In the interest of public health and safety and to limit the spread of COVID-19, Vienna Oktoberfest 2020 has been canceled. The event was scheduled for October 3. This joint decision by the Vienna Business Association (VBA) and Town of Vienna is in line with current recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health and Gov. Ralph Northam’s office and takes into consideration the uncertainty about the safety of public gatherings in the fall.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the 13th annual Vienna Oktoberfest,” says Kathy Georgen, who chairs the Oktoberfest planning committee. “The success of this festival depends on hundreds of vendors and tens of thousands of attendees from all age groups and locations coming together in a common area. We could not in good conscience move forward in this current climate.”
Fees will be refunded by August 15 to 2020 festival vendors who have already registered and paid.
The Vienna Business Association will promote Distanz Oktoberfest, an initiative that encourages VBA-member and other Town businesses to host in early October German-themed events and promotions at their own location. These business events and promotions will be marketed on multiple social platforms by both the VBA and Town of Vienna. For more information, visit viennaoktoberfest.org; additional details will be coming soon.
Please contact the Oktoberfest committee at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.