A list of event cancellations and postponements that will continue into autumn

Jul 21, 2020

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The novel coronavirus that first emerged in late December of 2019 has spread to over 200 countries and has infected over 14 million people worldwide, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the outbreak a pandemic and putting life as we know it on hold.

Festivals and events around the world have been cancelled, and major attractions have closed to the public.

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At first, there was hope things would return to normal by the summer. But now, major autumn events, such as Munich’s Oktoberfest, are beginning to announce cancellations as well.

In fact, the Los Angeles Times reported that an internal email from the Los Angeles Fire Department said that “large gatherings such as concerts and sporting events may not be approved in the city for at least one year.”

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Even Broadway announced it would extend the suspension of all shows through 2020.

Major events that have already been postponed include the Masters Tournament, now set for November 2020, and Coachella, one of the biggest music festivals in the world, will be postponed until October, as will the Stagecoach outdoor country music festival. The Cannes Lions International Award Festival and the Boston Marathon, which had initially been pushed back, have now been cancelled outright.

Though New York City is no longer the epicentre of the U.S. outbreak, there are still many restrictions in place and all large events requiring a permit have been cancelled through 30 September. Though the state has begun to reopen there are strict capacity limitations and social distancing requirements on indoor and outdoor venues. New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has upped the fine from $500 to $1,000 for anyone who violates social distancing protocols. This has led to the postponement and cancellation of many upcoming concerts and performances going into the fall.

Las Vegas has opened and closed over the last month. Casinos and hotels have resumed operations under new guidelines — one of which being no mask, no service. Bars have been closed for at least two weeks after a spike in Nevada cases. Restaurants will have to close their bar area and limit table sizes to six people.

Good news comes as some major world attractions have reopened such as the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and soon to come Buckingham Palace on 23 July. Disney has reopened parks in Paris, Florida, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, which has now closed again.

Here’s a look at some of the other major upcoming events that have been postponed or cancelled so far in 2020, as well as major attractions (such as theme parks and museums) that are closed indefinitely:

Festivals and events

  • The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed until Summer 2021
  • The MLB suspended spring training and has proposed a delayed opening day for July
  • The Tony Awards, originally scheduled for 7 June, have been postponed
  • London Pride has been postponed
  • Burning Man, which usually begins in late August, will be held virtually (date TBD) instead of in the desert
  • Munich’s Oktoberfest has been cancelled
  • All Broadway shows in New York City will remain suspended through the end of 2020


A staggering number of museums worldwide have closed their doors indefinitely. Here are some of the most notable closures:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art opens 29 August
  • All Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. are closed
  • Arlington National Cemetery is closed
  • New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic are all closed

Related: 10 iconic museums you can tour online

Theme parks

Until we see the light at the end of the tunnel, many theme parks around the world will stay closed indefinitely. One exception is Disney World, which reopened 12 July. Here’s a list of some of the most famous:

Additional reporting by Samantha Rosen and Jordyn Fields.

Featured photo by TOBIAS HASE/AFP/Getty Images.

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