Greater Dayton. Get the full massive list over on the Dayton Daily News.


Birds of a Feather with the Cincinnati Zoo and Washington Centerville Library

April 6
2-3pm

Centerville Library

Family program with the Cincinnati Zoo Wings of Wonder educational experience.

Sunset at the Market

April 11
5:30pm-8:30

Special evening hours for Earth Month with Ambassador Animals til 7:30, live music, scavenger hunt, and more.

Dayton Grilled Cheese Fest

April 12
5-9pm

The Yellow Cab Tavern

Celebrating 11 years of The Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies with special events. See website for lineup. Free entry. Part of the DORA district.

Wolf Walk

April 13
9am or 10am

Woodland Cemetery

Presented by Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum and SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center, free guided tours with required online registration. Wear appropriate gear for walking and weather and bring your social dog for a unique experience. Bring cash for a donation entry for a raffle ticket.

Pollinators and Flowers Colorful Fun Run

April 13
11am-12:30pm

Forest Field Park

One-mile course (100-meter dash option 10 and under) with stations learning about pollinators and gaining color powder. Visit all stations for all the colors. Free event with online registration.

Art Class for Kids

April 15
4:15pm

Mary L Cook Library

Registration required starting April 1st. In collaboration with the Waynesville Art Council, create paper mâché bowls while learning about the process. Kindergarten-5th.

House of Bread Empty Bowls Fundraiser

April 16
5pm or 6pm

Marriott on Patterson Boulevard

One handmade pottery bowl filled with soup from local restaurants and desserts for $40. This event helps fund their ability to feed a hot meal to anyone 365.

Job Fair

April 16
4-7pm

West Branch Dayton Metro Library

Maker Lab Training

April 18
3:30-4:30pm

Hobart Building

Monthly offering from 6th grade-adults learning different things in the Troy-Miami County Maker Lab. Check back for more details about each month. Reg opens April 4th.

Aullwood’s History and Future Speaker Series

April 21
2pm

Wright Memorial Library & online

In partnership with Oakwood Historical Society, this meeting is presented by the senior manager of Aullwood Audubon about the history and founder. For adults.

Dayton Autism Society 5k Run/Walk for Acceptance

April 27
9am

Island Metro Park

Register for t-shirt and medal with proceeds benefiting their Family Grant Program. Optional Virtual Course walked anywhere from Friday 26-Sunday 28.

Kettering Community Garage Sale

April 27
9am-2pm

Charles L Lathrem Senior Center

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may events in dayton

Spring is FINALLY here, and we’ve got some amazing local events for you this month, including May the 4th and our annual Bloom event for moms!


Cincinnati-Dayton Bloom Event for Moms

May 25
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Virtual Facebook Event

Spring Fest in the Burg {Presented by the Miamisburg Moose Lodge}

May 17-19
Friday 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Saturday 10 AM- 9:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Riverfront Park
1 Water St
Miamisburg, Ohio 45342

All-City Arts Festival

May 4
11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

RiverScape MetroPark
237 E. Monument Avenue
Dayton, OH, 45402

May the 4th Be With You

May 4
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
1301 E. Siebenthaler Avenue
Dayton, OH, 45414

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

May 11
12:00 PM- 4:00 PM

RiverScape MetroPark
237 E. Monument Avenue
Dayton, OH, 45402

Tike Hike

May 24
10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Wesleyan MetroPark
1441 Wesleyan Road
Dayton, OH, 45427

Disney’s The Lion King

May 1-12

Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
1 W 2nd Street
Dayton, OH 45402

june events in dayton

School is out, and the season of pools, festivals, and outdoor activities has arrived! Keep your family busy all month long by checking out some of the June family-friendly activities around Greater Dayton this month, including Pride and Juneteenth!


Dayton Pride Parade & Festival

June 1
Parade – Downtown at 11am
Festival – Noon

This year’s Pride Parade has a new route but the same fun. The parade lines up on Jefferson Street and begins at Second Street to Main Street and around the block on First Street down to Patterson.

The Pride festival continues after the PRIDE parade. With live entertainment, vendors and of course food, this is an event you cannot miss! We encourage you to bring the whole family, and they provide a section just for kids that includes activities for all ages.

St. Helen Festival

June 7 -9

St. Helen Church in Riverside, Ohio. This is the last standing local church festival because it has shown time and again that it is the best! Hear yours truly as the matinee announcer for Saturday and Sunday. In a step forward for feminism, I’m the first female announcer they’ve had in 71 years! Also featuring rides, homemade dinners, a huge flea market, bier garden, and a non-stop schedule of the best bands playing all weekend. Each day offers a new, exclusive craft beer brewed only for the festival.

Summer Flea Market

June 1 at 8:30am and Touch a Truck at 9am at the Kettering Recreation Center

I definitely recommend getting there early because parking can get nuts between little kids wanting to touch every vehicle known to man and cute older adults trying to get to the flea market.

Summertime, Sousa, and Sundaes at Polen Farm

Thursday, June 13
7-830pm

The award-winning Kettering Civic Band is hosting a free, family friendly concert. Ice cream will be provided, with donations welcomed. Don’t forget your lawn chairs!

Centerville Party in the Park

Friday, June 14
5:30-9:30pm

St. Leonard CHI living communities on Clyo Road

Simply Queen –tribute band starts playing at 7pm. Kids’ activities, food trucks, and more start at 5:30.

3rd Annual Riverside Rockin’ Rods Car Show

Saturday, June 15
10am-4pm

Rohrer Park in Riverside

Over 200 cars came out last year! Last year they had food trucks and activities for the kids.

Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom

Wednesday, June 19
5-8pm
FREE Admission

Lincoln Park Civic Commons

Kettering’s family-friendly Juneteenth celebration features food trucks, local vendors, crafts for kids and the amazing LUV LOCZ EXPERIMENT! This Dayton-based, reggae-infused, funk ’n soul band brings a unique sound and the perfect energy to the celebration! From original music to their own twist on favorite tunes, you’ll be transported to the islands to dance your troubles away.

Springboro Juneteenth Jubilee

June 19-22

Experience Juneteenth in Springboro: A Fusion of History, Community, and Family Fun!

Join us as Springboro transforms into a hub of entertainment and celebration for Juneteenth! This special day is all about honoring our history, spotlighting Springboro’s pivotal role in the Underground Railroad and abolitionist movement, and reaffirming our unwavering dedication to equity and inclusion for all.

Carillon Park Rail Festival

June 22 (9:30am-5pm) and 23 (11am-5pm)

Don’t miss this if your kiddos still get excited about trains! The mini trains will be out as well as the new full-sized replica train.

Kristen Hammaker

july events in dayton

Besides Independence Day, there are a TON of awesome things to do in the month of July this year!


august events in dayton

It’s already August, and the Summer has been flying by, but it isn’t over yet! Check out these upcoming events in August around Greater Dayton, and have some Summer fun before it all ends.


september events in dayton

Fall Fun is right around the corner! We have your guide to all things Fall in this edition.


october events in dayton

Fall has arrived, and so has your guide to family-friendly events for October in the Greater Dayton area! It’s time to spend time celebrating all the activities that come along with the season.


november events in dayton

The holidays are quickly approaching. Whatever you’re celebrating, we have a roundup of our top picks for family-friendly things to do around Greater Dayton for November!


december events in dayton

The year may be almost over, but the family fun is just getting started! Here is your December roundup of events happening around town.