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The latest canceled events and closed venues in Los Angeles

An up-to-date list of the latest canceled and postponed events and closed venues in Los Angeles

By Time Out editors

We’re always trying to help you experience the best of the city through our stories on Time Out. And right now, as most of L.A.’s largest events have been canceled or postponed, that includes keeping you up to date with the latest event developments.

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Guidelines released by the governor’s office on March 11 called for the cancellation or postponement of gatherings larger than 250 people. In its wake, there were a slew of cancellations for theater productions, music festivals, concerts and other large-scale events to ensure Angelenos’ safety.

The short version of what went down in the days that followed: Bars were shuttered, restaurants closed for dine-in and gyms and entertainment venues were forced to close. Even trails, beaches and some parks were closed off for weeks, all as part of the county’s “safer at home” measure. But finally, some of the measures are being relaxed starting in early May—enough so that we also suggest keeping up with our running list of what’s open in L.A.

To help keep you up to date, we’ve compiled a list of all the major event cancellations in L.A. We’ll be updating this list continually as new announcements break.

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Pink Cabana in the Sands Hotel Indian Wells Palm Springs
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

All bars in California, dine-in restaurants in L.A. (temporary closure)

News Eating

On Sunday, March 15, Governor Newsom introduced statewide guidance that all bars in California should close, and while restaurants could remain open, they should cut their capacity in half and employ social distancing measure.

That same day, Mayor Garcetti introduced a mandate specific to the City of Los Angeles (i.e. not WeHo or Santa Monica, but L.A. proper): All bars must close, and restaurants need to cease dine-in service, but can still operate takeout and delivery services (that applies to bars that serve food, as well).

Fast forward to late May, and L.A. restaurants are on the verge of reopening for dine-in.

Keep up with the best food delivery specials in L.A. right now.

Hermosa Beach
Photograph: Courtesy Marion Michele

Relaxing on the beach (temporary closure)

News City Life

On May 13, beaches all over the county reopened for active recreation, meaning you can surf, swim, bike, walk or run. But there’s a much larger list of things you still can’t do, including sit, sunbathe or picnic. Coolers and canopies aren’t allowed, and sports like volleyball are still off limits. Piers also remain closed. In addition, you’ll need to keep six feet away from others, and face coverings are required outside of the water.

Arclight Cinerama Dome
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia/UpdateNerd

All entertainment venues in L.A. (temporary closure)

Like the strict restaurants guidelines, this is specific to the City of Los Angeles: movie theaters, music venues, bowling alleys and arcades are closed. The county has labeled these as “higher” or “highest risk” venues, and has them slated for stages three and four of its reopening plan (we’re currently entering stage two, with no timeline for the next steps).

Photograph: Michael Juliano

All museums (temporary closure)


Though some had initially attempted to remain open with modified procedures, all museums closed in mid March. However, three botanical gardens are open with timed reservations, and the state has released guidance for reopening outdoor museums and galleries—though it’s not clear when the county will meet the state-set guidelines necessary to be able to reopen them. In the meantime, you can visit your favorite L.A. museums with these virtual tours and exhibitions.

Los Angeles Central Library
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

City and county libraries (temporary closure)

Things to do Literary events Downtown Financial District

In addition to Downtown’s L.A. Central Library, all 72 branch libraries are closed until further notice. In addition, L.A. County Libraries (which notably includes the West Hollywood Library) are also closed until further notice. However, libraries have been included in stage two of the county’s reopening plan, which we’ve just entered.

Griffith Observatory
Photograph: Courtesy Jaredd Craig

Griffith Observatory (temporary closure)

Museums Science and technology Griffith Park

Though trails in Griffith Park have reopened, the iconic observatory remains closed. In addition to the celestial museum, Travel Town and the Parkline shuttle service are also suspended.

The observatory falls under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Recreation and Parks, which also announced similar closures for EXPO Center, Castle Park and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Photograph: Courtesy Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort

Disneyland (temporary closure)

Things to do Event spaces Anaheim

The happiest place on earth announced that it’ll be closing on March 14. Though initially slated through the end of the month, the closure is now extended indefinitely. While the park is closed, Disney announced that it’ll be donating excess food inventory to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. And while we don’t know when it’ll reopen, we do have some idea of how it will.


Universal Studios Hollywood (temporary closure)

Attractions Theme parks Universal City

The theme park temporarily shuttered on March 14, and has once again extended its closure (and CityWalk’s), this time through at least May 31. This includes the postponement of the Top Chef Food & Wine Festival that had been planned for March 19 and 20, as well Peacock Live! on March 28 and 29.

In addition, Universals says it’ll be paying its employees through April 19, at which point it’ll beginning paying most at 80 percent of their normal pay (with some essential workers going about businesses as usual). But beginning May 3, the park will furlough part-time hourly workers (though they’ll still cover benefits for those who have them).

Photograph: Courtesy Joan Marcus

Hamilton (temporary closure)

Theater Musicals Pantages Theatre, Hollywood

All performances of Hamilton at the Pantages Theatre have been canceled through September 6. In addition, at the Dolby Theatre, The Spongebob Musical has been canceled; The Illusionists has been postponed until January 2021; and Mean GirlsMy Fair Lady and The Band’s Visit have been postponed until a later date.

Coachella 2015, day 3
Photograph: Kate Wertheimer

Coachella (postponed)

Music Music festivals Empire Polo Club, Indio

Initially slated for April, the massive music fest has been pushed to the fall: Coachella weekend one will now be October 9–11, and weekend two is October 16–18. Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott were originally announced as this year’s headliners, but there’s no official word yet about the October lineup.

Stagecoach 2015
Photograph: Kate Wertheimer

Stagecoach Festival (postponed)

Music Empire Polo Club, Indio

The country music fest always follows Coachella, and that includes its postponed date: The typically April fest will now be held October 23–25.

LA Times Festival of Books
Photograph: Courtesy Marie Astrid Gonzalez

Festival of Books, Stories and Ideas (postponed)

Things to do Festivals University of Southern California, USC/Exposition Park

Originally slated to take place in April, the bibliophile-friendly fest has been postponed to October 3 and 4.

Photograph: Mathieu Bitton/REX/Shutterstock

Netflix is a Joke Fest (postponed)

Comedy Stand-up

Netflix’s blockbuster comedy fest—a week of shows featuring Ali Wong, Dave Chappelle, Hannah Gadsby, Jerry Seinfeld and Whoopi Goldberg, to name a few—was supposed to kick off on April 27, but it’s now been postponed.


PaleyFest (postponed)

The annual series of screenings and talks with the cast and crew of celebrate TV shows has been postponed. Though no new date has been given, organizers say they are “exploring options to reschedule the festival.” The March event was set to include Modern Family, One Day at a Time, NCIS, The Boys, Star Trek: Picard, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ozark, Schitt’s Creek, The Mandalorian and more.

Ligia Lewis, Water Will (in Melody), 2018
Photograph: Maria Baranova, courtesy of the artist

Made in L.A. (postponed)

Art Contemporary art Multiple venues

The Hammer Museum is teaming up with the Huntington Library this year for its always-excellent showcase of 30 up-and-coming and under-recognized L.A. artists. Originally slated to run from early June to late August, its dates have been shifted to July 19 through January 3.

John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl
Photograph: Michael Juliano

Hollywood Bowl’s summer season (canceled)

News Music

Tthe LA Phil announced that it was cancelling this summer’s slate of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl—for the first time in the iconic venue’s 98-year history. In addition, the season at the Ford has been canceled, as well.

LA Pride Parade 2015
Photograph: Foster Snell

LA Pride (canceled)

Things to do

This year marks the 50th anniversary of LA Pride, the annual LGBTQ celebration in West Hollywood that typically takes place in June. Organizer Christopher Street West initially decided to postpone all events, including the parade, but in early May it announced that this year’s event was canceled and would be replaced with an online celebration.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2015
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval (canceled)

News City Life

The West Hollywood City Council has defunded all city-run events through the end of the year. While they haven’t officially canceled this Halloween street party yet, council members admitted it seemed unlikely to happen.

However, were conditions to change for the better in the fall, the council could still vote to fund Carnaval closer to Halloween. Even if WeHo does formally cancel the event, the council recognized that people will still come—the street just wouldn’t be shut down.

WonderCon 2016
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

WonderCon (canceled)

The pop culture convention in Anaheim, originally scheduled for April 10–12, was initially postponed but has now been canceled.

Photograph: Courtesy Virgin Fest

Virgin Fest (canceled)

Music Music festivals

Lizzo, A$AP Rocky, Anderson .Paak, Major Lazer, Ellie Goulding and Kali Uchis were slated to headline the inaugural outing of this fest in June, but it’s now been canceled (with plans to debut in 2021).


The Music Center shows (canceled)

Things to do Downtown

All programming from the LA Phil, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale and the other resident companies of the Music Center has been canceled through May. This includes shows at the Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Rob Loud

Lovers & Friends Festival (canceled)

Music Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Seemingly every hip-hop and R&B star from the late ’90s and early aughts was on the lineup for this fest: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Usher, Ludacris, Lil Jon, TLC, Nelly, Sean Paul, T-Pain and more. But after being postponed until the summer, it’s now been canceled.

Beyond Wonderland
Photograph: Courtesy Insomniac

Beyond Wonderland (canceled)

Music Music festivals

Originally set for March, the EDM fest had been postponed until June, but then canceled in early May. The original lineup included Alison Wonderland, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Tiësto and Diesel (yep, as in Shaq).

Free Shakespeare in Griffith Park
Photograph: Courtesy Grettel Cortes

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival (canceled)

This annual series of free shows in the park won’t be staged this year. However, the Independent Shakespeare Co. is hoping to start work in August on stream a new production of The Comedy of Errors from its studio space.

E3 2014
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

E3 2020 (canceled)

The massive gaming convention has been canceled. Initially scheduled for June 9–11, there may still be an online showcase of industry announcements during that time. Otherwise, the ESA, the gaming convention’s organizing body, says that attendees can look forward to next year, with “E3 2021 as a reimagined event that brings fans, media, and the industry together.”

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