Concerts, conventions, events in Tennessee affected by COVID-19 pandemic


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Local organizers have announced changes to their events out of concern for the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Related: COVID-19 & Sports

Nashville Home + Remodeling Expo Canceled: The event was scheduled for March 13-15, 2020 at the Music City Center. Organizers said the wellbeing and safety of all attendees and exhibitors is their first priority.

Bloody Mary Festival Rescheduled: The event has been rescheduled for July 25, 2020.

Music City Irish Fest Canceled: The event was scheduled for March 14th – March 17th. Organizers said it’s due to safety concerns in the area.

Nashville Fashion Week 2020 rescheduled: The event has been moved to August 4-8, 2020. Organizers said, “The realities of the catastrophic impact of last week’s tornados paired with the evolving concerns and actions surrounding COVID-19 led us to this very difficult decision.”

TEDxNashville rescheduled: The conference was originally scheduled for March 20 – 21 and is now scheduled for Sunday, May 17th from 1 – 6 p.m. at TPAC.

Tin Pan South postponed: The event scheduled for March has been postponed until later this year. “After heavy consideration, in light of the tornado this week as well as growing health concerns over the Coronavirus, we have decided to reschedule Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival to later this year, in the Summer,” said NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison.

Related: How will COVID-19 affect Nashville’s entertainment industry?

Pearl Jam and Zac Brown Band postponed: Both bands have postponed legs of their tours that included Nashville stops.

Billie Eilish’s March 27th concert in Nashville has been postponed.

Midstate Classic: The event is canceled March 17 due to rising health concerns

Nathaniel Rateliff‘s March 20th stop at the Ryman has been postponed.

Kenny Chesney’s ‘Initial Chillaxification Tour’: postponed and set to be rescheduled. New dates TBD.

Amigo Nashville Guitar Show 2020: The event in Franklin is canceled March 28 and 29.

Nashville Symphony: Nashville Symphony is canceling all four concerts scheduled for March 12-14 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Country Music Hall of Fame: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum announced that the museum, Hatch Show Print, Historic RCA Studio B and the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will close temporarily to the public through Thursday, April 30, 2020. All upcoming shows at the CMA Theater for the month of March are either postponed or canceled. Ticket holders will be notified of rescheduled dates, and refunds will be issued from the point of purchase for any canceled performances.

NRA Annual Meeting: The NRA annual meeting planned for April 16-19 in Nashville has been canceled. More information here.

Middle TN Baby & Beyond Expo postponed: Officials said that since this event is geared towards families with young children and babies, parents-to-be, and grandparents, TriStar Medical Center and their Board of Directors have advised them to postpone this event. A new date has not been scheduled.

TWRA: Hunters Ed classes canceled and shooting ranges closed until further notice.

St. Clair Street Senior Center St. Patrick’s Day Dance canceled: The event in Murfreesboro was scheduled for March 14.

Murfreesboro Soccer Club events suspended: All soccer activities are suspended through March 22, 2020

The Tennessee Lawn Show canceled: The event was scheduled for March 13-15.

Preds and Threads Fashion Show canceled: The event was scheduled for March 17.

Preds Wine Festival and Tasting canceled: The event was scheduled for April 3.

March flea market canceled: The Fairgrounds Nashville announced the cancelation of the monthly flea market was scheduled for March 27-29.

Nashville Public Library suspension: The Nashville Public Library will suspend all programming beginning Monday, March 16 until Thursday, April 16.

YMCA of Middle TN Youth Sports Suspended: Events suspended until at least March 22nd.

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens: Cheekwood is closed through April 30, 2020. Refunds or ticket exchanges will be provided to those who have already purchased tickets.  The highly anticipated Chihuly at Cheekwood will go on, and is being postponed until July 18 and will continue through Holiday LIGHTS as a special feature.

Frist Art Museum: Suspending public programs and events and temporarily closing Martin ArtQuest effective Saturday, March 14, through Tuesday, March 31. The exhibition galleries and gift shop will remain open. The Café will serve a limited menu of drinks and packaged food only.

Southern Women’s Show Nashville: The 2020 Southern Women’s Show Nashville scheduled for March 26-29 has been canceled. 

Cirque du Soliel ‘OVO performances’:  All performances of Cirque du Soleil’s OVO from April 15-19, 2020 at Knoxville’s Thompson-Boling Arena have been canceled.

Dollywood Parks and Resorts: Delaying the opening of the theme park until further notice. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins will remain open. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa will suspend operations on March 24 until further notice.

Metro Parks: Metro’s Parks announced that because of health concerns regarding the coronavirus that all the department’s programming and classes will be suspended beginning Monday, March 16 – March 22.  The suspension is a recommended social distancing tactic to help prevent the person-to-person spread of the virus.

Grand Ole Opry: Performances that include a live audience and tours will be paused through April 4, 2020. MORE information here.

Ryman Auditorium: All nighttime events at Ryman Auditorium are postponed through April 4. All current ticketholders will be contacted in the coming days once details are worked out with the artists and the artist camps. Ryman Auditorium daytime tours will remain open. MORE information here.

Tennessee State Museum: Will close to the public beginning at 5 p.m. March 13 and will remain closed through April 3.

Nashville Zoo: Nashville Zoo is set to close to help further reduce the spread of COVID-19. The zoo will temporarily close to the public starting on March 18, 2020. No word on when the zoo will reopen at this time.

Nashville Municipal Auditorium: Youth Evangelistic Conference and The Millennium Tour 2020 are postponed until further notice. All changes to event schedules will be posted to

Tennessee Performing Arts Center: TPAC will close Andrew Jackson Hall, James K. Polk Theater, Andrew Johnson Theater, and the historic War Memorial Auditorium from March 14 through April 12 out of an abundance of caution. Patrons holding tickets for performances affected by this closure will be contacted by the TPAC Box Office on the status of that performance and their options. TPAC is working to reschedule as many of the affected performances and events as possible and asks for patrons’ patience as this process may take some time.

Guns vs. Hoses basketball game postponed: The event in Murfreesboro was scheduled for March 14.

Belcourt Theatre: Closed effectively Monday, March 16th through Thursday, April 9th.

Mercy Lounge-Cannery Ballroom and The High Watt: Shows will be canceled or postponed through March 30th.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will be closed through March 31. In addition, our annual Presidential Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 5 has been canceled. A representative will reach out to all ticket holders regarding a refund.

La Vergne Easter Egg Hunt: The annual Easter Egg Hunt has been postponed to April 11, 2020.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival rescheduled: The event will take place September 24-27, 2020. Officials said this is out of an abundance of caution and for the health and safety of all Bonnaroovians, artists, staff and the community. All current tickets and onsite accommodations (camping, tent rentals, RV, etc.) will be honored for the new weekend. Fans with off-site accommodations and shuttles purchased through the festival will be contacted directly with updates.

St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon: Postponed until further notice. The new 2020 event date, which is currently being finalized with local officials, will be communicated as soon as possible.

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss

Trending Stories