Oktoberfest

OKTOBERFEST RETURNS IN 2021, SEPTEMBER 24-26!

Oktoberfest will return for its 50th anniversary in 2021, taking place September 24-26 on the museum grounds!
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 annual three-day fall festival takes place the fourth full weekend of September.

Plans for Oktoberfest 2021 include the return of the Lederhosen Lunch and Preview Party on Friday, September 24, followed by our Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26.

Advance tickets are now on sale: click for details

We’ve just announced some updates and changes for this year’s Oktoberfest: Saturday hours will be changed to run from noon to 8 p.m. In addition, the museum building and collection galleries will be closed to the public from Thursday, September 23 through Sunday, September 26. On the festival grounds, changes include eliminating the two enclosed artisan tents and relocating other vendor booths to open up more space on the grounds.

>> Read more about the changes at Dayton.com

Check back often for more updates!

Oktoberfest Needs Volunteers

Oktoberfest wouldn’t be possible without the support of more than 2,000 volunteers each year. Many different volunteer opportunities will be available at Oktoberfest 2021, including selling Oktoberfest mugs and t-shirts, selling soft drinks and water, staffing admission gates and assisting with family activities at the FamilyFest. Follow the link below to register at the DAI’s Oktoberfest Volunteer Hub.

Get Your Tickets Now!

Advance tickets for the Preview Party (Sept. 24) and Oktoberfest (Sept. 25 & 26) are now on sale. Buy in advance and save money!

Preview Party
Advance Tickets: $55 members; $75 non-members
All Tickets at the Gate: $95

Preview Party tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 937-223-4278 or in person at the museum’s Guest Services Desk.

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

Saturday/Sunday General Admission tickets are available by phone at 937-223-4278 or in person at the museum’s Guest Services Desk. General Admission pre-sale tickets may also be purchased as the following locations: Dorothy Lane Market in Oakwood, Wilmington Square and Springboro; Arrow Wine on Far Hills and Lyons Road; Old Scratch Pizza on Patterson Blvd. and Miamisburg Centerville Rd.; Ghostlight Coffee on Patterson Blvd. and Wayne Ave.

Phone and in-person sales are available during regular museum hours.

NOTE FOR MUSEUM MEMBERS: The DAI recently implemented a new ticketing and membership system. To purchase Preview Party tickets online, you will need to create a user account if you have not previously used the new system. The user account will connect to your membership profile and apply your member discount. Click the “Purchase Preview Party Tickets” button to begin. If you need assistance or experience any issues creating your online account, please call Guest Services, at 937-223-4278, during regular hours or email info@daytonart.org.

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be some adjustments to the event’s usual format. Check here often and follow us on social media for the latest updates and information about event schedules and festival hours.

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 Oktoberfest Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Preview Party

Craft Beer
Cavalier Distributing

Weingarten
Heidelberg Distributing Company

Vehicle
White-Allen Family of Dealerships

Lederhosen Lunch
KeyBank

Mugs & Ts
Logos@Work

Main Stage
Cincinnati Bell

Patron
Enterprise Roofing & Sheet Metal
HarborLink Network
Oregon Printing
PSC Crane & Rigging

Supporting
Bladecutters Inc.
Dayton International Airport
LWC Incorporated
M&M Title Co.
The Modern College of Design
Old Scratch Pizza
RTA
Surdyk Dowd & Turner
Square One Salon & Spa
WesBanco

Cigar
Arrow Wine & Spirits

Family Art
ACCO Brands

Media
ABC22 & FOX 45
iHeartMedia Dayton

Special Thanks
PNC

Sponsor listings as of August 16, 2021

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