A List of All the Major Festivals and Events Canceled Due to Coronavirus
Regardless of whether you think the coronavirus outbreak is the harbinger of the Apocalypse or just the latest example of mass hysteria, real-world fallout has followed the disease’s spread across the globe.
The novel coronavirus phenomenon, otherwise known as SARS-CoV-2 (the virus itself) or COVID-19 (the illness caused by the virus), may not have killed as many people as the flu, but it hasn’t been around as long as the flu, either. As of this writing, there are at least 114,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world, with cases across 80 countries and on all continents except Antarctica. Nearly 63,000 coronavirus patients have fully recovered from the illness, though 4,000 people have died from it.
The US is one of the latest nations to report coronavirus cases. Right now, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate there are about 423 confirmed cases in 35 states and 20 deaths — though officials at Cedars-Sinai, a non-profit hospital based in Los Angeles, suspect that anywhere from 1,000 to 9,000 Americans may be infected but aren’t showing symptoms yet.
Regardless of what you think about the outbreak and the masses’ responses to it, the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) is on the brink of declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic. And that means governments — and businesses — around the world want to keep this bug contained as much as humanly possible to avoid further damaging the stock markets, triggering riots, straining resources, or losing more innocent lives.
What to do? If you hoard everything you own to prepare for the End Times, will you hurt the economy? If you go outdoors with reckless abandon, do you risk spreading the virus to your loved ones? Should you stay in this weekend, holed up in your fort of toilet paper rolls and hand sanitizers, or should you take your chances on a night out with your friends?
Well, soon, you may not have many options available for going out. Below, you’ll find a list of some major festivals, shows, concerts, expos, and conferences that have been canceled due to fears surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. This list is by no means complete nor is it comprehensive. MERRY JANE will update this list as we receive more info.
Weed-Related Events & Expos
SXSW (Austin, Texas)
Southern Hemp Expo (Tennessee, postponed indefinitely)
International Cannabis Business Conference (Berlin, postponed until July)
CannaTech (Tel Aviv, Israel; postponed until June)
PsyTech (Tel Aviv, Israel; postponed until June)
Other Events & Conferences
TED 2020 (Vancouver, BC; will be held either virtually or in July, TBA)
Emerald City Comic Con (Seattle, Washington)
Facebook’s F8 Developers Conference (San Jose, California)
UNICEF Ball (Beverly Hills, California)
Blizzard Overwatch League Games (Seoul, South Korea)
Concerts & Festivals
Ultra Music Festival (Miami, Florida)
Calle Ocho Carnival celebration (Miami, Florida)
Korea Times Music Festival (Los Angeles, California)
BTS’s “Map of the Soul” Tour (Seoul, South Korea dates only)
Stormzy’s “Heavy Is the World” Tour (Asian dates only)
Green Day’s “Hella Mega” Tour (Asian dates only)
Mariah Carey’s 2020 tour (Hawaii date only; postponed to November)
Madonna’s “Madame X” Tour (Paris dates only)
Other Notable Cancellations
iPhone 9 / SE 2 launch event (Cupertino, California, rumored)
Disney’s Mulan release in China (postponed indefinitely)
James Bond in No Time to Die (film release postponed until November)