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Experience Music at its Finest at the Savannah Jazz Festival

If you are a music lover or someone who is looking for a fun, cultural experience, the Savannah Jazz Festival is a must. A Savannah GA staple for more than 30 years, the jazz festival offers incredible music acts and a memorable weekend in the city.

Taking place September 21st through September 27th, this free festival offers an entire week of incredible musical performances, fun activities and a cultural experience you will never forget. Located in beautiful Forsyth Park, the jazz festival attracts thousands of picnic-toting concert-goers night after night.

The park features an expansive, lush lawn that is perfect for setting up chairs, blankets and mouthwatering picnic spreads, all in preparation for the impressive live jazz performances that follow. The weather in Savannah during September is perhaps the best of the year, making it an even more attractive event to plan your vacation around.

With temperatures sticking close to 80 degrees on a daily basis, Savannah in September is incredible. Because the weather is so pleasant, this also means that the large greens (including Forsyth Park) are in pristine condition, offering the perfect backdrop to an outdoor festival.

Don’t Miss Out on this Spectacular Celebration of Music

Beyond the weather and beautiful, lush landscape that can be found throughout Savannah, the jazz festival is a must for numerous reasons, namely the musical acts. Past jazz performances have included Tom Scott with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra, the Robin Sherman Quartet, Watermelon Slim and the Workers, E.G. Knight, the Greg Lewis Trio and many, many more.

In addition to the individual performances, the jazz festival typically kicks things off with a Blues Night and culminates in a Children’s Festival on Sunday. The venue is beautiful, the music is captivating and the fun never stops with the Savannah Jazz Festival. So mark it on your calendars, book your flights and prepare yourself for an incredible week in beautiful Savannah. 

The History of the Savannah Jazz Festival 

Sponsored and made possible by the Coastal Jazz Association, the first Savannah Jazz Festival took place on October 1, 1983. Originally held at Grayson Stadium, the festival is designed to highlight and pay tribute to one of the most influential genres of music in America: jazz. The festival originated as a vision of Ben Tucker, the influential bassist from Savannah who tragically passed away in 2013. Conjured up as a way to teach interested individuals more about jazz as a whole, the Savannah Jazz Festival continues to serve as a momentous festival and proponent for jazz.

The bottom line: If you haven’t already booked your Savannah vacation, be sure to plan your trip around the Savannah Jazz Festival. Not only is it free, but it is also a wonderful way to experience Savannah’s culture and the influence of jazz music.

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