The 63rd annual Allentown Art Festival has officially been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to WIVB.

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“This was a very hard decision for our membership to make. The date of our festival and the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic still being active were just too close for the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved from our members, our artist & you,” the festival’s Facebook page says.

The festival was slated to go on from June 13-14.

My friends who live in the city make it a habit to go to the Allentown Art Festival every year, and I know they are extremely disappointed. Safety and public health is still the most important thing however, and that's why the city of Buffalo and festival organizers made this difficult decision.