With the novel coronavirus spreading through the Seattle area this week, some organizations are erring on the side of caution by canceling public gatherings and social events around the city.

Below are some of the events that have been canceled so far. We will update this list regularly as we receive more information about canceled events.

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Canceled events are listed in chronological order based on their original dates.

Frye Art Museum is suspending all public programming through the rest of March. The museum galleries, store and cafe will remain open on a regular schedule.

Seattle Parks is cancelling all Lifelong Recreation classes, trips, and drop-in programs for seniors for the next two weeks.

The Seattle Public Library is cancelling all public events for the remainder of March. The Central Library and 26 neighborhood branch libraries will continue to operate with standard hours.


The opening night of Student Art Spaces, originally scheduled for March 6 has been postponed. The gallery will still be open to visitors, but there will be no formal activities.

Upaya has canceled their Upaya Gala, originally scheduled for March 6. They are instead launching a “virtual gala” to engage the “community without putting anyone at risk.”

The Cultural Crossroads Festival scheduled for March 6-8 in Bellevue has been postponed. The future date has yet to be announced.

The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center‘s (KCSARC) “BE LOUD Breakfast” fundraiser on Friday, March 6, has been canceled. KCSARC is holding a virtual fundraiser, asking for donations online instead.

Student Art Spaces has postponed the formal opening-night gallery on Friday, March 6. Artwork will still be showcased and the gallery will be open to the public, but there will be no musicians, catering or any formal opening-night activities. The future date for the festivities has yet to be determined.

Balkan Night Northwest on March 7 has been canceled.

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s ‘Round Midnight Gala on March 7 has been postponed. The future date has yet to be announced.


King County Parks has postponed its March 7 volunteer event and site tour at Little Lake Forest. The future date has yet to be announced.

King County Library System Foundation’s Literary Lions Gala on Saturday, March 7 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue has been cancelled. Online donations are encouraged.

The USC Women’s Conference scheduled for Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, in Seattle has been postponed. A new date for the conference has yet to be announced.

Seattle Cocktail Week’s Cocktail District event, originally scheduled for March 7 is being postponed, tentatively to April 11. Smaller events at Cocktail Week’s participating locations are not canceled.

Seattle Pro Musica’s “Shall Not Be Denied” concerts for March 7 and 8 have been postponed. New dates for the concerts have not been set.

The CD Forum canceled Sunday Dinner with Barbara Earl Thomas that was originally planned for March 8.


The Womxn’s March Seattle, scheduled for March 8, has been canceled. The organization plans to still host The Next Revolutionaries online the same day.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Seattle is postponing its Seattle Stairclimb events, which were originally scheduled for March 8 and March 22. New dates for the stairclimb events have yet to be announced.

Temple De Hirsch Sinai has canceled their Purim festivities originally scheduled for March 8 and Shabbat services Friday nights and Saturday mornings will be streamed online only.

The Northwest Cider Association’s NW Cider Symposium on March 9 in Tacoma has been postponed. A new date is yet to be announced, but will likely take place in early 2021.

The PEAK 2020 Annual Conference scheduled to take place March 9-11 in Seattle has been canceled.

The 22nd Annual PEPS Luncheon on March 10 has been canceled.

Bellevue Botanical Garden’s An Evening with Ciscoe, originally scheduled for March 10, has been postponed to March 31.


Emerald City Comic Con has been postponed to summer 2020. The event was supposed to take place March 12-15.

The Friends of The Seattle Public Library has postponed its annual Huge Book Sale, originally planned for March 13 – 15. The sale has now been rescheduled to May 8 – 10 in the Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center.

Knitting LIVE! Seattle by Vogue Knitting, originally scheduled for March 13-15 in Bellevue, has been postponed. A new date has yet to be announced.

Kirkland Urban has canceled the March 14 KU Kids Second Saturday event.

Kin On is moving its 35th Anniversary Celebration Gala event from March 14 to Sept. 20, 2020.

Lakeside School has canceled the Rummage Sale, scheduled for March 14-15.


The “Washington on Wheels” talk by Harriet Baskas on March 14, part of the Redmond Historical Society’s Saturday Speaker Series, has been canceled.

Capella Romana’s Seattle concert of Tchaikovsky’s Divine Liturgy on March 15. is canceled.

Microsoft has canceled its Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Summit, which was set for March 15-20 in Bellevue and Redmond. The event will now take place online.

The Emperor’s Birthday reception scheduled for March 17 at the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle has been canceled.

Taste Washington, scheduled for March 19-22, has been canceled.

The ArtsFund 50th Anniversary Luncheon scheduled for March 20 has been postponed. A new date has yet to be announced.

Seattle Men’s Chorus’ “Love Beyond Borders” concert, scheduled for March 20-21, has been postponed. A new date has yet to be announced.


Western Washington University has canceled its March 21 winter commencement.

The Mercer Island Half Marathon on March 22 will not take place. A new date has yet to be announced.

WestSide Baby has canceled their “Community in Bloom” brunch fundraising event that was originally scheduled for March 22 at The Sheraton. They will instead host a virtual event on March 22 at 1 p.m. Details forthcoming.

Vegfest, originally planned for May 2-3, has been postponed. New dates have yet to be announced.

Of interest to Seattleites, but not in the Seattle area:

The Game Developers Conference from March 16-20 in San Francisco was canceled, citing coronavirus concerns.

The Google Cloud Next ’20 event originally scheduled for April 6-8 in San Francisco will now take place entirely online.

The 2020 Google I/O developer conference originally scheduled for May 12-14 at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, has been canceled.

South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, originally planned for March 13-22 has been canceled.

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