Covid's Delta Variant Causes Event Cancellations

The Travel and Tourism Research Association's Marketing Outlook Forum has been postponed to February 2022.

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Photograph by NVS my world for Adobe Stock

Updated Sept. 17, 2021.

With cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant surging globally, conferences, festivals and events are once again being cancelled or held virtually. The New York International Automobile Show, which was originally scheduled to open on Aug. 19 at New York City's Javits Center, was one of the first major events to be cancelled. Since that announcement in early August, many other event organizers have followed suit.

Marketing Outlook Forum

The Travel and Tourism Research Association has postponed the Marketing Outlook Forum to Feb. 7-9, 2022. Originally scheduled for October, MOF still will be held in Washington, D.C./Bethesda, Md. The organizers hope that pushing back the event will maximize the in-person attendance. 

NAB Show

On Sept. 15, the National Association of Broadcasters cancelled its annual NAB Show, scheduled for Oct. 9-13 in Las Vegas. The Delta variant and the loss of several sponsors led to the organization's decision. This is the second year in a row the group has had to cancel its main gathering. Two co-located events, the Radio Show, and the Sales and Management Television Exchange, also were cancelled. Parts of the 2021 NAB Show will be available virtually. The 2022 NAB Show will be held in Las Vegas April 23-27.

International Wellness Tourism Conference

The Wellness Tourism Association's International Wellness Tourism Conference is now a virtual event. It was originally going to be held in Miami Sept. 29-30. The move to virtual was based on several factors, including the positivity spread rate in Florida and travel restrictions for international members.

Fantasy Fest

Key West has cancelled its annual Fantasy Fest parade and street fair held on Duval Street. However, the overall festival still will take place from Oct. 22-31 with signature events such as the Headdress Ball and the Pet Masquerade. Organizers of the event encourage attendees to follow Covid-19 protocols. The parade and street fair were cancelled because they draw tens of thousands of people.

NRA Annual Meeting

The National Rifle Association cancelled its annual meeting, which was going to be held in Houston over Labor Day weekend, due to rising cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Last year’s event in Nashville was also cancelled over Covid-19 concerns. The meeting is heavily promoted to the organization’s roughly 5 million members, usually making it the NRA’s largest event. 

LPGA Shanghai

On Aug. 25, the LPGA Tour cancelled the Buick LPGA Shanghai golf tournament citing travel restrictions. The tournament would have taken place at the Qizhong Garden Golf Club from Oct. 14-17. 


VidCon 2021 was cancelled on Aug. 20. The event for online video and digital creators, which is owned by ViacomCBS, was set to return to the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center from Oct. 21-24. VidCon 2022 will take place in June at the same venue. 

San Diego Travel and Adventure Show

Originally scheduled for Oct. 16-17 at the San Diego Convention Center, the San Diego Travel and Adventure show has been cancelled. The event was expected to bring in 10,000 attendees.

New Orleans Jazz Fest

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which is one of the city’s biggest annual events next to Mardi Gras, has been cancelled yet again. Headliners for the music festival included Stevie Nicks, the Foo Fighters and H.E.R. Earlier this year, it was postponed from its original spring dates to Oct. 8-17, but now won't take place at all. The 2022 festival dates are April 29-May 8.

Southern Women’s Show

The Southern Women’s Show, a consumer retail event with fashion, kitchen, beauty, travel and lifestyle products, has been cancelled. The show would have been held Oct. 7-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

The NAFEM Show

NAFEM, a trade association of more than 600 commercial food-service equipment and supplies manufacturers, cancelled the NAFEM Show. Set for Aug. 26-28, this is the fourth event at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando to be cancelled so far. Anticipated attendance for the event was 10,000 people. The next NAFEM Show will take place on Feb. 1-3, 2023.


BravoCon, which features live chats and meet-and-greets with stars from the Bravo network, has been cancelled. It was initially scheduled for Oct. 15-17 in New York City. The first and only BravoCon to take place brought in around 10,000 attendees in November 2019.

The Fancy Food Show 

The Specialty Foods Association cancelled The Fancy Food Show. Scheduled for Sept. 27-29 in New York City, it was the only event the SFA had planned for 2021. The digital component, Fancy Food 24/7, will still run as planned Sept. 27–Oct. 8. 

New York International Antiquarian Book Fair 

The 61st Annual New York International Antiquarian Book Fair has been cancelled due to Covid-19 and current travel restrictions. The event would have taken place on Sept. 9-12 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. It will instead be held in April 2022.

AANS Annual Scientific Meeting

The 2021 American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting has shifted from in-person to virtual-only. Still being held from Aug. 21-25, it was supposed to take place at the Orange County Convention Center. 

Progressive IMS Outdoors New York City

Progressive IMS Outdoors cancelled the New York City portion of its tour of motorcycle shows; it was scheduled to take place Sept. 3-5 at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The event was cancelled because to New York City is enforcing proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test for public events with more than 5,000 attendees. Other Progressive events in destinations with less restrictive health-and-safety mandates will continue as planned. 

Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 

Another show to be cancelled because of the Delta variant is the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. It was going to take place Oct. 1-3 in Austin, Texas, in conjunction with the MotoGP Circuit of the Americas, which still will take place. The Handbuilt Moto Show will now be held in April 2022.

240th Electrochemical Society Meeting

The Electrochemical Society Meeting brings together researchers to discuss electrochemistry and solid-state science and technology. Planned as a hybrid event for Oct. 10-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, it will now be fully virtual. The 241st ECS Meeting is scheduled for May 29–June 2 in Vancouver.