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Coronavirus: Rock the Garden and Twin Cities Pride canceled, postponed

Big blows for the summer schedule in Minneapolis.

Coming hot on the heels of Minneapolis announcing the closure of beaches and waterparks for the summer, two major festivals have also announced they will not be going ahead due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current has announced that its Rock the Garden festival scheduled for Saturday, June 20, has been canceled.

Meanwhile, Twin Cities Pride has announced that its June 27-28 festival has been postponed, though organizers are still trying to arrange "alternate events and options to ensure a safe environment for all who celebrate Pride" at a later date.

Both events attract tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Minneapolis and the Loring Park area, with Rock the Garden just a few weeks ago announcing the lineup for the 2020 festival that was dominated by female acts, with Tegan and Sara due to headline.

"The decision to cancel, rather than postpone, was made due to the many variables involved in rescheduling for a later date in the midst of COVID-19," a statement from the Walker and Minnesota Public Radio said.

"We understand that many in the community look forward to the concert each year as the unofficial start of summer. That makes this decision a painful one for both the Walker and MPR, organizations that eagerly anticipate celebrating music with passionate music and art fans each year," said Philip Bither, Senior Curator for Performing Arts at the Walker.

Local acts booked for Rock the Garden included Poliça, Dua Saleh and Gully Boys.

All Rock the Garden ticket holders will get full refunds and will be contacted by Etix directly.

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Twin Cities Pride says it made the decision to postpone its annual celebration because "the health and safety of all who celebrate Twin Cities Pride remains our first priority."

"These decisions have been incredibly difficult for us to make," a statement from the organizers said.

"We are heartbroken for our 400 amazing vendors and small business partners who help us make Pride successful each year, on top of the tens of thousands of visitors who come from across the world to celebrate with us."

With alternate arrangements not yet confirmed, Pride is asking for donations to help support the organization following the loss of its main event. You can donate here tcpri.de/donate.

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