What you need to know about DAI’s Oktoberfest (it’ll be here sooner than you think)

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What you need to know about DAI’s Oktoberfest (it’ll be here sooner than you think)

You probably can’t tell it by the temperature, but fall is calling, and so are brats, bier and a whole lot of art. 

The Dayton Art Institute has released early details about its annual Oktoberfest and events surrounding it. 

The celebration is set for Sept. 22 to 24 on the grounds of the museum, located at 456 Belmonte Park N. in Dayton. 

Here are some key details: 

LEDERHOSEN LUNCH

Scenes from Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, which took place Sept. 24-25, 2016. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

The fun kicks off with a Lederhosen Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22. Admission to the community-style lunch is free. 

Brats, metts, schnitzel sandwiches, German salads and homemade noodles will be sold. There will be live entertainment. 

PREVIEW PARTY 

Oktoberfest was held Saturday September 25 at the Dayton Art Institute. Thousands enjoyed the warm early autumn sun, international and craft beers, entertainment, fine arts and food. Jim Noelker

The Oktoberfest Preview Party  is 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22. 

It includes complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks. There will be 65 artisan exhibitors and 30 food vendors.

There will be a cash bar for international beer and premium wine, and the band This Side Up will perform.

Advance tickets for the Preview Party are $55 for members and $75 for non-members. Admission at the gate is $95. Online pre-sales begin in August. 

OKTOBERFEST 

Here's who we saw during the 38th annual Oktoberfest preview party at the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Friday, September 25, 2009. Peter Wine

Oktoberfest is noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

It includes artisan booths, plenty of food, kid-friendly activities, music on two stages and lots and lots of international, domestic and craft beer (and wine, too).

Football will be played on four big screen TVs in the so-called “TV Cave.” 

Advance admission is $5 for adults and $3 for those ages 60 and older and ages 7 to 19. Admission at the gate is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth. Children ages 6 and younger are free. 

Oktoberfest 2009 at The Dayton Art Institute Sunday, Sept. 27 Teesha McClam
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