Celebrate 51 years of art, beers, and cheers at Dayton’s favorite fall festival - OKTOBERFEST '22 at the DAI is September 23–25.
Dayton’s favorite fall festival, the annual Dayton Art Institute (DAI) Oktoberfest, is set to celebrate 51 years of art, beers and cheers, September 23–25 on the museum grounds.
Presented by Miller Lite, the DAI Oktoberfest will feature all the things the community has come to love about the festival, as well as some new additions for 2022.
“Last year’s 50th anniversary celebration was a fantastic success, and we look forward to welcoming the community back for a bigger and better Oktoberfest weekend in 2022,” said DAI Director & CEO Michael R. Roediger. “First and foremost, we’re excited to welcome the artisans back this year! The RTA shuttle service from downtown Dayton also returns this year, and there will be exciting new additions to our food court. We hope you’ll join us to welcome the fall season and support the DAI.”
The longest-running Oktoberfest celebration in Southwest Ohio, the DAI Oktoberfest is the culmination of many months work by DAI staff and the museum’s Associate Board, a community volunteer board that assists in planning both Oktoberfest and Art Ball. The Associate Board’s efforts are led by 2022 Oktoberfest Chairs Katherine and Jason Cezeaux.
“The Dayton Art Institute was the first place we visited with our children when we moved here 11 years ago, and it remains one of our favorite spots in Dayton,” Katherine and Jason said. “The DAI is the jewel of the Gem City, and we are absolutely thrilled to chair its 51st Oktoberfest.”
Oktoberfest weekend kicks off on Friday, September 23, with the Lederhosen Lunch, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and the Preview Party, 7–11 p.m., followed by two days of Oktoberfest fun on Saturday, September 24, noon–11:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 25, noon–7 p.m.
Highlights of this year’s festival include:
LEDERHOSEN LUNCH: Hosted by the DAI’s Former Associate Board, this community lunch offers the only free admission of the weekend, with bratwurst, mettwurst, schnitzel sandwiches, German salads and homemade noodles available for purchase, as well as live music. The main beer truck will be open and guests may also buy event tickets, as well as Oktoberfest mugs and t-shirts.
PREVIEW PARTY: Presented by Premier Health, this exclusive, ticketed event includes complimentary draft beer, wine and soft drinks, as well as live music by Weekend Effect. Free shuttle service will be offered during the Preview Party. Park at the University of Dayton parking lot on River Park Drive, located between the Marriott and Dayton Daily News building, and take free shuttles directly to and from the Preview Party.
Advance tickets for the Preview Party are $55 members, $75 non-members and may be purchased online at www.daytonartinstitute.org/oktoberfest. All tickets purchased at the gate are $95. Guests must be 21 with a valid ID to attend the Preview Party.
OKTOBERFEST: The main Oktoberfest celebration includes a wide variety of delicious foods, more than 50 different craft and international beers, and a selection of domestic and international wines. Visitors can relax in fully covered main stage and food court areas, as well as a TV tent with four big-screen TVs for all the weekend sports action. Live music will be featured on two stages throughout the weekend. The ACCO Brands FamilyFest takes place Saturday and Sunday afternoon, noon–4:30 p.m. each day, with special activities for all ages.
For more information about Oktoberfest, including ticket pricing and parking information, see Oktoberfest at Dayton Art Institute.