A List Of Major Events & Festivals Canceled Or Postponed Due To Coronavirus
By Parker Diakite
Events are being canceled and postponed worldwide to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which was recently labeled a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.
Recently, the annual media festival South by Southwest was canceled in March due to the virus and the Kentucky Derby was postponed to Sept. 5.
Here’s a round-up of other major events that have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak so far:
Afronation Puerto Rico has been canceled but the event in Portugal is still scheduled for July 17 through July 19.
“Preparations for Afro Nation are proceeding as planned,” said organizers. “We are continuing with our preparations to deliver an amazing event for our customers and to support the many small and local businesses that are crucial to the success of the event. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the advice from the World Health Organization, UK and Portuguese Governments and will notify any changes.”
Broccoli City Festival
Originally scheduled to take place May 9 in Washington DC, organizers with the Broccoli City Festival announced on Instagram that the event will now be held on Oct. 4.
Coachella was originally scheduled to take place on April 10-12 and 17-19, however according to organizers, the festival will now take place on October 9, 10 and 11 and October 16, 17 and 18, 2020.
Dreamville Music Festival
Originally scheduled for April 4, 2020, the Dreamwille Festival in Raleigh, NC has been rescheduled for August 29, 2020. All tickets will be valid for the new date, according to organizers.
Lovers & Friends
The Lovers & Friends Festival, which was originally scheduled for May 8 and May 9 in Carson, CA, and featured performances by Usher, Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Jhene Aiko and more, has reportedly been pushed back to August 8th & 9th, according to Bobby Dee, one of the show’s promoters.
Made In America
No updates as of now. The event is still scheduled for Sept. 5 through Sept. 6 in Philadelphia, PA.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
“At the direction of City of New Orleans authorities, in response to ongoing COVID-19 health concerns, the 2020 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell will not occur this April and May,” a statement on the website reads. “Jazz Fest 2020 will now take place in the fall. We will announce the exact dates and additional details soon. All purchases for the original dates will be honored for the fall dates.”
What’s deemed as the largest Hip Hop Festival in Miami, Florida, and Portimão, Portugal will still take place this spring and summer.
The Miami event is scheduled for May 8 through May 10. and the event in Portimão is scheduled for July 8 through July 10.
Stagecoach will now take place on October 23, 24 and 25, 2020. All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates.
Summer Olympics 2020
Initially, the International Olympic Committee said it had no plans to postpone or cancel the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which was set to begin July 24. However, as of March 23, 2020, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says that the games will definitely be pushed back due to the virus. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense,” he said in an interview. The new date for the Summer Olympics in Japan will likely take place in 2021.
Something In The Water
The second annual Virginia Beach musical festival was originally scheduled for April 20 through April 26 and has been canceled. Fans who purchased tickets for the event this year can attend next year or reach out for a refund.
“After much consideration, in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, we’ve sadly decided to postpone SOMETHING IN THE WATER 2020,” a statement on the website reads. “We will return April 23-25, 2021 as part of our normal annual schedule. All tickets for 2020 will be honored for next year’s festival.”
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.