FAQs

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a Memorial Day weekend tradition. This year’s festival kicks off with the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition on Thursday, May 21st at 7pm at the Florida Theatre. Additional festival hours are as follows:

Friday, May 22nd: 6 – 11 p.m.

Saturday, May 23rd: 3 – 11 p.m.

Sunday, May 24th: 3 – 10 p.m.

The rumors are true. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is FREE to attend! That being said, you can get even more jazz by attending the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition on Thursday, May 21st. Tickets for the competition will be available for $15. Upgrade your festival experience with one of the new and improved VIP packages. VIP package details available here.

The festival returns to the downtown core this year comprising 10 city blocks in downtown Jacksonville full of live entertainment, great food and unique shopping experiences.

Coolers take up a lot of room and are strictly prohibited at the festival. There are tons of great places to eat downtown and many beverage booths where you can get a cold beer, bottle of wine or soft drinks. If you really want to be pampered check out the VIP Packages!

It may feel like a giant block party but BBQ grills are not permitted. Don’t worry though, there will be plenty of food vendors and downtown has some mighty fine places to get a bite to eat.

That wouldn’t be very fair to the people behind you. We want everyone to enjoy the festival and have a good view of the stage so tents and canopies are not allowed.

While your dog may be sweet, cuddly and well ­behaved, pets of any kind are not allowed at the festival with the exception of service animals.

While we appreciate your enthusiasm, the audio and video recording of performances is prohibited. Feel free to bring a camera and take as many selfies as you can to preserve those memories!

You heard right but no, you can not bring your own booze. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks will be available for purchase at the festival from official vendors. Please keep in mind it is against the law to remove alcoholic beverages from establishments (this means you can’t take your alcohol out of the local bar.)

Coolers take up a lot of room and are strictly prohibited at the festival. There are tons of great places to eat downtown and many beverage booths where you can get a cold beer, bottle of wine or soft drinks. Full List of Prohibited Items:

  • Grills
  • Tents
  • Outside Food
  • Drinks & Alcohol
  • Illegal Substances and Weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Flagpoles
  • Glass Containers
  • Bikes
  • Skateboards
  • Rollerblades
  • Solicitation
  • Drones

We love the enthusiasm for getting into the Jacksonville Jazz Fest line up! The performer application period is currently closed and we are not currently accepting submissions. Please check back to www.JacksonvilleJazzFest.com Labor Day Weekend 2020 to apply for the 2021 festival. You can also sign up to receive performer application updates via email here. Thank you!

In the interest of safety and providing the best possible festival experience for all, the following items are prohibited:

  • fireworks and explosives
  • illegal substances and weapons
  • flag poles
  • glass containers
  • roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, bicycles, scooters, anything with wheels (Strollers and wheelchairs are okay, but only for carrying a child, not for your lawn chair)
  • projectiles including balls and frisbees
  • signs or flags larger than 2’ x 3’
  • drones or other flying objects

You sure can but wouldn’t you rather relax in luxury in the VIP and not have to lug those things around? The answer is yes, you do.

Yes, there will be food trucks and other food vendors as well. Plus, downtown has some of the best dining options in the city offering specials during the festival! Please do not bring outside food into the festival area and absolutely no glass containers. Sales of unauthorized food or beverage are not permitted. All vendors must be licensed, approved and sanctioned by the City of Jacksonville Office of Special Events.

Downtown Jacksonville has more than 43,000 public parking spaces, which include garage parking, metered street parking and peripheral parking. While you may not always be able park directly in front of your destination, you should almost always be able to find parking within a short walk. Click here to view a parking database provided by Downtown Vision, Inc.

Jacksonville knows how to party rain or shine. That being said, in the event of extreme inclement weather as determined by the festival’s Emergency Operations Command, there is a chance certain performances may be canceled or rescheduled as the safety of all attendees is our number one priority.

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is for everyone so all festival venues and stages are ADA compliant. For any questions about ADA accessibility and accommodations please email events@coj.net, call (904).630.3690, or call (904) 630.CITY (2489).

You’re sweet, we’d love to have you help out! Please register to volunteer HERE. You may also call (904) 630­-3690 or email events@coj.net for additional information.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Festival please contact our Sponsorship Team at Sponsorship@coj.net or call (904) 630-3690.

Marketplace vendor applications for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival can be found here. If you would like to be notified of future food vending opportunities with City of Jacksonville events, click here.