Sun worshippers might not need another reason to plan a getaway to Florida, but in the fall, appealing festivals provide one. Take the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, for example. This annual festival, held every October, offers four days and nights of free, live jazz entertainment. While some festivals sell expensive tickets for every music performance, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday provides free entertainment to all visitors. If you're looking for a fun activity this fall that won't break the bank, take a closer look at this jazz festival in Clearwater, Florida
The 2012 Festival
The 2012 Clearwater Jazz Holiday will take place at Coachman Park
, Oct. 18-20
. The Clearwater Jazz Festival is going strong in 2012 with its 33rd annual line-up of both established and emerging jazz musicians. This outdoor festival takes place over 20 acres of manicured parks. Each year thousands of visitors flock to Clearwater to see a stellar line up of jazz stars. During this four-day festival you can expect to hear a range of music including jazz, rhythm and blues, Latin, and fusion.
The best way to know what to expect from the Clearwater Jazz Festival is to take a look at who has taken the stage in the past, which includes legendary singers from Tony Bennett
to Herbie Mann
to Dizzy Gillespie
. What's even better is that this fantastic event is free and open to the public because of a combination of sponsorships between the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation
, the City of Clearwater, and a team of dedicated volunteers. After more than three decades, the festival has grown into an international event that expected over 60,000 jazz fans in 2011.
The Clearwater Jazz Holiday prides itself on being a free event. However, there is one event that requires tickets: the Artist Line-Up Party
. In 2011, this party took place on Thursday, August 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the event were $10 and included a full bar, food, and a live jazz concert from acts such as Jazz Juvenocracy
and Valerie Gillespie ensemble
. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.
The Fine Print
This festival might be free and open to the public, but there are a few rules to abide by. First of all, pets are not welcome at the festival. No grills, open flames, or glass containers are allowed, but lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. No coolers or outside food or drink is permitted inside, but you will find plenty of vendors for food and drinks. Small children and infants are welcome at the performances. Be sure to remember your sunscreen since many shows do not provide cover during daytime performances.
Some travelers allow the dates of a festival to guide their vacations, but plan to arrive early or stay after to soak up the local atmosphere. If you're traveling to Florida in October, you are going to want to stay for a few relaxing days. The best way to accomplish this is with Clearwater Jazz Holiday rentals
. Skip overpriced, cramped hotels in favor of a spacious vacation rental with a view. After all the excitement of the festival, you will love the chance to kick back and relax on your own private deck.
Clearwater Jazz Holiday Rentals
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