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Cost-Effective Summer & Getting Outside in Dayton

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With the weather warming up and the summer months approaching, here is a list of outdoor events for Wright State University students.

Dayton Metroparks

According to the Dayton Metroparks website, there are 18 different parks in the Dayton metro area. Anyone interested can participate in the Five Rivers Metroparks Trail Challenge, which features 28 different hiking trails.

Riverscape Metropark is located on Monument Avenue just north of downtown next to Day-Air Ballpark and features many different events throughout the summer.

The park has a large pavilion that hosts concerts throughout the summer. In addition, the park hosts free workout classes, such as Zumba, on May 13 and yoga on May 20.

Disc Golf

Created in the 1970s, disc golf is a popular outdoor recreational activity that combines elements of frisbee and golf. Dayton hosted the Professional Disc Golf World Championship in 1991.

Readers can watch 1990s footage of the event here.

There are 59 disc golf courses within 25 miles of Dayton, according to the Dayton Disc Golf website. The Dayton Metroparks maintain many of the courses.

Oregon District

Dayton’s Historical Oregon District closes its streets on the weekends to make them more accessible to pedestrians in the spring and summer months. Restaurants provide outdoor seating and retail shops sell items outside.

The Oregon District also provides patrons with a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA), allowing them to drink alcoholic beverages in the designated parameters of the area.


According to the Downtown Dayton website, Dayton is home to many of the region’s best cultural and music festivals, fun celebrations and other large-scale events that draw crowds from all over and showcase all that the city has to offer.

Here are just a few of the biggest festivals for the summer of 2023.

Dayton Pride and Parade Festival is on June 2-4. This event celebrating the LGBTQA+ community kicks off at the Courthouse Square.

Dayton Celtic Festival is on July 28-30 at Riverscape Metropark. Celebrating Celtic and Irish Heritage, the Celtic Fest is one of the largest festivals in Dayton. This three-day event features live music, food and beer trucks and a variety of vendors.

Germanfest Picnic is Aug. 11 through 13 at the historical St. Anne’s Hill Neighborhood. This festival features a large selection of authentic German food and drinks while celebrating German heritage.

A full list of festivals and events in the Dayton area can be found here.

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