Savannah Music Festival / COVID-19 Cancellation

COVID-19 Cancellations

As of Monday, August 3:

With safety concerns due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these upcoming SMF presentations have been canceled:

However, both St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will be returning for SMF 2021, and future dates are being worked on for Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. SMF’s presentation of Mandolin Orange on November 11 is still going forward as planned. 

A complete schedule for a re-envisioned 2021 season will be announced in late October, with plans for the use of outdoor festival grounds. Please stay tuned for details. Your tickets to the canceled 2020 presentations will be refunded unless you choose to donate your ticket purchase back to SMF to help our organization through this challenging time. If you have already donated tickets from the 2020 festival to become part of SMF In Unison, thank you for your generous support of our nonprofit performing arts organization. 

SMF relies on ticket sales and donations to cover operations. To donate your tickets or a portion of their value, please complete the form here: Donations preserve what we’ve built and—more importantly—will guarantee we reunite for a safe SMF 2021 with world-class live music. These donations are tax-deductible, and members of SMF In Unison will receive special recognition in print media and online, be invited to a special event (TBA when large-scale gatherings are deemed safe again by public health experts), and will have access to early bird tickets and VIP passes for SMF 2021 before the general public.

If you prefer to receive a refund and you purchased your tickets via Savannah Music Festival’s website and the Savannah Box Office online or by phone, the box office will refund your original form of payment on Friday, August 28, 2020. There is no need to contact us if that is the case. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Thank you for your support of Georgia’s largest musical arts event!

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Previous announcements

As of Monday, March 16:

SMF’s offices are closed for the safety of our staff. This office closure is until further notice. SMF staff are working remotely and will respond to emails as soon as possible. Lake Street Dive’s Lounge Around Sounds tour has been postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced as soon as possible. 

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As of Friday, March 13 at 3PM Eastern:

The 2020 Savannah Music Festival has been cancelled at the request of Mayor Van Johnson, with support from public health officials. Dr. Lawton Davis, Health Director of the Coastal Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health, states: “At a time of such uncertainty about the impact of COVID-19 on our community, we understand the concerns of community leaders. The Savannah Music Festival draws crowds from around the world and here at home, including many older individuals who may be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. City leaders have the full support of the Coastal Health District in the decision to cancel.”

We deeply regret that we are unable to share this season with our patrons in 2020, but recognize that an aggressive course of action is justified to protect public and community health. This cancellation applies to all concerts, donor events and festival education events Swing Central Jazz and Acoustic Music Seminar. 

Over the next week, SMF will attempt to reschedule performances. In the event that rescheduling cannot occur, ticket purchasers will be notified immediately regarding refund procedures. We ask for patience, as these efforts may take time while SMF evaluates many different options with staff, venues and artists. 

Tim Coy, SMF Board Chairman: “As other festivals and public events have been cancelled around the country, we hoped Savannah and SMF would be spared. The entire performing arts industry must be part of prevention efforts to protect our patrons, artists and crew. SMF’s board of directors is grateful to our community for their unwavering support during this difficult time and appreciates the hard work and dedication of the SMF staff.”

At this time, all other SMF performances and programs outside of the festival dates, including Lake Street Dive on April 28 and local education programs Musical Explorers and SMF Jazz Academy, will proceed until further notice.