More Houston Area Postponements and Cancellations Including Asia Society [UPDATED]

The annual Tomball German Festival is canceled.
The annual Tomball German Festival is canceled. Photo by Mike Baxter
The toll the perceived dangers of CORVID-19 are taking on Houston area events and organizations continued Friday with more places deciding that cancelling their plans might be the best course of action.

5:16 p.m. 3-13-20: The Houston Zoo is closing today at 7 p.m. through April 3. Updates are available at

4:15 p.m. 3-13-20:
Houston Grand Opera has announced it is cancelling its upcoming performances of Salome and The Magic Flute. In its announcement Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers was quoted as saying: “In this tragic and uncertain time, we are heartbroken not to perform the two operas of our Spring Repertoire, Salome and The Magic Flute. All our thoughts are on the health of our patrons and the entire company of superb artisans who would have brought these works to life in Houston.”

1:50 p.m. 3-13-20: Tacos Over Texas scheduled for Sunday, April 5 has been cancelled. A statement from Chairman Tom Laurenzo said in part: "It is with great sadness that we inform you that Tacos Over Texas 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and the inability to secure permits from the City of Houston. We have had so many people working so hard to make this the best year ever for Tacos Over Texas, but COVID-19 had other plans."

3:25 p.m. 3-13-20:
The Grand 1984 Opera House has canceled all performances starting today through the end of March.

3:44 p.m. 3-13-20: A.D. Players has postponed its After Dinner Affair originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21 until August 15. It has also moved its Signed, Sealed, Delivered: John-Mark McGaha sings Stevie Wonder, currently scheduled for March 27-29 to July 13-14. For further information contact (After Dinner Affair) or (Signed, Sealed, Delivered).

In addition, The Ensemble Theatre has canceled all its activities through March 31. And the production of Lady of Agreda at Queensbury Theatrre will continue its performances through this weekend but the rest of the run will be postponed until some time in August or September. Please call 713-467-4497 or contact for further information.

The Houston Parks Board Houston Parks Board has postponed the inaugural Sights & Sounds Festival scheduled for April 4. The free, family-friendly festival will be rescheduled for a later date.

Asia Society announced today that it is cancelling its Spring Break programming for March 16-21. This includes daytime Spring Break activities, outdoor movie nights, a Bento workshop and a planned Conversation with author Gloria Chao. Visit the organization's website for updates and further information.

However, Asia Society Texas Center remains open during regular business hours for viewing the center's exhibitions.

The Houston Latino Film Festival scheduled for March 19-22 has been postponed. Announcement of the new dates for the festival will be made at and

The Heights Theater is rescheduling all its shows.

This Sunday's Galveston Symphony Orchestra concert at The Grand 1894 Opera House with pianist Andrew Staupe is canceled, but may be rescheduled.

Fresenius Kidney Care’s open house that was scheduled for March 26 is postponed.

Karbach is postponing Saturday’s Light Circus Spring Break Concert to an unscheduled future date. Contact Karbach at or at 713-608-8886 for more information.

The Honky Tonk Chili Challenge  scheduled for March 21 and the annual Tomball German Festival scheduled for March 27-29 have been cancelled.

14 Pews has decided to postpone all screenings for the next two months while they concentrate on restoring the space they occupy at 800 Aurora.

Kenny Chesney has postponed several slots on his tour including his expected appearance in Houston on May 22.

McClain Galley has announced to close temporarily beginning Saturday, March 14, although it will be open by appointment.

Anya Tish Gallery will also close temporarily starting Saturday, available by appointment only.

The Holocaust Museum Houston is remaining open for Spring Break but has cancelled all public programs and tours through March 31.

Nameless Sound have postponed its Resounding Vision Awards from March 26 to July 23.

The Mamie George Community Center in Richmond will close temporarily beginning Tuesday, March 17 with p plans to re-open on April 1. The center functions as the hub for Catholic Charities services in Fort Bend County including programming for seniors, families and individuals of all ages.In addition, Trini’s Market food pantry will also be closed beginning March 17, and the community food fair originally scheduled for March 28 is cancelled.

Da Camera. has canceled all performances and events through March 31. For more information go to

Mercury will be cancelling the following performances:
Downtown Series:
Saturday, March 28 at the Wortham Center

Neighborhood Series
Thursday, April 2 at MATCH
Saturday, April 4 at MDPC and MFAH
Sunday, April 5 at Dosey Doe

Our Downtown Series concert MOZART’S PIANO CONCERTOS on Saturday, May 9, at the Wortham Center, will go forward as planned at this time
. FotoFest has decided that Session 2 of the FotoFest portfolio review for artists and all other public events are postponed, effective immediately. However, its  exhibitions, African Cosmologies: Photography, Time and the Other, on view at Silver Street Studios and Winter Street Studios, and Ten by Ten at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, remain open to the public.

Gladys Fuentes and Susie Tommaney contributed to this article.

We will be updating with any additional information as soon as we get it.
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