Oktoberfest may be canceled in Munich but toned down celebrations are still on

Beer lovers and Germanophiles have know since April that there would be no Oktoberfest in Munich this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now that it actually is Oktoberfest season, the lack of crowded tents filled with festival-goers decked in dirndls and lederhosen shouting “prost!” is especially depressing.

The loss of Oktoberfest, which had been scheduled to run from Sept. 19 through Oct. 4, is a huge hit for the Bavarian city, which saw 6.3 million guests flood in last year for the festival’s 186th year. They were served 7.3 million liters (about 15.5 million pints) of beer over 16 days and consumed 124 oxen, among other traditional foods.

While no one is able to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, that doesn’t mean its spirit isn’t alive and thriving in other parts of the country – and world, including the United States.

Tour guides, breweries and beer halls, among others, are coming up with creative ways to fill the void. 

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