Published October 4, 2023

Know before you go: Tips to shrink line time, essentials to bring and more for this weekend’s Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience

The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience, presented by Huffy, is this Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday Oct. 8 at Eastwood MetroPark. With nearly a dozen activities to try, live music, competitions, demonstrations and more, it’s best to plan ahead to maximize your experience during the festival.

To ensure you have the best experience possible at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience be sure to consider the following:

Free camping: Camping at the Subaru of America Campground is free and on a first come, first served basis. Campers can begin to set up at noon on Friday, Oct. 6 and can stay through Sunday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. Groups should pre-arrange camping plans by emailing A limited number of pop-up campers is also available.

Campers should park and register before they unload and set up camp. Be sure to register for your chance to win a camping stove. Read the Subaru of America campground rules and learn more about the area’s amenities.

Be waste-free: According to A Greener Festival, waste generated by festivals amounts to 53,000 tons of waste each year, about the size of 450 blue whales. A conservation agency, your Five Rivers MetroParks asks that festivalgoers plan ahead to keep the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience waste-free.

Here are just a few simple steps to take to ensure you are prepared to party with us waste-free:

  • Bring a reusable water bottle and pint glass: Visitors will be able to fill up their water bottles at multiple stations at the event. Those who wish to grab a beverage from the Great Lakes Brewing/Fifty West Brewery Beer Garden should remember to bring a pint with them, too. Pints will be available for purchase at the event, as well. No single-use cups will be available at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience.
  • Locate waste stations on the festival’s map: Can’t find a trash can? That’s by design at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience. MetroParks’ Master Recycling volunteers and Waste-Free Dayton will run waste stations that collect compostable and recyclable items, in addition to items that need to go to the landfill.
  • Compost what you can: If you aren’t sure what can be composted during the event, be sure to ask a waste station volunteer. Compost will be collected and sent to the Foodbank, where they will use the compost for their urban gardens.
  • Pick up after your pooch: Wherever dogs go, poop may follow. Help make everyone’s festival experience less messy by ensuring you bring bags to pick up after your pooch and dispose of them properly at the waste stations in the trash bin.
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Commute green: Five Rivers MetroParks and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission is challenging you to travel green to the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience! Bike in on the nation’s largest paved trail network to enjoy bike parking right at the front of the event. Carpooling and taking public transit are also great options to lessen your carbon footprint.

Need directions? Here’s where to learn more.

Sign your waiver ahead of time: From fishing to ziplining, there are so many activities to try for free at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience; however, many of them require signing a waiver. You can cut your time in line down by printing a waiver and filling it out ahead of time. Drop it off at the information area upon entering the festival to receive a wristband. Download a waiver.

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