Savannah Jazz Festival

The sultry city of Savannah is known for music, cuisine, and incredible history. While it is possible to experience these pleasures at any time of year, there's one festival that is particularly special: the Savannah Jazz Festival. Each fall during the festival there are even more opportunities for enjoying the jazz scene in this southern city. There are a couple different ways to approach the festival. Some parents might be tempted to bring kids along, and while Savannah is definitely a kid-friendly city, some of the best jazz performances are at night in dark clubs.


savannah jazz festivalThe 2011 Festival

The Savannah Jazz Festival is taking place in 2011 Sept. 18 - 25 . One of the things that makes this festival so special is that all events are free and open to the public. While other music festivals require expensive tickets, this one has been delivering free jazz entertainment to audiences for 30 years. Many jazz fans might think that some locations or some events charge a ticket price, but this isn't the case. All music associated with the festival is free. All you need to bring with you is some spending money to enjoy Savannah's food and nightlife scene.


What to Expect

Whether you're a massive jazz fan or just getting into the genre, you might be wondering about what to expect at the Savannah Jazz Festival. This well-established festival features the best of both new and emerging jazz musicians. On Thursday you can expect to hear blues, on Friday the festival will focus on traditional and contemporary jazz, and Saturday on traditional jazz. While this is the outline of the festival, there are also performances that will overlap these genres.


Savannah Children's Jazz Festival

There's one part of this festival that is designed just for kids: the Savannah Children's Jazz Festival. On Sunday Sept. 25, activities are designed with just kids in mind. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. there will be music and entertainment to start your kids' appreciation of this incredible genre. Just like the rest of the festival, there are no tickets required to participate in the Savannah Children's Jazz Festival.


The Fine Print

An organization called the Coastal Jazz Association is responsible for organizing this annual event. It is a combination of the CJA (Coastal Jazz Association) and the City of Savannah that sponsors the Savannah Jazz Festival, keeping this incredible event free and open to the public. Another reason this festival is so popular is timing. Held every year in the last full week of September, the weather is typically spectacular. While Savannah is known for hot summers (ideal for swimming in local beaches), this festival takes advantage of one of the best times of year to visit this southern city.


Accommodations

If you're planning a trip to one of the best jazz festivals in the country, you will want the best accommodations in Savannah to go with that. Skip cookie cutter hotels in favor of a Savannah vacation rental, where you will gain an insider's perspective on life in Savannah. This city is full of architectural gems, and one of them could be your home away from home during a visit to Savannah. For extra space, comfort, and privacy during the festival, there are great rental options for both a family getaway and a romantic rendezvous.

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