(FOX 9) - The COVID-19 pandemic closed public spaces and postponed or canceled many large gatherings and events in the Twin Cities this spring, but it is now starting to affect summer activities as well.
Here is what is been closed, postponed or canceled altogether in the Twin Cities this summer:
Stone Arch Bridge Festival
The Stone Arch Bridge Festival has been postponed to Sept. 26-27. It was originally scheduled to take place over Father’s Day weekend in June.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival
The 2020 Twin Cities Jazz Festival planned for June is postponed. Organizers have not provided an alternative date for the festival. In the meantime, organizers say they are planning to live stream jazz performances from the Twin Cities, around Minnesota and the world.
Twin Cities Pride
Twin Cities Pride, including the festival and parade, has been postponed. The celebration was scheduled to take place the weekend of June 27-28. A new date has not been announced.
The largest youth soccer tournament in the world held annually in Blaine has been canceled for 2020.
Officials with the National Sports Center have announced all planned tournaments and leagues produced by the facility in Blaine have been canceled through July of 2020. That includes the USA Cup, which brings thousands of teams, players and families from all over the world to the Twin Cities every summer.
The Northeast Minneapolis Art Association (NEMAA) has canceled Art-A-Whirl 2020, the multi-day arts and music festival that takes place throughout Northeast Minneapolis. Art-A-Whirl was scheduled to take place Friday, May 15-Sunday, May 17, but NEMAA says it will create an online experience instead to give its artists a chance to connect with the public virtually.
“NEMAA is excited to announce that it will be launching “Art-A-Whirl Online” in the coming weeks, which will be an online promotion of the arts community in Northeast Minneapolis coupled with resources and training for members to develop, or further develop, their online presence,” the organization said in a statement.
The 2020 Grandma’s Marathon Race Weekend, including Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the William A. Irvin 5K, is canceled and no refunds will be given. The races were scheduled to take place on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20. Organizers say it is the first time in the race’s 44-year history that it has been canceled.
The Guthrie Theatre canceled the remainder of its 2019-2020 season, which includes all shows scheduled through Aug. 29.
Rock the Garden
Rock the Garden, the daylong music festival hosted by the Walker Art Center and The Current, has been canceled. The music festival was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 20.
Minneapolis public pools and beaches closed for summer
Public beaches and pools in Minneapolis will not open this summer due to COVID-19 concerns, according to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The closures impact all outdoor aquatic facilities such as beaches, wading pools, waterparks and the Webber Natural Swimming Pool.
All MPRB events are canceled or postponed through Aug. 31 and all summer programs and team sports that cannot have social distancing are also canceled.