- Florida’s largest city, Jacksonville transcends into a vibrant, bubbling community during its annual Jazz Festival May 23rd through May 26th. Nationally recognized as one of the 20 best jazz festivals, this top-notch event features performances across four stages in the heart of downtown Jacksonville.
More than 25 musicians and bands come together for three unforgettable nights. Beginning Friday, May 24th, at 5 p.m., three bands will take the center stage, including the Yellow Dog Jazz Band, the Just Jazz Quartet, and the John Ricci Quartet. Performances last around an hour and a half and take place at one of three locations: Main Street and Monroe Street, the Jacksonville Landing, or Hemming Plaza.
This year, festival goers can also indulge themselves in two new activities. “Off Jazz” features a concert with R&B artists Avant and Brian McKnight. Spectators can purchase tickets at the Florida Theatre box office for $38.50. Another edition, “Jazz Fest After Dark,” prolongs the entertainment into the evening hours, beginning at 10 each night at Underbelly, 1904, and the Burro Bar.
While music remains the heart of this event, food and art abound the streets for surrounding spectators. Soft jazz serenades those browsing the artwork of talented craftsman from across the country. Art in the Heart Downtown features a variety of media, including clay, fiber, glass, and wood. After browsing the artwork, locals can grab a hearty brunch at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Don’t forget to bring the rest of the family out for some friendly competition. Young jazz singers and musicians compete for a chance to further their musical education through the Youth Talent Showcase. Others can also compete in the piano competition, a Jacksonville Jazz Fest tradition for more than 20 years.
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. Snap your fingers, stomp your feet, and move to the beat with the second largest jazz festival in the country.
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