Oktoberfest Is Canceled This Year for the First Time Since World War II

We'll have to wear our lederhosen at home this fall.

To some extent, 2020 has been a year of cancellations. But with the outbreak of COVID-19, we know that certain events can’t happen for safety reasons. (Of course, we’re still sad about the postponement of Free Cone Day at DQ.)

Recently, we heard that Germany’s Oktoberfest won’t be happening this year because of the coronavirus. Read on for more info on how you can still celebrate this holiday from the comfort of your home.

There Will Be No Oktoberfest in Munich

The celebration—which draws millions of tourists each year and was scheduled for September 19— has been canceled due to safety concerns from the coronavirus outbreak. Those in charge weren’t fond of the idea of scaling the festival back, saying that it’s done “either completely or not at all.”

Munich’s Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter called the news “a bitter pill to swallow” during a Tuesday press conference, and we wholeheartedly agree. Of course, safety always comes first, so we understand why we’ll have to keep our beer steins and dirndls to in-home festivities.

How to Celebrate at Home

Thankfully, you don’t need to travel to Germany to celebrate the famous occasion. We’re big fans of the bash, which is one of the reasons we compiled this list of our favorite Oktoberfest recipes; it includes favorites such as German Beer Cheese Spread, Bratwurst Supper and Bavarian Pot Roast.

For dessert, indulge with Chocolate Lebkuchen. It certainly doesn’t have to be September or October to celebrate the season, to honor one’s heritage or appreciate the tastiness of German food. And on the bright side? The festival’s leadership has reassured fans the event will go on in 2021.

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Emily Hannemann
Emily adores both food and writing, so combining those passions as a writer for Taste of Home makes perfect sense. Her work has also appeared in Birds & Blooms and on TV Insider. When she’s not eating peanut butter straight from the jar, you'll find her running or birdwatching. Emily is currently a journalism graduate student at the University of Missouri.