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Oktoberfest

SEPTEMBER 27-29!

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Oktoberfest

DAYTON’S FAVORITE FALL FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 27-29!

Raise your glass for the return of Oktoberfest, presented by Miller Lite, taking place September 27-29 on the museum grounds.

A Dayton tradition established in 1971, DAI’s Oktoberfest is southwest Ohio’s longest-running Oktoberfest celebration, and the museum’s largest annual fundraiser. Money raised by Oktoberfest helps support everything we do at the Dayton Art Institute.

 

Artisan and Food Vendor Applications

The DAI is pleased to announce an open call for artisans and food vendors for its annual Oktoberfest. Looking to apply? Please see below! 

Artisan Application
Applications for 2024 are now closed. Questions? Contact Audrey Starr, at astarr@daytonart.org.

Food Vendor Application
Deadline: Friday, July 19, 2024
To apply, DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE, and email your completed applications to Audrey Starr, at astarr@daytonart.org.

Oktoberfest Needs Volunteers!

Oktoberfest wouldn’t be possible without the support of more than 2,000 volunteers. Many different volunteer opportunities are available at Oktoberfest, including selling mugs, t-shirts, soft drinks and water, as well as staffing admission gates.

Those interested in volunteering must register through our Oktoberfest Volunteer Hub. Follow the link below and either sign-in to your existing Volunteer Hub account (returning volunteers) or create an account (first-time volunteers) to view volunteer opportunities.

The 2024 Volunteer positions will be available by mid July. Please check back for updates. To receive more information, contact Amber Todd at atodd@daytonart.org

 

About Oktoberfest

The DAI Oktoberfest features all the things the community has come to love about the festival, as well as some new additions for 2024! The celebration kicks off on Friday, September 27, with the Lederhosen Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Preview Party from 7 to 11 p.m., followed by two full days of Oktoberfest fun, from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 29.

Get Your Tickets Early & Save!

Saturday/Sunday General Admission
Advance Tickets: $8 adults; $5 seniors (60+) & youth (7-18)
Tickets at the Gate: $10 adults; $7 seniors (60+) & youth (7-18)
Children 6 & under admitted free

Tickets for Oktoberfest go on sale on August 1st. Please check back to purchase.

Photo Galleries

Did we spot you at the 52nd anniversary Oktoberfest? Take a look and find out!

How To Go

Festival Hours
Lederhosen Lunch – Friday: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Preview Party – Friday: 7-11 p.m.

Oktoberfest – Saturday: Noon-11:00 p.m.
Oktoberfest – Sunday: Noon-7 p.m.

Shuttles & Parking
Park for free at the University of Dayton parking lot on River Park Drive, between Patterson Blvd. & Main St., behind the University of Dayton Marriott. From the lot, catch the free Oktoberfest shuttle directly to the event. The shuttle runs Friday evening for Preview Party and all day Saturday and Sunday for Oktoberfest.

Greater Dayton RTA will also provide free shuttles from downtown Dayton to Oktoberfest on Saturday and Sunday, as well as to Friday’s Lederhosen Lunch.

Read more about shuttles

Parking is available but very limited in the neighborhood surrounding the DAI. Bicycle racks will also be available near the River Gate entrance to Oktoberfest.

Important Parking Note: There is no parking on the levy across from the museum or in McKinley Park during any Oktoberfest events. Please park only in approved locations.

Admission
Lederhosen Lunch, presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty – The Sharp Group:
Free admission; food & drink available for purchase

Preview Party:
Advance Tickets: $55 members, $75 non-members
At the Gate: $95

Oktoberfest General Admission (Saturday & Sunday):
Advance Tickets: $8 adults; $5 seniors (60+) & youth (7-18)
At the Gate: $10 adults; $7 seniors & youth
Children 6 and under admitted free

Tickets for Oktoberfest go on sale on August 1. Presale General Admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday are available online or at the Dayton Art Institute during regular museum hours. 

 

Tag It, Tweet It, Post It!
Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for photos, videos and updates from Oktoberfest. Tag your posts and photos with #OktoberfestDayton & #OKTDAI to join the celebration!

Please Note These Oktoberfest Policies:
The Dayton Art Institute does not allow the following at Oktoberfest: pets (except service dogs), backpacks and large bags, firearms or other weapons.

Thank You to Our Generous 2024 Oktoberfest Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Preview Party
PNC 

Craft Beer
Cavalier Distributing

Vehicle Sponsor
White-Allen Family of Dealerships

Benefactor Sponsor
NRG

Patron
Dayton Children’s Hospital
Rumpke Waste & Recycling

 

Supporting
Bladecutters Inc.
Enterprise Roofing & Sheet Metal
Hollywood Gaming
     Dayton Raceway
Messer Construction
Old Scratch Pizza
RTA

Media Partners
ABC22 & FOX45
Dayton Daily News
iHeartMedia Dayton
Key-Ads, Inc.

Family Art
ACCO Brands

Lederhosen Lunch
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices         
      Professional Realty – The Sharp
      Group

Mugs & Tees
Fully Promoted of Centerville

Additional Support
HarborLink Network

Sponsors as of July 12, 2023

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