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.
There will be plenty of free shuttle service to get everyone to and from Oktoberfest, including the Preview Party. Signs will lead you to the shuttles at the University of Dayton parking lot behind the Marriott off of Patterson Boulevard. Shuttles will run directly to both the Preview Party and Oktoberfest. It’s important to remember that there is no parking on the levee across from the museum or in McKinley Park during any events.
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Friday Lederhosen Lunch parking
There will be free RTA shuttles from Downtown to Friday, September 21 Lederhosen’s lunch. Shuttles run from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Look for shuttle stop locations along Monument Avenue, Wilkinson Street, Second Street, Main Street and Fifth Street. Street parking is also available in the neighborhood surrounding The DAI.
Preview Party parking
A free shuttle service will be offered during the Preview Party on Sept. 21, running from the University of Dayton parking lot on River Park Drive. The lot is located between the Dayton Marriott and Cox Media Group (Dayton Daily News/WHIO) building, and River Park Drive may be accessed from either Main Street or Patterson Boulevard. Look for the shuttle signs, and take the free shuttle directly to and from the Preview Party.
Saturday and Sunday Oktoberfest parking
Oktoberfest can get extremely busy, so its recommended to use the free shuttles provided to avoid the congestion. Oktoberfest goers can park for free at the University of Dayton parking lot on River Park Drive. The lot is located between the Dayton Marriott and Cox Media Group building. River Park Drive may be accessed from either Main Street or Patterson Boulevard. From there, take the free shuttle directly to and from Oktoberfest. On Saturday, shuttles will run continuously from 11:30 a.m. - midnight. On Sunday, shuttles will run continuously from 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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 22–23. 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.
Ride a bike and completely avoid the parking fiasco. There will be free on-site parking from noon to 7 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget to drink and ride responsibly!