Five Fun, Free Things at Miami in September

September brings global festivals and celebrations to Miami

Compiled by Susan Meikle, university news and communications

Miami Matters brings you five fun, free things to do at Miami each month from events listed on the Miami Events and Oxford community calendars. 

Saturday, Sept. 15: Celebrate Miami University Hamilton’s 50th Anniversary

muh-508:45 a.m.-10 p.m.  Miami Hamilton campus

Food, music, history, activities for children, penguins, a concert and light show and more! Celebrate Miami University Hamilton’s 50th anniversary with a full day of events:

8:45 a.m. Continental breakfast with the deans and directors; 9:30 a.m., Public conversation on campus history (Wilks Conference Center).

muh-mural11 a.m.-4 p.m. Community picnic:  picnic food, ice cream, music, vintage cars, home run derby and much more. Tour the beautiful Conservatory. See the new mural (at right). Special visit by the Newport Aquarium WAVES Foundation with penguins and stingrays. 

8 p.m.: RiversEdge Amphitheater presents "Signs of Life: The American Pink Floyd Concert." Sponsored by Miami University Hamilton.

For a full list of events go to the MUH 50th website at

Monday, Sept. 17: Naturalization Ceremony — Celebrate with 100 new citizens

naturalization10 a.m. Main quad Miami University Hamilton (rain location Parrish Auditorium) 

Join us as we celebrate with 100 new U.S. citizens. Miami Hamilton hosts the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio for a formal naturalization ceremony at which new citizens will take their oaths of citizenship. Music by Miami Men's Glee Club. 

The ceremony is held in conjunction with Citizenship and Democracy Week co-sponsored by the department of justice and community studies.  

Friday, Sept. 21: Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival

dancers5:30 -9 p.m.  Uptown Parks, Oxford

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and learn more about the Latin American and Caribbean peoples and cultures that are quickly emerging as the largest ethnic group in the United States.

Enjoy food booths, music, dancing, a petting zoo and other activities for children, a community information fair and voter registration booth, and traditional food, arts and crafts from Latin America and the Caribbean.

For a schedule of events go the Global Initiatives UniDiversity website

The UniDiversity Festival is sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures with support from many Miami and Oxford organizations.

festivals-frolicsWednesday, Sept. 26: Famous Festivals and Food 

6-7:30 p.m. Verity Lodge, Middletown

Did you know that the Ohio State Fair was once held in Cincinnati and in Dayton? Learn more fun facts at Festivals and Frolics: A History of Cincinnati’s Most Famous Festivals and Food.” Cheri Brinkman, local author and former Miami Regionals faculty member, will explore the great Ohio Valley and Northern Kentucky festivals: The ever-popular Oktoberfests, Goetta Fest and Paneygri, and other area favorites like the Country Apple Festival and the Blues and BBQ in Lebanon.

Brinkman is author of three Cincinnati and Soup books, currently the most popular local historic series cookbooks ever written and considered a best-seller and a "must have collectible" from Southwest Ohio.

A light meal (free) is provided 15 minutes before this Verity Traditions program begins.  

Friday, Sept. 28: Chinese Festival

chinese-festival2-4 p.m.  Chinese Martial Arts & Kite Flying,  Cook Field

5:30-8:30 p.m.  Cultural Activities & Performances,  Uptown Parks

Celebrate Global Confucious Institute Day and the 11th anniversary of the Confucius Institute at Miami University. The fifth annual Chinese Festival in Oxford brings Miami students, community members and students from 10 area schools together to enjoy games, food, crafts and performances. 

For a schedule of events, go the Global Initiatives Confucius Institute website