All performances at all venues & clinics are free & 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 25 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 as well as over 18 St. Paul venues have jazz programmed throughout the weekend.  The Jazz Fest is a walking event.  Most of the stages and venues are within walking distance.


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 26 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,  vendors that support or oppose any political candidate or cause.

IS THE FESTIVAL WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?  YES!  ALL venues of the festival are wheelchair-accessible.  Wheelchair-accessible seating is located at the front right side of the main stage at Mears Park. Please feel free to contact any volunteer or staff for assistance. All Lowertown parking ramps are Wheelchair-accessible.

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.


The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is funded by our generous corporate sponsors, grants and individual donations.


– Dayna Martinez Executive Director



Alden Drew – Chair
Paul Cousin – Treasurer
Tio Aiken
Doug Brown
Tara Graff
Maia Maiden
Stephen Manuszak
Marvin Martin
Chris Noonan
Isaac Peterson

Emeritus Board:
Kevin Barnes
Michael Cook
Steve Heckler
Jim Scheibel


Dayna Martinez – Executive Director
Sarah Kohlmeier – Festival Coordinator
Craig Eichhorn – Producer, Technical Director / Stage Manager
Mary Fenske & Jean Ryan (JRI) Sponsorship Inquiries
Nemer Fieger – PR/Communications
Dave Graf – Graphic Design
John Lozoya – Director of Logistics
Tom Waitros (TJ) Food Vendor Coordinator
Marvin Martin– Director of Volunteer Programs
Steve Wiese – Creation Audio – Sound
Neal Wallace – Event Pro – Sound
Andrea Canter / Benny Moreno – Photography
Bobby Commodore – Stage Manager
Chris Wussler – Bar/Beverage Manager
Darell Hanson – Transportation Coordinator
John Moreno – Labor Supervisor
Ericka Barragan – Ticket Sales Supervisor
Katherine Meyer – VIP Area Manager

Disclaimer: Twin Cities Jazz Fest attendees assume all risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury or illness, including COVID-19 and its variants, which attendees allege was experienced, incurred, or contracted in connection with attending an event sponsored by the Twin Cities Jazz Fest. Attendees acknowledge the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 and understand COVID-19 can be contracted anywhere in the community.

All Twin Cities Jazz Fest events follow CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. Please do not attend this event if you are not feeling well or have been in contact with anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Masks are currently not required at Twin Cities Jazz Fest outdoor events (subject to change), but we encourage you to wear one if you have not been fully vaccinated.