(Sept. 27, 2019) Several events will be moving from their usual dates to a week later on next year’s calendar because 2020 is a leap year.
Many events held at the convention center on 40th Street or at the inlet parking lot will be delayed by one week as a result of the extra day in February.
These events include Cruisin’ OC, which will be moved to May 14-17; Firemen’s Convention will be moved to June 21-25; OC Bikefest will be moved to Sept. 17-20; the 46th annual Sunfest will take place the last weekend of September and the Wine on the Beach Festival will take place the first weekend of October.
Next year’s Springfest and Sunfest will be the reason so many events will be delayed by a week.
“Springfest always falls on the first Thursday of the month, so when you lose that, it pushes back a week,” Special Events Coordinator Frank Miller said. “When you look at Springfest for next year, the first Thursday is still April 30th.”
Sunfest is always three weeks after Labor Day weekend, Miller said. Since 2020’s Labor Day will be pushed to Sept. 7, events before and after Sunfest will be affected as well.
“When the calendar shifts, the events move,” Miller said.
Despite causing some scheduling confusion for people who plan for specific events every year, there should be no issues regarding traffic and hotel availability next year, he said.