Dayton Art Institute cancels Oktoberfest, other events; announces plans for reopening museum

Dayton Art Institute cancels Oktoberfest, other events; announces plans for reopening museum

DAYTON — The Dayton Art Institute will reopen in July, but announced that they will sadly cancel their Oktoberfest celebration, ArtEvents Ball, and Bourbon & Bubbles event.

“The decision to cancel our Signature Events, especially Oktoberfest, was a tremendously difficult one to make,” DAI Director and CEO Michael Roediger said in a release. “Not only do they bring together so many people from throughout the region, but they are also our biggest fundraisers and contribute significant income to our operating budget each year.”

The museum itself will reopen to members on July 10, and to the general public on July 17, with limited hours. Guests can visit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and between noon and 5 p.m. on Sundays.

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New policies and safety measures will be in place to ensure the safety of guests and staff:

  • Physical distancing measures to ensure guests remain six feet from others not in their group
  • All staff and guests will be required to wear face coverings while visiting the museum
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures in place throughout the museum
  • Protective shields installed at the museum's Guest Services Desk
  • All museum tours will be self-guided, in-person programs and interactive activities will not be available at this time, and The Lange Family Experiencenter will remain closed.

The DAI’s Museum Store will also reopen on July 10, and the Special Exhibition Samurai, Ghosts and Lovers: Yoshitoshi’s Complete 100 Aspects of the Moon has been extended through September 13.

Advance tickets are not required to visit the museum, but capacity may be limited in some collection galleries and the Special Exhibition.

The museum plans to launch a special “Virtual Oktoberfest” fundraiser in August, offering a limited-edition 2020 Oktoberfest package that includes a t-shirt and mug. Organizers look forward to returning to a traditional Oktoberfest, as well as bring back the ArtEvents Ball and Bourbon & Bubbles, in 2021.

Weddings and other event rentals are not impacted by these Signature Event cancelations, the museum says.