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It started with E3 2020, then it came for the San Diego Comic-Con, now COVID-19 has effectively shut down the biggest Star Wars event of the year, Star Wars Celebration.
As announced on StarWars.com, Lucasfilm has ultimately decided to cancel Star Wars Celebration 2020 which was supposed to take place in Anaheim this August. The announcement read:
At Star Wars Celebration, the health and safety of our fans, attendees, exhibitors, guests, and staff is always our number one priority. Due to the global impact of the COVID-19 virus and in speaking with local and state authorities on the latest public health guidelines related to indoor conventions, we have made the decision to cancel Star Wars Celebration for 2020.
With that said, Lucasfilm also has no plans to hold a Celebration next year. Instead, the next SWC is going to be taking place on August 18–21, 2022. You don’t have to worry about a Star Wars-less 2021 though, because it’s suspected that any big SW announcements that will be made that year will be coming to the D23 Expo instead.
Though the event has been cancelled, people who have already bought their tickets have the option to transfer their schedule for the 2022 event. Besides that, they can also choose to have their money refunded; granted they do so between June 22 and August 26, 2020.
While no Star Wars Celebration this year is certainly a bummer, it would be way worse for a second outbreak of the Coronavirus. Maybe Lucasfilm will just follow suit and do a virtual event like SDCC 2020, but for now, no announcement has been made.
The next Star Wars Celebration happens in Anaheim on Aug. 18–21, 2022.