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Here Are The North Texas Events Cancelled Or Postponed Due To COVID-19

by Miguel Perez 12 Mar 2020 1:12 PM

Event organizers in Dallas-Fort Worth are following suit after major cancellations in Texas, including SXSW and the Houston Rodeo.


This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

Updated on May 15:  Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA, originally scheduled for June 22-27, 2021, has been postponed and will not come to Bass Performance Hall as part of the 2020-2021 Broadway at the Bass season, Performing Arts Fort Worth announced today.

Update on April 23:  “An American in Paris,”  “Bandstand,” and “Sponge Bob, The Musical” at AT&T Performing Arts Center

Update on April 17: Shakespeare Dallas announced its Summer 2020 season has been cancelled. and look forward to returning in the fall for their presentation of “Romeo and Juliet.”

Update on April 13:  Stage West Theatre regretfully announces the cancellation of its planned production of  “Church & State” due to various pandemic-related issues.

Update on April 3Scarborough Renaissance Festival announced the cancellation of its 2020 season – the only time in its 40-year history.

Update on March 27: TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND has postponed the remainder of its 2019/2020 season.

Update on March 25: Mayfest, Inc. announced the annual Mayfest festival is cancelled for 2020, but plans are in place for the festival to return in 2021.

Update on March 23: Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) has cancelled all remaining performances and events of its 2019-2020 season. In addition to the previously confirmed cancelation of Image/Imbue/Bartok, this affects the company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as well as the Gala and Opening Night Dinner associated with the production. The company asks ticketholders to email the Patron Services Center at [email protected] with any questions about tickets.

Update on March 22: Jubilee Theatre has postponed “How I Got Over” until May 29th, 2020.

Update on March 20: The AT&T Performing Arts Center has closed its venues and offices through April 29. A statement from the ATTPAC: “As we work to reschedule performances, we ask ticket holders to be patient. As we know more, we will provide patrons with options on how to handle their tickets. We hope to communicate this to patrons by April 15.”

Update on March 19: The Dallas City Council voted last night to extend the restrictions on public gatherings larger than 50 through April 29 in order to keep the community safe and healthy and to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced its extended cancellations through that date. We expect to learn that others will do the same.

Update on March 18: The 2020 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, previously scheduled for May 24–30, has been postponed. The Cliburn is working with their partners to reschedule the event for the spring of 2022.

Update on March 17: Both the Dallas and Fort Worth Opera have cancelled their entire 2020 season. Scarborough Renaissance Festival has been postponed to May 2.

Update on March 16: Cancellations continue to roll in. Fortress Festival in Fort Worth has postponed until next year and the DSO is postponing concerts and events including SOLUNA, the annual music and arts festival. See details below.

Update on March 14: We’ll continue to update this post through the weekend. Check for breaking news about coronavirus at If you are planning to attend an event, please call the venue to confirm that it’s still taking place. And as always, follow the advice of local health officials and stay safe.

Update on March 13: Dallas County on Thursday declared a state of emergency, saying public gatherings of 500 or more people will be prohibited through March 20. County officials are also discouraging people from attending gatherings of 250 people or more.

After the World Health Organization on Wednesday officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, several events in North Texas have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely.

You can keep track of COVID-19’s impact on North Texas with KERA’s live blog.


Mlima’s Tale

Second Thought Theatre in Dallas has cancelled the two remaining performances on March 13 and 14.

Funny, You Don’t Act Like a Negro

Theatre Three has cancelled the final weekend of performances of M. Denise Lee’s play. Those were scheduled for March 13-15.

Last Stop On Market Street

Dallas Children’s Theater has postponed the opening of this production. It was scheduled to run from March 21 to April 5.

Come From Away

Dallas Summer Musicals has postponed all remaining performances of the musical. It was scheduled to run through March 22 at Fair Park’s Music Hall.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Mar. 13 and 14 shows, presented by TITAS/Dance Unbound, are postponed. TITAS is working with the dance company to reschedule.

TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND has postponed the remainder of its 2019/2020 season.

Museums & Galleries

Arlington Museum of Art

The museum will be closed until further notice.

Crow Museum of Asian Art

The museum has closed until further notice.

Dallas Contemporary

Its S/S20 Gala scheduled for March 28 has been cancelled, and so are its public programs. Current exhibitions have been extended (the building will be open to the public during business hours). But upcoming exhibits by Vivienne Westwood, Liu Xiaodong and Paolo Roversi have been postponed.

Dallas Museum of Art

The museum is closed to the public until further notice. All of its programming has been cancelled through at least April 3.

George W. Bush Presidential Center

The library and museum will be closed until further notice.

Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum is closed.

Meadows Museum

Southern Methodist University has cancelled all gatherings of 50 or more people through the end of April, including events at the Meadows Museum and Meadows School of the Arts.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The museum will be closed to the public through March 30.

Nasher Sculpture Center

The Nasher is closed until further notice.

The museum has notably postponed its celebration of 2020 Nasher Prize laureate Michael Rakowitz. Originally April 2-4, the Nasher says the prize gala and related events will be pushed back to November 4-6.

The graduate symposium will take place November 4; the Laureate lecture November 5; the Dialogues panel discussion on social practice on the morning of November 6; and the award gala the evening of  November 6.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The museum will be closed to the public through March 20.

500X Gallery

The opening reception of 500X’s final show on March 14 at its current home in Exposition Park in Dalals has been closed to the public. They will be live streaming the reception instead.

Venues & Parks

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Closed until April 15

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Garden closed until further notice

Eisemann Center

All events scheduled through April 30 have been cancelled and/or postponed

Dallas Public Library

Libraries will be closed to the public March 14-20.

The Dallas Institute

All programming has been suspended through April 15.

Sammons Center for the Arts

All Sammons Center-produced events, including Celebrate Dance and Sammons Jazz, have been postponed.

Bass Performance Hall

The Fort Worth venue, plus McDavid Studio and the Van Cliburn Recital Hall, has cancelled all events through March.

Six Flags Over Texas

The Arlington amusement park has closed through March.

Amphibian Stage

The Fort Worth theater company has suspended programming through March.

Dallas Zoo & Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

Both facilities are closed to the public through at least March 20.

White Rock Farmer’s Market

Opening Day for this market, hosted by LakePointe Church, has been postponed.

Cowtown Coliseum 

The venue at the Fort Worth Stockyards has cancelled all events from March 13-20.

Latino Cultural Center

The Latino Cultural Center and all city-managed facilities are currently closed per ordinance until deemed appropriate by City staff.

Concerts & Music Organizations

The Dallas Opera

The Dallas Opera has cancelled the remainder of the 2019/2020 Season.


The Fine Arts Chamber Players’ concert on March 28 at the Dallas Museum of Art has been cancelled.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The Dallas Symphony is cancelling all concerts and events through April 29. SOLUNA events from April 3 through April 11 are being rescheduled or cancelled.


Cliburn concerts have been cancelled through March 31. That includes a performance at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on March 14 and another performance at the Kimbell Art Museum on March 26.

Fort Worth Opera

The 2020 Festival has been cancelled and all upcoming performances have been postponed.

Live Nation

Billboard reports the entertainment company is stopping all tours worldwide until the end of March. Live Nation represents a vast swath of performers, so this will impact several shows in North Texas.


The band’s March 17 show at the American Airlines Center has been postponed.

Orville Peck has cancelled his March 14 show at Canton Hall in Dallas.

Kenny Chesney

Chesney has cancelled his April 18 show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. He’s also cancelled shows in San Antonio and Houston.

Chris Stapleton

The country star’s concert on March 14 has been postponed, The Athletic reported Thursday. The show with Willie Nelson would have been the first official event in the new Globe Life Field.

Festivals, Parades & Fairs

Deep Ellum Art Festival

Postponed to Sept. 11-13

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson on Wednesday cancelled the city’s annual parade on Greenville Avenue in East Dallas. City officials revoked special event permits for the parade and the accompanying block party. It typically draws more than 100,000 people.

Thin Line Fest

This free documentary film festival in Denton has cancelled in-person screenings and music performances. Fest organizers say film events will be streams live on the Thin Line Fest website.

Dallas Art Fair

The annual gathering, originally April 16-19, has been rescheduled to October 1-4.


This music festival on March 14, featuring performances by Girl Ultra and Salt Cathedral, has been cancelled.

Pi Day Math Festival

Organizers say this festival on March 14 at Sammons Park is actually cancelled due to the weather forecast, which predicts thunderstorms.

Fortress Festival

The fourth annual music festival will be postponed and rescheduled from its original dates of April 25-26. All tickets for the April event will be honored for soon-to-be-announced rescheduled dates.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival 

The Scarborough Renaissance Festival has been postponed to May 2 and will run on an abbreviated schedule through June 7.


NCAA Tournament 

The NCAA announced Thursday that it would cancel the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. All other championship games were also cancelled.  The Moody Coliseum at Southern Methodist University was slated to host women’s regional games on March 27 and 29.

Before the cancellation, NCAA officials on Wednesday said the tournaments would be played without spectators.

Major Sports Leagues

The National Hockey League has paused its 2019-20 regular season. The Stanley Cup Playoffs were scheduled to start the week of April 6.

The Major League Baseball Players Association has suspended its Spring Training games and delayed the start of its 2020 regular season by at least two weeks.

The National Basketball Association has also suspended its season until further notice.

Major League Soccer has also suspended match play through March.

Lectures & Conferences

Fan Expo

The pop culture convention in Dallas has postponed the event from March 27-29 to June 19-21.

The World Affairs Council

The Dallas-Fort Worth branch of WAF has cancelled most of its in-person events through the end of March, including Baylor’s Annual Global Business Forum (3/25) and a lecture with French Ambassador Philippe Étienne (3/17). The International Educator of the Year Luncheon on March 31 has been postponed.

Dallas Architecture Forum

The Forum Lecture with Jason Long on March 25 has been postponed to Fall 2020. The Forum’s Architectural Photography Panel on April 7 has also been postponed.

Cattle Raisers Convention & Expo

Event organizers say this Fort Worth convention was expected to draw more than 4,500 attendees. It’s been postponed with no future date set.


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