Munich’s Oktoberfest 2020 will not happen this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Organizers for Munich’s Oktoberfest—the largest and oldest version of the event—announced that they have canceled the 2020 event, scheduled to take place from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4.
“We have experienced that the après-ski in Ischgl, various beer festivals for example, or even carnival events were, unfortunately, virus hubs,” said Markus Söder, Minister-President of Bavaria. “This is why the greatest sensitivity applies to public festivals. “As long as there is no vaccine, as long as there is no medicine, special care must be taken.”
The festival has been postponed or canceled multiple times since it began in 1810, including in 1854 after more than 3,000 people died during a cholera epidemic and in 1870 due to the Franco-Prussian War.
While this year’s Oktoberfest has been canceled, Oktoberfest 2021 is currently scheduled to start on Sept. 16.
While Munich is the traditional home to Oktoberfest, many other cities around the world host their own versions of the event which are unaffected by this announcement.