FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2023: After taking off for 3 years (2020-2022) due to Covid, A World A’Fair is back in 2023. It is scheduled for the first weekend in May:
Friday, May 5, 5 PM – 11 PM
Saturday, May 6, 11 AM – 11 PM
Sunday, May 7, 11 AM – 6 PM
After many years at the Dayton Convention Center, for 2023 we are moving to the Greene County Expo Center (120 Fairgrounds Road, Xenia, OH 45385).
Food! Dancing! Music!
Obviously we like to have a good time and we try to make sure you and your family will have a good time at the festival. But in the background our mission is education. We hope our visitors come away not only well-entertained and well-fed, but also better-educated.
HISTORY: A World A’Fair was a 3-day international festival historically held each May at the Dayton Convention Center, in Dayton Ohio. We showcased booths from 35 organizations representing over 50 countries, all of whom are non-profits as are the organizers. We ran two full-time stages with performances from both the local groups as well as regional, national and even international performing groups.
In 2019 we had >25,000 total attendees. This made us the Dayton Convention Center’s largest event and the largest international festival in Ohio. 2020 would have marked our 47th year, which also makes us the 2nd oldest international festival in Ohio, following Columbus .
Dayton International Festival, Inc (DIFI) is the organizer behind the festival and our Board is made up of the now 35 countries/ethnicities that take part in it. All of our members are non-profit organizations and DIFI is a 501C3 tax-exempt charity. With few exceptions everybody connected with running the festival, manning the booths and performing on our stages is a volunteer.