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Coronavirus continues to cancel, postpone major Maryland events in the second half of 2020

Although the state began reporting some encouraging results regarding the testing and spread of the coronavirus, that didn’t stop major organizers ranging from Big Ten football to the annual Tawes Crab and Clam Bake from exercising caution by canceling or postponing their events for safety.

Here are some of the major events that have been canceled or postponed as we enter the fall and winter seasons.

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47th Annual Maryland Irish Festival: Originally set to take place at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium this November.

“The Board of Directors had been working tirelessly to continue with this year’s festival but there are too many mitigating circumstances and challenges related to COVID-19 to make the festival viable, safe, and financially prudent,” reads a statement from the festivals organizers. “We look forward to hosting the festival on November 12-14, 2021.Thank you and be safe and healthy.”

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Baltimore Book Festival and Light City: The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announced Tuesday, Aug. 18 that the Baltimore Book Festival will be postponed until 2021. Light City, a partner event that brings light art, installations and other arts and culture programming to neighborhoods across the city, will likewise be postponed until 2022.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Live performances at its two music halls will be canceled through at least November 29 — a decision that local music lovers had long feared was coming.

However, the symphony hopes to begin live streaming a new digital concert series this fall.

Big Ten: The fall sports season has been postponed because of health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hippodrome Theatre: The theater has canceled its fall season of touring performances because of the pandemic.

Fells Point Fun Festival: The Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fell’s Point announced the first closing of the event in its 53 years of operation.

Maryland State Fair: The fair was originally schedule to run Aug. 27 to Sept. 7, but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. There will be junior and open livestock shows, but the public will not be admitted. The fair was canceled once before in its 142-year history during World War II when the U.S. Army used the property.

Ocean City’s Sunfest: The town’s annual fall festival and craft show, which was originally scheduled to run Oct. 1 to 4, has been cancelled this year. The city is still deciding on a date for next year’s festival. In the meantime, the city is considering holding an alternative event they’ve dubbed SunLITE, which may include virtual events and promotions at local businesses.

Tawes Crab and Clam Bake: The festival, which is also one of the state’s top political events, has been canceled after discussions with the state health department over COVID-19 concerns.

Was your event canceled, postponed or rescheduled but is so far not included on our list? Let us know by sending an email to newstips@baltimoresun.com.

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