Met Gala 2019

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The coronavirus has spread to over 170 nations, including the U.S., Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea, since the outbreak began in Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China — and its impact is being felt across myriad industries.

The virus is the cause of a number of other cancellations and postponements in other industries, including tech conferences such as SXSW and music festivals, including the Ultra Music Festival and Coachella. Major international events, like the Cannes Film Festival and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, have also been postponed.

COVID-19 has also rocked the fashion world acutely, shifting international fashion weeks, upcoming trade shows and other events globally.

WWD compiled a list of major events that the public is speculating will be canceled in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read on to see the status of many upcoming events in the fashion, film and music industries.

Art Basel: Canceled

Which Major Events Are Canceled Because of Coronavirus?

A scene from Art Basel 2019  Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock

Art Basel’s upcoming Swiss art fair has been postponed as of March 26. The fair was set to take place in June and is now being rescheduled for Sept. 17 to 20 this year.

Beautycon: Canceled

Which Major Events Are Canceled Because of Coronavirus?

Cardi B speaks at Beautycon 2019.  ANDREW MORALES/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Beauty festival organizer, Beautycon, announced on March 11 it will be postponing its Los Angeles festival on Aug. 1 to 2. The conference will now be held on Dec. 5 and 6.

Beautycon is still planning on hosting its New York festival on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, however it has postponed its Tokyo conference from later this year to 2021.

Boston Marathon: Canceled

Which Major Events Are Canceled Because of Coronavirus

The 123rd Boston Marathon in 2019.  Charles Krupa/AP/Shutterstock

The 124th annual Boston Marathon, scheduled for April 20, has been postponed as of March 13. It will now be held on Sept. 14.

“On matters of public health and safety we take our guidance from the officials entrusted with protecting the public in this area,” said Boston Athletic Association chief executive officer, Tom Grilk in a statement. “We understand our role, along with our partners in ensuring a safe environment for all participants, volunteers, spectators and supporters that meets the standards set by those officials.”

The decision comes after Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency on March 10.

Cannes Film Festival: Canceled

Cannes Film Festival

Elle Fanning at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.  Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock

The Cannes Film Festival, which was scheduled for May 12 to 23, has been canceled.

Organizers released a statement on Twitter on March 19, stating the festival may be postponed to the end of June and beginning of July this year.

“As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known, in accordance with our ongoing consultation with the French government and Cannes’ City Hall as well as with the festival’s board members, film industry professionals and all the partners of the event,” the statement read.

The CFDA Awards: Canceled

CFDA Awards

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at the CFDA Fashion Awards in 2019.  Lexie Moreland/WWD/Shutterstock

The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced on March 18 it is canceling its upcoming CFDA Awards, which would have been hosted at the New York Public Library on June 8.

CFDA Bridal Week: Canceled

NY Bridal Week: Monique Lhuilier Bridal Fall 2018

Monique Lhuilier Bridal Fall 2018.  Mark Von Holden/WWD

The CFDA released a statement on March 13 on the upcoming New York Bridal Week — which is scheduled for April 16 to 20 — stating the council advises all participating brands to postpone or reformat their live shows and presentations digitally. The Bridal Council also released a statement on March 12 to its members and bridal community, stating Bridal Week would be going virtual.

The CFDA has not yet commented on New York Men’s Fashion Week, which is scheduled to run from June 8 to 10.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival: Canceled


Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2019  Amy Harris/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Coachella has postponed its annual, two-weekend music festival held in Indio, Calif. from the weekends of April 10 and 17 to the weekends of Oct. 9 and 16. Organizers are also postponing its Stagecoach country music festival — originally scheduled for April 24 to 26 — for Oct. 23 to 25.

“At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns,” Goldenvoice, organizers of both festivals, shared in a statement. “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.”

Democratic National Convention: Canceled 

Which Major Events Are Canceled Because of Coronavirus

Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.  Mark J Terrill/AP/Shutterstock

The Democratic National Committee announced on April 2 that the convention will be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The convention is moving from mid-July to the week of Aug. 17 in Milwaukee.

Facebook F8 Developers Conference: Canceled

Facebook F8 Conference

Facebook F8 Conference in 2016.  Eric Risberg/AP/Shutterstock

Facebook has canceled its annual F8 Developers Conference, which was scheduled for May 5 and 6 in San Jose, Calif. The conference brings together developers and creators around the world to discuss the future of technology.

Facebook director of platform partnerships, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis confirmed the news in a blogpost on Feb. 27.

Frieze New York: Canceled

Frieze New York

On the grounds of Frieze New York.  Lexie Moreland/WWD

The Frieze New York art fair, which was scheduled for May 7 to 10, has been canceled.

Organizers released a statement on the cancellation on March 18, stating: “In light of global health concerns regarding COVID-19 and following advice and restrictions from local, national, international and health authorities, we regret to announce the cancellation of Frieze New York 2020.”

The fair is set to return to New York in 2021.

Google Cloud Next: Canceled

Google Cloud

Google Cloud Expo in 2019  JEROME FAVRE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Google has canceled its Cloud Next conference — which focuses on the company’s cloud technology — scheduled for April 6 to 8 in San Francisco.

Instead the company is hosting a Google Cloud Next: Digital Connect option, which is a free, multi-day event that people can access virtually where they can stream keynote speeches and sessions.

Governors Ball: Canceled

Which Major Events Are Canceled Because of Coronavirus

Governors Ball Music Festival 2019  Lexie Moreland/WWD/Shutterstock

The annual music festival at New York’s Randall’s Island has been canceled. It was scheduled for June 5 to 7.

“Simply put — due to current government mandates and the evolving situation in New York City, it is neither safe nor prudent to move forward with our June dates,” organizers said in a March 26 release. “The well-being of our fans, artists, staff, vendors, partners and the surrounding New York City community is always our number one priority.”

The release also states that organizers had aimed to postpone the festival for later this year, but were unable to decide on a date. It is instead going forward with its plans for next year’s festival.

Major League Soccer Season: Canceled

Which Major Events Have Been Cancelled Because of Coronavirus?

LA Galaxy play the Vancouver Whitecaps  Alex Gallardo/AP/Shutterstock

Major League Soccer announced on March 12 that it will be suspending matches for the next 30 days.

“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season — based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a statement.

Met Gala: Canceled

Met Gala 2019

Katy Perry at the 2019 Met GalaLexie Moreland/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

The 2020 Met Gala has officially been canceled as of May 19. This year’s exhibit, “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” will debut this October.

The gala was initially postponed indefinitely on March 16, with Vogue editor Anna Wintour writing “Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, ‘About Time,’ and the opening night will be postponed to a later date.”

The magazine and the Costume Institute instead hosted a virtual Met Gala event on May 4, the original date for the event, which included a look back at the most iconic fashion moments in the gala’s 72-year history and a preview of the museum exhibition.

NBA Season: Canceled

Which Major Events Are Canceled Because of Coronavirus

Sacramento Kings play the Portland Trail Blazers  Steve Dipaola/AP/Shutterstock

The NBA announced on March 11 that it is suspending the season after a player on the Utah Jazz team has tested positive for COVID-19.

NCAA Conference Tournaments and Championship: Canceled

Which Major Events Are Canceled Because of Coronavirus?

St. John’s vs. Creighton game  Mary Altaffer/AP/Shutterstock

All of the remaining NCAA college basketball games were canceled as of March 12. The NCAA released a statement on Twitter on the cancellation, stating: “This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given the ongoing decisions by other entities.”

NHL Season: Canceled

Which Major Events Are Canceled Because of Coronavirus?

The New York Rangers  David Zalubowski/AP/Shutterstock

The NHL has followed other sports leagues and canceled the rest of its season on March 12.

“The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures,” the NHL said in a statement. “However, following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus — and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point — it is no longer appropriate to try to play games at this time.”

Paris Men’s Fashion Week and Couture Week: Canceled

Which Events Are Canceled Because of Coronavirus?

Dior’s spring 2020 couture show  Pixelformula/SIPA/Shutterstock

The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, French fashion’s governing body, announced on March 27 it is canceling Paris Men’s Fashion Week and Couture Week due to the virus. Men’s Week was scheduled to run from June 23 to 28 and Couture Week was scheduled for July 5 to 9.

RuPaul’s DragCon LA: Canceled

What events are canceled because of Coronavirus?

The scene at RuPaul’s DragCon 2019.  Maddie Cordoba/WWD

RuPaul’s DragCon L.A. — which was scheduled for May 1 to 3 — has been canceled.

Organizers issued a statement on March 10 about the cancelation, stating: “There’s no way for anyone to know what the situation will be like in May. Due to that uncertainty, and out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided that it’s in the best interest of the talent, staff, press and attendees to cancel RuPaul’s DragCon L.A. 2020.”

The Summer Olympics: Canceled

Summer Olympics Tokyo 2020

The New National Stadium in Tokyo.  Jae C Hong/AP/Shutterstock

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach confirmed the news in a joint press conference on March 24, stating that the games will not be held this summer and will be postponed no later than summer 2021.

The new dates for the 2020 Summer Olympics were revealed on March 30, with the games now running from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. The games were originally scheduled to begin on July 24 and run for roughly two weeks.

San Diego Comic-Con: Canceled

San Diego Comic-Con

Natalie Portman at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.  Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Shutterstock

San Diego Comic-Con has been canceled for the first time in its 50-year history as of April 18. The event was slated for July 23 to 26 and will return next year from July 22 to 25. Guests who purchased tickets for this year’s Comic-Con can request a refund or to transfer their tickets for next year’s convention.

SXSW: Canceled


Amazon Fashion’s panel at SXSW 2019. 

The City of Austin has canceled SXSW, that was scheduled for March 13 to 22 in Austin, Tex.

Organizers released a statement on its web site on March 6 with the news, stating: “We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants, starting with SXSW EDU.”

Ted2020: Canceled

TED Talks

Ingrid Fetell Lee speaks at TED2018.  Ryan Lash / TED

TED has canceled its TED2020 conference in Vancouver on April 20 to 24. Organizers will either postpone the conference for July or hold it virtually, according to the BBC.

Tony Awards: Canceled

Which Major Events Are Canceled Because of Coronavirus

Billy Porter at the 2019 Tony Awards  Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

The Tony Awards, which were scheduled for June 7 at Radio City Music Hall, have been canceled. The awards show will be rescheduled for a later date.

Tribeca Film Festival: Canceled

Tribeca Film Festival 2019

Robert De Niro at the screening for “The Apollo” during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.  Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City — which was scheduled for April 15 to 26 — is canceled.

Co-founder and chief executive officer of Tribeca Enterprises, Jane Rosenthal, released a statement on the cancellation on Twitter, stating: “We founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to heal our community after the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. We were determined to overcome our fear and anxiety by joining together. It is our DNA to march forward while caring about our community. We made the difficult decision to postpone the 19th Tribeca Film Festival based on the announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo that events of 500 people or more are banned due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.”

Select programming from the festival’s 19th edition will now be presented online. The 2020 Art Awards, sponsored by Chanel, will also go digital.

Ultra Music Festival: Canceled

Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival 2016.  Joe Skipper/EPA/Shutterstock

The annual EDM festival scheduled for March 20 to 22 in Miami has been canceled. It is postponing the festival to March 26 to 28, 2021.

Festival organizers released a statement on the cancellation on its web site on March 4, stating: “We completely understand how extremely frustrating this is because so many of you are looking forward to Ultra, having already made travel arrangements. This is, however, an unprecedented issue which is not being taken lightly, and we must continue to defer to the authorities for guidance.”

The Venice Film Festival: Not Canceled 

Venice Film Festival

Timothee Chalamet at the 2019 Venice Film Festival  Arthur Mola/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

The Venice Film Festival is going forward as a physical event from Sept. 2 to 12. Organizers came to the decision after surveying a wide range of film industry executives to ask for their concerns and suggestions for the upcoming festival.

Wimbledon: Canceled

Which Major Events Are Canceled Because of Coronavirus

Serena Williams plays during Wimbledon 2020  Laurence Griffiths/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The U.K. tennis tournament has been canceled as of April 1, according to the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Instead the 134th Championships will be postponed to June 28 to July 11, 2021. The tournament was originally scheduled to run from June 29 to July 12 this year.

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