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Coronavirus: Florida canceled, delayed events due to COVID-19 concerns

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recommends social distancing

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently announced that large gatherings should be canceled or postponed due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus, and Central Florida has been quick to react.

Several major events that were set to take place in the coming weeks -- including Leesburg Bikefest -- have now been put on hold until government officials are no longer advocating for social distancing.

Thus far, hundreds of people in Florida have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Below is a list of some of the events:

The Disney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend has been canceled. Registered runners will receive a refund back to their original form of payment. The event has not yet been rescheduled.

Danny Wimmer Presents’ Spring Festival in Daytona Beach has been canceled, the event was planned for May 8-10.

Leesburg Bikefest organizers announced has been canceled for 2020 and will instead take place April 23-25, 2021. A message on the event’s Facebook page read, “See ya in 2021.”

Martin Lawrence’s show at the Amway Center in Orlando for March 13 has been postponed.

Orlando Ballet’s “Made in the USA” has been postponed to a later date this fall. All subscribers and single ticket holders will be fully refunded, and current ticket holders will receive pre-sale access prior to public on sale.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra postponed all events through April 30.

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, which was scheduled for March 20-22, has been canceled. The event attracts 350,000 people annually.

Orlando Magic’s Wine Festival & Auction has been postponed, although a new date has not been announced. The event was scheduled for March 13 and 14. Tickets that were already purchased will be honored at the rescheduled date.

Universal Orlando is closing shutting down Blue Man Group shows beginning March 16 and likely spanning through the end of March.

Tour de Cure Lake Nona will be postponed until later this spring.

All county-sponsored events in Lake County have been postponed through the end of March. Future events are considered tentative, pending the COVID-19 situation. That includes events at Astor County Library, Cagan Crossings Community Library, Cooper Memorial Library, East Lake County Library, Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library, Paisley County Library, Umatilla Public Library, Helen Lehmann Memorial Library and Marianne Beck Memorial Library.

Hard Rock Live in Orlando announced Ricardo Montaner’s show on March 20 has been postponed, India & Manny Manuel’s March 27 performance has been canceled, America’s show on March 22 is no longer happening and FAME Show Choir won’t be singing on March 14.

The Orange County Library System canceled all library-sponsored events through March 30. Online classes will continue to be offered, but camps, classes, events, programs, tours and outreach events will not. Libraries will be opened, including as polling places.

The city of DeLand is canceling Shamrocks & Shenanigans, scheduled for March 16, as well as all events that are generally attended by the elderly.

The city of DeLand said the Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival, which had been scheduled for March 28, has been canceled.

The 43rd Annual Leesburg Art Festival has been postponed from its original March 14-15 date. The Leesburg Center for the Arts will announce a new date at a later time.

The More Than Pink Walk Orlando will no longer be held March 14 at Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. It’s unclear when the event will be rescheduled.

Marion County Public Schools canceled or postponed all extracurricular activities through March 24, including sporting events, club-based outings, and district events.

The 9th annual Orlando Caribbean Festival that was scheduled for March 14 at Camping World Stadium has been postponed until further notice.

Meg O’Malley’s Restaurant & Irish Pub has canceled Saturday’s popular St. Patrick’s Day parade and Tuesday’s street party in downtown Melbourne, News 6 partner Florida Today reports.

Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry announced several cancellations: NXT wrestling at Midtown Community Center on March 14, The Color Purple Performance at the Peabody Auditorium on March 16, The Easter Beach Run on April 4 and the Senior Oasis meeting at community centers scheduled for the next two weeks.

All activities at the Beardall and L. Claudia Allen Senior Centers in Orlando have been suspended until further notice.

Master Gardeners’ Spring Festival has been canceled for the first time in its 26-year history. The plant sale and garden expo was scheduled for March 14 and March 15.

Marion County Day on March 28 at the McPherson Governmental Campus has been canceled.

The Maitland Farmers’ Market at Lake Lily Park is canceled.

Lake Eola farmers market in downtown Orlando is canceled.

The Orlando Boat Show has been postponed.

Satellite Beach is canceling all spring break camps and classes, all club meetings and gatherings at David R. Schechter Community Center and the Civic Center, and all city-sponsored events. The Garage Sale scheduled for March 14 will still take place but Big Truck Day on March 28 has been canceled.

The city of Eustis has canceled the Eustis Busker Festival on March 28 and the Eustis Classic Car Show on March 28. A slew of events at the Eustis Memorial Library have also been canceled including the toddler and preschool story times, the Dr. Suess birthday celebration and Mr. Rodgers birthday celebration. The 7th Annual Amazing Race for Charity has been rescheduled for May 30.

The Villages is canceling the Irish American parade scheduled for March 17, the outdoor concert on March 18 and all district-sponsored events at the recreation center including the Spring Craft Show, the Ballroom Dance, The Lake Sumter Landing St. Patty Boat Tours, the Film Noir Showcase and the Camp Villages Program STEM Challenge.

Leu Gardens has canceled its annual plant sale.

The City of Apopka will no longer host the Apopka Farmers Market, the 59th Annual Foliage Festival, all senior programs, Little League, soccer and softball through March 31.

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has postponed several shows: Brian Regan, PechaKucha Night Orlando, Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy, Shen Yun 2020, Orlando Philharmonic Presents American Rhapsody, Salsa y Sazon, MasterChef Jr. Live!, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Rend Collective and Hatsune Miku. Miss Saigon, which was set to stop at the DPAC March 31-April 5, and A Bronx Tale, which had shows scheduled April 28-May 3, have both been canceled.

Osceola County has canceled all events of 250 people or more through March 31.

Altamonte Springs is canceling all events for the next two weeks, including the World Food Festival

The Country Thunder Music Festival scheduled for March 27-29 at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee has been rescheduled for Oct. 16-18.

Kowtown Festival & Cattle Drive scheduled for March 21, has been canceled. The Cattle Drive scheduled for Monday, March 30, has also been canceled.

The City of Belleview has canceled city events, including the use of grounds and rental facilities, through May 11.

The City of Palm Coast is canceling all city-run events through April 30, including Food Truck Tuesday and State of the City.

The Florida Lakes Symphony Concerts have been placed their March 19 and 20 performances on hold.

The 2020 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival has been canceled.

The Orlando Funk Fest is rescheduled for June 12 and 13 at Tinker Field.

Welcome to Rockville in Daytona Beach will be delayed to 2021, all ticket sales will be refunded or can be applied to next years festival.


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