Dayton's favorite fall festival, Oktoberfest 2017, returns September 22-24! A Dayton tradition since 1972, Oktoberfest is the museum's largest annual fundraiser and vital to everything we do at The Dayton Art Institute.
The DAI’s Associate Board, led by festival chairs Amy Askins and Chris Schairbaum, are putting the finishing touches on the 46th Oktoberfest, presented by Miller Lite. Oktoberfest features family activities, outstanding artisans, live entertainment throughout the weekend, delicious food, a Weingarten, and, of course, an amazing selection of more than 50 different craft and international beers.
Oktoberfest includes a fully covered Main Stage area and Food Court, and a “TV Cave” with four big-screen TVs for all the weekend football action. Live music will be featured in the food tent and on the main stage. Two large tents feature more than 60 artisans, including many who are new to Oktoberfest. The ACCO Brands FamilyFest returns on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, noon–4:30 p.m. each day, with special activities for all ages in the museum and on the grounds near the museum entrance.
The museum’s permanent collection and the special exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau will be open 12-5 p.m. on September 23 & 24. Special exhibition admission during Oktoberfest will be $11 adults, $6 youth (ages 7–17), and free for museum members and children (ages 6 & under). Those visiting the special exhibition on Saturday or Sunday must also pay Oktoberfest admission.