Summer Fest - San Jose Jazz

Summer Fest

1990–Ongoing
Our internationally renowned event is back, featuring established stars and buzz-worthy discoveries.

Save the Dates: August 9-11 2024

This August, take part in "one of the world's great urban jazz festivals" (DownBeat) with a mix of international stars, emerging artists and local gems playing jazz, blues, R&B, New Orleans, Latin and more.

You can catch 100+ acts on walkable indoor and outdoor stages in San Jose's urban core, enjoy great food and drink and enjoy perfect summer weather with family and friends.

On sale by mid-March 2024

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What is Summer Fest really like?
Watch the 2023 Fest Recap

Hotel Deals

Stay in a luxury hotel for the weekend to enjoy all the Fest has to offer. We're busy negotiating spectacular deals with hotels near the festival grounds, and these special rates will be offered to San Jose Jazz members and email subscribers first. Become a member now or join the list to stay in the know.

Summer Fest Photo Gallery

SUMMER FEST IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE MUSIC; IT'S ABOUT COMMUNITY. WE MAKE OUR COMMUNITY COME ALIVE BY ENSURING INTERACTION, VIBRANCY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

-Julie Ramirez, President, SJZ Board of Directors

Summer Fest History

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, formerly known as the San Jose Jazz Festival, is emblematic of the Silicon Valley start-up spirit. The first San Jose Jazz Festival took place in 1990 over two days in August at the Plaza de César Chavez. Its first day focused on fusion and its second day was dedicated to straight-ahead jazz, attracting about 10,000 attendees. This was a true grassroots effort, with the festival organizers cleaning up festival grounds well after the last notes had been played in the park.

Festival Director Bruce Labadie funded the first two festivals out-of-pocket, and luckily the gamble paid off. Ever since, the plaza has remained the festival’s epicenter and is now our Main Stage centerpiece. The festival’s second year featured a stage on Post Street and the event has continued to grow. Through the 90s, the festival’s expansion made it the largest free jazz festival in the United States. The new millennium has seen the event grow to include more than 1,000 musicians on 12 stages in a walkable footprint in the urban core, playing jazz, Latin jazz, blues, R&B, Salsa, New Orleans and more.

30th Anniversary History Project

At the 30th annual Fest in 2019, we presented a look back to the artists and events that defined the event.

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