The organizers of the largest free three-day music and arts festival in the United States are announcing the
cancelation of the eighth annual Deutschtown Music Festival, originally scheduled for July 17-19.

“It is our responsibility to assure public health — for the safety of our fans, musicians and venue operators. We feel that having the festival go on with thousands of people gathering for three days would be irresponsible and reckless at this unprecedented time,” said Cody Walters, co-founder of the festival. “As DIY organizers, we have always had the well-being of our participating musicians and attendees at the forefront of everything we do.”

“We love our neighbors and feel that canceling at this time, even though it tears us apart to do so, is the wisest decision to make,” said co-founder Ben Soltesz. “Just know that we will be back next year in July 2021 with a new and improved festival that regional and national music lovers have come to expect and appreciate.”

The July 2019 festival drew record crowds of more than 40,000 concertgoers enjoying more than 400 musical acts spread across 40 indoor and outdoor venues, myriad children’s activities, and dozens of food trucks and local food vendors.

“Please stay safe and thank the heroes who deliver the goods, stock the shelves, check out your groceries and especially the first responders and medical professionals who keep us healthy and safe during these trying times,” said Mark T. Fatla, executive director, Northside Leadership Conference, a primary sponsor of Deutschtown Music Festival.

A project of the Northside Leadership Conference.