Boulevardia’s organizers have cancelled this year's urban street festival slated for June as ramifications of COVID-19 continue to impact the safety of social gatherings.
Boulevard Brewing Co.'s two-day festival was set to celebrate its seventh year in a new location on Grand Boulevard at Crown Center on June 19 and 20. The annual event normally features a craft beer and food sampling experience, music from local, regional and national acts, as well as interactive activities, entertainment and shopping.
“Providing a safe, secure and healthy environment for our pop-up party nation is our top priority,” said Trever Frickey, Boulevardia president, in a press release. “With that in mind, Boulevardia is being canceled for 2020 but we look forward to bringing all the beer, food, music and fun back next year.”
Worldwide safety concerns about COVID-19 have prompted the cancellations of concerts, festivals, movie releases and sporting events. Earlier this spring, the 17th annual Parkville Microbrew Festival scheduled for April 27 was postponed until Oct. 17, 2020. The decision to cancel Boulevardia this year followed a similar pattern to uphold public safety as a priority.
“Boulevardia is comprised of dozens of community partners, vendors, restaurants, musicians, charities and creators. This is an incredibly challenging time for all, but the Kansas City community comes together like nowhere else and we will get through this by supporting each other,” Frickey said.
All ticket packages purchased through boulevardia.com will be automatically refunded within 10 to 14 business days. Hotel rooms that were booked directly through one of the festival’s hotel partners with the Boulevardia promotional room rate will be automatically cancelled and no action is required.
Meanwhile, festival and beer fans can look forward to raising a glass together in summer of 2021.