Spring is upon us, and we’re excited for our first Pansy & Viola Festival on March 23rd – March 30th! We’ll have some fantastic guests, live music, food, contests, flower discounts, and more.  For more details about our Pansy & Viola Festival, see below. 

But, first, let’s explore some of the best springtime festivals for families in Ohio.

Dayton-Beavercreek Children’s Festival

This is a new festival put on by Heartfulness Dayton, which is a “non-profit educational organization for wellness and training,” and it will be at Trebein Elementary. 


March 8th


Ticket prices depend on the package you choose. You can also pay extra for bounce park, mini golf, laser tag, and Easter egg hunt admission.

Activities & Food

Activities include bingo, carnival games for kids, face painting, and a coloring contest.  Kids will also get a chance to watch a magician and visit with the Easter Bunny.  Families can visit various local businesses’ booths for shopping opportunities and classes as well.

Participants can enjoy free cotton candy, cookies, and popcorn.  The first 200 entrants will receive a Tim Hortons treat, and those who pre-register can receive a special VIP bag.

Sugar Maple Festival

The Sugar Maple Festival began in 1978.  While it is in downtown Bellbrook, Ohio, which is about thirty minutes away from Dayton, we couldn’t help but add this sweet treat to our list.


April 19th – April 21st.  You can view the festival’s schedule here.


The cost largely depends on what you choose to do at this Ohio festival.  For example, the 5K race has a $10 registration fee, the pie eating contest is $10 per competitor, and the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is $10 per adult, $5 for kids 2-16 years old, or $25 per family.

Activities & Food

This local Ohio festival will not disappoint with live music, carnival games, face painting, crafts, a dog show, a parade, and local business booths.  For food, you can enjoy the beer garden, pancake breakfast, wine tasting, ice cream, sausages, hamburgers, and (of course) maple syrup treats.


This one-day festival will be at Front Street at 1001 East Second Street in Dayton, Ohio.  The event features everything artsy and is taking applications for artists who wish to be featured in the celebration.  Leashed, well-behaved pets are welcome to join in on the festivities too.


April 21st


Admission and parking are free.

Activities & Food

Guests can visit Front Street’s art galleries, studios, and boutiques as well as enjoy live music, street art, food trucks, beer gardens, and an outdoor market.

A World A’Fair Dayton International Festival

The spring festival is the 2nd oldest festival in Ohio.  It will be at the Greene County Expo Center.


May 3rd – May 5th


Parking is $5 cash only.  The festival offers senior, adult, and youth single or multi-day packages that range from $5.00 to $18.00.  You can purchase your tickets here.

Activities & Food

This event seeks to educate and entertain, so expect costumes, dancing, music, food, performances, and activities from various cultures and ethnic backgrounds.  Some cultures and countries that were featured in 2023 were: Scotland, Ireland, Hungary, France, Japan, China, Korea, India, the Philippines, America, Ukraine, Ecuador, and Mexico.

This is a family-friendly festival and will feature numerous booths from non-profit organizations.

Pansy & Viola Festival

At Stockslager’s Greenhouse & Garden Center, we’re celebrating the spring equinox with our Pansy & Viola Festival!

Violas and pansies play important roles in Ohio’s gardens.  These colorful and varied plants bring greenery even during the frosty winter months, and they fill the color gap between spring flowering plants and summer bedding plants.  In fact, violas and pansies are some of the hardiest, longest flowering plants available.

All violas and pansies will be 20% off during the festival to celebrate these amazing plants, and we have over 3,000 locally grown pansies and violas among other locally grown plants.


March 23rd – March 30th



Activities & Food

We’ll have live music (think bluegrass and classical music), contests, an opportunity to win free flowers, educational talks on pansies and violas, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of our greenhouses, pansy and viola themed snacks and drinks (check out our pansy cupcakes!), and more.  Stay tuned for more on our activities and food truck . . .

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