Passport to MetroParks

Jump Start Your Summer at Downtown Dayton’s Newest Festival

Music and food from around the globe are coming to Dayton’s front porch this month during Five Rivers MetroParks’ newest event.

Bring the family to RiverScape MetroPark for Passport to MetroParks on Friday, June 7, from 6 to 10 PM to enjoy live entertainment, great local food, and family-friendly activities during this sneak peek of upcoming cultural festivals!

Musicians and dancers representing the Dayton Celtic Festival, Hispanic Heritage Festival, Dayton African American Cultural Festival and Germanfest Picnic will perform on the RiverScape Pavilion stage. The entertainment schedule is:

6 PM: The Sauer Brats

7 PM: The Celtic Academy of Irish Dance

7:25 PM: The McGovern Ceili Dancers

8 PM: Kuumba Drama Drum and Dance

9 PM: Rondalla Puerto Rico

From 6 to 8 p.m., guests can visit more than a dozen vendor booths hosting games and activities that feature the upcoming festivals and the variety of recreation, education, conservation and volunteer programs Five Rivers MetroParks offers. Activities include:

  • Meet MetroParks’ live animal ambassadors
  • Participate in such games as a lifejacket relay, crazy creek musical chairs and a veggie relay
  • Learn more about upcoming events and things to do in each MetroPark
  • Ask MetroParks staff and volunteer experts questions sustainable living, gardening, youth programs and more
  • Register for upcoming programs

Complete activities and have a Passport to MetroParks stamped; collect at least seven stamps to enter to win one of three exclusive outdoor adventures. A Five Rivers MetroParks staff expert will lead the winners and three of their friends or family members on an outdoor experience, including a chance to learn how to mountain bike, fly fish, camp, take a nature hike or ride horseback. Winners will be randomly drawn the week of June 10.

“The three winning groups will have an experience sure to create lasting memories — and even get them started on a new nature-based activity,” Rachel Baney, RiverScape program coordinator, said. “It’s an unique opportunity to receive exclusive instruction about an outdoor activity from an expert in that field.”

Throughout the event from 6 to 10 p.m., Mexican, Spanish, Asian, German and Southern cuisine will be available from the food truck lineup: Pa’s Pork, DFish DChicken, EAT, El Meson, Kleinfelder Hots & Brats and Billie Gold Bubble Tea.

Passport to MetroParks 2019

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