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Coronavirus: Event Cancellations In San Diego

Pictured is the fountain in the center of the Plaza de Panama at Balboa Park, Jan. 15, 2015.
Milan Kovacevic
Pictured is the fountain in the center of the Plaza de Panama at Balboa Park, Jan. 15, 2015.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen, local governments across the U.S. have taken action to cancel large gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Everything from sporting events to elections to religious gatherings have all been shutdown for the duration of the outbreak.

San Diego County health officials issued new public health orders banning all gatherings larger than 50 people. Bars have been closed and restaurants have been limited to take-out and drive-though services only.

KPBS will continue to update this list of local, regional and national major events cancelations.



Amusement Parks And Facilities

–Legoland through March 31

–San Diego Zoo and Safari Park effective Monday, March 16


–Birch Aquarium


Balboa Park Carousel

Public Facilities, Parks And Institutions

Update: 11:52 a.m. March 19, 2020:

San Diego County is canceling its curbside library service two days after launching it, citing concerns about spreading novel coronavirus. Library patrons can still digitally access all the library's e-books and magazines 24 hours a day using the Libby or Flipster apps.

All 33 branches are closed and no returns are accepted. Due dates for checked out books have been extended until the libraries reopen.

City of San Diego rec centers, libraries and pools effective Monday, March 16; library digital lending still available and outdoor parks remain open

San Diego City Council meetings

–Lakeside Teen Center

–Spring Valley Teen Center

–All San Diego County Parks and Rec Department programs inside Fallbrook, Lakeside and Spring Valley Community Centers, Spring Valley Gymnasium and some programming at Otay Lakes and San Dieguito (list here); offices and outdoor parks remain open

–For school closures, check this chart

Theater And Performing Arts

–“Aging Magician” - San Diego Opera

–La Jolla Playhouse postponing performances to the end of March

–San Diego Symphony: Cancelling all performances through March 31

–La Jolla Music Society

–La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

–ArtPower at UC San Diego

–San Diego Junior Theatre

–San Diego Youth Symphony

–California Center for the Arts, Escondido Performances

–Old Globe

–Cygnet Theatre rescheduling "La Cage Aux Folles" until April 16

–Poway OnStage and all events at Poway Center for the Performing Arts

–San Diego Repertory Theatre "House of Joy"

–Frozen: The Musical" at the Civic Center

–Bodhi Tree Concerts "Songs of Suffrage"

–NOW poetry/literature reading

–PGK Dance Projects "Holding Tight"

–Southwestern College's production of "Romeo and Juliet"

–Civic Youth Ballet programs

–Art of Elan events and programming

Museums and Art Galleries

Midway Museum

–San Diego Museum of Art

–San Diego Museum of Man

–Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) effective Monday March 16

–Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

–San Diego History Center effective Monday, March 16

–Fleet Science Center effective Monday, March 16

–New Children's Museum effective Monday, March 16; until then, closed from noon-1 p.m. for deep cleaning

–Bread & Salt events (gallery spaces still open)

–You Belong Here events

–San Diego Air and Space Museum effective Monday, March 16

–San Diego Automotive Museum effective March 16 through March 28

–Marston House Museum

–Japanese Friendship Garden effective March 16

–San Diego Art Institute effective March 16

–San Diego Model Railroad Museum effective March 16

–Timken Museum effective March 16

–Spanish Village Art Center effective March 16

–World Beat Center effective March 16

–Natural History Museum (The Nat) effective March 15

–Comic-Con Museum events

–Oceanside Museum of Art events (galleries still open)

–San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

–Living Coast Discovery Center effective Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, April 5



–St. Patrick Parade canceled

Latino Filmfest

–Cinesama Filipinx Film Festival March screening

–San Diego Italian Film Festival March screenings

–San Diego Arab Film Festival postponed until June 19

–San Diego Film Week postponed until August 19

–San Diego Writers Festival

–Best Coast Beer Fest postponed until July 25

–North Park Festival of Beers postponed until Aug. 1

–Picnic in the Park

–Borrego Springs Circle of Art

–Kyoto Prize Symposium - UCSD

–San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering - Miramar College

–Cherry Blossom Week 2020 is set for March 16 through March 22

–Mission Federal ArtWalk rescheduled for June 6 and 7


–San Diego Music Awards Nominee Showcase

–Pearl Jam Concert - Viejas Arena

–Concerts at Pechanga Casino & Resort

–All Belly Up concerts through April 1

–All Music Box concerts through April 1

–All Observatory concerts through the end of March; Coin, Fleshgod Apocalpyse, Allen Stone in April

–All Soda Bar concerts

–All Brick by Brick concerts

–All House of Blues concerts and events through the end of March

–All SOMA concerts through the end of March

–All Whistle Stop concerts

–All Che Cafe concerts

–All Bar Pink concerts

–All Casbah concerts

–Peppa Pig Live at the Magnolia

–Amy Grant at the Magnolia


–San Diego Crew Classic

–San Diego Half Marathon (switching to "virtual" race model)

–San Diego Foam Glow (5K at SDCCU Stadium) postponed

–St. Patrick Day 10K run

–SDSU sports events

–UCSD sports

–CIF (California) High School Basketball Championships

–San Diego Padres Opening Day delayed two weeks

–San Diego Gulls/AHL suspended until further notice

–San Diego Loyal SC suspended; Rio Grande Valley FC match rescheduled for July 29, friendly against Xolos de Tijuana canceled

Other Events And Venues

–Honor Flight San Diego postponing May flight

–Crossroad of the West Gun Show

–Kobey's Swap Meet

–Pechanga Resort and Casino, effective Monday March 16 at noon

–Harrah's Resort So Cal, effective Monday, March 16

–All Landmark theaters

–All Regal theaters, effective Tuesday, March 17


–MCRD graduation

–WonderCon "postponed"

–Disneyland closed effective Saturday

–Fairplex in Pomona canceling March events

–Universal Studios closing Saturday - to reopen March 28

–Magic Mountain

–Knott's Berry Farm

–Ronald Reagan Presidential Library closing Saturday

–Richard Nixon Presidential Library closing Saturday

–Getty Center & Getty Villa

–Los Angeles Natural History Museum

–La Brea Tar Pits


–Live Nation events

–AEG events

–Boston Marathon

–PGA Masters Golf Tournament

–MLB: Games canceled through first two weeks of season

–MLB Spring Training: Canceled

–Major League Rugby: Season suspended for first 30 days




–National Lacrosse League


–Walt Disney World closing March 15

–Smithsonian Museums in DC

–National Zoo in DC

Corrected: September 26, 2023 at 4:23 PM PDT
This is a developing story. We will update as the situation develops.