With coronavirus detected in the Houston area, some businesses, schools, and events have begun closing to try to minimize the overall spread of the new illness. With that in mind, here is a list of some of the events and other closures that are happening in the Houston area. We will do our best to keep this updated as more closures are announced.
In addition to all of the events listed below, the Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, has postponed or canceled every city-sponsored event through the rest of March. We will keep you updated should this date be extended beyond that.
Arts & Entertainment
Alley Theatre – All shows, events, camps, etc. will be canceled for the rest of March. The current play “1984,” which just opened, will resume after March 31. Ticketholders will have the option to donate or swap their tickets if they prefer. You can also have your tickets refunded if you choose.
Ally Brooke’s ‘Time to Shine Tour’ – postponed until further notice
Bayou City Arts Festival – postponed until further notice
Frontier Fiesta – canceled
Hobby Center — this weekend’s Paw Patrol shows are postponed
Houston Ballet – shows, classes, and events from March 12-22 are postponed
Houston Symphony – remaining March concerts will be canceled
Japan Festival – postponed until further notice
McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival – postponed until further notice
Miller Outdoor Theatre – all events canceled for the rest of March
Tomball German Heritage Festival – canceled and will not be rescheduled for 2020
Waterway Arts Festival – postponed until further notice
Conferences & Talks
CERAWeek 2020 – canceled
Robert Reich Talk – the April 6 event has been canceled and ticketholders will receive a refund.
Worldwide ERC Conference – instead of an in-person event they are switching to a virtual summit. The in-person event is postponed until further notice.
Food & Drinks
Southern Smoke Spring Event – Canceled
Clear Creek Trail Green Tee Terrace ribbon cutting – postponed until further notice
Discovery Green – all events canceled through April 1
Houston’s Recreation Center & Natatorium – closed from March 13-24
Knapp Activity Center – closed until further notice
Levy Park – all programs and events canceled through March. This includes the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Spring Break at Levy Park, and recurring programs including Yoga, Zumba, Family Storytime, and all other programs.
Market Square Park – all events canceled through the rest of March
Pearland’s Paws in the Park – postponed until further notice
Note: Customers that have been receiving meal service from the Knapp Center will be able to call in at 281-652-1890 to ensure that their meal service will continue.
The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – canceled the remaining 2020 season
McDonald’s All-American Games – canceled for 2020
Mizuno Cross Court Classic – canceled. Tickets will be refunded in the coming days
MLB – the remainder of Spring Training has been canceled and the season is being delayed by at least two weeks
MLS – the season has been suspended for at least 30 day a
NBA – the season has been indefinitely suspended
Overwatch League – events canceled through April 2020
Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run – canceled
Tour de Houston – postponed until further notice
US Men’s Clay Court Championships at River Oaks – the event is canceled for 2020. Ticketholders will be contacted.
XFL – the remainder of the season has been canceled
Many K-12 schools and colleges are also closing down. Some colleges are moving to online formats while others are canceling classes. Here is the current information we have on school closures.
Houston ISD will be out at least through March 30. Many other schools have also announced closures, including:
- Aldine ISD
- Clear Creek ISD
- Crosby ISD
- Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
- Fort Bend ISD
- Friendswood ISD
- Galveston ISD
- Katy ISD
- Spring ISD
- Stafford MSD
- Texas City ISD
- Tomball ISD
Many other area schools are also closing or going on an early Spring Break. For up to date information you should check your area school district to find out when classes will resume.
Colleges and Universities
We’ve included some universities outside of the Houston area as many of you may have loved ones that attend these Texas colleges.
Baylor University – spring break is extended. Classes will move online between March 23-April 3.
Houston Baptist University – no classes from March 16-21. Starting on the 23rd, classes will resume in an online format. No on-campus or in-person meetings or activities will happen while the school is in online mode.
Houston Community College – classes will resume on March 25
Prairie View A&M – classes are suspended until March 23, but staff are still required to work during the off time.
The Regis School – campus will be closed until March 30, but classes will be available remotely from March 23-27.
Rice University – moving to online/remote class formats for the rest of the semester
South Texas College of Law Houston – classes will be online only until at least March 23. The campus is still open at this time.
Southwestern University – classes will resume on March 25, but students are currently urged not to come to campus if they can avoid it.
Texas A&M – classes are suspended until March 18
Texas A&M San Antonio – spring break is extended through March 15. Online classes will start on March 23.
Texas Christian University – spring break is extended to March 20. Online classes will begin between March 23 and April 3.
TSU – spring break is March 16-22. Online classes will begin March 23 and last until further notice.
University of Houston – classes canceled until March 23 when they resume online. Dorms are open, but students that can stay home are urged to do so.
University of Houston-Downtown – classes are canceled until they return online between March 23-April 4. Any events from now until April 4 will be canceled, postponed, or moved online
University of St. Thomas – classes are closed until March 23 when they move online
University of Texas – spring break will be extended through March 30. Some classes will then shift to online formats.
University of Texas @ San Antonio – spring break will be extended through March 20. Online classes will begin on March 23.
Many other churches, community meetings, and more are being postponed and canceled. Even if you don’t see something on this list, you might want to check event websites prior to going out.
Do you know of any other closures, cancellations, or postponements due to coronavirus in Houston? Let us know by leaving a comment below.