So… it’s official. Oktoberfest 2020 has been cancelled. Millions around the world are really and truly bummed about this and that includes us. *wipes away pretzel-shaped tear* However, don’t let the loss of lager get you down. Oktoberfest 2021 will undoubtedly be the biggest party we’ve ever seen.
Oktoberfest 2020 cancelled
The decision to cancel Oktoberfest this year (due to coronavirus concerns) came from German officials on April 21st, two months before the anticipated cancellation deadline. In fact, this is the first time Oktoberfest has been cancelled since just after World War II (and just the 25th time ever in its history).
And since we don’t plan on letting a lockdown spoil our Oktoberfest fun, we’re planning an awesome virtual Oktoberfest for you. Join us in September for Locktoberfest! Join the official Facebook group here to stay up-to-date on developments:
Possible changes to Oktoberfest 2021
Have no fear, make room for beer! That should be the unofficial slogan for Oktoberfest 2021, as we hear big plans are underway.
There’s talk among Munich officials that Oktoberfest 2021 may be extended by a week, according to an article in the German-language Abendzeitung.
This would be a never-before-seen (but incredibly appreciated) move and would extend Oktoberfest to three weeks and four weekends, though at this point it’s unclear on which end of the festival the extra week would be scheduled.
This move would help everyone involved in this massive festival in recouping some lost income from 2020 and show appreciation to the world’s 7 million attendees for waiting it out another year. And it’ll be a rough one, lemme tell ya. If anything has ever been “worth the wait,” it’s bound to be a three-week Oktoberfest celebration.
For everything else you need to know, be sure to check out our Oktoberfest 2021 guide. It covers everything including tips for attending, the 2021 Oktoberfest schedule, budget advice, what to wear, and so much more. Check back often as new developments are sure to arise!