Published October 16, 2023

End of Outdoor Market Season, Pumpkin Decorating & Trick or Treat at the Market

End of Outdoor Market Season-Looking Ahead

Sunday, Oct. 29, marks the end of our outdoor Market season. A special thank you to all the growers, specialty food and artisan vendors who attended this year. It was a beautiful season with many new faces. The outdoor Market will return the first weekend in May 2024, but in the meantime the 2nd Street Market houses over 40 permanent indoor vendors, including some of your favorite produce vendors like Garber Farm, year-round.  

Even though the outdoor Market season is ending, there are still several events to look forward to in the coming months, including: 

  • Nov. 11: Global Artisan Fair – Community members can experience dozens of cultures’ artisan wares 
  • Nov. 22: Stock-Up Wednesday – Perfect time to stock up on Thanksgiving staples or kick off your holiday season shopping 
  • Dec. 7: Sunset at the Market – A night of evening holiday shopping and celebration  
  • Dec. 14: DIY Holiday Workshop – Create your own one-of-a-kind gifts 
  • Dec. 16 & 17: Santa at the Market – Jolly Saint Nick will be paying the Market a visit before his big day

Pumpkin Decorating Day 

Bring the kids and join us at the Market on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a day of pumpkin decorating. This event is free and includes on pumpkin per child. The pumpkins are provided by resident farmer Russel Garber of Garber Farms. 

Trick or Treat at the Market  

Dress up the kids in their favorite Halloween costumes and join us for Trick or Treating at the Market on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be a fun, festive day for the whole family.  

Click the link to learn more about Halloween activities happening the last week of October all around the Miami Valley.  Halloween 2023: When trick-or-treaters will be in your community 

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Community News 

For those who utilize EBT/SNAP benefits, many indoor and outdoor produce vendors accept tokens from the Market’s EBT/SNAP exchange, as well as Produce Perks matching incentive tokens. The exchange booth is now available again on Fridays, in addition to Saturdays and Sundays, during the Market’s operational hours.  

2nd Street Market programming and events presented by Dayton Children’s. 

Help Spruce Up Parks During Make a Difference Day 

Five Rivers MetroParks will host its annual fall service day, Make a Difference Day, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28. Register online by Friday, Oct. 27, at 

People of all ages will work at more than 20 projects across 14 sites throughout the Dayton area and assist with many important projects, from invasive species removal to planting trees. Register your family, friends or work group, and get everyone outside to make a difference. 

Make a Difference Day projects help beautify the parks and prepare them for the winter season. 


Registration is required via MetroParks’ volunteer site, Get Connected. Learn more and sign up at 

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