- PAX East: June 3-6, 2021
- PAX West: September 3-6, 2021
- PAX AUS: Details coming soon
- PAX Unplugged: December 10-12, 2021
Notably, PAX South isn’t planned for next year, but will be back in 2022. Information on PAX Australia will be published within a few weeks.
— PAX (@pax) December 4, 2020
But let’s talk about the elephants in the room. This is all planned, despite the worldwide surge in cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus). If things don’t improve by next summer, PAX says it will either cancel the show or convert it to a digital experience similar to PAX Online, which took place earlier this year after PAX West was cancelled. Currently, these dates are released early so that industry guests can plan for next year, and assume that public gatherings have been allowed by then.
“We are deeply concerned about the health and safety of the wonderful participants and industry partners who have brought PAX to life for 17 years,” said Kyle Marsden-Kish, director of the PAX event. “We are cautiously optimistic about improving the global COVID-19 situation next year, but we are closely monitoring the situation so that it only progresses if PAX is considered safe.”
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Most of 2020 has been shaped by an ongoing pandemic, so many events have been canceled, postponed, or reconsidered. One of the biggest annual conventions, the San Diego Comic-Con, moved to an online event earlier this year. Similarly, DC hosted the first ever Fan Dome, a days-long online experience full of announcements and events.
It may seem strange to announce a major event in the midst of a pandemic, but PAX is optimistic that things will get better by next summer. Now, it’s up to the rest of us to play our part. Please wear a mask.
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