Many games, concerts, and live events have been canceled due to COVID-19, but there’s still plenty of live entertainment for you to enjoy!
Direct Auto Insurance sponsored UFC 249 in early May (and gave 50 winners FREE PPV access to watch the fight), and now other sports leagues are attempting to resume operations. Musical artists are finding new ways to reach their fans. Unexpected celebrities are turning to live streaming. Whether you’re missing your favorite team or counting down the days until you can see your favorite artist in concert, here are some live events to watch during coronavirus.
Enjoy Select Sports
Although they might look a little different, some sports have started back, and others will be starting soon! Here’s a sport-by-sport breakdown. We’ll update this list as we learn more:
Soccer: Germany’s top soccer league (the Bundesliga) is back in full swing! Games restarted on May 16, and they’re being played behind closed doors. Even though the matches lack the usual raucous atmosphere, you can still tune in to see some of the best players in the world!
Baseball: If you’ve been missing America’s pastime, you can check out the Korean Baseball Organization instead! ESPN has been airing those games live in the early hours of the morning. If you’re concerned about your sleep schedule, the network has also been re-airing the games at more regular hours.
Racing: Racing fans, rejoice! IndyCar is set to start its season on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. No fans will be allowed to attend, but you’ll still have the chance to enjoy the thrill of cars flying around the track at 200 miles per hour.
Golf: Many cities have left golf courses open during COVID-19, but PGA Tour events have been on hold. On June 11, that will change. Many of your favorite golfers will be competing at the Charles Schwab Challenge as the PGA Tour season resumes.
MMA: Since UFC 249, the fight nights and pay-per-view events have continued. On June 6, UFC 250 will take place with a title fight between Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer. There are rumors another incredible fight will be the main event, as well.
Other Sports: If you’re really missing your regular sports fix, go out on a limb and try the American Cornhole League for something different.
Cook Along with Professional Chefs
If you’ve been spending your quarantine in the kitchen, there are plenty of chefs who will help you master new dishes. With restaurants closed, some of the finest culinary minds on the planet have been taking to Instagram live or other streaming sites to share their secrets with you. From fancy dishes to ways to turn whatever’s in your pantry into a passable meal, they’re here to help.
Follow pages like Bon Appetit and Basically to see live cooking announcements or download the Food Network Kitchen app, which features live and on-demand classes. If you have any particular chefs you love, follow them to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities to learn new cooking skills. You can also search for specific paid cooking classes to support people affected by the new coronavirus.
Watch Concerts from the Couch
We know it’s not the same as being in a big sold-out arena, but many artists are performing small shows in their homes and streaming them. It’s been fun to see stripped-down versions of our favorite songs and see artists cover the tunes they love on Instagram live. For a more robust home concert experience, Billboard has a running list of upcoming shows for you to watch.
Tune in for Video Game Streams
Streamers on Twitch and YouTube gaming have seen an increase in viewership with people stuck at home. While everyday streamers are still playing Fortnite, Call of Duty, Animal Crossing, and more for the masses, new content creators are joining in. For example, sports leagues have created e-leagues and e-tournaments where players compete against each other on the virtual court or field. If you have time to kill, head to Twitch and find something you’re interested in streaming.
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