Nine Things to Do in Oberlin (When You’re Not at the 2024 DSA National Conference)

In just a few short months, we’ll be welcoming the Dalcroze community to Oberlin, OH for the 2024 DSA National Conference.

On June 6–8, you’ll have the choice of over 35 interactive sessions on Dalcroze eurhythmics, solfège, improvisation, and more.

But what is there to do outside these sessions, workshops, and special events? Where can you go to find a moment to rest and reflect? Here’s a list of nine things to do during the conference weekend in June—all within walking distance of the Conservatory.

Walk Around Tappan Square

Take a stroll through or around the central town square, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr and John Charles Olmsted, and see some of the varied architecture of the campus.


Oberlin has over a dozen unique restaurants within a 5-minute walk of the Conservatory! Enjoy tots (and dipping sauces!) at the Feve; authentic Thai cuisine at ThiNiThai; incredible $6 lunch bowls to go at Kim’s Grocery; healthy mediterranean dining at Aladdin’s; Bella Luna’s Italian specialties; Lorenzo’s Pizza; 1833’s upscale American dining; the Arb’s delicious sandwiches; Main Street Grille (especially for breakfast); Lupitas (Mexican); Bingo (Chinese); Ying’s (Pho); The Mandarin (Chinese). Plus Slow Train or the Local for coffee!

Relax by the Koi Pond

Find your serenity on a boulder by the koi pound, just outside of the Conservatory lounge.

People Watch at Slow Train

55 E College

Grab a coffee and relax, indoors or out.

Visit the Oberlin Heritage Center

77 1/2 S. Professor St

Learn about Oberlin’s connection to the Underground Railroad at the Oberlin Heritage Center, located just off the South parking lot of the Conservatory.

Visit the Arboretum

S. Professor St, just across from South St

The Arboretum is a beautiful, 17-acre nature preserve with trails, creeks, bridges, trees, and a two-part reservoir, that is just a ten minute walk from the Conservatory. The land connects to the even larger Westwood Cemetery, for those who want a longer stroll.

Peruse the Shops Downtown

Around the intersection of Main & College

Oberlin’s shops reflect the delightful quirkiness of the town and college. From upscale clothier Evie Lou to Ratsy’s vintage gifts and curiosities, there’s something for everyone. 

Follow the Walking Tour of Oberlin’s Downtown Historic District

Stroll through Oberlin on a walking tour that offers a rich assortment of 19- and 20th-century commercial and public buildings.

Relax (or spin around) in a Womb Chair at Mudd Library

West of Tappan Square, behind Finney Chapel & south of Wilder Student Union

Mudd Library is Oberlin’s iconic brutalist building, whose interior has been meticulously maintained to preserve its 1970’s stylistic touches.

Registration is now open for the 2024 DSA National Conference—and early registration discounts are in effect until April 15!

We hope to see you in Oberlin very soon.

1 Comment

  1. R on April 26, 2024 at 9:10 pm

    And, you can visit one of the best college art museums in the country at the AMAM! I’m not DSA member, but an Oberlin local who loves this quaint town!

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