Every year there are great music events worth planning a trip around. If you're looking for sunshine as well as great music, check out the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Located in the heart of Jacksonville, this festival features a range of jazz performances that are all free and open to the public. Highlights of the festival include a Generation Next Youth Talent Competition, jazz brunches, educational activities, and more. Keep reading to discover why Jacksonville
puts on one of the best jazz events in the country.
The 2012 Festival
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is taking place on May 24 - 27, 2012
. These dates coincide with Memorial Day weekend, a holiday when many travelers are looking for something new and interesting to do. In addition to a wide range of jazz performances, this festival will also include the Art in the Heart art show and sale
, the Wine Down Brew Town Tasting Experience
, and a variety of jazz exhibits. As always, this year's festival will be a family-friendly event and offers the chance to listen to jazz while enjoying Jacksonville's signature beautiful weather. For the latest news on performers, check the official Jacksonville Jazz Festival website, where details are published as they are announced.
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival utilizes a number of venues throughout the city including Hemming Plaza
, Main Street
, Jacksonville Landing
, and the Snyder Memorial
. In addition to performances, there are a few extra special components of the festival including the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition
, Round Midnight Jazz Jams
, and a Sunday Jazz Brunch
. While all events are open to the public of all ages, one event is particularly family-friendly. If you're bringing kids along to the festival, make sure to check out the Generation Next Youth Talent Competition
While the Jacksonville Jazz Festival is packed full of free performances, there are also a few special events that require tickets. Tickets are required for the Wine Down Brew Town Tasting Experience as well as the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. Jazz enthusiasts can purchase VIP packages and preferred seating day passes. If you only plan on attending the outdoor and street performances, you won't have to spend a penny to listen to some incredible jazz. In addition to the music, this festival is also known for its food and beverage vendors as well as its art show.
All festivals have a few rules and it pays to be aware of them in advance. There are a number of prohibited items at the festival, including video cameras, pets, glass containers, coolers, and roller skates. Other items that are permitted include still cameras, strollers, and ponchos (umbrellas aren't allowed). Abiding by these rules ensures a smooth and pain-free day at the festival. Following the rules will be worth it to see a variety of legendary jazz musicians all in one place. The 2011 festival featured an impressive line-up of musicians that included Herbie Hancock
, Natalie Cole
, Mavis Staples
, and many more. A handy map is ready to be downloaded from the festival website to help you find your way around Jacksonville with ease.
Vacation Rentals in Jacksonville
Spending Memorial Day weekend listening to all types of free jazz performances is the start of a great vacation. The finishing touch is a Jacksonville vacation rental
where you will enjoy more space and comfort than a hotel room could provide. Enjoy Jacksonville's signature sunny weather with your own outdoor space in a private vacation rental. With all the extra space, you are guaranteed to be more relaxed during your Jacksonville getaway.
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