What if you could combine your love of travel with your passion for music? In Lancaster you can! This quiet Pennsylvania town is home to a fabulous music festival! If you’re planning a trip in April, you can attend one of the most famous jazz events in the country: the Berks Jazz Fest! Listen to renowned artists, meet other Jazz fans, and enjoy a fun weekend surrounded by a gorgeous backdrop. Read on to learn more about the event and plan your visit today! Then, make the most out of your Pennsylvania getaway with our free Vacation Guide. It has all the top recommendations for local restaurants, shops, events, museums, outdoor adventures, and more!
Swing Into Spring at the Berks Jazz Fest
What Is It?
The Berks Jazz Fest is a highly anticipated event in the Lancaster area. It was created by the Berks Art Council and has entertained locals and tourists alike for more than three decades. Each year, the festival brings together the best Jazz artists from all around the world and showcases their talents in the quaint town of Reading.
What You Will See
The festival features more than 130 performances in various styles of music, including Jazz, blues, and R&B. The event has also welcomed many iconic bands over the years! Highlights include the Count Basie Orchestra, Buddy Guy, Vanessa Collier, and Esperanza Spalding.
Expand your horizons during the Berks Jazz Fest and discover how Jazz has influenced art! The Art of Jazz exhibition offers a platform for a range of media (like paintings, photographs, sculpture, and crafts) to promote this style of music and celebrate its legacy. The exhibit takes place at the Rolf and Renate Schmidt Gallery on the second floor of the GoggleWorks Center of the Arts.
Treat Yourself to an Authentic Pennsylvania Stay
The Historic Smithton Inn is a charming Lancaster County bed and breakfast in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and less than 30 minutes away from the festival! Come stay with us for the most relaxing vacation surrounded by Amish attractions, historic sites, beautiful state parks, and some of the best restaurants in the area! It doesn’t get any better than this.
You can browse our variety of rooms and choose the one that fits your needs! If you’re traveling with your significant other, then the Red Rose Room is the perfect pick. It’s ideal for a romantic getaway and features a queen-size, pillow-top bed, a private bathroom with a frameless-glass rain shower, and a beautiful view of the back garden. Enjoy quiet, comfort, and bliss while staying here!
After the jazz festival, get a good night’s sleep and wake up to the sound of birds chirping right outside your window. Then, follow the smell of coffee downstairs where our freshly made breakfast awaits! You’ll taste the best products from our local farms. We recommend our signature homemade granola and our hot entree of the day. Indulge in cheese frittatas or bananas Foster pancakes to start the day!