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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

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Time Out editors
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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.

Let’s remember back to the beginning of the year for a minute: 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.

As of late October, enough sectors have reopened that we suggest checking out our running list of what’s open in L.A., as well as the state’s new four-tier reopening plan to better understand when L.A.’s still-closed venues might open back up. The short version: L.A. is still stuck in the most-restrictive purple tier. If it can progress into red, we could see indoor service (with very limited capacity) return to restaurants, museums, movie theaters and gyms. The orange and yellow tiers, respectively, will bring even more sector reopenings and relaxed guidelines.

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

Looking for what you can do right now? Check out our inside-friendly recommendations on our Time In page.

Here’s what’s closed, postponed and canceled in L.A.

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Just weeks after dining rooms reopened across the county, the state announced on July 1 that L.A.’s restaurants need to move all on-site dining to the outdoors, otherwise they must revert to takeout- and delivery-only models once again. The closure was set to last for at least three weeks, but now won’t be lifted until L.A. enters the red tier.

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

After initially closing in mid-March, bars were allowed to reopen in mid-June. But that was short lived: On June 28, Gov. Newsom ordered bars in L.A. and six other counties to close immediately. Under the new statewide guidelines, even when L.A. advances to the next tier bars will need to remain closed (they can’t reopen until the yellow tier). There’s one exception: Bars that serve food can technically stay open under the restaurant guidelines, which—pursuant to the news above—must now only offer dine-in service outdoors. 

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

After initially reopening in June, gyms, offices for non-critical sectors and houses of worship were ordered to close indoor spaces on July 13. Outdoor services are still allowed. Malls were also initially included in this order, but they’ve since been allowed to reopen; similarly, personal care services (think: tattoo and massage services) were included, too, but could be allowed to resume indoor operations as early as October 23.

The state-announced order also specifies that indoor protests are no longer allowed (but outdoor ones are). Hair salons and barbershops initially had to close their indoor areas, too, but those have since been allowed to reopen.

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Indoor museums (temporary closure)
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Indoor museums (temporary closure)

L.A. museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums had been given the go-ahead to reopen in June with modifications, but on July 1, the state announced that they must close indoor spaces for at least the next three weeks. Only a couple of museums had reopened before that announcement; the Aquarium of the Pacific was among them, and it’s one of the only spots we’ve seen that now offers outdoor-only admission. So other than the couple of spots that cross over into botanical garden territory, consider museums to be effectively closed until L.A. reaches the red tier.

  • 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 allowed to reopen for curbside service.

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  • Museums
  • Science and technology
  • Griffith Park
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Though trails in Griffith Park have reopened, the iconic observatory remains closed. In addition to the celestial museum, the L.A. ZooTravel Town and the Widsom Tree Trail remain closed, and the Parkline shuttle service is 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.

  • Things to do
  • Event spaces
  • Anaheim
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The happiest place on earth announced that it’ll be closing on March 14. After initially announcing plans to reopen its theme parks on July 17, Disneyland has now pushed back its opening date.

Under new state guidelines, major theme parks won’t be able to reopen (at 25% capacity) until the county in which they reside reaches the least-restrictive yellow tier. Smaller parks, like Santa Monica’s Pacific Park, can reopen outdoor operations with limited capacity at the orange tier.

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  • Attractions
  • Theme parks
  • Universal City
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The theme park temporarily shuttered on March 14, and has once again extended its closure. However, CityWalk is now open.

On July 24, Universal announced that its annual Halloween Horror Nights event was canceled this year, citing “ongoing business restrictions and uncertainty around its opening timeframe.” The theme park plans for the event to return in 2021.

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  • Theater
  • Musicals
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  • Hollywood

All performances of Hamilton at the Pantages Theatre have been canceled through February, with plans to resume in April 2021. 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.

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  • Things to do
  • Downtown
  • price 3 of 4

All programming from the LA Phil, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale and the other resident companies of the Music Center has been canceled. This includes shows at the Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall. The LA Phil has canceled all performances through June 2021, and the Master Chorale has postponed its 2020–21 season to 2021–22. For now, the Ahmanson is set to resume its schedule in April 2021.

  • 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. CSW later announced a solidarity march in June that was met with considerable pushback.

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  • Things to do
  • 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 (canceled)
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.

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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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