2020 Lifest canceled in Oshkosh
Organizers of Lifest have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Christian music festival in Oshkosh.
"Today, it is with heavy hearts and great sadness that Life Promotions, organizers of Lifest, announce the cancellation of Lifest 2020. This decision needed to be made to comply with strong direction from health authorities advising that hosting the event would provide a significant risk in the spread of COVID-19," reads a post on the Lifest website.
Previously, Lifest organizers delayed the festival until August. However, there's been a
The county health department has advised against large gatherings.
While the decision to cancel Lifest isn't entirely unexpected, it will have an impact on the non-profit organization, Life Promotions, and it's ability to provide essential services, which include school programs focusing on suicide prevention, and anti-bullying efforts.
Festival Director John Dougherty said,"We also run a school curriculum called Dignity Revolution, and Lifest is our single biggest fundraiser. It raises about fifty percent of our operating budget for the rest of the year, so not having the festival is leading to a lot of tough decisions we will have to make at Life Promotions as well."
Those who bought tickets now have an option to request a refund, or receive a credit for next year, but promoters are also encouraging people to consider offering up the money they spent as a donation.
Dougherty added,"If they wanted to donate the ticket order, they can donate part of it, or all of it, and we will be able to get them a tax deduction at the end of the year. If people are able to do that we would love and humbly ask that they do that."
While Lifest has never been canceled before, every effort will be made, so the event can survive and take place once again in 2021.
Dougherty said,"Everything is on the table. Our staff has taken pay cuts in order to keep the organization going and we're already working on 2021 so moving the lineup over, trying to see who is available to do the new dates in 2021."
If you want a refund, Lifest is asking that you make that request by July 1st.
Find information about donations, ticket refunds and more at
Lifest organizers say they are rescheduling the Christian music festival to August due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19.
The festival was originally scheduled for July 9 - 12, but has been rescheduled for August 13 - 16.
The event will still be held at Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh, which has hosted the festival since 1999.
If you've already bought tickets or reserved camping spots for the event, you'll have four options to choose from:
- Use tickets for 2020, as all tickets, passes, camping, parking and add-ons will be transferred to the August dates
-Use tickets for next year's Lifest, which will be held July 8 - 11. If you select this option, July 1, 2020 is the deadline to move tickets from 2020 to next year. All tickets, passes, camping, parking and add-ons will be transferred. Anyone wanting to transfer items to next year is asked to e-mail the Life Promotions office
to confirm the transfer.
-Donate tickets and camping fees. this will be a tax-deductible donation, and anyone interested in this option is asked to e-mail
to confirm their gift.
-Request a refund. For anyone who can't attend Lifest 2020 or 2021, you will be provided a full refund, and you're asked to e-mail
to request the refund.
A formal announcement will be made on the event's Facebook page Monday at 7 p.m.