PHOENIX — As Arizona continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent uptick in cases, the pandemic’s impact on events in 2021 is already underway. Some events have been canceled entirely, while others have been postponed, transitioned to virtual events, or haven’t made an official decision yet.
Most of the events in the Valley — from food festivals to music festivals to concerts — have been on hold since March, which is typically the state’s peak season for events and tourism.
The Fiesta Bowl, Waste Management Phoenix Open, and Barrett-Jackson, three of the biggest events the state hosts at the beginning of the year, have had to modify their events. Spring Training, another big event, has released its 2021 schedule but has not yet announced whether fans will be allowed into the stadiums.
Here is what we know about upcoming events:
2020 Guaranteed Rate Bowl: The football game with go on, but there will be no fans, aside from player’s families.
2021 Fiesta Bowl: The football game will go on, but there will be no fans, aside from player’s families. The Fiesta Bowl Parade has been postponed to April 10, 2021.
Barrett-Jackson: The Scottsdale-based collector car auction has postponed its Scottsdale event from January to March out of an “abundance of caution” because of the pandemic. It is scheduled for the week of March 22. Specific dates would be announced later. In October, Barrett-Jackson held an invite-only auction for bidders, sellers, and cosigners.
Waste Management Phoenix Open: The Waste Management Phoenix Open is currently scheduled for Feb. 1-7, 2020 at TPC Scottsdale. However, the PGA Tour has not yet announced whether fans, if any, will be allowed to watch the tournament. Last August, the tournament chairman said it was his intention to let some fans in. The tournament has also cut most of its hospitality suites and venues for the upcoming tournament. An official decision regarding the Birds Nest, the post-tournament concert venue, has also not been announced.
Innings Fest: The baseball-themed food and music festival has canceled its 2021 event, but plans to return in 2022.
M3F Fest: The non-profit music festival appears to have announced dates for its 2021 festival, March 5 and 6, but has not announced specific details yet. “Couldn’t be more stoked to see you in 2021—safely, of course. More details coming soon. Stay tuned!” an Instagram post said.
Arizona Renaissance Festival: After initially announcing plans to open the festival in 2021, the Arizona Renaissance Festival canceled its event “due to the increasing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.”
Great Canadian Picnic: The Great Canadian Picnic has canceled its event for 2021.
Chinese Culture & Cuisine Festival: The in-person festival has been canceled, but there will be virtual events planned for Phoenix Chinese Week, according to the event’s website.
Matsuri Festival of Japan: The in-person festival has been canceled, but virtual events are being planned. Currently, dates are listed for Feb. 27 & 28, 2021.
Devour Phoenix: The in-person food event has been canceled. Instead, Devour will host “Devour at Home,” a two-day takeout-only weekend where some of the Valley’s top chefs will create special to-go meals. The cost is $200. There will also be some virtual events.