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Snowbird announces cancellation of 2020 Oktoberfest due to COVID-19

Posted at 10:23 AM, Aug 03, 2020

SNOWBIRD, Utah — Snowbird announced Monday its annual Oktoberfest event has been put on hiatus until August of 2021.

In a news release, Snowbird said it made the difficult decision after considering many modified ways to host the event during the COVID-19 pandemic but ultimately decided that, for the health and wellbeing of its employees and guests, the event would not happen this fall.

“Oktoberfest has been a part of Snowbird since our first summer of operation so this decision was not taken lightly,” said Snowbird President and General Manager Dave Fields. “Since before we resumed business operations in June, we have taken every possible measure to ensure our employees and guests are in the safest possible environment. We did not feel we could maintain that standard even if we hosted a highly-modified version of Oktoberfest.”

Snowbird will begin offering a new dining option in addition to the resort’s open restaurants – scrumptious to-go family dinners that can be enjoyed as a picnic on the mountain, on Hidden Peak, in a hotel room or on the Plaza Deck starting Friday, Aug. 14. The new to-go family dinners, available through the Atrium Restaurant in the Cliff Lodge, will also be available in lodging packages with rotating themes and flavors.

For those whose fall isn’t complete without a bratwurst and beer at 8,100 feet, Snowbird will have bratwurst and cold beer, as well as glass steins, available for purchase from the Birdfeeder Restaurant on Snowbird’s Plaza Deck.

Snowbird’s extensive rides and activities including Alpine Slide, Mtn. Coaster, Ropes Course, Peruvian Chairlift, Tram and more, will be open daily through Sunday, Aug. 23, and then Friday through Sunday through September and weekends thereafter.

Information about lodging packages, activities and the new dinner option can be found here.

Germany has already canceled its Oktoberfest.