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caption: Veteran Mark Fox holds sheet music during a final rehearsal presentation on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at Seattle Opera on Mercer Street in Seattle.
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Veteran Mark Fox holds sheet music during a final rehearsal presentation on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at Seattle Opera on Mercer Street in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Coronavirus forces Seattle area cultural groups to cancel or postpone events

State and local public health officials have stopped short of banning public gatherings for large groups. However, some regional arts organizations have decided to postpone or cancel events scheduled during the month of March.

We will continue to update this list.

UPDATES March 10

Seattle Cello Society Bach Suite Marathon scheduled for March 21 has been postponed indefinitely.

Seattle Arts and Lectures postpones talks scheduled for March

Northwest Film Forum has cancelled or postponed events scheduled this week.


Henry Art Gallery on the University of Washington Seattle campus suspends operations through March 30.

University Bookstore readings and speakers cancelled or postponed through the end of March,

Seattle Art Museum has cancelled all March programs at all three museum locations. The museum exhibitions remain open.

Seattle Men's Chorus has postponed its March 20/21 concert "Love Beyond Borders."

Frye Art Museum has cancelled all public programs; the museum is still open to the public.

Seattle Moisture Festival, scheduled to begin March 12 has been cancelled.

University of Washington arts programs and performances have been postponed or cancelled.

Many of Seattle’s large arts organizations remain open with regular hours and scheduled performances as of March 7, 10 a.m. The situation is fluid, and all groups are closely monitoring guidelines and best practices recommendations from the City of Seattle, the Seattle-King County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control. Some have loosened their ticket exchange or return policies.

5th Avenue Theatre

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Seattle Childrens’ Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Seattle Opera

Seattle Theatre Group/Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatres

Town Hall Seattle

If you have information on event cancellations of postponements, please email

Emerald City Comic Con has been postponed until summer 2020

Choral concerts scheduled for the weekend of March 7 and March 14, including performances by Northwest Girlchoir, Seattle Pro Musica and Opus 7. For a complete roundup of cancelled or postponed choral performances check Seattle Sings.

Seattle Public Library: all March programs, readings and workshops CANCELLED, including tax and homework help. The Bookmobile will not travel. All branches and the Central Library will remain open to the public with increased sanitation stations and cleaning.

Langston Producers Symposium, scheduled for March 7, POSTPONED

Seattle Improvised Music Festival, scheduled for March 11-15, CANCELLED

Ballard High School has POSTPONED the March 19 scheduled opening of the performance “Xanadu” until May 7.