2023 Guide to the World A'Fair in Dayton, Ohio

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A World A’Fair is a celebration of diversity that showcases music, dancing, food, costumes and cultural exhibits of the ethnic backgrounds and cultures in Dayton, Ohio, and the greater Miami Valley area.

Perhaps the most popular way of celebrating our cultural diversity is to sample the food and drinks offered by the participating organizations.

Dayton Association of Chinese

  • Appetizers – Egg Rolls, Cheese Wonton, Veggie Puff, Sweet Sesame Balls & Curry Dumplings
  • Entrees – Sweet & Sour Chicken, Vegetable Salad & Fried Rice
  • Dessert – Fortune Cookies
  • Beverages – Tea & Punch

Deutschland Germany

  • Food – Bratwurst, Metwurst, Hot German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut with Pork, Desserts and Soft Pretzel
  • Beverages – Imported German Beer

Czechoslovakian Club

  • Food – Czech and Slovak Pastries, including Kolache and Nut Roll
  • Beverage – Pilsner Urquell Beer, Tap & Bottle

American Greek Orthodox Church

  • Food – Gyro Sandwich, Spinach Pies, Greek Salad, Cheese Pies, Baklava, Koulouria and Kourabliethes

India Club Greater Dayton

  • Food – Samosa, Naan Bread, Chicken Curry and Channa Masala
  • Beverage – Mango Juice

United Irish Dayton

  • Food – Irish Pub Fries
  • Beverages – Guinness Irish Stout, Harp Lager, Half & Half and Smithwicks
    Every beer poured is a pint (16 ounces) that’s the only way you ever serve Irish beer. And they decided to bring that tradition to the festival.


  • Sandwich – Italian Sausage with Onions and Green Peppers
  • Beverage – Italian Beer

Dayton Japanese American Citizens League

  • Food – Sushi
  • Beverages – Asahi Beer, Plum Wine and Green Tea

Dayton Area Korean Association

  • Food – Bulgogi, Kimchi, Mandu and Bokgambap
  • Beverage – Lemonade

St. Ignatius of Antioch Lebanese

  • Food – Kafta with Tabouli wrapped in Pita Bread, Kibbee wrapped in Pita Bread, Falafel
  • Sandwich, Tabouli Salad, Hummus b’Tahini with ½ Pita Bread

Holland American Club

  • Food – Appelflappen
  • Beverages – Heineken & Amster Beers, the world’s Number 1 Beer Import

Puerto Rican Cultural Society

  • Beverages – Virgin and real Pina Colada

St. Andrews Society of Greater Dayton Scotland

  • Food – Meat Pies, Bridles and Shortbread
  • Beverages – Bottled Water from Scotland and Irn Bru (soda pop)

Southern Slavic Club – Formerly Yugoslavia

  • Food- Cevapcici Sausage with or without Sauerkraut
  • Desserts – Pastries, Apple Strudel, Cream Puffs, Baklava, Cakes and Cookies
  • Beverages – Lasko Piva (Montenegren Beer) and Avia (Slovenian Wine)

A World A’Fair is coming to the Greene County Expo Center.

Festival Hours

  • Friday, May 5 5 pm to 11 pm
  • Saturday, May 6 11 am to 11 pm
  • Sunday, May 7 11 am to 6 pm


There will be entertainment on two stages throughout the festival. You can expect to see dancing, bands, singers and more. Here is some of what you’ll see.

  • St. Andrews Highland Dancers
  • France Madam GiGi’s French Cancan
  • Middle East Troupe Roja
  • Czech Folktale
  • India Yoga
  • Dayton Salsa Project
  • China Lin Cai
  • Ukraine Kalyna
  • Lebanon – St. Ignatius Dance Troupe
  • Korean Drum Team with Fan Dancers
  • USA – Five Points Clogging
  • India – Saree Draping
  • Japan – Harmony of Japan
  • India – Cooking Demonstration
  • Scotland – Miami Valley Pipe & Drums
  • Miami Valley Folk Dancers
  • Japan – Cincinnati Dayton Taika
  • McGovern Irish Dance
  • Steve Free – Native American Music
  • China – Taichi & Qigong
  • Czech – Beseda Dancers
  • India Bollywood Fit
  • Korea – Ohio Samuirori & Fan Dance
  • Ireland – Gaelic Language Lesson

Passport Program

A very popular feature of A World A’Fair is the passport program. The passport is a small booklet. It contains a page for each country/ethnic organization with a photo from the organization and a question having to do with this year’s theme of transportation.

All children will receive a passport. They need to take the passport to each country’s booth where they can find or be told the answer to the question. Then they get their passport stamped. Children doing the passport can have their names entered into a drawing for prizes.

Dayton Hotels

If you’d like to visit Dayton for the A World A’Fair, you should consider the following hotels. They all are offering discounts which can save you money on your stay.