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Mesa Arts Center has a robust lineup of classes.
Mesa Arts Center has a robust lineup of classes.
Mesa Arts Center

A Running List of Arts Events Canceled Due to the Coronavirus

Arts events are getting canceled in Arizona due to public health concerns.

Here's a running list, which we will continuously update. Are we missing an event? Let us know by emailing jason.keil@newtimes.com.

Record stores Zia and Stinkweeds are moving to an online only model for the next several weeks. Check their Facebook pages for details.


Changing Hands locations and the First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix are closed through Tuesday, March 31.

Our staff of 60 booksellers and bartenders will be fully paid during this period.


Arizona Bike Week, originally scheduled from April 1 to 5, has been postponed. New dates have yet to be announced.

Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva - are closing for two weeks starting March 18, at 4 a.m.

Guests currently staying at either hotel property will be contacted for relocation desires or refunds. Those who have booked future hotel reservations or events with Wild Horse Pass in Chandler and Vee Quiva in Laveen can contact 1-800-WINGILA for details about rescheduling or refunds.


ASU Art Museum has decided to temporarily pause its offerings to the public at its two locations, beginning March 17, until further notice.

During this time we are exploring innovative ways to make our collection available in interesting ways. Look forward to updates on how you can engage with the museum during this event.


The Arizona FuelFest, originally scheduled for April 4, will now take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

If you booked a reservation with our hotel partner at Gila River, they've agreed to transfer your reservation upon request. Please contact them to update your stay.


The KNIX BBQ & Beer Festival originally scheduled for March 28 and the Rib Fest Throwdown scheduled for April 25 and 26 have been postponed. All ticket purchases remain valid and will be applied to the rescheduled events.

Let’s take care of one another in these incredible times, support your small local businesses and we will get through it together.


ZapCon 2020, scheduled to take place from April 25 to 26 at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, has been canceled.

Arizona Opera’s upcoming production of Ariadne auf Naxos, scheduled for April performances in both Phoenix and Tucson, has been cancelled.

For this reason, as painful as it is for everyone involved, we stand fully behind the guidance of the White House and the leadership of our state in order to support the containment of the COVID-19 virus.


Harkins Theatres and Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas have temporarily suspended operations.

Scottsdale Fashion Week, originally scheduled from March 26 to 29, will be postponed to September 24 to 27.

The Cosanti Foundation has made the following operational changes at both Arcosanti and Cosanti, effective  until March 29, or until further notice:

- Cancellation of all events, programs, performances, and educational workshops at Cosanti, Arcosanti, and any Cosanti Foundation-sponsored programs at off-site locations and refunding tickets and registrations accordingly

- Cancellation of all daily tours, group tours, and school tours at Arcosanti and Cosanti

- No food and beverage service in the Arcosanti Cafe

- Arcosanti is honoring all existing overnight reservations for our guest rooms and AirBnb suites through April 30th. However, we are not accepting any new reservations at this time. Guests who proceed with their planned stay at Arcosanti will have limited access to areas on the grounds and within the interior public spaces at Arcosanti.

- The Cosanti Gallery will remain open to the public, while encouraging social distancing from others

- The Gallery at Arcosanti in the Visitor Center will remain open to the public, encouraging the same social distancing

- Arcosanti visitor access to spaces on the grounds is limited to the Gallery, public restrooms in the Visitor Center, Cafe gathering room, and outdoor Visitor Trail, encouraging the same social distancing

Phoenix Art Museum is closing its galleries, retail space, and research library until April 6.

Although our physical doors will temporarily close, we will commence new efforts to open our virtual doors more widely.


Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts are closed starting Monday, March 16.

The term of this closure is subject to change based on input from federal, state, and local public health authorities


The 2020 Phoenix Film Festival, scheduled from March 26 to April 5, at Harkins Scottsdale 101, has been postponed. Ticketholders will be contacted shortly.

Scandinavian Viking Festival, scheduled on March 28 at Desert Fjord Lodge 6-133, Sons of Norway in Scottsdale, has been postponed.

Due to concerns with coronavirus we regret that we will be cancelling the festival and performance. We are currently making plans to re-schedule for early November 2020.


The Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts, scheduled to take place from March 27 to 29 in downtown Tempe, has been cancelled.

The Mutant Piñata show 2020, scheduled for Friday, March 20, inside Weird Garden, 1008 North 15th Avenue, has been cancelled.

Arizona Game Fair, scheduled for March 20 to 22, at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, has been postponed.

The Indoor Football League, which includes the Arizona Rattlers and Tucson Sugar Skulls has postponed the 2020 season.

Shows scheduled in March at Phoenix Convention Center and Orpheum Theatre have been either postponed or canceled. Please check their webpage for shows.

Shows not scheduled in March will still move ahead as planned. We'll keep you posted if anything changes.


The Arizona Tiki Oasis, originally scheduled for April 23 to 26 at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, has been rescheduled for October 29 to November 1.

Per an update on the event's Facebook page, Larry the Cable Guy's appearance at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler on March 20, has been postponed.

The city of Mesa is closing the theaters of Mesa Arts Center beginning Monday, March 16, through March 29. All events during this period have been canceled or postponed. Classes and workshops at the Mesa Arts Center will be suspended beginning March 16 through April 12. The city's museums (Arizona Museum of Natural History, i.d.e.a. Museum, and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum) will be closed until further notice. Ticket-holders will be contacted through email about next steps.

Changing Hands Bookstore has canceled all in-store and off-site events through March 31. Ticket refunds should be requested through Eventbrite.

The Pat Tillman Foundation has announced that the 4.2 mile Pat's Run, which starts and ends near Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on Saturday, April 18, is now a virtual race.

The screening of City Dreamers, scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 15, at the Third Street Theatre at Phoenix Center for the Arts, has been rescheduled for June 28.

Pride Run Phoenix, scheduled for March 21 through midtown Phoenix, has been canceled.

Art d’Core Gala, the opening gala of Art Detour on Thursday, March 19, has been canceled. The exhibition will be available for viewing onsite at Park Central, 3121 North Third Avenue, as well as virtually. Refunds will be offered.

Celebrity Fight Night will be held on October 3, instead of Saturday, April 4, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

Phoenix Art Museum is canceling all on-site and off-site programs and events, including daily public and school tours, effective immediately through April 3. The museum remains open during regular operating hours.

In a statement, Phoenix Pride stated it will postpone the 40th Annual Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade, originally scheduled for April 4 and 5, 2020. The events will be rescheduled for fall 2020, with new dates to be announced soon.

The city of Tempe has canceled all events at the Tempe Center of the Arts through the end of April.

The Lunar and Planetary Institute canceled the Asteroids, Comets, Meteors Conference scheduled for June 14 to 19 in Flagstaff. Here's the statement:

Dear Colleagues, After much thought and consideration, we have made the decision to cancel and reschedule the Asteroids, Comets, Meteors Conference that was to be held June 14-19, 2020, in Flagstaff, Arizona due to the rapid spread of and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus. The welfare and safety of our community and staff is very important to us. Watch for updates on rescheduled dates. All participants should cancel their current hotel reservations and travel arrangements for June 14-19, 2020.


Organizers of Bird City Comedy Festival indefinitely postponed the event, which was scheduled to take place March 26 to 28 around downtown Phoenix.

Cowtown Skateshop canceled the PHXAM skate festival, scheduled for March 28 and 29 at Desert West Skateboard Plaza. Statement below:

The skateboarding community has and always will come first. Our first instinct as skateboarders was “F… it we got this”. As a result of the stiffening travel restrictions and difficulties surrounding the Covid 19 outbreak, we have decided to be proactive is best to protect staff, attendees, and riders.


Walter Productions has canceled all upcoming events at its Where?House Gallery, including BLOOM - The Spring Extravaganza on Saturday, March 21, and Awakening on Sunday, March 22.

The NBA has suspended the 2019-2020 season, including all upcoming Phoenix Suns games.

Major League Baseball plans to suspend spring training, including all games in the Phoenix metro area.

The National Hockey League has suspended the season, including all Coyotes games.

The Association of Tennis Professionals has suspended events for six weeks, canceling the Arizona Tennis Classic, which was scheduled from March 16 to 22.

Cirque Du Soleil canceled all upcoming performances of Axel, which were scheduled for March 19 to 21 at Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

Professional soccer team Phoenix Rising has suspended all of its games for a minimum of 30 days in response to the current situation.

Author Hanif Abdurraqib's appearance at Burton Barr Central Library on Wednesday, March 25, has been canceled.

The Luke Days 2020 airshow at Luke Air Force Base in the west Valley, scheduled for March 21 and 22, is canceled.

The Tucson dates of the Arizona Theatre Company's production of The Legend of Georgia McBride will go on hiatus. Artistic Director Sean Daniels asked ticket-holders “to rally around us in our time of need and consider making a contribution, donating your tickets, or transferring them to a future production.”

Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation is moving to close all parks under Navajo Nation control, including Four Corners Monument, Canyon de Chelly Campground, Little Colorado River Tribal Park, and Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park (also known as Antelope Canyon) in Arizona.

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