Due to the rising concern of coronavirus (COVID-19), some local events have been canceled or postponed. In addition to the coronavirus crisis, parts of Nashville are still recovering from last week’s tornadoes, resulting in event cancelations as well. Here is a running list of canceled or postponed events. If you are an event organizer and you would like us to include your event on our list, please email [email protected]
1SE-YA Book Festival, Murfreesboro
The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival (also known as SE-YA), which was scheduled to take place in Murfreesboro on the MTSU campus March 12 – 14 has canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
In a statement, SE-YA organizers write:
It is with heavy hearts and deep regrets that the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival Board of Directors announce the cancellation of SE-YA Book Fest 2020. We are devastated to share this news with you as we know that this event is one that many authors, students, and fans look forward to each year. At this time, we feel that we are unable to provide the same quality experience that has been our calling card over the last four years amid the high volume of cancellations because of the many unknown factors and concerns related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
2Thai-Lao Food Fair, Murfreesboro
Amid concerns of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Thai-Lao Food Fair has canceled their upcoming event in Murfreesboro.
The Food Fair was expected to take place April 25 – 26.
Via Facebook, event organizers write, “We want everyone to be safe. We will announce on Facebook, if there will be one later on this year. Thank you very much on your supports. The temple￼ is open for your visit. ￼May everyone be safe and have good health.”
34th Annual Mid-Tennessee Pug Festival
The 4th Annual Mid-Tennessee Pug Festival scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro has been canceled.
4Don Gallagher Day at Gallagher Guitar Co
The Don Gallagher Day event next Saturday (March 21) is canceled. This will include canceling the evening music show featuring artist Jim Hurst. All pre-paid reservations will be refunded.
“We support our local healthcare providers as they combat this highly contagious and unfamiliar virus in its infancy as we move through this challenge together as an informed, cautious and respectful part of the community. We are seeing disruptions, disappointments and a call for a new way to live for a while as we sort this all out as a country. Be well everyone, enjoy some solitude, quiet time away from crowds and fresh air when you can get it. We will all be glad to get back to our old routines, and hope that with the warmer months ahead that we can get this under control and gain more knowledge of how to protect each other,” organizers said.
5Music City Irish Fest
The Music City Irish Fest scheduled to take place this weekend in Nashville has been canceled.
A statement released from King Hospital Group and local organizers shared that due to damage from the tornado in and around Bicentennial Park along with issues of safety for crowds, the festival will be canceled.
“Power grid outages, structural damage to nearby buildings and storm debris are not conducive to a safe and fun festival ground,” states event organizer Michael King.
All purchased tickets are in the process of being refunded. At this time, there are no plans to reschedule the event this year.
Irish Fest merchandise along with #TN Strong bracelets are now on sale at https://www.musiccityirishfest.com/ with proceeds going to Middle Tennessee Disaster Relief.
6Tin Pan South
Songwriting festival Tin Pan South, originally planned for later this month, has been rescheduled.
Tin Pan South was scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 24 – Saturday, March 28 with events across 10 venues in Nashville.
Tin Pan South posted the following on their website:
After heavy consideration, in light of the tornado this week as well as growing health concerns over the Coronavirus, we have decided to reschedule Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival to later this year, in the Summer,” said NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison. “We feel this is the responsible decision, and it is supported by Tin Pan venues and sponsors involved in the festival. We want to thank everyone who had planned to participate in or attend the festival and appreciate the support in rescheduling it.
It is possible that several of the venues will move forward with the previously scheduled events, this will be decided between the venues and participants and it is likely that several events will now be modified to benefit tornado relief efforts.
Ticket holders to Tin Pan South or those registered for Tin Pan South Songwriting seminar can request a refund or transfer to the new date when announced. Refunds can be requested at [email protected]
7Pearl Jam at Bridgestone Arena
The band was scheduled to play at Bridgestone Arena on April 2. A statement was released by the band explaining they would reschedule the first leg of their tour for a later date. At this time, no other events have been canceled or rescheduled at Bridgestone.
As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate. Our kids’ schools have closed along with universities and businesses. It’s been brutal and it’s gonna get worse before it gets better.
So we are being told that being part of large gatherings is high on the list of things to avoid as this global health crisis is now beginning to affect all of our lives.
Unfortunately, communing in large groups is a huge part of what we do as a band and the tour we’ve been busy planning for months is now in jeopardy…
We have and will always keep the safety and well-being of our supporters as top priority.
So it is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of announcements…
This scheduled first leg of our PJ/Gigaton tour will need to be postponed and shows rescheduled for a later date.
8Nashville Sounds Host Vanderbilt Baseball
The Sounds regret to announce the March 17 Vanderbilt vs. Belmont game and March 24 Vanderbilt vs. Lipscomb game at First Horizon Park have been canceled due to damages sustained during the tornado last week. Full refunds will be issued.
9Special Olympics Tennessee
Special Olympics Tennessee is suspending all sports training, competitions, and other activities involving its athletes through March 31, 2020, at which time the situation will be reevaluated. This includes the State Basketball event scheduled for March 13-14, 2020 at Lipscomb University.
Kaleigh Imbriale, executive director, TEDxNashville today announced: “In the wake of last week’s tornadoes and amidst growing health concerns over COVID-19, we have decided to postpone our annual TEDxNashville conference next week and reschedule the event for Sunday, May 17.”
The TEDxNashville conference, originally scheduled for March 20 and 21, is now scheduled for Sunday, May 17 from 1 – 6 p.m. at TPAC. Previously purchased tickets to the March event will be honored for the rescheduled date. Ticket holders can expect to receive an email from TPAC’s box office.
11Tennessee Rising Celebrating Strength & Community
Celebrity trainer Erin Oprea was hosting a tornado relief concert Saturday, March 14 at Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton Street, Nashville.
Due to the safety of attendees and rising coronavirus concerns, the event was canceled.
12Nashville Home Show
The Nashville Home + Remodeling Expo scheduled for March 13-15, 2020 has been CANCELED as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Via Instagram they stated, “During this time, we urge all in the community to follow guidelines from local public health officials. The wellbeing and safety of all attendees and exhibitors are our first priority in creating a dynamic marketplace. Be safe.”
All booked exhibitors and ticket holders will be receiving emails this morning with more information.
13Nashville Fashion Week
Nashville Fashion Week had events scheduled to begin on 3/18 but has decided to reschedule a new date for August 4 – 8.
“We are devastated to share this announcement with you. While it is unprecedented in our 10-year history to not have the show go on, and especially for what was planned to be the celebration of a decade, Nashville Fashion Week 2020 is being rescheduled,” the event stated on Facebook.
At this time, they will continue with their Learning Lab events and Shop Nashville event as scheduled. Find more information here.
14SEC Tournament at Bridgestone
UPDATE: As of Thursday, the entire SEC Tournament has been canceled. The SEC tournament started at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday evening.
A statement was released on the SEC website, “The Southeastern Conference has announced it will conduct the 2020 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament with only essential staff, limited family and credentialed media in attendance at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for the remainder of the week beginning on Thursday following the recommendation of the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel related to conducting sporting events closed to the public.”
In addition, the SEC announced that all regular-season contests in all sports on SEC campuses and SEC Championship events will be conducted with similar attendance restrictions effective Thursday, March 12 through at least March 30 at which time the conference and its member universities will re-evaluate conditions.
15USTRC at Williamson County Ag Center
Team Roping Competition at the Williamson County Ag Center this weekend March 13-15 has been canceled.
16Zac Brown Band at Bridgestone Arena
Zac Brown Band put out a statement regarding their upcoming show at Bridgestone. “Out of caution and due to increasing public health concerns, Zac Brown Band is postponing the spring 2020 leg of ‘The Owl Tour.’ This was an extremely difficult decision, but the well-being of our fans is always our top priority. Rescheduled dates for all spring shows (through Nashville on April 25) will be announced soon. We ask that our fans retain their tickets as they will be honored on the new dates. At this time, our ‘Roar With The Lions’ Summer 2020 tour dates (commencing in May) will be performed as planned.”
17Nashville Predators Season on Hold
The NHL just announced the season would be paused at this time. Commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement, “In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-2020 season beginning with tonight’s games.”
The NHL hopes to resume games when it’s appropriate and will keep fans updated.
Nashville Predators have also canceled the Preds & Threads Fashion Show scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 at Bridgestone Arena.
18Nashville Symphony Cancels Shows
The Nashville Symphony has announced that all four concerts scheduled for March 12-14 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center have been cancelled in the interest of the health and safety of Symphony patrons, musicians, guest artists and staff during the coronavirus outbreak. The canceled performances are Celtic Journey with the Nashville Symphony –7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, and 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, March 13 & 14 and The Gold Rush: An American Adventure –11 a.m. Saturday, March 14
19Adventure Science Center
With information and guidance from the Tennessee Department of Health and Dr. Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC, FACS, Adventure Science Center Board Chair and Chair of the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Health, the Adventure Science Center has made the decision to temporarily close the museum until Monday, March 23. They will continue to monitor the situation and follow recommendations from local authorities and public health officials, and will make announcements as needed regarding re-opening the museum.
Following the conclusion of the girls’ state basketball tournament quarterfinal round Thursday, TSSAA is suspending the remainder of the girls’ state tournament and next week’s boys’ state tournament. Whether TSSAA will be able to reschedule these events will depend on the length of the suspension and the availability of facilities.
21Nashville Flea Market
Friday morning, The Nashville Flea Market announced the cancellation of the March event on their website. “The Fairgrounds Nashville continues to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic and related guidance from Metro Public Health Department, Tennessee Department of Health, and Mayor’s Office. We understand your need for information as to the status of the Flea Market and other events at The Fairgrounds. In an abundance of caution and to give you as much advanced notice as possible, we are announcing the cancellation of the March Flea Market scheduled for March 27-29. We did not make this decision without careful consideration knowing that 500 small businesses will be impacted. We also take our responsibility to care for our employees, vendor community, customers, and the general public very seriously during this time of recommended social distancing.”
22Southern Women’s Show
Southern Women’s Show was to take place on March 26-29. The show shared via Facebook, “For the safety of show guests, and following the recommendations and requests of a variety of government and health authorities, the Southern Women’s Show scheduled at the Music City Center in Nashville March 26-29 has been cancelled.”
If you have already purchased a ticket for the show, please be looking for an email from the show that will provide details.
23Billie Eilish at Bridgestone Arena
Billie Eilish was set to stop at Bridgestone Arena on March 27 but announced on Facebook the ‘WHERE DO WE GO’ North American tour dates have been postponed until further notice. Details on postponed dates to be announced soon. All tickets will be honored for the new dates.
“i’m so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe. we’ll let you know when they can be rescheduled. please keep yourselves healthy. i love you.” – Billie
24NRA Nashville Meeting
NRA shared via Facebook, the news of rescheduling their meeting in Nashville, “With our 149th Annual Meeting scheduled for next month in Nashville, we realize many NRA members and meeting guests have questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impact on our convention.”
It continued, “We have been closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tennessee Department of Health. In fact, earlier today, a state of emergency was declared in Tennessee. Therefore, we have reluctantly decided to cancel this year’s NRA Annual Meeting, planned for April 16 – 19 in Nashville. This applies to all events and scheduled programs, including the NRA-ILA Forum. We sincerely regret the need for this action, particularly for our many loyal members who join us for this annual celebration of the NRA and our constitutional freedoms. Details regarding a rescheduled NRA Members’ Meeting will be forthcoming.”
25Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum announced that based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) expanded guidance and the Metro Public Health Department’s recommendations, the museum has effective immediately:
• Suspended all youth, family and school programming at the museum and within the Greater Nashville community through at least March 31, 2020
• Postponed Songwriters Sessions, Musician Spotlights, film screenings and other programming currently scheduled in the museum’s Ford Theater through at least March 31, 2020.
• Canceled the Hatch Show Print Block parties scheduled for both Friday, March 13, and Friday, March 27.
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