Here are all the events canceled due to coronavirus, from Coachella to Comic-Con

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads around the world, the number of major event cancellations in music, film, television and sports has increased. The number of coronavirus-related event cancellations in the U.S. is increasing literally by the minute due to the exposure risks of large gatherings. Back in March, at the beginning of the pandemic, major music festivals such as South by Southwest were forced to cancel this year's events. Sadly, this is just the beginning of many delays and cancellations.

According to the New York Times , as of June 29, the number of global COVID-19 cases has exceeded 10 million, and the global death toll has exceeded 500,000. All but 12 countries have reported cases, with more than 2.5 million cases and 125,000 deaths in the United States alone, far more than any other country.

Like the virus itself, the number of canceled or postponed events in the United States has increased significantly due to the exposure risks of large gatherings, with huge ripple effects on local and national economies and the workers who rely on these events. These activities bring them a lot of revenue. (See UK events canceled due to COVID-19 here, along with a list of films, TV shows and concerts affected by COVID-19.) Here are all the major events canceled or postponed due to coronavirus, including plans for 2021 some projects.


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Governor's Ball

The Governors Ball music festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The New York City festival was originally scheduled to take place in June, but the Gov Ball team decided not to move forward "due to current government mandates and the evolving situation in New York City," according to an official statement. According to their website, fans who have purchased tickets for 2020 can 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 film festival confirmed the postponement in a statement released on Thursday, March 19, which also set out potential new dates for late June or early July 2020. However, the Cannes Film Festival has been officially canceled due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, but this year's scheduled film lineup has still been released.

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The city of Austin ultimately canceled the week-long multimedia festival after major sponsors including Netflix, YouTube, Warner Bros. and others decided not to attend South by Southwest. This year's SXSW lineup includes film premieres, live performances by emerging artists, and speeches by high-profile guests like Hillary Clinton. It's unclear whether SXSW will return in 2021.

ultra music festival

Ultra is one of the largest electronic music festivals in the United States, and the city of Miami was forced to cancel this year's event after Florida declared a public health emergency in the state due to the coronavirus. The festival has been rescheduled for March 2021. However, it's unclear whether the festival will have the same lineup as this year's original lineup, which was set to headline the likes of Flume and David Guetta.

coachella music festival

On March 10, Coachella announced on Twitter that the festival would be postponed until October. “While this decision was made amid widespread uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, employees, and community very seriously,” the announcement reads. “We urge everyone to follow the guidelines set forth by public health officials. "Guidelines and protocols." The festival promised guests that tickets would be honored and those who could no longer attend would be refunded.

Coachella was officially canceled in June of this year, with next year's dates currently set for April 9-11 and 16-18, 2021. In a press release obtained by Bustle, promoter Goldenvoice said more information, including the new lineup, will be coming at a later date.


Bachelor Nation's favorite music festival Stagecoach has also been postponed due to coronavirus concerns. The festival takes place at the same location a week after Coachella, which was originally scheduled for late October. However, like Coachella, Stagecoach has officially been canceled this year. Next year's edition is currently scheduled for April 23-25, 2021.

Pelly Day

The Paley Center has announced that their 2020 Paley Festival will be postponed until further notice on Wednesday. The annual event, which will host panels on a variety of TV shows, including conversations with creators and stars, was originally scheduled to include panels on shows like "The Mandalorian" and "Outlander." "We are exploring options to reschedule the festival and all tickets purchased will be valid for the new date," the Paley Center said in a statement.

Tribeca Film Festival

On Thursday, March 12, the Tribeca Film Festival announced its postponement after New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a temporary ban on any gathering of more than 500 people. The festival was originally scheduled to take place from April 15 to 26, with no new dates announced yet. However, co-founder Jane Rosenthal said in a statement that they will be "contacting you soon about our plans."

Netflix is ​​a feast of jokes

In light of recently released guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending against gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, Netflix has postponed its inaugural comedy festival in Los Angeles, scheduled for April 27 to May 3 . "We are overwhelmed by the excitement from fans and we will do our best to reschedule the game," the streaming service said in a statement. The lineup stars Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer , Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, among other comedy heavyweights, performed at venues across Los Angeles. It's unclear who will continue to attend the festival during the rescheduled dates.


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

In June, Bonnaroo was officially cancelled, with next year's event scheduled for June 17-20, 2021.


On June 9, Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival was officially canceled due to coronavirus concerns. "We were hoping to bring Lollapalooza to Grant Park again this year, but we understand why things can't go as planned," the festival wrote on its website. The festival has promised to return in summer 2021, with an exact date yet to be announced.

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Oscar Awards 2021

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on June 15 that the 2021 Academy Awards will be postponed by two months due to the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the film industry, including many production and release delays. The 93rd Academy Awards, originally scheduled to be held on February 28, 2021, will now be held on April 25, 2021.

"We hope that by extending the eligibility period and awards dates, we will give filmmakers the flexibility they need to complete and release their films without being penalized for things beyond anyone's control," the Academy said in a statement. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will also now open in April to coincide with the new Oscars dates.

Golden Globe Awards 2021

Due to the postponement of the Oscars, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced that the 2021 Golden Globe Awards will also be postponed by nearly two months. The ceremony will now take place on February 28, 2021, the original date of the 2021 Oscars. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return as hosts of the 2021 Golden Globe Awards.

Peabody Award

The annual Peabody Awards ceremony will be postponed. According to Variety , the awards ceremony originally scheduled for June 18 has been postponed indefinitely.

Tony Awards

The 74th Annual Tony Awards were officially postponed on Wednesday, March 25. The awards ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, but a new date has not yet been set. However, Tony Awards Productions said in an official statement that they will re-evaluate "once Broadway reopens."

short man award

The 12th annual El Chapo Awards has not been canceled entirely, but will now be a digital-only event without a live audience. However, considering how the show honors the best in social media creators and brands, a completely virtual ceremony felt somewhat appropriate.

"We are disappointed that we will not be able to hold a physical event in New York City this year as we have for the past 11 years," the Shorty Awards jury said in a statement obtained by Bustle. "However, given public health concerns, we feel we There is a responsibility to put community safety and public health first.”

GLAAD Media Awards

The 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, scheduled to be held in New York on March 19, have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

“We plan to launch a historic get-out-the-vote campaign at this event because everything is at stake for LGBTQ Americans this election year, and we hope this program and GLAAD’s ongoing work against anti-LGBTQ discrimination will continue Get support and funding," Rich Ferraro, chief communications officer and executive producer of the GLAAD Media Awards, said in a statement.

kids choice awards

Nickelodeon is officially suspending their slime-filled celebration, also known as the Kids' Choice Awards, on Wednesday, March 11. The network said in a statement that they are taking precautions "with everyone's safety and well-being in mind." The people who work on the show, that’s our top priority. ” The show was originally scheduled to be hosted by Chance the Rapper and performed by Justin Bieber, but will reportedly be postponed to a later date.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee

The annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was originally scheduled for May 2 in Cleveland but was postponed due to coronavirus concerns. A new date has not yet been set.

"Our first concern is the health and safety of our attendees and artists, and we are following the directives of local and state authorities," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman said in a statement, Rolling reported and common sense. "We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make an announcement at the earliest opportunity," Stone said .

Golden Raspberry Awards

The Razzie Awards, which honor the worst people in movies, have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. The irreverent "awards" ceremony was scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 14th. Co-founder John Wilson released a statement saying: “Tonight’s Razzie Live Awards had to be canceled/postponed due to the Mayor of Los Angeles shutting down all city-owned venues that can accommodate gatherings of over 50 people, including Our venue, Barnsdall Theatre. We can't go ahead without the hall, but we hope to have a video out by tonight (Saturday 14th March) - maybe even by our original 8pm 'curtain time'."

academy of country music awards

The 55th ACM Awards ceremony was originally scheduled to be held on April 5, but on Sunday, March 15, ACM CEO Damon Whiteside said that the ceremony will be held in September. His statement read in part: "This decision involves a number of partners, stakeholders and industry with whom we have been in ongoing dialogue over the past few days as the situation evolves. We look forward to confirming a future date , we can celebrate with our employees “Rural Community Safety. "

On Monday, March 23, it was announced that the 2020 ACM Awards will be held on September 16. Further details including venue and performers will be confirmed soon.

CFDA Awards

As of Wednesday, March 18, the 2020 CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards has been postponed indefinitely.


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Affected by the new coronavirus epidemic, Broadway theaters announced that they will be closed for one month starting at 5 pm on Thursday, March 12. The closure was ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who banned gatherings of more than 500 people starting at 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, after two staff members who recently worked at a Broadway theater tested positive for COVID-19. 19 tested positive. The closure was later extended through Labor Day, and on June 29 it was announced that Broadway would remain closed for the remainder of 2020. The Broadway League has not specified a 2021 reopening date due to coronavirus uncertainty, although several productions are in the works. The league said in a statement that it "currently expects to resume performances on a rolling series of dates in early 2021," according to the New York Times .

Plaza Suite

With husband-and-wife duo Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's play The Plaza Suite postponed until next year due to the coronavirus shutdown, the highly anticipated Broadway show is now scheduled for March 19, 2021 Until July 18th.


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Metropolitan Museum of Art Charity Dinner

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that "all programs and events through May 15 will be canceled or postponed," as confirmed by Vogue magazine, including the annual Gala, which has been postponed indefinitely. That's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation that gatherings of 50 or more people should not be held for the next eight weeks.

On May 19, 2020, "Vogue" magazine announced that the 2020 MET Gala was officially canceled "due to the global health crisis." This year's costume show, which inspired the annual MET Gala's theme "About Time: Fashion and Duration," is still scheduled to open on October 29 and run until February 7, 2021.


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San Diego Comic-Con

After weeks of speculation, SDCC 2020 was officially canceled on Friday, April 17. The four-day event, scheduled for July, is a gathering place for fans of video games, comic books, TV shows, science fiction and other related content. It's likely that fans and hopeful attendees will have to wait until San Diego Comic-Con 2021 to return due to the large scale of the event not being able to reschedule. SDCC announced in a statement posted on its official website that ticket holders can transfer their tickets to 2021 or request a refund.

However, in June, SDCC announced that it would be hosting a number of virtual events called SDCC@Home. The online event will include virtual panels and discussions, as well as an exhibition hall where fans can check out new exclusive merchandise – just like at the actual event.


The 2020 Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, was officially canceled on Wednesday, March 11, due to coronavirus concerns. The gaming event was originally scheduled to be held in June at the Los Angeles Convention Center. "We are extremely disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters," organizers the Entertainment Software Association said, according to Bloomberg. However, they added that they will try to provide fans and people who plan to attend the event with online experience.

ACE Northeast Comic Exhibition

ACE ComicCon Northeast, scheduled for March 20-22 in Boston, has announced it will reschedule after the state of Massachusetts declared a national health emergency due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Stars including Chris Hemsworth, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Evans and Tessa Thompson will attend the convention.

"Our sympathies go out to everyone affected by the COVID-19 virus," organizers said in a statement posted on Twitter. "We hope everyone remains safe and healthy, and for those who are already sick, our best wishes Get well soon." A new date has not yet been determined.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Sadly, drag lovers should stay away from Los Angeles for now. The Los Angeles edition of RuPaul's Drag Race has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The conference was originally scheduled to be held from May 1st to 3rd.

"The situation in California (and the world) is changing rapidly, with new information emerging every day," a statement on the DragCon LA website reads. "Unfortunately, no one knows what the situation will be like in May." The convention promises to It will return to Los Angeles in 2021, but no date has been set yet.


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LA Pride

LA Pride has postponed its 2020 celebration, usually held in June, to a currently unknown date. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Los Angeles Pride. "In light of the unexpected and disturbing circumstances facing the world today, we have decided to postpone our celebration to a later date in light of the latest measures taken by the City of West Hollywood," the Los Angeles Pride Board of Directors said in a post on their website. “The health and safety of our incredible and vibrant community is our top priority.”


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2020 olympics

Although the 2020 Summer Olympics won't open in Tokyo until July 24, they have been officially postponed. Despite rumors that fans would be banned from attending the event as a health precaution to avoid cancellation, on March 23 it was announced that the event would not take place - at least not in 2020. Officially, the competition has been rescheduled from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

BNP Paribas Open

The 2020 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, has been canceled after local coronavirus cases were confirmed in the Coachella Valley. That's a wake-up call for the Coachella music festival, which has been rescheduled for October. Tournament director Tommy Haas said in a statement that the game may be rescheduled at a later date, USA Today reported.


The NBA essentially canceled the remainder of the 2019-2020 season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19. The organization released a statement on Wednesday night, March 11, noting that all games will be postponed until further notice, adding, “The NBA will use this disruption to determine next steps in response to the coronavirus pandemic. "

March Madness and the NCAA

The NCAA officially canceled the Division I men's and women's tournaments Thursday afternoon. Just days after announcing that all tournament games would be played without the public in attendance due to safety concerns, the NCAA announced it was canceling the tournament. Not only that, the statement also said that "all remaining winter and spring NCAA tournaments" will be canceled, which means it's not just March Madness and basketball that will be affected.

National Hockey League

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

"Given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms, and now that it is likely that some member of the NHL community will test positive at some point, it is no longer appropriate to attempt to continue play at this time," the NHL said on Twitter. read a statement released on . The organization said their goal is to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup "with appropriate and prudent circumstances."

MLB Opening Day

MLB is delaying the opening day of the upcoming season by at least two weeks, following delays in the NHL and NBA seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. They also announced the cancellation of all spring training games, effective Thursday, March 12.

The organization hopes to resume plans as soon as possible but has not given a specific date. "MLB and individual clubs have been preparing various contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular season schedule," they said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. " Major League Baseball will announce the impact on the schedule in due course. "We will remain flexible based on the situation and hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible."


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boston marathon

The Boston Marathon was originally postponed until September, but was officially canceled on Thursday, May 28, due to the impact of the coronavirus. According to ESPN, this is the first time the Boston Marathon has been canceled since it was held in 1897.

New York Half Marathon

The New York City Half Marathon, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 15, was canceled on March 10. The New York Road Runners, which organizes the marathon, announced in a statement that the Rising New York Road Runners youth event would also be cancelled. The statement also assured runners that those registered with NYRR "will be contacted in the coming days with the option of a full refund, entry fee or guaranteed non-free entry to the 2021 New York Half next March ".

rome marathon

Runners travel around the world to compete in challenging marathons, but this year they all missed Rome. The Rome Marathon has been canceled due to a rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Italy, which has surpassed 7,000, CNN reported. Many northern parts of the country have been placed under lockdown due to the outbreak.

Political event

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Bernie Sanders rally

On Tuesday, March 10, Bernie Sanders canceled a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio, due to the coronavirus. "Due to concerns about public health and safety, we are canceling tonight's rally in Cleveland," campaign communications director Mike Casca said in a statement, KSBY News reported. "Sanders "The Senator would like to express his condolences to the thousands of Ohioans who plan to attend tonight's event."

The news came hours before the rally was scheduled to take place. Ohio declared a state of emergency on Monday after confirming three cases of COVID-19.

Joe Biden rally

On Tuesday, March 10, Joe Biden's deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield tweeted that a rally scheduled for that night in Cleveland, Ohio, would be canceled.

"We will continue to consult with public health officials and public health guidance and announce future events in the coming days," she wrote. "Vice President Biden would like to thank all of his supporters who wish 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, originally scheduled for April 25, has been postponed indefinitely in view of the continued spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. "Saturday Night Live" star Keenan Thompson will serve as host.

The association announced the news on Twitter, writing: "The White House Correspondents' Association regrets to announce that it will not be able to hold its 2020 dinner on April 25. We will contact you as soon as possible with an alternative date. Thank you for your support support".

This article will be continuously updated as new information becomes available.

Additional reporting by Olivia Truffaut-Huang.

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