Hurricane Florence is expected to hit parts of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard from Sept. 13-14 and could go beyond those dates. Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are the states that are expected to incur the most damage, with Tennessee, Georgia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania also affected by the storm, according to CNN. The American Red Cross has tips on hurricane safety and evacuations here.
Here is a list of some of the biggest arts and entertainment events that have been canceled due to the storm. Some of the events have been rescheduled. This list will be updated with any major breaking news.
The inaugural music event curated and headlined by J. Cole had been set to take place Sept. 15-16 at Dorothea Dix Park in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Dreamville organizers hope to reschedule the event for sometime this year. SZA, Young Thug, Nelly, Big Sean and Rapsody would have been among the performers at the festival. Ticket purchases will be refunded. The official Dreamville Festival website has details on how to get refunds, which will depend on where people bought their tickets. Cole tweeted: "Mannn. Due to this Hurricane heading to NC, we have to cancel Dreamville Festival. We’re working to get another date, but right now safety is most important. I appreciate everybody that was headed to rock with us. 30,000 + were expected. All tickets will be refunded. Bsafe."
The annual free arts festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, was scheduled from Sept. 13-17 and has been postponed until further notice. Brandon Cordrey, executive director of Visual Art Exchange, the organization that runs SPARKcon, told Raleigh's News & Observer: “We’ve always been rain or shine, and it’s always worked out. But that doesn’t really hold up if it’s a hurricane.”
The comedian's Sept. 14 performance at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, Virginia, has been rescheduled for Sept. 21. Tickets for the Sept. 14 show will be honored on the rescheduled date. Refunds are available through Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. ET for ticketholders not attending the rescheduled show.
The annual free street festival and community block party in Haymarket, Virginia, was set for Sept. 15 and has now been rescheduled for Oct. 20. This includes Haymarket Day's After Hours Concert.
Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull
The annual free event in Dulles, Virginia, was set to take place Sept. 15, and will not be rescheduled. Registered Plane Pull teams and 5K/10K runners will be contacted by event organizers regarding the run. Even though this year's event was canceled, donations can still be made to Special Olympics Virginia.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Faith – The Music of George Michael
The concerts scheduled at Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, Virginia, on Sept. 14 and at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, Virginia, on Sept. 15 have been postponed to a date to be announced. Ticketholders can get refunds or hold on to the tickets for the rescheduled dates.
Neptune Festival 22nd Annual Fall Wine Festival
The oceanfront event in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was set for Sept. 15-16. The festival has now been rescheduled to Sept. 28-30. Ticketholders can get refunds at the places of purchase.
The free performing arts event was set for Sept. 16 at George Mason University's Hylton Performing Arts Center in Fairfax, Virginia. The canceled event will not be rescheduled.