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|Date:|| Past Event - Sunday, September 29, 2013|
- This page may be updated if the event is repeated.
|Venue:|| Dayton Art Institute|
456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH 45405 [map]
|Main Event Sat/Sun: $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and youth (ages 7-18) Children six and under are free.|
It's a Dayton tradition that is rooted in beer, wine and good times. Celebrating 42 years, the Dayton Art Institute is gearing up for the annual Oktoberfest with two new events. Take a look at the weekend schedule that begins next Thursday night!
Thursday, Sept. 26: After a long day at the office, come sip the first of tastes of Oktoberfest beer and wines from 5-8pm for the new event, Young Professionals happy hour. The event is being sponsored by the National Processing Solutions and will also feature the local food truck, Zombie Dogz. Admission is just $20, which gets you two drinks and an admission ticket that can be used for Oktoberfest admission on Saturday or Sunday.
Friday, Sept. 27: Another new event, The Oktoberfest Business Lunch, will provide workers downtown with a fun lunch option. From 11am-2pm, Neace Lukens will sponsor this free admission event with plenty of beer, brats and Oktoberfest apparel for sale. Work in downtown Dayton? No problem! RTA will be providing free shuttles from downtown to the festival.
Then to kick off the official start to Oktoberfest weekend, the annual Oktoberfest Preview Party will take place from 7pm-11pm on Friday night. Sponsored by Premier Health Partners, this event will have complimentary draft beer and wine, as well as 65 artisan exhibits, 30 food vendors and a cash bar for international beer and wine. To keep the party going, Cleveland-based 80s cover band, Spazmatics will be performing throughout the night.
Advanced Preview Party tickets are $45 for museum members and $60 for non-members. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $80.
Saturday, Sept. 28-Sunday, Sept. 29: The 42nd Oktoberfest kicks off starting from noon-11pm on Saturday and noon-7pm on Sunday. Sponsored by Miller Lite, the festival will be home to a number of artisans, international food vendors, the best selection of domestic, international and craft beers, and plenty of live entertainment for the whole family.
For the sports fans, there will be four big-screen TVs to watch the weekend football games. And if you're looking to become a beer or wine expert, there will be special tasting seminars for attendees.
For people coming with children, the ACCO Brands FamilyFest will have art activities on Saturday and Sunday, noon-6pm. A few of the activities included will be DIY projects and gallery hunts. Families visiting all the activity areas will receive a free Lulee's Lollies Cake Pop!
Parking: The Oktoberfest offers free parking and shuttle service for Saturday and Sunday. Park at the University of Dayton lot on River Park Drive (between the Dayton Marriott and the Dayton Daily News building), which can be accessed from Main Street or Patterson Boulevard. There will be a shuttle that goes directly to and from Oktoberfest. RTA will also have a free Oktoberfest shuttle downtown with stops at Main Street, Second Street and Fifth Street in the Oregon District. There will be limited street parking available near the museum but bicycle racks will be available near the festival entrance at Belmonte Park and Riverview Avenue.
Tickets: Advance tickets for Saturday and Sunday festival entrance are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and youth (ages 7-18). At the gate, tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth. Children six and under are free. Advanced tickets for all the events can be purchased online at www.daytonartinstitute.org/oktoberfest, or by calling the Guest Services Desk during regular business hours at 937-223-ART (4278). You can also purchase tickets at all locations of Arrow Wine and Spirits, Bee Gee's Mini Mart, Belmont Party Supply, Chappys Tap Room and Grille, Dorothy Lane Market, Dublin Pub, Ghostlight Coffee and Xcel Sports Medicine.
All proceeds from the event are to help benefit The Dayton Art Institute. This is one Dayton tradition you won't want to miss!
Catherine Greis is a Dayton native and recent college graduate of Ball State University. She has worked in magazine and online writing throughout her college career, as well as doing internships with Cincinnati Magazine and Celebuzz.com in Los Angeles. She is excited to bring her passion for her hometown to Dayton Local. Her interests include anything and everything in fashion, food and entertainment!
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