What Australian Events And Festivals Have Been Cancelled Due To COVID-19?

Events, Festivals, Guide, Play / 18 March 2020

With the rapid spread of COVID-19 globally, Australia’s hospitality and events industries have been hit hard by the evolving pandemic. Here’s your guide to the events and festivals that have been impacted.

We’re not going to sugar coat it: it’s been a brutal few weeks for Australia’s hospitality and events industries. Off the back of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) as a global pandemic, the Australian government has introduced new measures in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.

With the government recommending social distancing measures and urged Australian’s to reconsider all non-essential international travel, the fate of public gatherings such as music, art, and food festivals and sports events are in jeopardy. But, it’s important to note that smaller events (under 500 people) are able to still go-ahead at this stage.

Wondering what events and festivals have been canceled or postponed? Here’s our live list of all the impacted Australian events below.





  • The Formula 1 Melbourne Grand Prix (canceled)
  • The AFL season (to be run as only 17 rounds)
  • The AFLW season (to be played without spectators)

We appreciate this is an evolving situation and are keeping track of the latest news regarding further event changes and cancelations. We will be updating this guide over the coming days and weeks to keep you in the loop of new developments as they are announced. This guide is current as of Wednesday, March 18th 2020.

Do you have an event coming up that is still going ahead? Get in touch with us at newsletter@eatdrinkplay.com so we can help support you and your business during this challenging time.