OKTOBERFEST RETURNS IN 2021, SEPTEMBER 24-26!
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oktoberfest, September 24-26, 2021! Mark your calendars and save the date for Oktoberfest 2022, taking place September 23-25.
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. Presented by Miller Lite, the annual three-day fall festival takes place the fourth full weekend of September.
In 2021, we made the difficult decision to eliminate the artisan tents from Oktoberfest, as a safety precaution. You can follow the link below to view a list of artisan vendors who would have been at Oktoberfest. We encourage you to support all these vendors, and we look forward to welcoming them back in 2022!
How To Go
Lederhosen Lunch: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Preview Party: 7-11 p.m.
Oktoberfest – Saturday: Noon-8 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 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. Parking is available but very limited in the neighborhood surrounding the DAI. Bicycle racks will 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.
Free admission; food & drink available for purchase
$55 members, $75 non-members in advance; $95 at the gate
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
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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.
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.
Thank You to Our Generous Oktoberfest Sponsors
Heidelberg Distributing Company
White-Allen Family of Dealerships
Mugs & Ts
Enterprise Roofing & Sheet Metal
PSC Crane & Rigging
Dayton International Airport
M&M Title Co.
The Modern College of Design
Old Scratch Pizza
Surdyk Dowd & Turner
Square One Salon & Spa
Arrow Wine & Spirits
ABC22 & FOX 45
Sponsor listings as of August 16, 2021