To keep the community safe this fall, the Town of Addison decided to cancel Addison Oktoberfest 2020. The event, recognized as one of the most authentic Oktoberfests outside of Munich, was scheduled for Sept. 17-20. It typically draws tens of thousands of people in a close, celebratory environment, which is not possible under the threat of COVID-19, so the town made the decision to cancel to protect the health and safety of attendees, vendors, staff and the community.
“Addison Oktoberfest is a beloved event where tens of thousands of people look forward to gathering each year in dirndls and lederhosen to enjoy each other’s company, raise a bier and say Prost,” said Addison Special Events Director Jasmine Lee in a recent press release. “Due to the close contact caused by the inherently social nature of the festival, it would not be safe to hold such a large gathering this year.”
For over three decades, the multi-day German festival has drawn both local and international crowds of up to 50,000 people.
While often questioned about hosting a festival called Oktoberfest during the month of September, Addison times its festival to open the same weekend as the Munich celebration, as a part of the Town’s effort to make Addison Oktoberfest the most authentic Oktoberfest celebration in North America. The Munich celebration has also been canceled for 2020.
Lee encourages fans to mark their calendars for next year’s event, saying “We hope all of our Oktoberfest fans will make plans to join us when Addison Oktoberfest returns September 16, 2021.”
2020 is the wurst, y’all! We can’t wait to see you next year when Addison Oktoberfest returns (and hopefully the world is back to normal).