Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

update date for Top Events USA
top 20 USA events


Top Jazz Festivals in the USASavannah Music Festival (SMF)

late March – Savannah, Georgia

The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is Georgia's largest arts festival and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world.

Selected as one of the "best events around the world" by The Times of London, The Savannah Music Festival takes place over three weeks in late March and early April and showcases features commissioned works, unique and imaginative productions and rare regional appearances by renowned artists in jazz, classical, blues, bluegrass, gospel and other styles of American and international roots music.

Features include includes dance, film and narrative programs, more than 400 classical, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and international artists that make The Savannah Music Festival a distinctive destination event and one of the highlights of springtime in Savannah.

Past artists have included: Frederica von Stade, Ricky Skaggs, Richard Goode, Wayne Shorter, Emmylou Harris, Les Ballets Africaines, The Blind Boys of Alabama; Deborah Voigt, Buddy Guy, Eddie Palmieri, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Del McCoury, Marcus Roberts, Andre Watts, Joshua Redman & the San Francisco Jazz Collective, Hubert Sumlin, The Codetalkers, Peru Negro, Dick Hyman, Derek Trucks Band, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Rockin' Dopsie, Emerson String Quartet, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Carey Bell, The Tallis Scholars, The Heath Brothers, Hamilton de Holanda, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Buddy Guy, Toots Thielemans, Bill Charlap and many others.

Commissioned works during the past five years have included: "Welcome to Georgia Town" and "Savannah Trails" by Wycliffe Gordon; "Celeste" by Stewart Copeland; "An Evening with Beethoven" featuring Mia Farrow and the Beaux Arts Trio; Hank Jones Trio + Symphony Orchestra; "East Meets West" featuring Daniel Hope, Derek Trucks, Gaurav Mazumdar and Ayaan & Amaan Ali Bangash; "Mando Madness" with David Grisman, Sam Bush, Mike Marshall, Don Stiernberg & Tony Williamson; George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" and "Gershwin for Lovers;" "Yamacraw" by James P. Johnson; "Jazz Guitar Heaven" with Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Howard Alden, Martin Taylor & Jimmy Bruno; "Masters of Mexican Music;" and many others. Commissioned works have included: "Transfigured Night," a new ballet by Alex Ossadnik; "Concerto for Hope," a violin concerto by Roxanna Panufnik; "In the Spirit of Place," a music and dance work for full gamelan orchestra by Gamelan Cudamani; "Trio" by Uri Caine, written for the Beaux Arts Trio; and "Moody's Groove" by Jimmy Heath, written for Savannah native James Moody's 80th birthday hometown celebration.

Also, leading up to and continuing throughout the Festival, The Savannah Music Festival produces free educational programs for school children in the surrounding eight-county area (including lower South Carolina) in an effort to help teachers and students gain a more profound understanding of the musical arts.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution comments, “Georgia’s largest musical arts festival and has rightfully earned a reputation as a unique cross-genre offering... Whatever you do, don’t miss it.”

For more information and a full line up of the artists taking part in the festival, visit

New Top Events USA nominations

As proud as we are about the pains we have taken to make sure our lists of top events in the USA are as accurate as possible - there is no doubt that we have missed some very important events and we are always keen to hear responses and suggestions about possible additions to the site . . .

If you have any suggestions please let us know. Please take the time to share your views on the selections of the top events in the USA as presented here at Top Events USA.

For more details about the Top USA events featured at Top Events USA and what criteria should be examined before making any suggestions, please visit:  


Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Moundville Native American Festival

Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb
Navajo Nation Fair
Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival
World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Bay to Breakers 12K
Coarsegold Tarantula Festival

Annual Craft Expo
Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Pensacola Beach Air Show
Tallahassee Springtime Festival
Tallahassee Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights

Savannah Music Festival
Blessing of the Fleet

Honolulu Marathon

Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show

Indianapolis 500
Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
Indiana State Fair
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Des Moines Arts Festival

Dodge City Days
Smoky Hill River Festival

American Quilter’s Society National Quilt Show
Great American Brass Band Festival
Hillbilly Days
International Bar-B-Q Festival
Jerusalem Ridge Festival
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Festival
Mainsstrasse Village Oktoberfest
St James Court Art Show
World Chicken Festival

Lake Charles Contraband Days

Ocean City Sunfest

The Boston Marathon

Holland Tulip Time Festival
Great Lakes Folk Festival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The Mississippi Delta Blues Festival

Burning Man

New Hampshire
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
New Hampshire Maple Weekend
New Hampshire Seafood Festival
Strawbery Banke Museum Candlelight Stroll

New Mexico
Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe Spanish Market

New York
Oswego Harborfest

North Carolina
` • Biltmore Festival of Flowers
North Carolina Azalea Festival
North Carolina Seafood Festival

Columbus Arts Festival
The Vectron Dayton Air Show

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Fall Kite Festival
Whale Watching Events

Rhode Island
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport Winter Fetival
Rhode Island International Film Festival

South Carolina
Beaufort Water Festival
Carolina Cup

South Dakota
Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
Tabor Czech Days

Dogwood Arts Fetival
Mule Day
Secret City Festival

Terlingua International Chili Championship

The Moab Music Festival

Washington DC
The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington State International Kite Festival
National Lentil Festival

American Birkebeiner
EAA AirVenture
Milwaukee Irish Fest
Milwaukee Summerfest

Cody Stampede Rodeo
Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo