The 2020 editions of two of the country’s most well-known and well-attended cigar events won’t be happening due to ongoing concerns about public health safety amidst the ongoing spread of coronavirus. On Friday, Casa de Montecristo announced that both the Texas Cigar Festival and Smokin’ In the Carolinas are canceled this year.

“While the team has been hard at work preparing amazing festivals for you, we put the health and safety of our guests, associates, and community first,” the retailer wrote. “Given the information and guidance provided surrounding large gatherings we have had to make this difficult decision to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests.”

The Texas Cigar Festival had already been delayed once, having to reschedule from April 18 to Aug. 8. Cigarfest 2020 and Big Smoke Meets Whiskyfest, both major consumer cigar events, have been forced to reschedule as well.

Ticket holders for both events will receive a full refund through Eventbrite.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.