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Coronavirus continues to affect Austin in a flurry of canceled events

Coronavirus continues to affect Austin in a flurry of canceled events

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South by San Jose, a spring staple for the past 21 years, is cancelled due to coronavirus fears. Photo by Daniel Cavazos/Hotel San Jose

Concerns about the coronavirus have led to cancellations across the Austin area. Below is a running list of events that have either been canceled or postponed. We will update the list as more information becomes available, but check before you head out.

AISD and area schools — Our content partners at KVUE have a full list of area schools and cancellations.

All gatherings of 250 or more people —On Sunday, March 15, the City of Austin banned all gatherings of 250 or more people, including weddings and religious ceremonies. Now through May 1, the city is not allowing 250 or more people at the same time in a single room or other confined or enclosed space, such as an auditorium, theater, stadium arena or event center, meeting hall, conference center, large cafeteria, restaurant, nightclub/bar, or any other confined indoor or confined outdoor space.

Austin Public Libraries — All libraries, including the Central Austin Library, are closed until March 30.

Pools, golf courses, athletic programs, recreation centers, and cultural centers — Closed until March 30. Camps and spring break activities will happen Monday through Wednesday and be suspended following the completion of activities Wednesday. Additionally meal services for kids and seniors will continue

Austin Animal Center — Closed to the public until March 30.

Luck Reunion — "Turn out the lights. The party's over." 

Campfire Gathering — The inaugural Campfire Gathering is postponed and rescheduled for later this year.

Old Settler's Musical Festival — Organizers have postponed this event until the fall. An exact date was not given.

The Contemporary Austin — Both the Jones Center and Laguna Gloria are closed beginning March 14 for two weeks.

Sunset Valley ArtFest — The festival, scheduled for April 25, has been canceled. 

Cirque de Soleil — Cirque du Soleil has canceled all Texas performances, including ALEGRIA in Austin, according to a release. ALEGRIA was supposed to perform April 22-May 25. No rescheduled dates have been announced. 

ABC Kite Festival — The 91-year-old festival is cancelled. Organizers said they look forward to seeing everyone back at Zilker Park in 2021.

Rodeo Austin — Organizers have suspended the rest of Rodeo Austin, citing compliance with public officials. As of March 13, the rodeo is still working on a process for ticket refunds.

Austin Community College — ACC has canceled classes beginning at 10 am on March 13 and extended spring break one week, similar to UT. Once students return, classes will move online. 

Puptopia — Puptopia has been rescheduled for May 23.

South by San Jose — The 21st annual event, originally scheduled for March 18-21, has been canceled. 

Frank Erwin Center and Bass Concert Hall — University of Texas at Austin President Gregory Fenves announced all events scheduled at Frank Erwin Center and Bass Concert Hall are closed for at least the next two weeks, beginning on March 12. Broadway in Austin's Aladdin was scheduled to begin its Austin run on Thursday night. This also affects all upcoming concerts at the Erwin Center, including Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson.

Longhorn athletics — All games will be played without spectators. All games scheduled for the Frank Erwin Center over the next two weeks will be postponed.

Big 12 basketball — On March 12, the Big 12, the Longhorns' conference,  announced the immediate suspension of all conference championships until April 15.

Blanton Museum of Art — The Blanton Museum is closed beginning Friday, March 13, and will reopen, if the situation allows, on Tuesday, March 31.

Live Fire! — Live Fire!, originally scheduled for April 2, has been postponed. No rescheduled date has been given. Check back here for updates.

Lamb Jam — Originally scheduled for March 29, Lamb Jam Austin has been rescheduled for July 26.

MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix — Circuit of The Americas has postponed MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas until November 15.