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The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is a free family-friendly event attracting over 40,000 people to the vibrant, joyful sounds of jazz. Festival events are held in and around beautiful Mears Park in the heart of downtown Saint Paul’s historic Lowertown neighborhood.

For more information and updates about the festival please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @tcjazzfestival and use #TCJazzFest. To join our mailing list for all the great jazz events please click here.

“Culture, music and vitality are inextricably linked, and the Jazz Fest is a perfect culmination of all three. I’m greatly looking forward to another year where the city comes alive with jazz, and all the excitement and vibrancy that comes with it.”  Mayor Chris Coleman


Become a Friend to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival!

If you value this wonderful Festival, become a Friend to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and ensure this unique and priceless celebration of Jazz and Community can be possible.   This is your jazz festival and only possible though your gift at any amount that works for you. Whether it’s $15, $50, $100 or more, every gift counts!

Drop a donation in our jazz fest donation boxes at the stages, stop by the Festival Info booth at Mears Park or, better yet, click here to donate now.

Thanks for making this great event a possibility in the Twin Cities for the last 18 Years!

Youth Jazz Scholarship Program

The Hiway Federal Credit Union Youth Jazz Scholarship awards two young jazz musicians ages 13 to 18 to attend a week long jazz workshop at The Twin Cities Jazz Workshop. For more information and to apply for this scholarship please visit

**Due to performer’s contracts, no recording devices are allowed during live performances.

Original Artwork by Greta Sandquist

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Remembering Steve Adams – Long time friend, artist, and co-founder of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival passed away July 12th 2016.  His dedication and tireless effort to the arts and artists will be sorely missed.  In the 1990’s he was one of the first to help artists set up web sites and promote their CD’s.  And when jazz selections at most box stores started shrinking we got creative and started an event to keep jazz going, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.   RIP.