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Officials announced today (Oct. 29) that Detroit’s 2021 Winter Blast Weekend will not happen due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which is free to the community, usually takes place in early February.

“There are many factors related to COVID-19 that have led to the cancelation of the 2021 event,” festival producer Jon Witz said in a statement. “Between a spike in cases both nationally and in Michigan and suggested limitations in large gatherings by both the CDC and State of Michigan, we have made the decision to focus our efforts on planning in 2022.”

He added, “The health and safety of our guests, sponsors and stakeholders is our top priority and we hope for positive developments in treatments or a vaccine that will hopefully allow larger special events to happen later in 2021.”

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