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2019 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Announces First Set of Headliners

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival announced that seven-time Grammy award winner and one of the GREATEST Ever, Gladys Knight will be one of the headliners of the 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.

Experience all Downtown Jacksonville has to offer as it comes alive with the sounds of jazz greats and modern favorites at the 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Memorial Day weekend. Join the City of Jacksonville May 23 – 26 and experience two stages of live jazz, local food, drinks, shopping and entertainment.  Since first taking place in 1981, the Jazz Fest has become one of the largest jazz festivals in the country, offering a fun and vibrant street festival atmosphere, and in 2019 you can experience it throughout 10 blocks of downtown – all for free!

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Up-­Front Exclusive Seating

Sure you could lug a lawn chair and binoculars around with you all day. Or, you could kick your feet up and enjoy the show (all the shows!) front and center with plenty of legroom at the two 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Fest stages!

Reserved Parking

There’s plenty of parking downtown but none of it is more convenient than where you’ll be parking your jazz-­wagon! Why walk any further than you have to when you could save your energy for dancing the night away, you party animal?

Beverages & Food

Feeling a bit peckish? You don’t have to wander far when you’re at either of the two VIP areas. Enjoy complimentary Coca-­Cola products and snag your complimentary alcoholic drinks at the bar with your drink tokens! Two drink tokens for one-day pass holders and eight drink tokens for three-day pass holders. Plus you get access to nightly dinner at the Swingin’ Stage! One dinner ticket per night you have access to VIP.

Climate-Controlled Restrooms

Porta­-potties? Not for you, champ! Pristine, private toilets with actual running water and glorious air­-conditioning will make you forget the days of waiting in line, holding your nose and wishing you’d remembered the hand sanitizer. Comfort awaits!

Dedicated VIP Bars with Beer, Wine and Liquor

There’s little worse than waiting in line for drinks when the bands are playing and it seems everyone but you (and the 20 people in front of you) is dancing and having a great time. Don’t worry, you’re VIP, you don’t wait for drinks and it’s the only place at Jazz Fest you can find a full liquor bar! You walk up to your VIP bar and you get yourself a beer, wine or spirit! Who knew life could be so good?

Official Merchandise

You didn’t think we’d send you home empty handed, did you? Your VIP swag­pack scores you a limited edition bag, lapel pin, sunglasses, and $5 coupon towards your purchase of $25 or more at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Merchandise Store.

Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition Admission (Experience Jazz Package Only)

Witness live as the best of the best from across the country battle it out for all the glory. Your VIP pass guarantees you admission to this thirty-year jazz fest tradition.

VIP packages are non-refundable. Please note, for the 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Festival, there are two amazing stages for you to groove at daily.

For more information on the Jacksonville Jazz Fest visit

2019 Festival Hours:

Friday: 6 – 11pm
Saturday: 3 – 11pm
Sunday: 3 – 11pm

2019 Pricing:

VIP packages will go on sale Black Friday with exclusive pricing through Cyber Monday at Noon. This exclusive deal will sell out, so hurry and get yours now!

3-day Experience Jazz Package – Black Friday Weekend: $259

3-day Experience Jazz Package – Tier 1: $279

3-day Experience Jazz Package – Tier 2: $309

3-day Experience Jazz Package – Tier 3: $349

Friday – Discover Jazz Single Day Package: $89

Saturday – Discover Jazz Single Day Package – Tier 1: $149

Saturday – Discover Jazz Single Day Package – Tier 2: $169

Sunday – Discover Jazz Single Day Package – Tier 1: $149

Sunday – Discover Jazz Single Day Package – Tier 2: $169

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