Celebrate the Dayton Art Institute’s 100th birthday with a FREE fall festival

Arts, Beats and Eats will be held Oct. 6

The Dayton Art Institute will continue the celebration of its 100th birthday with a fall community festival.

The Arts, Beats, and Eats Festival, a free family event, will have fun activities and entertainment, will be held Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon to 7 p.m.

“The community response to our centennial birthday party in April was absolutely phenomenal,” said Michael Roediger, director and CEO of the Dayton Art Institute, in a release. “As we continue our centennial celebrations, we welcome the community back to the museum for a larger festival, as another way of saying thank you for all of the fantastic support the DAI has received over the past 100 years!”

The Zoot Theatre will have a puppet petting zoo–recreating the famous “Weng’s Zoo” of the 1940s–in the Hale cloister. The Shaw Gothic Cloister will host a community room, where local non-profits will be set up with information, activities, and giveaways and live entertainment will be held in the Mimi and Stuart Rose Auditorium.

On the museum grounds, a stage will feature live music from local bands Kick-N-Flava, Shakedown and Hey There Morgan throughout the day.

There will also be a food truck rally, featuring Bella Sorella Pizza, Rolling Indulgence and Crème de la Crème Cakery, as well as a fall beer garden.

Arts, Beats and Eats is free and open to the public, with food and drink available for purchase at the event. Entrance to the event also includes FREE admission to the museum's collection galleries and the focus exhibitions William Preston Mayfield Photographs and Mona Lisa Today.

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