Five Rivers MetroParks will host Passport to MetroParks this First Friday, June 7, from 6 to 10 p.m. at RiverScape MetroPark.
Live music, food, dancing, family activities and more will be part of the free, new event that includes a 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.
“We want to be sure the community knows about all the opportunities to get out and explore this summer,” RiverScape Manager Meredith Adamisin said. “RiverScape MetroPark is the perfect venue for this new event, as it is Dayton’s front porch and home to some of the region’s favorite cultural festivals. We’re excited for everyone to get a special sneak peek of what’s in store and take advantage of on-site registration for the many great programs MetroParks is offering this summer.”
ABOUT FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS
Celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-qualityriver corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. Five Rivers MetroParks is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto www.metroparks.org or call