COVID continues to change Oklahoma's 2021 event calendar
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into 2021, more Oklahoma's festivals, concerts and events are being postponed, shuffled or canceled in response.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announced Wednesday that it is postponing its 60th anniversary Western Heritage Awards to Sept. 17-18.
Previously scheduled for April 9-10, the typically star-studded spring soiree was delayed last year from April to October and then pushed to 2021 in response to the pandemic.
This year's Western Heritage Awards will be expanded to honor individuals from both 2020 and 2021, according to a news release. Prior to the pandemic, the museum announced that Academy Award winner Robert Duvall and Golden Globe-nominated actor Kurt Russell will be among the 2020 honorees.
“This was a difficult decision to make, but the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers and staff is our top concern,” said Natalie Shirley, the museum's president and CEO, in a statement. “As one of the most prestigious and popular events of the Museum’s annual calendar, we want to ensure that all Western Heritage Awards honorees and inductees are recognized in a manner that is safe and befitting of the accolades each has earned.”
For ticket information and more information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/western-heritage-awards.
Here is a running list of Oklahoma events whose organizers have updated their 2021 status in light of the continuing pandemic:
- Downtown OKC's Festival of the Arts: DELAYED - Canceled in 2020 due to COVID, the six-day event billed as OKC's "rite of spring" will be shifting to summer to give more time for coronavirus vaccines to be distributed and for organizers to redesign the sprawling festival according to CDC guidelines.
While the festival traditionally takes place the last full week of April, the 2021 edition currently is planned for June 22-27. Changes to this year's event also include the expansion of the festival grounds to the east lawn of City Hall and onto Patience Latting Drive to allow more room for social distancing.
- Paseo Arts Festival: POSTPONED - The Paseo Arts Association has announced that its is delaying the 2021 Paseo Arts Festival, a longstanding Memorial Day weekend tradition, to Labor Day weekend, which is Sept. 4-6.
The Paseo Arts Association last year initially postponed the venerable event to Labor Day weekend before ultimately canceling the 2020 festival.
- Hanson's Hop Jam in Tulsa: CANCELED - For the second straight year, the Grammy-nominated Tulsa-based band Hanson has canceled its hometown Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival, a May event billed as Oklahoma's largest beer and music festival. The expected return date for The Hop Jam is May 22, 2022.
- Edmond's Heard on Hurd: PLANNED FOR SUMMER - Jill Castilla, president of Citizens Bank of Edmond, recently announced on Twitter that plans are in the works to bring back the monthly food truck and live music showcase in June.
- Automobile Alley's Chocolate Decadence: CANCELED - A tribute to all things chocolate with the creamy filling of helping out one of downtown Oklahoma City's hip historic districts - this year's event has been canceled. As the primary fundraiser for Automobile Alley, the funds from Chocolate Decadence are used to produce the dazzling annual holiday lights for Lights On Broadway, provide matching grants for the Neon Sign program and support special projects to keep Automobile Alley safe, clean and thriving.
- The Weeknd's "After Hours World Tour:" Oklahoma stop:POSTPONED - The Weeknd's Tulsa show at the BOK Center that was scheduled for Aug. 21 has been postponed to Feb. 20, 2022. Tickets will be honored for the new date, but if fans can’t make it to the 2022 show, they'll be able to request a refund, according to an announcement from the venue.
The Weeknd was originally slated to launch his new headlining world tour, "The After Hours Tour," starting June 11, 2020, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The trek was originally scheduled to make its Tulsa stop on Aug. 22, 2020, but the date was delayed a year to summer 2021.
Now, Oklahoma fans should marked their calendars for 2022, as the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer's 104-date global tour will kick off on Jan. 14, 2022, in Vancouver at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena.
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Features Writer Brandy "BAM" McDonnell covers Oklahoma's arts, entertainment and cultural sectors for The Oklahoman and Oklahoman.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/brandybammcdonnell and twitter.com/BAMOK. Please support work by her and her colleagues by subscribing at oklahoman.com/subscribe.