Savannah Philharmonic announces plans for modified 2020 Picnic in the Park

Updated: Oct. 12, 2020 at 3:05 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah Philharmonic has announced plans for the modified 2020 version of Picnic in the Park.

Picnic in the Park 2020 will feature a Halloween Mask-A-Rade theme, an Instagram contest, and more.

WTOC will broadcast the event filmed at Trustees Garden on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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“Many people have been asking us about our popular Picnic in the Park event,” according to Katherine Poss, Development Director. “This event traditionally takes place during October in Historic Forsyth Park. This year and due to COVID, we have worked hard to find a way to safely present a best-loved community event to Savannah. I’m delighted to announce that the show will go on thanks to the generous support of the City of Savannah as well as The Trustees Garden and WTOC.”

This year’s Picnic in the Park features Keitaro Harada, SavPhil’s conductor, and vocalist Hannah Zazzaro.

Richard C. Kessler, Chairman and CEO, The Kessler Collection, will make a special appearance as a guest conductor.

“Through WTOC, we are achieving something great, which is the fact that we will be able to show Picnic in the Park to over 75,000 households - more than we have ever achieved at Picnic in the Park at Forsyth Park,” Harada said.

“We were able to find a way to be able to hold this event, hold the quality of it, and I predict that because of the digital platform and certainly partnering with WTOC, that we will have over a hundred thousand people this year to be able to witness and enjoy this wonderful, family-friendly, city-wide event, and I’m just excited about what that means,” Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said.

The organization is encouraging everyone to decorate your picnic at home and enter a photo contest for prizes. For more information about Picnic in the Park and the contest, please go to

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