A Dayton tradition since 1972, Oktoberfest is the museum’s largest annual fundraising event. Oktoberfest typically draws more than 25,000 people to the museum grounds during the weekend. Setup for the event, as well as its large size, limits parking and museum access in the days leading up to and during the festival. The Dayton Art Institute offers some tips and advice for navigating Oktoberfest.
Belmonte Park North and the main museum parking lot will be closed beginning Monday, September 18. On Wednesday and Thursday, September 20–21, limited guest parking will be available at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church next door to the museum, the driveway in front of The DAI, and on the streets surrounding the museum.
>> PHOTOS: Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest 2016
Access to parking and the museum can be made via Grafton Avenue (off W. Riverview Avenue), turning right at the first block and right onto Belmonte Park North, or via Stoddard Avenue (off Forest Avenue), turning left at the first block and following the traffic circle onto Belmonte Park North. Look for directional signs along those routes.
On Friday, September 22, parking will only be available on the museum’s front drive and on the surrounding neighborhood streets; very limited handicap accessible parking will be available at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.
During the Lederhosen Lunch on September 22, RTA will provide free shuttles from downtown Dayton to The DAI from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. RTA shuttle riders may board and exit shuttles at any stop along the route that runs from the Oregon District, west along Fifth Street, north on Main Street, Second Street, Wilkinson Street and Monument Avenue to the Lederhosen Lunch. Patrons needing special assistance or access during this time may call the museum’s Guest Services Desk, at 937-223-4ART (4278).
During the Oktoberfest Preview Party, 7–11 p.m. on Friday, September 22, shuttle service will be offered from the University of Dayton parking lot behind the Marriott, just off Patterson Boulevard.
During the 46th Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, the museum’s permanent collection and the special exhibition will be open noon–5 p.m. each day. 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 special exhibition on September 23–24 must also pay Oktoberfest admission.
Please allow extra time for travel and parking if visiting the museum during Oktoberfest weekend. Street parking around The Dayton Art Institute will be very limited on September 23–24. Limited handicap accessible parking will be available in the Masonic Temple and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church lots during Oktoberfest, strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pro tip: USE THE SHUTTLE!
The easiest way of getting to and from the museum during Oktoberfest is by using the free shuttle services. 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 Oktoberfest. On September 23–24, you may also park downtown and take a free RTA Oktoberfest shuttle, with stops along Monument Avenue, Wilkinson Street, Second Street, Main Street, and Fifth Street. Bicycle racks, courtesy of Bike Miami Valley, will be available near the main festival entrance at Belmonte Park and Riverview Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, noon–7 p.m.
Museum hours & info:
The museum galleries and the special exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau will be open regular hours September 20–22: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20; 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Thursday, September 21; and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday, September 22. Leo Bistro is closed through September 24 due to Oktoberfest.
Visit www.daytonartinstitute.org/oktparking for more information about parking and access to the museum during Oktoberfest.