What Events Are Canceled Due To Coronavirus? The List Is Growing

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As the coronavirus outbreak grows worldwide, so do the number of cancellations of major events in the worlds of music, film, TV, and sports. The amount of events canceled due to coronavirus in the U.S. is practically growing by the minute due to the risk of exposure at large gatherings. Major festivals like South by Southwest have already been forced to cancel, and many are fearing that it's just the beginning of many delays and cancellations to come.

As of March 7, according to the World Health Organization, the amount of COVID-19 cases around the world has surpassed 100,000, with over 3,000 people dying from the disease, mostly in Mainland China, where this particular strain of coronavirus originated. Over 90 countries have reported cases, with the U.S. having over 500 cases alone, according to a March 9 update by The New York Times.

While the number of events that have been called off or postponed in the U.S. is still relatively small, the ones that have been canceled are large in magnitude, leaving huge ripple effects on local and national economies, as well as workers who depend on these events for a large amount of their income. And it just might get worse before it gets better. (See the UK-based events canceled due to COVID-19 here, and the list of movies, TV shows, and concerts affected by COVID-19 here.) Here are all the major events that have been canceled due to coronavirus, and a few big ones that are at risk.

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Gov Ball

The Governors Ball Music Festival has been cancelled due to coronavirus. The New York City festival was originally scheduled to take place in June, but, "due to current government mandates and the evolving situation in NYC," the Gov Ball team has decided not to move forward, according to an official statement. According to their website, fans who had already purchased tickets for 2020 can either request a full refund, or choose to transfer their tickets to 2021.

Cannes Film Festival

The prestigious Cannes Film Festival has officially been postponed. The French festival confirmed the delay in a statement shred on Thursday, March 19, which also set forth potential new dates in the end of June or early July of 2020.

South by Southwest

After huge sponsors like Netflix, YouTube, Warner Bros., and more decided to not participate in South by Southwest, the city of Austin finally called off the week-long multimedia festival. This year's SXSW line-up included film premieres, live shows from emerging artists, and talks from prestigious guests, including Hillary Clinton. It's not yet known if SXSW will return in 2021.

Ultra Music Festival

Ultra, one of the largest electronic music festivals in the U.S., was forced to cancel this year's event by the city of Miami, after Florida declared a public health emergency due to coronavirus in the state. The festival was rescheduled for March 2021. However, it's unclear whether whether the festival, which was set to be headlined by the likes of Flume and David Guetta, will feature the same line-up scheduled for this year.


On March 10, Coachella Tweeted that the festival would be postponed until October. "While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously," the announcement reads. "We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials." The festival promised guests that tickets will be honored, and that customers who can no longer attend will get a refund. The official dates are now Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18.


Bachelor Nation's favorite music festival, Stagecoach, has also been delayed due to coronavirus concerns. The festival takes place the week after Coachella at the same site, and has also been rescheduled for late October. It will now take place on Oct. 23, 24, and 25, per a Goldenvoice press release obtained by Bustle.


The Paley Center announced that their 2020 PaleyFest would be postponed until further notice on Wednesday. The annual event, which hosts panels on various television shows including talks with creators and stars, was scheduled to include panels on shows like The Mandalorian and Outlander. "We are exploring options to reschedule the festival and all ticket purchases will be honored for the new dates," the Paley Center said in a statement, via Entertainment Tonight.

Tribeca Film Festival

After New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a temporary ban on any gatherings of more than 500 people on Thursday, March 12, the Tribeca Film Festival announced that it would be postponed. The festival, which was originally set to run from April 15-26, has not yet announced new dates. However, co-founder Jane Rosenthal said in a statement that they would "be back to you shortly with our plans."

Netflix Is A Joke Fest

Based on the recent CDC guidelines advising against gatherings of over 50 people for the next eight weeks, Netflix has postponed its inaugural comedy festival, set to run from April 27 to May 3 in Los Angeles. "We’ve been blown away by the excitement from fans and we will work to reschedule it when we can," the streaming service said in a statement. The line-up featured comedy heavyweights like Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin performing at venues across LA. It is not known who will still play the festival during its rescheduled dates.


Bonnaroo announced that the festival would be rescheduled to Sept. 24-27, 2020, in a statement on Wednesday, March 18. The music festival was originally supposed to take place June 11-14, with performances by Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, and Vampire Weekend. It's unclear which artists will headline during the rescheduled dates.

Political Events
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Bernie Sanders Rally

On Tuesday, March 10, Bernie Sanders canceled a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio, due to coronavirus. "Out of concern for public health and safety, we are canceling tonight's rally in Cleveland," said campaign communications director Mike Casca in a statement, per KSBY News. "Sen. Sanders would like to express his regret to the thousands of Ohioans who had planned to attend the event tonight."

The news comes just hours before the rally was intended to take place. Ohio declared a state of emergency on Monday, after three cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the state.

Joe Biden Rally

On Tuesday, March 10, Joe Biden's Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield Tweeted that the rally scheduled in Cleveland, Ohio that night would be canceled.

"We will continue to consult with public health officials and public health guidance and make announcements about future events in the coming days," she wrote. "Vice President Biden thanks all of his supporters who wanted to be with us in Cleveland."

White House Correspondents Dinner

On Sunday, March 22, the White House Correspondents Association announced that this year's dinner, which was scheduled for Apr. 25, has been indefinitely postponed in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson was set to host.

The association announced the news on Twitter writing, "The White House Correspondents' Association regrets to announce that it is unable to go ahead with its 2020 dinner on April 25. We will get back to you soon with our alternative date. Thanks for your support."

Award Shows
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The Peabody Awards

The annual Peabody Awards Ceremony will be postponed. Originally scheduled for June 18, the awards have been delayed indefinitely, according to Variety.

The Tony Awards

The 74th Annual Tony Awards were officially postponed on Wednesday, March 25. Originally scheduled to take place on June 7 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, the awards don't yet have a new date. However, in an official statement, the Tony Award Productions said that they will reassess "once Broadway opens again."

The Shorty Awards

The 12th Annual Shorty Awards are not cancelled completely, but will now be a digital-only event without a live audience. However, given how the show honors the best in social media creators and brands, a completely virtual award show feels somewhat appropriate.

"We’re disappointed that we can’t bring everyone together this year for a physical event in New York City as we have done for the past 11 years," the Shorty Awards wards said in a statement obtained by Bustle. "However, given the public health concerns we feel it’s our responsibility to put the safety of our community and public health first."

The GLAAD Media Awards

The 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards, which were scheduled to take place in New York City on March 19, have been canceled because of coronavirus concerns.

"We were planning to unveil a historic get-out-the-vote campaign at the event because everything is at stake for LGBTQ Americans this election year, and are hopeful that the program and GLAAD’s ongoing work to fight against anti-LGBTQ discrimination will continue to be supported and funded," Rich Ferraro, Chief Communications Officer and an Executive Producer of the GLAAD Media Awards, said in a statement.

Kids' Choice Awards

Nickelodeon officially put their slime-filled celebration, also known as the Kids' Choice Awards, on hold Wednesday, March 11. In a statement, the network said that they were taking the precaution "in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show, which is our top priority." The show, which was originally set to be hosted by Chance the Rapper with a performance from Justin Bieber, will reportedly be postponed until a later date.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction

The annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, originally scheduled to take place on May 2 in Cleveland, is being postponed due to coronavirus concerns. A new date has not been set as of yet.

“Our first concern is to the health and safety of our attendees and artists and we are complying to the direction of the local and state authorities and common sense," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman said in a statement, as per Rolling Stone. "We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make that announcement at the earliest convenience.”

The Razzies

The Razzies, which honor the worst in film, have been canceled due to to coronavirus concerns. The irreverent "award" show was set to take place on Saturday, Mar. 14. Co-founder John Wilson released a statement that read: "Tonight's live Razzie ceremony had to be canceled/postponed because the Mayor of Los Angeles shut down all city-owned venues where more than 50 people could gather, including our site, The Barnsdall Theatre. Without a hall, we could not proceed with the show, but we are hoping to have a video to disseminate by tonight (Saturday, March 14) — Perhaps even by what had been our original 'curtain time' of 8pm."

Academy Of Country Music Awards

The 55th ACM Awards were set for Apr. 5, but on Sunday, Mar. 15, ACM CEO Damon Whiteside said the ceremony will now be held in September. His statement read in part: "This decision involved many partners, stakeholders and the industry who we have been in constant conversations with over the past several days as the situation has developed. We look forward to identifying a future date that we can celebrate with our Country community safely."

On Monday, Mar. 23, it was announced that the 2020 ACM Awards will now be held on Sept. 16. More details, including the venue and performers, will be confirmed soon.

CFDA Awards

The 2020 CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards have been postponed indefinitely, as of Wednesday, March 18.

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Broadway theaters will go dark for the next four to six weeks starting at 5PM on Thursday, March 12, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The closing was directed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has prohibited gatherings of over 500 people starting at 5PM on Friday, March 13, and comes after two staff members who recently worked at Broadway theaters were tested positive for COVID-19.

“Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals,” Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, said in a statement, as reported by Playbill. The league said that shows are currently scheduled to resume on April 13, though that date is subject to change.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

When Broadway theaters are safe to open again after the coronavirus pandemic, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will not return. Producers of the 2020 revival of the famous play, starring Laurie Metcalf, Rupert Everett, and Russell Tovey, were forced to cancel the Broadway run due to scheduling conflicts with the cast. The production played just nine preview performances before shutting down and was due to open on April 9.

Birthday Candles and Caroline, Or Change

The Roundabout Theatre Company announced on Wednesday, March 25 that the Broadway runs of Noah Haidle’s Birthday Candles, starring Debra Messing, and the revival of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Caroline, or Change would be delayed until fall 2020. Both productions were scheduled to begin in the spring. Their respective stars, Messing and Sharon D. Clarke, will return for the fall runs.

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The MET Gala

The 2020 MET Gala was postponed indefinitely after the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that "all programs and events through May 15 will be canceled or postponed,” including the annual Gala, as confirmed by Vogue. This is in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advisement that there should not be any gatherings with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. A new date for the Gala, which was set to take place on May 4, has yet to be announced.

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The 2020 Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, was officially cancelled due to coronavirus concerns on Wednesday, March 11. The gaming event was meant to take place in June at the Los Angeles Convention Center. "We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters," said organizers, the Entertainment Software Association, per Bloomberg. However, they added that they would try to put together an online experience for fans and people who had planned to attend the event.

ACE ComicCon Northeast

After the state of Massachusetts declared a national health emergency due to the rapid spread of coronavirus, the ACE ComicCon Northeast, set to be held in Boston from March 20-22, announced that they'd be rescheduling to a later date. The convention was set to feature appearances from the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Evans, and Tessa Thompson.

"We feel for anyone and everyone affected by the COVID-19 virus," organizers said in a statement posted to Twitter. "We hope everyone stays safe and healthy, and to those already ill, we wish a speedy recovery." A new date has not confirmed as of yet.

RuPaul's DragCon

Sadly, drag enthusiasts should sashay away from LA for the time being. The Los Angeles edition of RuPaul's DragCon has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The convention was originally scheduled to be held from May 1-3.

"The situation in California (and the world) is rapidly changing, with new information coming out everyday," a statement on the DragCon LA website read. "Unfortunately, there's no way for anyone to know what the situation will be like in May." The convention promised to return to LA in 2021, but no dates have been confirmed as of yet.

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Los Angeles Pride

LA Pride has postponed their 2020 celebrations, which usually take place in June, to a currently unknown date. This year would've been the 50th anniversary of LA Pride. "Given the unexpected and troubling circumstances the world is facing today, we’ve decided — in accordance with the latest measures put in place by the City of West Hollywood — to move our celebration to a later date," the LA Pride Board of Directors posted on their website. "The health and safety of our incredible and dynamic community is our top priority."

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The 2020 Olympics

Although the 2020 Summer Olympics don't kick off in Tokyo until July 24, they have been postponed officially. Though there had been talk of fans being barred from attending the events as a health precaution in an effort to avoid cancellation, on March 23, it was announced that the games would not be taking place — at least not in 2020. The International Olympic Committee officially rescheduled the games for July 23-Aug 8, 2021.

BNP Paribas Open

The 2020 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., was called off after the Coachella Valley confirmed a local case of coronavirus. This set off alarm bells for the Coachella Music Festival, which has been rescheduled for October. According to USA Today, tournament director Tommy Haas said in a statement that it might be rescheduled at a later date.


After a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA has essentially canceled the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. The organization released a statement late Wednesday, March 11, noting that all games would be postponed until further notice, adding, "The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic."

March Madness & NCAA

The NCAA officially canceled the Division I men and women's championships on Thursday afternoon. Just days after announcing that all tournament games would be played without public attendees for safety, the NCAA announced that the championships would, instead, be canceled out right. Not only that, but the statement said that "all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships" would be canceled, meaning it's not just March Madness and basketball that will be affected.


Following the news that an NBA player had tested positive for COVID-19, the NHL announced that the ongoing 2019-20 season will be paused, effective as of Thursday, March 12.

"Given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point, it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time," the NHL wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. The organization said their goal was to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup "as soon as it is appropriate and prudent."

MLB Opening Day

Following the postponements of the NHL and NBA seasons brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the MLB is delaying the opening day of their upcoming season by at least two weeks. They also announced that all spring training games were cancelled, effective as of Thursday, March 12.

The organization is hoping to resume their planned schedule as soon as possible, but did not give an exact date. "MLB and the clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular season schedule," they said in a statement, as per Rolling Stone. "MLB will announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time and will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.”

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The Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon has officially been postponed due to coronavirus. The annual event was originally scheduled for April 20, but will now take place on Sept. 14.

The NYC Half Marathon

The New York City half marathon, originally set to take place on Sunday, March 15, was canceled on March 10. In a statement, the New York Road Runners, which puts on the marathon, announced that the Rising New York Road Runners youth event has also been canceled. The statement also assured runners that those who registered with the NYRR "will be contacted in the next few days with the option to select either a full refund or their entry fee or guaranteed non-complimentary entry to the 2021 NYC Half next March."

The Rome Marathon

Runners far and wide travel to various locales around the globe to compete in challenging marathons, but they're all missing Rome this year. The Rome Marathon has been called off as the amount of coronavirus cases in Italy rapidly grows, with over 7,000 cases reported, per CNN. Many Northern regions of the country have been put on lockdown due to the outbreak.

This article will continue to be updated as new information comes out.

Additional reporting by Olivia Truffaut-Wong.

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