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Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey County Fair & Event Center

Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey County Fair & Event Center

Monterey Jazz Festival

September 18 - 20, 2015

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The Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continuously-running annual jazz event in the world, premiered on October 3, 1958 with San Francisco jazz radio broadcaster Jimmy Lyons as its founder. 40,000+ fans are expected to attend the 57th edition of the two-day and three-night celebration that takes place September 19-21, 2014. 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 at 2014's Monterey Jazz Festival include Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Shawn Colvin, Marcus Miller, Michael Feinstein, and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Visit the official site for a full listing of the 500+ performers scheduled to grace the eight Monterey Jazz Festival stages.


The Monterey Jazz Festival is more than just a three-day event. The primary purpose of the not-for-profit festival is to fund jazz education programs throughout the United States. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised each year by the Festival and its associated activities, providing scholarships for promising young musicians. Top student musicians are also invited to participate in the "Next Generation Festival" each spring.

Other Activities

If you need a break from the live music, the Monterey Jazz Festival has plenty of other activities to keep you entertained. The Taste Tent features beer, wine and food from several local Monterey restaurants. The Festival also features an auction of unique jazz items and memorabilia, jazz-related vendors, an exhibition on the history of the Festival complete with memorabilia, DJs, and jazz movies.

Children's Activities

Sunday, September 21st 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. 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 2014 Next Generation Festival.

Monterey Jazz Festival Tickets

Daily Grounds Tickets, available for advance purchase from $45 for adults and $20 for children between the ages of 2 and 18, allow one general admission to the Festival grounds. Grounds Ticket prices increase when purchased after Monday, September 16.

Full event Arena 3-Day Packages, available from $290, include tickets for the same reserved seat in the Arena for all five shows on the Jimmy Lyons Stage over the Festival weekend, plus access to the grounds. 3-Day Grounds Packages, starting at $125, consist of three Grounds Tickets; one for each day of the Festival.

Tickets are available by phone at 888.248.6499 and at the Monterey Jazz Festival online ticket office. For more information, including a detailed schedule see the official Monterey Jazz Festival website.

Monterey Jazz Festival Hotels

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!

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