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Major Events Around the World Canceled Due to the Coronavirus

by Eben Diskin Mar 13, 2020

Editor’s note: As security measures have greatly increased around the coronavirus, the vast majority of events worldwide are being canceled for March, April, and early May. As of March 13, 2020, this article will no longer be updated with new events, as it has become too long, and too rapidly changing, to be thorough. If you do not see an event on this list, it may still be canceled or postponed. We will continue to monitor summer events and the 2020 Olympics.

Uncertainty surrounding the new coronavirus has led many companies, governments, and other organizations to cancel events all around the world. Since large gatherings are believed to be conducive to the spread of disease, people are wary of attending events that draw thousands of attendees. Even in areas where there are only a few cases of the coronavirus, events are being canceled or postponed simply as a precautionary measure. While all eyes are on the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as of now, the games are going ahead as scheduled. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case everywhere. Here is the list of all upcoming events being canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus.

This list is developing and subject to change.

In the US:

  • Ultra Music Festival, Miami, Florida (March 11-13, 2020)
  • 58th Annual US Senate Youth Program, Washington DC (March 7, 2020)
  • Facebook Global Marketing Summit (March 9-12, 2020)
  • South by Southwest, Austin, Texas (March 13-22)
  • Indian Wells tennis tournament (March 9-22, 2020)
  • International Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, Nova Scotia, Canada (March 31, 2020)
  • Tim Horton’s “Roll Up the Rim Cups” promotion
  • TED 2020, Vanvouver, postponed until July (April 20-24, 2020)
  • E3 video game convention, Los Angeles (June 9-11, 2020)
  • NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS seasons suspended
  • Coachella and Stagecoach festivals in California postponed until October (April 2020)
  • RuPaul’s DragCon LA (May 1-3)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parades in NYC and Chicago postponed
  • Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards postponed (March 22)
  • NCAA Tournament
  • Tribeca Film Festival postponed
  • Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic shows canceled until March 31
  • All Broadway shows canceled until April 12
  • 2020 Masters Tournament postponed (April 9-12, 2020)
  • Boston Marathon postponed from April 20 to September 14, 2020
  • Louisiana presidential primary postponed from April 4 to June 20, 2020

In Europe:

  • London Book Fair (March 10-12, 2020)
  • Tomorrowland Winter, France (March 14-21, 2020)
  • Paris Book Fair (March 20-23, 2020)
  • Geneva International Motor Show (March 5-15, 2020)
  • Annual international TV conference MIPTV, France (March 30-April 2, 2020)
  • Pierra Menta, the iconic, annual ski race in France (March 11-14, 2020)
  • Ireland and England’s Six Nations Rugby Games in Italy (March 6-8 and 14-15, 2020)
  • Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and all parades in Ireland (March 17, 2020)
  • Paris marathon postponed from April 5, 2020, to October 8, 2020
  • Barcelona marathon postponed from March 15, 2020, to October 25, 2020
  • The Vilnius Film Festival, Lithuania (March 30-April 1, 2020)
  • All the performances and events at the Vienna Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper, are canceled until April 2, 2020. Similarly, the Munich Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Berlin Opera, the Deutsche Oper, are canceling all their performances from March 11 to April 19, 2020
  • Germany Travel Mart, Germany (May 10-12, 2020)
  • Rome Marathon (March 29)
  • UK local elections postponed to 2020 (May 7, 2020)

In the Middle East:

  • Red Sea International Film Festival, Saudi Arabia (March 12-21, 2020)
  • Saudi Games postponed, Saudi Arabia (March 23-April 1, 2020)

In Africa

  • Marathon des Sables ultramarathon in Morocco is postponed from April 3-13, 2020, to September 18-28, 2020

In Asia:

  • Official cherry blossom festivals in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan (late March-April, 2020)
  • 2011 Tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear disaster anniversary ceremony, Tokyo, Japan (March 11, 2020)
  • Hong Kong Filmart postponed from late March to August 27-29, 2020
  • Full Moon Party, Thailand (March 8, 2020)
  • The International Indian Film Academy Awards is postponed until later this month
  • Delhi’s Fashion Week, scheduled on March 11, 2020, has also been postponed
  • Poy Sang Long Festival in Thailand (April 5-7, 2020)
  • The International Indian Film Academy Awards is postponed until later this month
  • Delhi’s Fashion Week, scheduled on March 11, 2020, has also been postponed
  • I Love Ireland Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Tokyo canceled

A version of this article was previously published on March 12, 2020, and was updated on March 13, 2020, with more information.

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