The 2021 Southwest Arts Festival has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to return in January 2022.
Efforts were made to try and hold the show next month as planned, under state and county guidelines for safety during the pandemic, said Joshua Bonner, president and CEO of the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce.
But with the number of cases and hospitalizations continuing to rise, officials decided it was best to cancel, Bonner said.
The announcement was made Wednesday, just one day after officials said the BNP Paribas Open, scheduled for two weeks in March, was being postponed.
The chamber organizes and hosts the event, which would have marked its 35th anniversary with the Jan. 28-31 event.
“We continued to explore options right up to the point a final decision was required, but after considering where we currently stand as a county with (COVID-19) positivity and hospitalization rates, as well as the current data trends and restrictions put in place by the state, we did not feel there was a viable path to hold the show,” Bonner said in announcing the show’s cancellation.
“That decision was reached with input from our partners, as well as safety and health professionals from the city (of Indio) and county,” he said.
The Southwest Arts Festival is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
“Though it is possible the show could be rescheduled for later in 2021, there are no current plans to do so,” Bonner said.