LIST: What events are canceled, what’s continuing after Astroworld Festival tragedy

Updates provided as information comes in

Several events postponed due to Astroworld Festival tragedy

HOUSTON – Several concerts and events are taking a step back in the wake of the Astroworld Festival tragedy that left eight people dead and several hundred injured Friday night.

The victims who died were between the ages of 14 to 27 years old. They reportedly were killed after the crowd suddenly surged toward the stage while Houston rapper Travis Scott was performing.

City officials, law enforcement and event organizers are operating out of an abundance of caution deciding which planned events should move forward, and which should be placed on hold or canceled. Here is what we found:

Canceled: Houston Open concert series

Organizers of the Houston Open Concert Series, which was expected to kick off Thursday, Nov. 11 at Minute Maid Park, have canceled the weekend-long event in wake of the recent tragedy at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival.

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The Astros Golf Foundation released the following statement:

“In light of the events of this weekend, the Astros Golf Foundation has decided to cancel this week’s concert series. We send our deepest condolences to all those impacted.

If you purchased tickets to either concert, your tickets will be refunded for the full amount of the concert ticket, including fees. This process will take 7-12 business days. Please note that you will not be refunded for any tickets associated with the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open as those will still be honored.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused but appreciate your understanding.”

Delayed: Ticket sales for upcoming Billy Joel concert at Minute Maid Park

Additionally, ticket sales for the Billy Joel concert, which is also expected to take place at MMP, have been delayed. The show was set for next fall, on Sept. 23.

Ticket sales for Joel’s show, which would have begun on Nov. 12, has been postponed “until further notice.”

RELATED: Billy Joel announced as surprise performer for upcoming concert at Minute Maid Park

Here’s the full statement from Ike Richman Communications via Live Nation:

“Out of respect for the Houston community after the events at Astroworld on Friday, organizers for the upcoming Billy Joel concert scheduled for Minute Maid Park in Houston on Friday, September 23, today announced they are delaying the on sale until further notice. Tickets were scheduled to go on sale on Friday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. Organizers will provide an update shortly on when ticket sales will begin.”

Postponed: Beloved toy store in the Heights to hold Astroworld Art Show

An art show described as a “love letter” to the Astroworld theme park is postponed in wake of recent tragic events from last weekend’s Astroworld Festival.

Super Happy Incredible Toys, located in the Heights area, said in a statement on Facebook that the decision to postpone was the correct and moral decision.

‘”It would be a shame for our beloved Astroworld to be forever tainted by this terrible recent event. We have every intention of making what would’ve been the greatest art show of 2021 now the greatest art show of 2022,” the toy store wrote. You can read the full statement here.

There was no new date set for the art show, however, organizers are hoping to reschedule for January or February of next year.

Stacey Sarmiento places flowers at a memorial in Houston on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021 in memory of her friend, Rudy Pena, who died in a crush of people at the Astroworld music festival on Friday. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted) (© AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

Continuing: Disney on Ice at NRG Stadium

You and the kiddos can still grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate party when “Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate” skates into your hometown with more than 50 unforgettable Disney characters. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, go on an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told. Sing along with Olaf as he dreams of summer and dance with Aladdin as he stays “one jump ahead” in Agrabah. Share Forky’s wonder as he learns what it means to be a toy and forget your worries with Timon and Pumbaa. Dream big with the courageous Disney Princesses and much more as you create new memories with your whole family at “Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate.”

Visit the website for Disney on Ice for COVID-19 information and venue safety standards. Tickets will be available for purchase through Ticketmaster.

This is a 100% capacity show. Venue health and safety policies apply. All guests age 2 and older are required to have a ticket.

Continuing: The Nutcracker Market at NRG Park

The beloved holiday event is still taking place Thursday - Sunday at NRG Stadium.

“Whether you are a shopper, committee member, staff member, donor, volunteer, merchant, vendor, sponsor, or social media follower, YOU have been an integral part in making this Market the success that it is. Without your interest, curiosity, passion, dedication, enthusiasm, generosity, hard work, commitment, and love… the Market simply wouldn’t be where it is today. Since our inception in 1981, YOU have helped us contribute over $75.3 million dollars to the Houston Ballet Foundation in support of its Academy and scholarship programs. Although saying “Thank You” does not seem to be enough, we are truly grateful for 40 years of support.” -- The Nutcracker Market

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