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Special Events

The museum hosts three Signature Events each year: Oktoberfest, Art Ball and Bourbon & Bubbles. Among the most popular social events in Dayton, they also serve as important museum fundraisers.
Follow the links below to learn more about each of these events. Please note that due to the COVID-19 crisis, all three 2020 Signature Events have been canceled. Check back often for the latest updates and more information about our “Virtual Oktoberfest” fundraiser, launching in August.

Bourbon & Bubbles

2020 EVENT CANCELED

Celebrate spring with an artsy cocktail party in the beautiful setting of the museum’s Shaw Gothic Cloister and Great Hall. Bourbon & Bubbles features a selection of exclusive, handcrafted bourbons and refreshing bubbly from around the world, plus gourmet bites, tasty treats, and fun entertainment. Tickets for the event include up to eight tastings of bourbons and/or Champagnes. 

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Art Ball

2020 EVENT CANCELED

The annual black-tie gala takes place on the second Saturday in June. It is the culmination of many months of hard work by the DAI’s Associate Board and is one of the museum’s premier fundraisers.

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Oktoberfest

2020 EVENT CANCELED

A Dayton tradition established in 1971, Oktoberfest is the museum’s largest annual fundraiser and vital to everything we do at the Dayton Art Institute. The three-day fall festival takes place the fourth full weekend of September.

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