Sinclair Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Bill Burns) with guest vocalist Barbara Knight perform a FREE concert on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Blair Hall Theater, Sinclair Community College, Dayton Ohio.
There’s always something to do in Dayton and even if you’re on a tight budget, that shouldn’t stop you from having a weekend chocked full of fun and adventure. We’ve curated a list of eight events happening around town with no cost to attend. Not to say you might not spend some money on food or beverages or picking up a gift or two during your outing.
For even more free things to do, check out our MostMetro.com event calendar and search under the FREE category
Celebrate fall, cycling, and tweed as we sally forth about town simply because it promises to be a smashing good time!
Meet at Riverfront Park for tea and registration, pose for photos, ride south on the bikeway, and return downtown to visit your favorite pub.
Play Music on The Porch Day started out as an idea…“What if for one day everything stopped…and we all just listened to the music?”
Even though this seems like a simple idea, if it worked, it could produce profound results. So in 2013 the organizers of the first “Play on a Porch Day” decided to share this idea with the world and to their surprise the idea spread even faster than they could have ever imagined.
In 2017 thousands of musicians from at least 40 countries and over 400 cities – including Dayton for the first time – participated and the movement continues to grow every day. Musicians from across the globe, regardless of their differences, are finding common ground through music.
This year Dayton again participates in this growing international music phenomenon as the now annual event known as Dayton Porchfest, a free, family friendly event for all ages. The festivities take place in the historic St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood, just east of downtown. There you will find over 40 live Dayton musical acts performing on home owner’s porches. Not only do you get to listen to music all afternoon, you get to experience one of Dayton’s most charming neighborhoods!
This event celebrates Dayton’s rich and diverse music scene, with musicians and bands covering funk and blues to indie rock and jazz, classical and country, to bluegrass and old time muisc that has deep Appalachian roots here. This event also celebrates our “Welcome Dayton” spirit that has contributed to a significant influx of immigrants and refugees over the past decade.
Dayton Porchfest is organized by The Collaboratory, a non-profit incubator for community enterprises and initiatives, located on Courthouse Square. Proceeds from Porchfest go to benefit The Collaboratory. Tips for the musicians are appreciated!
St Anne’s is home to the Fifth Street Brew Pub, who will be open during the festivities. Four food trucks will also be on site, including: McNasty’s, Courtland’s Mobile Grill, Pa’s Pork, Chi-Dogs, and Gary’s Italian Ice. Be sure to scroll below for map and music schedule.
How to Go?
When: Saturday August 25th from 1:30pm – 7pm aka “International Play on the Porch” Day. See schedule below.
Where: Throughout St. Anne’s Hill Historic District located between 4th and Josie St. Please do not park in the neighborhood. Parking is available at the Liederkranz building, Stivers High School, Becker Electric, RSC Graphics, and Miami Valley Gasket. Signs will be present. See map below.
Ages: All ages welcome
Remember to bring: Sunscreen, chair, and umbrella (just in case!)
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It’s National Flip Flop Day and when you wear your flip flops into to any of the 600-plus Tropical Smoothie Cafe stores nationwide you’ll get a get a free limited-edition Sunshine Smoothie from 2-7pm today. No coupon or purchase is needed to get the free special smoothie, which is a combination of orange, banana, pineapple and mango.
The Atlanta-based chain’s annual National Flip Flop Day serves as a fundraiser for Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families located in Maine. The smoothies are 100% free, but customers are encouraged to contribute a little to Camp Sunshine to help the smoothie shop meet its goal.
“We started National Flip Flop Day as a fun summer event, but the ultimate goal is much greater than free smoothies,” said Mike Rotondo, Tropical Smoothie’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “We’re raising money to help families who are facing life’s worst circumstances.”
Guests can also make a donation of $5 by purchasing a Sunshine Key Fob, which will also get you a five percent discount at all Tropical Smoothie Cafe purchases for the remainder of 2018.
Tropical Smoothie Locations around the Miami Valley:
1988 Miamisburg-Centerville Road,
Centerville, OH 45459
26241 Far Hills Avenue,
Centerville, OH 45459
32307 Far Hills Ave. Shops of Oakwood,
Dayton, OH 45419
43195 Dayton Xenia Road Ste 770,
Beavercreek, OH 45434
52642 Colonel Glenn Hwy.,
Fairborn, OH 45324
66221 Old Troy Pk,
Huber Heights, OH 45424
711255 Reed Hartman Hwy, Suite D, Suite D
Blue Ash, OH 45242
8233 E. Home Rd.,
Springfield, OH 45503
How fast does a peregrine falcon fly? Are owls really silent? Why do vultures have bald heads? Here is your chance to chat informally with a docent and meet an ambassador animal one on one. Spend a few minutes or a few hours. See feet, touch feathers, and learn about the wonders of the raptor world. Raptor Center.
Meet and learn about our baby ducklings. Visit these fluff balls before they grow feathers and move outside to the Antioch Farm. All ages. Free, donations welcome. Trailside.
It’s Earth Day and we are celebrating Raptor style. To help the Raptor Center get ready for the influx of baby birds that need a bit of TLC every Spring, we are throwing a baby shower! Visit the Raptor Center at 2pm for a program featuring many of our avian ambassadors. Make a donation to the Raptor Center by “fostering a baby” or bringing a gift from our wishlist. Visit www.glenhelen.org/raptor-center for more information and wishlist. Raptor Center, 1075 State Route 343. Parking is limited. Additional parking available a 15-minute walk away at our Corry St. lot.
In celebration of Earth Day and in partnership with The Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce, we are hosting a drive-though shredding recycling station. Bring your paper to be shredded on site. Free. Corner of Limestone and Corry Street.
What’s blooming in the Glen? Join our volunteer naturalist as we explore the trails in search of emerging plants and spring flowers. Free, donations welcome. Trailside.