21 Free Things to Do in May

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Check out this guide of free things we found to do this May in Dayton!


Volunteer at Antioch Farm

Tuesday, May 2, 6:00 pm
Antioch College
Join students and community members to learn and help on the Antioch farm. All ages and skill levels welcome. Weather permitting.

Beavercreek Aqua- Tots

Thursday, May 4, 12:00- 4:00 pm
Beavercreek Aqua- Tots
Join them for the grand opening of their new location with a free swim and more!

Aqua Tots, Springboro

Bigfoot in Ohio

Saturday, May 6, 2:00- 3:30pm
Washington-Centerville Library
Ever honestly resolved if Bigfoot is real or not? Join them at the library to hear what Mike Miller and Mike Feltner of the Ohio Night Stalkers have learned in trying to track down Bigfoot in Ohio.

Make it Count for the Birds

Saturday, May 6, All day 
Glen Helen Nature Center 
Their annual birdwatching marathon, with free hikes scheduled throughout the day. Join us as we raise funds in support of Glen Helen land restoration activities and more!

Huber Heights Food Truck Festival

Saturday, May 6, 11:00 am- 7:00 pm
Huber Center 
Come out and enjoy some of the best food trucks in the region!Vendors, crafters, and more Kid Friendly activities.

Pedro’s Farm Day

Saturday, May 6, 10:00 am
Pedro’s Angus Farm 
Get a glimpse into what farm life is like on a Registered Black Angus cattle operation during this free, family-friendly open house at Pedro’s Angus Farm.

Free Yoga with Ignite Yoga

Saturday, May 6, 10:00- 11:00 am
Whole Foods Dayton
Join us for a complimentary 45-minute yoga session, led by one of the Ignite Yoga instructors. The session is for all levels, including beginners.

Little Learner’s Preschool Fun

Friday, May 12, 10:30- 11:30 am
Park District Headquarters
This program is meant to help strengthen and build the skills that your preschooler is learning at home and at preschool. Don’t miss out on the fun! An adult companion must attend.

Art on the Playground 
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Art on the Playground

Saturday, May 13, 11:00- 3:00 pm
Habitat Environmental Center
Fun for all ages, Art on the Playground features a range of hands-on, make-and-take art activities. From ceramics demonstrations to creating your own beaded jewelry, our youth-oriented artists will help kids make their very own masterpieces to take home!

Zumba in the Park

Saturday, May 13, 10:00- 11:00 am
Park District Headquarters
Go for a great workout with Nashanda Moore of getBOLDgetBODIED Fitness. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your own water. No registration required for this free, all-ages workouts. Weather Dependent Weather Dependent.

Mother’s Day at the Zoo 
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Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo

Sunday, May 14, all day Cincinnati Zoo 
All Mom’s receive free admission all day long! Members and Zoo Adventure Ticket holders can get in at 9 am, the general public gets in at 10 am.

Pickin’ the Park 

Wednesday, May 17, 12:00- 1:00 pm
RiverScape MetroPark
Help kick off the summer season by joining Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County for WALK! Downtown Dayton. This is a free, non-competitive event open to everyone who wants to participate in a 30-minute walk along the Great Miami River.

Summer Reading Challenge

Wednesday, May 17- July 29
Dayton Metro Library 
The Dayton Metro Library encourages kids of all ages to BUILD A BETTER WORLD with the SUMMER CHALLENGE! Kids of all ages-from babies through teens- can Build a Better World through creativity, imagination, exploration and learning. Sign up at your nearest Dayton Metro Library where there are lots of free, fun activities this summer and the chance to earn great prizes too!

Baby Wearing Hike

Thursday, May 18, 4:00- 5:30 pm
Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park 
All stages of wearing are welcome and hikes will be on trails that are moderately flat. You will explore Sweet Arrow Reserve and enjoy the outdoor air with our little ones! This program will be canceled in inclement weather. Registration is required by the day before each hike.

Miamisburg Spring Fling Festival

May 19-21, All day 
Miamisburg Library Park 
Enjoy over 120 booths. Arts and Crafts, plus business and community booths. Relax with free music and entertainment by local talent all weekend. Family friendly activities with Children’s free crafts and inexpensive games in the Gazebo.

Visit one of the many Farmer’s Markets around town.
St. Brigid Parish Festival

May 19-21, 6:00- 10:00 pm
St. Brigid 
They invite their friends and neighbors to come and enjoy good food and family fun at our annual three-day community festival.  Festival food, rides, kids games, adult games, bingo, live music Friday and Saturday night.  Beer is served in a designated area.

11th Annual Tab- a-Pull-ooza

Saturday, May 20, 8:00 am- 1:00 pm
2nd Street Market 
Bring your tab collection to the Tab-A-PULL-ooza pull tab contest! This family-friendly event is a great way to show children the benefits of both recycling and giving back to the community. Donations will be weighed and then poured into a large commercial dumpster provided by First Street Recycling; allowing attendees to see firsthand the remarkable things that can happen when a community “pulls” together.

Free Family Fun!

Thursday, May 25, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm
Sycamore Trails Aquatic Center
Gates open at 11am for free swim lessons. Pre-register your little one for this special lesson or enjoy the activities around the pool deck. Open swim will begin at 2:00 PM for all guests!

 Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival

Thursday, May 25, All-day
Yoctangee Park
he festival features Native American music and dancing, crafters and exhibits, commercial exhibits, Mountain Men Encampment with working craftsmen and demonstration, art & craft show, continuous entertainment on the main stage, carnival rides, Queen/Princess pageant and Ross County Idol contest.

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Feast of the Flowering Moon

Patriot Freedom Festival

Saturday, May 27- Sunday, May 28, 11:00 am- 6:00 pm
Dayton Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Live entertainment; historical reenactments; children’s activities; vendors include food, crafts, petting zoo, FREE Barrel Train rides for the kids. Entertainment includes various artists and various genres, a listing of entertainment can be found on our web site and their FB page.

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