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It has become increasingly clear that 2020, or at least a significant chunk of it, will be forever known as a giant blip on the world’s calendar of public events. Since the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic, day after day new major events have been cancelled, from music and film festivals to awards shows, and popular venues and institutions have indefinitely closed their doors.

Below is a running list of the more high-profile events that have been cancelled, postponed, or otherwise affected due to COVID-19.

This is a developing list. Check back regularly for updates.

Cultural Events

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The Met Gala – indefinitely postponed, with the Metropolitan Museum of Art temporarily closed

New York’s Broadway & London’s West Endboth theater collectives have shut down for a minimum of one month, until at least April 12 and indefinitely, respectively 

Eurovision Song Contestcancelled, with submissions released online

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonypostponed its HBO broadcast until November 7

St. Patrick’s Day Parades – cancelled by Irish government, as well as in Boston and New York City

White House Correspondents’ Dinner – delayed until a currently unknown date

TED 2020 – postponed from April 20-24 to June 20-26, with possible plans to host entirely online

Walt Disney World & Disneyland – closed at least through the end of March in Orlando, Anaheim, and Paris

Google Cloud Next ’20pivoted to digital conference format; originally set for April 6-8

RuPaul’s DragConcancelled until 2021

Cherry Blossom Festival (Japan) – cancelled in Tokyo

Fashion Weeks – cancelled in Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai and Milan, amongst other cities

E3 – the world’s largest video game conference was cancelled; originally set for June

Game Developers Conference (GDC)cancelled, with tentative plans for summer rescheduling

Music Festivals & Conferences

<em>Coachella 2013 Courtesy of SachobenWikimedia Commons<em>

Coachellapostponed until the weekends of October 9 and October 16

Boston Calling cancelled on March 31

Governor’s Ballcancelled on March 26 with the opportunity to transfer already purchased tickets to next year’s events

Ultra Music Festival – “suspended” until next year’s event (effectively cancelled)

Glastonbury (UK)cancelled on March 17; originally set for June 4-8

Tomorrowland (France)cancelled; originally meant to run from March 14-21 at the Alpe d’hues Grand Domaine Ski Resort

South By Southwest (SXSW)cancelled on March 6

Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival – postponed until September 24-27

Additionally, a plethora of popular performers have postponed or cancelled their world tours. Artists who have taken this step include The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Camila Cabello, Madonna, BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Jonas Brothers, Green Day, Khalid, Ciara, and worldwide circus company Cirque de Soleil. Major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and The Grand Ole Opry have also momentarily shut their doors.

Major Album Releases

<em>Screenshot from Lady Gagas Stupid Love music video courtesy of Interscope Records<em>

Chromatica (Lady Gaga) – delayed until later in 2020

To Die For (Sam Smith) – delayed until June 5

Women in Music Pt. III (HAIM) – delayed until an undetermined date

The Rainbow Children & One Nite Alone (Prince) – vinyl reissues delayed until May 29

Untitled Kelahni album – the singer’s anticipated sophomore album has been indefinitely delayed

Awards Shows

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Tony Awardspostponed on CBS to “a later date” said to be announced following the reopening of Broadway

Country Music Awards – postponed until September 16

Daytime Emmy Awards – postponed to a later date; originally June 12-14

Webby Awards – Rescheduled on March 19; pivoting to an “online celebration

iHeartRadio Music Awardsrescheduled from March 29 until a later date

Kid’s Choice Awardspostponed to an unknown later date; originally March 22

The Razzies – ceremony cancelled and replaced with online video and winners announcement; originally March 14 

Peabody Awardspostponed to a later date; originally June 18

Television & Film

<em>Cannes Film Festival has been tentatively postponed until June or July Courtesy of Flickr<em>

Cannes Film Festival – originally tentatively rescheduled to late July, but later cancelled 

Tribeca Film Festivalcancelled by CEO Jane Rosenthal

Ebertfestrescheduled until April 2021 (effectively cancelled)

CinemaConcancelled until 2021

TCM Classic Film Festivalcancelled until 2021

Hot Docspostponed until “a later date”

Additionally, the majority of film releases by major players Disney, Warner Bros, Netflix, Paramount and Universal, amongst others, have been either indefinitely postponed, rescheduled, or pivoted to digital release. Read more about the impact coronavirus has had on the film industry here


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The 2020 Tokyo Olympicspostponed on March 24 until Summer 2021

WrestleMania – still scheduled to stream on April 5, but with no live audience

Kentucky Derbypostponed until September 5

NASCARsuspended all upcoming races through May 3

French Openpostponed until September 20 – October 4

MLBcancelled all Spring games, season opening day postponed by “at least two weeks”

NHL – “paused” due to shared facilities with the NBA

NBA – “temporarily suspended” after Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19

NYC Half-Marathoncancelled until 2021

Boston Marathonpostponed until September 14

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