UPDATED: ABC Kite Fest canceled, Blanton Museum and Thinkery close

Community Impact Newspaper staff will be updating this post with further event cancellations as news comes in. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Community Impact Newspaper staff will be updating this post with further event cancellations as news comes in. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

Community Impact Newspaper staff will be updating this post with further event cancellations as news comes in. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

Staff at Community Impact Newspaper will be updating a list of major event cancellations in response to concerns around the coronavirus as more news comes in from organizers. The city has prohibited events with more than 2,500 people unless organizers can assure health officials that a mitigation plan is in place to prevent spread of infectious diseases.

Posted March 13

Cancellations and closures

Central Austin

Blanton Museum of Art (Updated 12:30 p.m.)

The Blanton Museum of Art is closed until at least March 31, according to an announcement from the museum on March 13. According to a statement, the museum will reopen in two weeks "if the situation allows."

Thinkery (Updated 12:30 p.m.)

The children's museum announced its closure, effective immediately, through at least Sunday, March 22.

“Thinkery takes the health and well-being of our community seriously,” said Patricia Young Brown, Thinkery’s Chief Operating Officer, in a statement. “As a hands-on learning environment that caters to children and families, we're committed to operating in a responsible way that promotes a healthy community and adheres to the best advice of public health officials at the local, state, and national levels.”

ABC Kite Fest (Updated 12:30 p.m.)

The annual festival in Zilker Par, which was scheduled to take place March 26, announced its closure on the morning of March 13.

"Protecting the health and safety of festival guests, staff, and the Austin community is our top priority," organizers said in a statement.

UT Shuttles (Updated 12:30 p.m.)

After the University of Texas announced it would cancel all events at the Erwin Center and Bass Concert Hall and close campus on March 13 ahead of spring break, Capital Metro followed up with an announcement that all UT Shuttle routes would stop running at 11 a.m. March 13 and would not run through spring break March 14-29.

Posted March 12


Cedar Park

The Roadshow Tour 2020 (Updated 4 p.m.)

The Christian rock concert, scheduled for March 29 at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, according to the event page on the H-E-B center website.

Texas Stars hockey games (Updated 3:35 p.m.)

The Texas Stars, an American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL Dallas Stars, will not finish their season. The AHL—as well as the NHL—suspended the rest of the season March 12. The Texas Stars were scheduled to play six more regular-season games in H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, the next being March 18 against the Manitoba Moose. The announcement comes a day after the NBA's G League suspended its season along with the NBA. Before the cancellation, the Austin Spurs, a G League affiliate, had been scheduled to play one more home game at H-E-B Center.

East Austin

Rodeo Austin (Updated 6:29 p.m.)

In a statement on Twitter, organizers announced the cancellation of this year's event, which was scheduled for March 14-28.

"Canceling our event is extremely difficult for fans, volunteers, exhibitors, rodeo athletes, donors, contractors and everyone involved," the statement read.

Organizers said they are continuing to "develop the refund process" and will provide more information to ticket-holders as soon as possible.

Central Austin

Erwin Center events (Updated 11:47 a.m.)

All upcoming events at the Frank C. Erwin Center have been postponed for the immediate future, according to an announcement from University of Texas Athletics Director Chris Del Conte.

Del Conte’s statement said no decisions have been made on when the events will happen, such as Chris Stapleton’s concert March 12 or Sturgill Simpson’s upcoming concert on March 28.

“For the health safety and well being of all of its patrons, performers and staff, we have decided to postpone upcoming events at the Erwin Center for the near future,” Del Conte said in the statement. “After discussion with university officials and leadership at the Erwin Center we believe it’s in the best interest of everyone involved to proceed with an abundance of caution with events at that facility.”

The university announced March 11 that fans will be barred from attending all home sporting events.

Bass Concert Hall events (Updated 11:58 a.m.)

In addition to events at the Erwin Center, UT President Gregory Fenves said in a media conference that all scheduled events at Bass Concert Hall would also be postponed for the next two weeks.

Disney musical "Aladdin" was scheduled to run at Bass Concert Hall from March 12-22.

South Austin

South by San Jose (Updated 11:47 a.m.)

Organizers of the South by San Jose music festival at the Hotel San Jose in South Austin announced on March 12 the cancellation of the event, which was set to take place March 18-21.

"The safety of our guests is our first priority. If you are are well and comfortable gathering together, please support local Austin businesses during these very strange times," organizers wrote.

Southeast Austin

Austin Gilgronis rugby at Circuit of the Americas (Updated 4:45 p.m.)

The Austin Gilgronis rugby matches for the next month have been suspended. Major League Rugby announced March 12 it would suspend the 2020 season for 30 days, effective immediately.

In that 30-day period, Gilgronis had home matches scheduled against San Diego Legion March 15, Rugby ATL March 29 and the Seattle Seawolves April 4.

The rugby squad plays its home matches at Bold Stadium, which is located at Circuit of the Americas.


Luck Reunion (Updated 6:21 p.m.)

The annual event at Willie Nelson's property has been postpone. Organizers said they were told by Travis County officials that the event must be rescheduled, and all tickets would be honored in 2021.

"We agree with the decision and stand witht he county in taking all precautions to protect your health and safety first," the statement said.

The event was scheduled to take place March 19 and would have featured artists from Amanda Shires to Lucinda Williams.

"This is a blow to our business, workers, community of artists, sponsors, and most of all you, our loyal friends and fans."


Indie Meme Film Festival (Updated 11:47 a.m.)

The Indie Meme Film Festival announced on its website it is rescheduling its event in the wake of growing confirmed coronavirus cases across Texas.

"We have decided to reschedule IMFF 2020 as part of the guidelines and precautions laid out for COVID-19. We sincerely hope that you will continue to be a part of ‘Team Meme’ as we navigate the situation and find the next possible time/venue for IMFF2020," the announcement on the website states.

The film festival was scheduled to screen more than 70 independent films from South Asian countries.

APH reviewing other events

On March 11, city and county officials released a list of events under review by Austin Public Health. This does not mean the events under review are canceled, only that APH is conducting a risk assessment and organizers are in discussions with public health officials to determine the future of the events.

The events are:

  • Germania Insurance Amphitheater 2020 season, starting March 14, Circuit of the Americas

  • Unknown 9 Tour—#SXSW, March 14, Fourth Street and Red River Street

  • Muddy Dash Austin, March 21, Circuit of the Americas

  • WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, March 23, Austin Country Club

  • Mission 5K Run Walk for Alzheimer's, March 28, St. James Missionary Baptist Church

  • ABC Kite Festival, March 29, Zilker Park

  • HONK!TX, April 3, Various locations

  • The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, April 3, Austin American-Statesman

  • Texas VegFest, April 4, Fiesta Gardens

  • Statesman Capitol 10K, April 5, Congress Avenue Bridge

  • Austin Reggae Festival, April 17, Auditorium Shores

  • Art City Austin, April 17, Republic Square

  • Longhorn Run 2020, April 18, University of Texas

  • Earth Day Austin, April 18, Huston-Tillotson University

  • Cirque du Soleil, April 22, Circuit of the Americas

  • Indycar 2020, April 24, Circuit of the Americas

  • Eeyore's Birthday, April 25, Circuit of the Americas

  • The Fat Gator Music Festival, April 25, Austin American-Statesman


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