The three-day community festival, held on the museum grounds, draws 25,000-30,000 people each year, and it features two large tents devoted to artisans selling their works. More than 50 artisans from around the country display pieces available for purchase, including: paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry, pottery, metal works, wood works, fashion and accessories, and leather goods. A Best of Show Award and up to three Invitational Awards are presented during the festival.
Artisans are selected through a jury process, and all applications must be submitted online, via www.zapplication.org. The deadline for artisans to apply is April 21, 2017.
Celebrating its 46th year in 2017, Oktoberfest is The Dayton Art Institute’s largest fundraising event. Organized by the museum’s Associate Board, it kicks-off with the popular Preview Party on Friday, September 22, 7–11 p.m. The festival continues on Saturday, September 23, noon – 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 24, noon – 7 p.m. Visitors come to view the offerings of the artisan vendors, enjoy the culinary delights of numerous food vendors, sample a variety of domestic, international and craft beers, enjoy continuous live entertainment and participate in family activities.
For more information about Oktoberfest and the artisan application process, as well as a direct link to the online application, visit www.daytonartinstitute.org/oktoberfest.