Fredericksburg cancels 40th anniversary of Oktoberfest due to COVID-19

Fredericksburg's Oktoberfest is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy:

Fredericksburg is cancelling Oktoberfest for 2020, yet another event called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city says the 40th anniversary celebration of their German Culture is not being held for the first time ever.

“We certainly do not want to risk the safety and well-being of our Oktoberfest Chairs, Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance Board and Members, attendees, volunteers, and all involved with the production Oktoberfest. With COVID-19 spiking now, we felt it’s the right time to decide whether or not we cancel,” said Debbie Reeh, Oktoberfest Event Producer.

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The city says Oktoberfest was poised again to potentially attract 1,400 volunteers, 22,000 visitors and many other folks who help make it happen.

“We were very excited to be turning 40,” stated Debbie Reeh. “We invite all of you to return in 2021 to help celebrate this grand event. We’ve come a long way! For example, in 1981 it was a one-day festival with one stage featuring four bands; today Oktoberfest has 5 stages showcasing twenty-five bands over three days.”

The next Oktoberfest is scheduled for October 1-3, 2021.