This post was last updated at 10:53 p.m. on March 16.

Organizers across the city are canceling events in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The situation is constantly evolving, as scientists, the D.C. government, and federal authorities issue new guidance and the disease spreads. This is a list of all the things City Paper knows are canceled. We’re updating it as we learn more. If you know of an event that’s been canceled, let us know at To stay up to date on the latest coronavirus news, sign up for our newsletter

Earlier this week, Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a public health emergency in D.C. and recommended against gatherings of 1,000 people or more. By Friday, March 13, the mayor implemented a ban on public gatherings of 250 people. For at-risk populations, including people over 60, people with chronic medical conditions, and people who are immunocompromised, the ban applies to groups of 10 people or more.


  • American University, Howard University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the University of Maryland will move to online-only instruction. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum are open to the public, despite the school moving classes online.
  • D.C. Public Schools will close beginning March 16 through April 1. “Distance learning” will begin March 24. 
  • The District’s 120 charter school campuses, which teach nearly half of the city’s students who attend public school, do not have to follow DCPS’ directive, but many are expected to. The DC Public Charter School Board has a list of which schools are already closed on its website
  • All K-12 schools in Virginia will be closed from March 16 through March 27 at a minimum.
  • All Maryland public schools will be closed from March 16 through March 27.


  • The D.C. Environmental Film Festival was canceled. The festival will host a virtual showcase of select films and a smaller festival in the fall.
  • I.M.P. has canceled all its events at The Anthem, 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall, and The Lincoln Theatre from March 12 through April 1. 
  • The Chamber Dance Project has canceled its March 29 Anchors Aweigh 2020 Gala, its major fundraiser for its annual June season, and will move the auction that was set to take place at the gala online.
  • Vital Voices’ 19th Annual Global Leadership Awards, scheduled to take place at the Kennedy Center on Wednesday, March 10, got pushed to June 10.
  • The National Gallery of Art is closing between March 14 and, tentatively, April 4, and all public programs are canceled. It will postpone its May exhibition, A Superb Baroque: Art in Genoa, 1600–1750, made up of Italian works.
  • The Smithsonian Institution is postponing all public events through May 3, and all of its museums, as well as the National Zoo, will be closed indefinitely.
  • The Phillips Collection will be closed through April 3.
  • The Korean Cultural Center has canceled previously announced March and April programming, including two exhibitions, True and False and Landscape of the Mind
  • The American University Museum will be closed from March 16 to June 12, and all spring exhibitions and events are canceled.
  • The NoVA Teen Book Festival has been canceled.
  • The Virginia Festival of the Book have been canceled.
  • The National Archives has suspended all public programs and events through May 3. The museum and research room remain open.
  • All of the Library of Congress’ facilities will be closed to the public between March 12 and April 1, and all of the Library’s public programs are postponed through the end of March.
  • Washington Performing Arts is postponing and canceling its events through March 21 at venues like THEARC, Lisner Auditorium, and Sixth & I. Its March 14 gala, “A Celebration of Women,” will proceed without an audience and be livestreamed.
  • Live Nation, the nationwide event promoter and venue operator, is canceling all its current tours through March.
  • The Kennedy Center has canceled all performances and the building will be closed effective Friday, March 13 through March 31.
  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts will close from March 14 through March 31. 
  • Solid State Books, an independent book store on H Street NE, has canceled all events through March 31, but will remain open through March 15.
  • Events at Capital One Arena have been canceled until further notice.
  • Ford’s Theatre has canceled performances for Guys and Dolls and its walking tours between March 16 and April 4, and its Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium scheduled for March 21 is canceled. The Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site and its exhibits remain open.
  • The Washington Ballet has rescheduled its production of Swan Lake for June 13–21.
  • The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital is closing and all events scheduled for March 15–31 are postponed.
  • The Heurich House Museum, including the garden, is closed until the end of March.
  • Washington Stage Guild has postponed its production of Sam and Dede, or My Dinner with Andre the Giant until the 2020-2021 season.
  • D.C. Public Libraries will close on March 16 and will reopen on April 1.
  • Beginning March 14, all of The Writers’ Center’s workshops will be held by videoconference and events, meetings, and rentals will be canceled. The building will be closed to the public.
  • Theater Alliance is canceling all remaining performances of This Bitter Earth. 
  • Suns Cinema is canceling all upcoming events and screenings, effective immediately.
  • Mosaic Theater has postponed the remaining performances of Inherit the Windbag until April.
  • Signature Theatre has canceled all performances and events through March 30.
  • VisArts in Rockville has canceled all gallery programming, classes, and events from March 16 through March 30.
  • The National Law Enforcement Museum will close to the public starting March 14.
  • The Perfect Liars Club comedy show scheduled to take place April 1 at the Bier Baron Tavern has been canceled.
  • Rhizome DC has postponed all events until further notice.
  • The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is closing to the public on March 14, and it’s highly anticipated exhibition One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection is postponed.
  • Studio Theatre has suspended all remaining performances of Pass Over after its performances on March 15. The Studio Theatre building will be closed from March 16 to 31. 
  • Movie theaters in Maryland will be closed effective March 16 at 5 p.m. 


  • The D.C. government pulled permits for two road racing events in March: the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon and Half Marathon and 5K, originally scheduled for March 28, and the Scope It Out 5K on March 29. 
  • The Annapolis Striders canceled the March 15 B&A Marathon and Half Marathon in Severna Park.
  • The Pacers Running Four Courts Four Miler in Arlington on Saturday, March 14, and the St. Pats 5K or 10K in D.C. on Sunday, March 15 have been canceled.
  • The NBA announced that it would suspend play indefinitely.
  • Major League Soccer has suspended its season until further notice.
  • The Big Ten men’s basketball tournament in Indianapolis has been canceled. Maryland was scheduled to play on March 13. 
  • The NHL is “pausing” its season beginning March 12.
  • The NCAA canceled its remaining winter and spring championships, including the March Madness men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
  • The Big Ten announced it would be canceling all conference and non-conference competition through the end of the academic year. Spring sports will not compete beyond the academic year or participate in NCAA tournaments and competitions.
  • The XFL will not “currently” be playing its regular season games. The DC Defenders were scheduled to play March 15 at Audi Field. On March 20, the XFL officially canceled the rest of its season.
  • The Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk on April 5 have been canceled.
  • The Washington Spirit preseason matches, originally scheduled for March 28, April 4, and April 11, at the Maryland SoccerPlex, have been canceled. 
  • Earth Treks climbing gyms will be closed for the remainder of March.
  • Gyms in Maryland will be closed effective March 16 at 5 p.m.
  • MLB is pushing the start of its season back by at least eight weeks.
  • The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed to a date no later than summer of 2021.


  • HopFestDC, scheduled for March 14, is postponed.
  • Three pub crawls planned for March 14 have been canceled: The Shamrock Crawl 2020, St. Patrick’s Day Crawl, and Chase the Green Crawl. 
  • Taste of Iceland, scheduled to take place from March 19 to 22, has been canceled.
  • Poverty nonprofit So Others Might Eat had to cancel both dates of their Empty Bowl soup supper fundraiser.
  • Primrose’s Elevate dinner scheduled for March 31 has been canceled. 
  • Capital Wine School has canceled all classes and museums through the end of March. 
  • Ballston’s Quarterfest scheduled for May 16 has been canceled. 
  • All D.C. and Maryland restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are closed to on-premise consumption per a mandate from Mayor Muriel Bowser. They are permitted to continue offering take-out and delivery.
  • These are a selection of D.C.-area restaurants that have pivoted to take out and delivery: All-Purpose Shaw, All-Purpose Navy Yard, The Red Hen, Boundary Stone, Takoma location of Soupergirl, The Dabney (coming soon), Call Your Mother, Izakaya Seki, Mandu, 2 Amy’s, Anju (starting March 16), CHIKO (starting March 16), Ivy & Coney, Emilie’s (starting March 17), Shouk, Etto, Nina May, Taylor Gourmet, Grazie Grazie, all Neighborhood Restaurant Group Restaurants (starting March 16), Coconut Club, sweetgreen, Amsterdam Falafelshop, ABC Pony, Bar Bullfrog (starting March 17), Tyber Creek, Colada Shop, Thamee,  El Chucho (starting March 18), Little Coco’s (starting March 17), Quarry House Tavern (starting March 17), Bar Charley (starting March 19), Little Serow


  •  The National Cherry Blossom Festival is canceled, that includes all events and the parade scheduled for April 4. The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival that typically attracts 1.5 million has been postponed, as well as the The Anacostia River Festival. 
  • The U.S. Capitol and House and Senate Buildings are closed to the public through April 1.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court Building is closing to the public at 4:30 p.m. March 12 until further notice.