Here Are All the Major Sports, Concerts, and Cultural Events Canceled Due to Coronavirus (Updated)

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By Keya Vakil

March 16, 2020

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Monday it had postponed the annual Met Gala and canceled other events through May 15.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on public health across the world, and now, the consequences of that impact—plus fears that it will only get worse—are prompting teams and event organizers to cancel an increasing number of sports games and cultural events.

A running list of such coronavirus-related cancellations can be found below and will be updated each day.


  • The National Basketball Association suspended its season on March 11 after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. A second Jazz player tested positive on March 12.
  • The National Hockey League suspended its season on March 12.
  • Major League Baseball suspended spring training and will delay the start of its regular season by at least two weeks.
  • Major League Soccer suspended its season for at least 30 days, starting March 12
  • The NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, better known as March Madness, have been canceled, as have all other remaining winter and spring NCAA championships, the NCAA announced March 12.
  • Duke University announced on March 12 it was suspending all athletic events.
  • The BNB Paribas Open, a major tennis tournament that was scheduled to begin in Indian Wells, California, this week, was canceled
  • NASCAR postponed Sunday’s race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway as well as the March 22 race at Homestead-Miami speedway. Sunday’s IndyCar race in St. Petersburg, Fla., has also been postponed.
  • The Boston Marathon has been postponed, the city’s Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday.
  • The PGA Tour (golf!) announced it was canceling the Players Championship after the first round and all tournaments until the Masters Tournament, which has also been postponed.
  • The XFL announced it was canceling the rest of its debut season, but would resume play in 2021.
  • U.S. Soccer has canceled the upcoming Men’s and Women’s Senior National Team matches in March and April.
  • Little League International is recommending that all of its leagues across more than 80 countries suspend all activity until at least April 6.
  • The annual Long Beach Grand Prix, set for April 17-19, has been canceled.

Festivals, Conferences, Awards Shows

  • The City of Austin, Texas on March 6 canceled the South by Southwest festival, the annual music, film, and tech festival which was set to begin March 13. 
  • The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, one of the largest and most financially lucrative music festivals in the world, was postponed from April and will now take place in October.
  • E3, one of the video game industry’s largest conventions originally scheduled for June in Los Angeles, has been canceled
  • The 22nd annual Ultra Music Festival, set to take place in Miami from March 20-22, was canceled.
  • RuPaul’s DragCon, which was set to take place in May in Los Angeles, has been canceled.
  • GLAAD canceled its 31st annual Media Awards in New York City at the request of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
  • The Tribeca Film Festival, which was set to take place from April 15-26, has been postponed.
  • CinemaCon 2020, a convention for film distribution companies and theaters, originally scheduled for March 30-April 2 in Las Vegas, has been canceled.
  • WonderCon 2020, originally scheduled for April 10-12 in Anaheim, CA, has been postponed.
  • The annual Met Gala, which was set to take place on May 4, has been postponed indefinitely.
  • The Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were postponed from April to September
  • Long Beach has postponed its Pride festival and parade, which was set to take place in May.

Concerts and Tours

  • Pearl Jam postponed the start of its four month North American tour.
  • The Zac Brown Band announced it would be postponing the spring leg of its tour.
  • Ciara canceled her show in Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Other musical acts canceling tours include Action Bronson, They Might Be Giants, My Chemical Romance, and Pixies.
  • J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival has been postponed from April 4 in Raleigh, NC to Aug. 29
  • Thom Yorke postponed the North American leg of his tour, but has yet to announce new dates.
  • Third Eye Blind postponed the second half of its tour, which will now resume May 31 in Los Angeles.
  • David Archuleta postponed his tour, but hopes to reschedule later this year.
  • Celine Dion postponed her March and April North American tour dates. New dates have not been announced yet.
  • Wilco postponed tour dates in Calgary, Missoula, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Vancouver, and California and is attempting to reschedule the dates for later this year.
  • Comedian Trevor Noah has canceled his April tour dates.
  • Elton John has postponed his tour, which was set to begin on March 26.
  • The Foo Fighters are postponing their Van Tour 2020.
  • David Lee Roth has postponed the final six shows of his Las Vegas residency.
  • The start of Kelly Clarkson’s residency in Las Vegas has been postponed from April 1 to July.
  • The Jonas Brothers canceled their April 1-18 Las Vegas residency at Park MGM Casino
  • Sturgill Simpson is rescheduling several of his March and April tour dates.

Film and Television

  • Several Hollywood films, including the newest James Bond movie, “No Time to Die,” the latest film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, “F9: The Fast Saga,” and “A Quiet Place Part II” have been postponed.
  • Several talk shows, including CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” NBC’s “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” and the syndicated “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” will be filmed without studio audiences.
  • Many other shows, such as CBS’ Survivor and The CW’s Riverdale have postponed or suspended production. 

Theme Parks

  • Disney Parks announced both DisneyLand and Disney World would close their doors for at least the rest of March.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort also announced they would close their doors through at least March 28.
  • SeaWorld will close its doors beginning Monday, effective through the end of March.

Other Events

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced March 12 it would temporarily close all three locations.
  • The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo shut down on March 11, a week into the event. 
  • Boston canceled its St. Patrick’s Day Parade while the one in Manhattan was postponed.
  • The Tucson Festival of Books planned for March 14-15 was canceled and the Los Angeles Times’ annual Festival of Books was postponed from April to October.


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