Allan Harris plays to an early crowd on the Legend Stage during the Atlanta Jazz Festival Saturday in Piedmont Park, May 27, 2017. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Atlanta Jazz Festival, one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
Photo: Steve Schaefer
Photo: Steve Schaefer

Atlanta Jazz Festival will not be held in 2020

Despite an attempt to reschedule for later in the year, the Atlanta Jazz Festival has been canceled.

The 43rd annual free event usually takes place over Memorial Day Weekend at Piedmont Park. In late April, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs announced that due to the coronavirus, this year’s festival would not be held for its usual pre-summer gathering, but attempts were being made to move the event to the fall.

But now, the combined continued impact of the pandemic and the CDC and Georgia State guidelines limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer people, has resulted in cancellation.

“While there will not be a festival this year, we were happy to be able to share 31 days of unique jazz performances by Atlanta artists throughout May, and will work to reschedule the Atlanta Jazz Festival for a future date that will ensure festivalgoers’ wellbeing and safety,” said Camille Russell Love, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

Fans can stay tuned at www.atlantafestivals.com for information about the 2021 event.

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.  
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