The Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continuously-running annual jazz event in the world, began in 1958 with San Francisco jazz radio broadcaster Jimmy Lyons as its founder. 38,000+ fans are expected to attend the 58th edition of the two-day and three-night celebration that takes place September 18-20, 2015. The Festival features over 500 artists performing on eight stages spread over the 20-acre Monterey County Fair and Event Center in Monterey, California.
Whether you prefer jazz, blues, folk, or American song, the discerning jazz music fan is sure to find both old favorites and visionary new artists to love at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Notable performers to appear in 2015's lineup include Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chick Corea, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti, Béla Fleck, Snarky Puppy, Pete Escovedo and Sheila E., and many others. Visit the official site for a full listing of the 95 scheduled performances that grace the eight Monterey Jazz Festival stages.
The Monterey Jazz Festival is more than just a three-day event. As a nonprofit, Monterey Jazz Festival is devoted to education by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international programs. Schools in Monterey County and thousands of students have been the benefactors of the Festival’s educational efforts through the Traveling Clinicians Program, Summer Jazz Camp and Monterey County All-Star Bands, which embark on annual performance trips each summer. The Festival now spends over $500,000 annually on its programs, including the Next Generation Jazz Festival, gathering the best student bands from across the nation each spring, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, selecting the country’s best musicians for summer tour each year, and the Artist-In-Residence program, which brings an renowned artist to work with young musicians in performances and clinics at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Camp, and at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
If you need a break from the live music, the Monterey Jazz Festival has plenty of other activities to keep you entertained – including international food, many vendors selling assorted merchandise from across the world, and more. If you want an exclusive top-end experience, the Premier Club has become the hospitality center for the Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Guests enjoy a central Festival location to comfortably relax featuring complimentary catering by AQUA TERRA Culinary and non-alcoholic beverages, a no-host “top-shelf” bar, closed-circuit Arena simulcasts and private restrooms. The Festival also features an auction of unique jazz items and memorabilia, an exhibition of jazz-related photographs, and jazz movies.
Sunday, September 20 is Family Day at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Family Day includes expanded activities and entertainment featuring the popular Percussion Playshop, Jazzy Jumper, and the Instrument Petting Zoo, where kids can get hands-on experience playing professional-level equipment provided by Yamaha. Family Day celebrates the youth of today and the musicians of tomorrow with area high school jazz bands, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and the top ensembles from the 2015 Next Generation Jazz Festival.
Full Weekend Arena Ticket Packages offer a reserved seat to each of the five concerts on the Jimmy Lyons Stage in the Arena (renewable annually) plus, access to the seven additional Grounds Stages, and all Festival activities. Full Weekend Arena Ticket Packages begin at $315.
Full Weekend Grounds Packages offer access to seven Grounds stages and activities. Full Weekend Grounds Packages are $135.
Single Day Arena Tickets offer a reserved seat to each of the five concerts on the Jimmy Lyons Stage in the Arena plus access to the seven additional Grounds stages and all Festival activities. Friday Single Day Arena Tickets are $71. Saturday and Sunday Single Day Arena Tickets are $142 each day.
Single Day Grounds Tickets offer access to seven Grounds stages and activities on each day. Single Day Grounds Tickets are $45 for Friday, and $55 for Saturday or Sunday. Youth discounts are available.
Tickets are available by phone at 888.248.6499 and at the Monterey Jazz Festival website. For more information, including a detailed schedule, see the artists page on the Monterey Jazz Festival website.
Hotels in Monterey as well as nearby cities like Carmel, Pacific Grove, Seaside and Marina often sell out well in advance of the Monterey Jazz Festival, one of the most popular annual Monterey, California events. Reserve as far ahead as you can and be sure to check our "Specials" page for the latest hot hotel deals!