The Dayton Autumn Celebration, also known as "Dayton Days," is a very popular arts and crafts festival held annually on the first Saturday in October (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) in historic downtown Dayton. The festival attracts an estimated 20,000 attendees annually to indulge in the culture, arts and handmade crafts of over 300 vendors from numerous states. Attendees also enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods, live music, Dayton Farmers Market and other local unique shops, The Heritage Museum, Fort Harrison, Silver Lake Mill and activities for children. In addition to free festival admission, the Town of Dayton offers free shuttle bus transportation from parking lots at local schools: Turner Ashby High School and Wilbur Pence Middle School continuously throughout the day.
The festival is handicap accessible, with handicap parking and restroom facilities. No bicycles, skates or skateboards permitted. No pets allowed except for service dogs.