Valley event cancellations, postponements mount for 2021 due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Amid the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases in Arizona, many events in the Valley have been either postponed or cancelled completely.

Renaissance Festival

On Dec. 9, organizers of the Renaissance Festival in Arizona say the annual event is cancelled for 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, officials say they have made a decision to cancel the event, despite preparing for the event recently with a COVID-19 safe event plan and capacity limitations that are recently approved by officials in Pinal County.

"With negative COVID-19 conditions dramatically increasing, the worst since the beginnings of the pandemic, and with cases projected to increase over the next weeks, the festival now has a concern that even with its plan in place, audience support to open can become limited in comparison to the attendance necessary to be successful," read a portion of the statement.

The festival began in 1989, and organizers say they will return in February 2022.

“We will be back. The Festival village gates will open again. Our patrons and participants are counting on it,” read a portion of the statement.

According to data released by the Arizona Department of Health Services on Dec. 9, 4,444 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported.

Other events also impacted

Besides the Renaissance Festival, other events in 2021 are being impacted by COVID-19 as well, as organizers of the annual Rock 'N Roll Marathon, which was slated to take place in January, cancelled the 2020 event.

Meanwhile, organizers of the Barret Jackson car auction have announced their decision to postpone the annual event from January to March 2021.

"The difficult decision to postpone the auction was made out of an abundance of caution to safeguard auction customers, sponsors guests and employees from the current spike of coronavirus cases," organizers wrote, in a statement.

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COVID-19 resources

CDC Website for COVID-19 (In Spanish/En Español)

AZDHS Website for COVID-19 (In Spanish/En Español)