Washington DC Auto Show, an annual event that gathers many car enthusiasts to the nation’s capital every January, is not taking place in 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis.
An announcement of the cancellation came on Wednesday from the organizers of the event, which had already been postponed two times because of the pandemic. It was initially scheduled for January 29, but then delayed until March.
“Out of respect to the region’s auto enthusiasts and those in the market for a new vehicle, along with the automakers who are the backbone of our event, we tried everything possible to produce a show in 2021,” said John O’Donnell, DC Auto Show’s president and CEO in a statement.
“Unfortunately, there is simply too much ongoing uncertainty about when the District will be able to safely host large indoor events again. We truly wish that cancellation wasn’t necessary, but we know that this decision is in the best interests of all those who make The Washington, D.C. Auto Show the great event that it is,” O’Donnell continued.
Organizers will team up with a local broadcaster to air an auto show TV special in May. Details will be announced later.
The event will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from January 21 through January 30 in 2022, with a full line of programming, including the show’s MobilityTalks International pre-show policy conference, an in-person Industry Media Day, and a 10-day consumer show, according to the statement.
O’Donnell said he is hopeful that his team will hold “an invigorating, exciting auto show in January 2022.”
You can find further details on the DC Auto Show here.