ALL PERFORMANCES AT ALL VENUES & CLINICS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!
The Twin Cities Jazz Fest is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of bringing communities together to enjoy and appreciate the art form of jazz and inspire new generations of youth. What started as a small one-day event in downtown Minneapolis 22 years ago has grown into one of the largest free civic jazz festivals in the upper Midwest. The festival is located in and around Mears Park in the Lowertown neighborhood of downtown Saint Paul. There are two outdoor stages at Mears Park and one outdoor stage next to the Farmers Market. In addition, over 15 St. Paul venues have jazz programed all three days as well as music after the outdoor stages end. The Jazz Fest is a walking event. Most of the stages and venues are within walking distance and ALL performances are free and open to the public. You can come and go as you please.
* * Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Twin Cities Jazz Fest, presented by AARP, has been cancelled. But we do plan to be back next year, so stay tuned! In the meantime please check out Jazz Fest Live.
THE NUMBER 1 QUESTION: HOW CAN WE POSSIBLY DO THIS EVENT FOR FREE? Thanks to the support from our great sponsors, foundations, grants and of course from folks like you, we’ve been able to produce this great event for free for 21 years! Please consider making a donation so we can continue doing so. Donation
WHAT’S ALLOWED? Lawn chairs, blankets.
WHAT’S NOT ALLOWED? Weapons of any kind, illegal drugs, outside alcohol, political vendors, street teams or any activity supporting or opposing a political candidate or cause.
WHAT ABOUT COOLERS? Discouraged. Our free festival’s success and continuation relies upon your support of food/beverage revenues. Help keep the festival free by purchasing your food & beverages at the festival!
WHAT ABOUT RAIN: If severe weather approaches, please take shelter. Do NOT wait out a storm under a tent. Once the storm passes, the show will go on so don’t go far. There’s lots of music in many nearby indoor venues . Please check our Facebook page for any venue changes.
HOW LONG ARE THE SETS: Most sets are one hour, but headliners will perform from 75 to 90 minutes.
WHY DO THE OUTDOOR STAGES END AT 10:00 PM: City curfew.
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is funded by our generous corporate sponsors, grants and individual donations.
– Steve Heckler Executive Director
TWIN CITIES JAZZ FEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS / STAFF
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alden Drew – Chair
Steve Heckler – Executive Director
Kristine Heckler – Project Coordinator
Craig Eichhorn – Producer, Technical Director / Stage Manager
Mary Fenske & Jean Ryan (JRI) Sponsorship Inquiries
Connie Shaver LLC – Director of Communications
John Lozoya – Director of Logistics
Tom Waitros (TJ) Food Vendor Coordinator
Kate Wolfe – Director of Volunteer Programs
Steve Wiese – Creation Audio – Sound
Neil Wallace – Event Pro – Sound
Andrea Canter – Photography
Bobby Commodore – Stage Manager
Chris Wussler – Bar/Beverage Manager
Darrel Hansen – Transportation Coordinator
Deborah Upchurch – Advance Coordinator
John Moreno – Labor Coordinator