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Festival goers check out the merchandise and wide assortment of books available for purchase at the 2019 Louisiana Book Festival, November 2, 2019, in downtown Baton Rouge, La.

As the fourth wave of COVID-19 hits Louisiana, several local events are being called off due to safety concerns and at the urging of city government officials.

COVID cases and subsequent hospitalizations have surged in Louisiana over the past month, with East Baton Rouge ranking second for highest positive cases in the state, right behind Jefferson Parish.

Much like Mardi Gras last year, large gatherings could quickly become super spreader events that would exacerbate the already unprecedented COVID numbers. 

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  • Best Dressed Ball
    • Aug. 14
    • The ball, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, has been rescheduled to Oct. 29.
  • Football scrimmage
    • Aug. 19, 6 p.m.
    • Ascension Catholic vs Catholic of Pointe Coupee, in New Roads.
  • Hot August Night

    • Aug. 27
    • The Hammond Downtown Development District and its Board of Directors said the decision to postpone was passed unanimously in a special session after input from downtown merchants.
  • Jambalaya Festival

    • Aug. 27-29
    • The Gonzales tradition was cancelled for a second year due to increasing COVID cases and concerns for the event's "members, cooks and festival goers."
  • LSU Textile and Costume Museum reception opening newly renovated gallery and premier exhibition

    • Aug. 29
    • The reception is canceled, but the exhibit, “Trajé, Maya Textile Artistry,” will open to the public on Aug. 30 in the Human Ecology Building on the LSU campus. For more information, call (225) 578-2448 or visit facebook.com/friendsoflsutextilemuseum.
  • Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge's grand opening of the Cary Saurage Community Arts Center
    • Sept. 30
    • The opening event, MPAC (Music, Performance, Art, Community), has been rescheduled to Jan. 20, 2022.
    • All tickets purchased for the original MPAC date will be honored for the new date; those who cannot attend are invited to donate their ticket back for a tax credit, said Mysti Byrnes, director of public relations. Tickets remain on sale at mpac-tickets2021.eventbrite.com or artsbr.org/mpac.
  • Louisiana Book Festival

    • Oct. 30
    • Louisiana State Library announced that instead of hosting a hybrid event in October, the festival will only be held virtually to protect residents.

Consortium 10/31 has canceled its multi-day event in late October, which usually includes a parade, costume ball, 5K, arts market, pub crawl and awards brunch. The nonprofit will again hold a drive-thru parade, known as the Fifolet Flip Flop, on Oct. 30.

  • Angola Prison Rodeo and Arts and Crafts fair
      • Sundays in October
      • Canceled. Louisiana State Penitentiary staff will contact individuals who have already purchased tickets and issue refunds.

Audubon Under the Oaks Gala at Oakley at the Audubon State Historic Site

  • Sept. 18 event was to celebrate the bicentennial of John J. Audubon's time in the Felicianas.
  • Has been postponed until April. People with tickets may hold on to them or contact the venue where the tickers were purchased for a refund.

NEW ORLEANS EVENTS: Here's a list of the biggest local event cancellations due to COVID-19


This list will be updated as more information becomes available. Do you know of a canceled event? Let us know by emailing us at Online@TheAdvocate.com.

Email Madelyn Cutrone at mcutrone@theadvocate.com or follow her on Twitter @madelyncutrone.