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It's a Dayton tradition that is rooted in beer, wine and good times. Oktoberfest 2015 takes place September 26-27, on the grounds of The Dayton Art Institute!
The 44th Oktoberfest takes place Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. Presented by Miller Lite, the community event includes artisans, unique international foods, one of the best selections of domestic, international and craft beers in the area, family-friendly art activities, live music, a Weingarten with a variety of international wines, and much more! Oktoberfest includes a fully covered main stage viewing area, an expanded craft beer tent with big-screen TVs for all of the weekend’s football action, and live music on two stages throughout the weekend.
Oktoberfest hours are noon – 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, and noon – 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 27.
The ACCO Brands FamilyFest offers art activities for families on Saturday and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. each day. Art-making projects and gallery hunts for all ages will take families on a journey throughout the museum. Guests may pick up a FamilyFest Fun Map at the ACCO Family Station, located by the main entrance to the museum.
The museum’s permanent collection and the special exhibitions Call to Duty: World War Posters and Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered, Photographs by Jane Alden Stevens will be open noon – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Special exhibition admission during Oktoberfest will be $11 adults, $6 youth (ages 7-17), and free for museum members and children (6 & under). Those visiting the exhibitions on September 26 and 27 must also pay Oktoberfest admission. Please note that Leo Bistro will be closed September 22-27 due to Oktoberfest.
Advance general admission tickets for Oktoberfest are $5 adults and $3 seniors and youth (ages 7-18). Tickets purchased at the gate are $7 adults, $5 seniors and youth. Children 6 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased online, at the museum’s Guest Services Desk during regular museum hours, or by calling 937-223-4ART (4278). Advance Oktoberfest tickets may also be purchased at the following pre-sale locations through the close of business on Friday, September 25: Arrow Wine (both locations), Dayton Beer Company, Dorothy Lane Market (all 3 locations), Bee-Gee’s Market, Chappys Tap Room & Grille, Dublin Pub, Ghostlight Coffee, The Little Store, and Bruning’s Wine Cellar.
Getting to and from Oktoberfest is easier than ever. Look for the Oktoberfest signs and park for free at the University of Dayton lot behind the Marriott, just off Patterson Boulevard, and take free shuttles directly to and from both the Preview Party and Oktoberfest. On Saturday and Sunday, you may also park downtown and take a free RTA Oktoberfest shuttle, with added stops along Monument Avenue, Wilkinson Street, Second Street, Main Street, and Fifth Street. Free RTA shuttles will also be available during the Lederhosen Lunch. Limited street parking is available in the neighborhood surrounding the museum. Bicycle racks will also be available near the main festival entrance at Belmonte Park and Riverview Avenue.
All proceeds from the event are to help benefit The Dayton Art Institute. This is one Dayton tradition you won't want to miss!
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