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General Festival Information


Donations Invited

The amazing sights and sounds of JazzFest can be enjoyed for free—even the best seats in front of the stages! And your gift can help to keep it that way. Please look for the bucket brigade and drop in your cash donation, or visit jazzlansing. com to donate online by credit card or PayPal.

The Turnaround Lounge

The location of this large tent lets you follow acts as they rotate between the main stages, from the Lounge’s allweather covered comfort or open patios. The wristband you get for your modest $10 daily admission charge will let you explore the vendor area and events happening off-stage, and return to the Lounge as often as you want. This is also the only location on festival grounds where you can buy alcoholic beverages. Soft drinks are also sold.

KidzBeat 1-5pm Saturday

KidzBeat is a range of activities giving kids arts experiences first-hand—through art projects offered by MSU’s Broad Art Museum and Capital Area District Library, interacting with a professional storyteller, to playing music themselves at the instrument petting zoo of woodwind and brass instruments, guided by MSU Community Music School, and one-onone sessions with electric guitar and bass, mentored by professional musicians.

WKAR BackStage Pass

New this year, WKAR will be streaming live each evening from JazzFest. The award-winning WKAR BackStage Pass team will stream the performances of Ron Brooks Trio+2 and Organissimo on Friday and Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and Bill Heid Trio on Saturday. WKAR personalities will also be sharing updates and artist and fan interviews via Facebook Live each afternoon and evening. Follow WKAR Public Media on Facebook for updates, and view the festival live performances at wkar.org.


Lansing JazzFest cares for those with disabilities in the following ways. As an outdoor street festival, the festival venue is naturally wheelchair accessible. Specially marked meters along both sides of E. Grand River are reserved for handicap permit holders, and an adjacent City lot (see below) offers some fully accessible spots. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available.


Lot 56 at the south end of Turner St., just across E. Grand River Ave from the fest ival. City’s special event pricing: $7 by cash, local check, credit card for each entry (re-entry incurs new charge) Friday 3-9 pm and Saturday 11am-9pm. Other times free access.

Music Workshops

On Saturday, August 5, in MICA gallery, three hour long workshop sessions will be held. At 2:30, learn about Latin Percussion with Oben Succari from PanaMO. At 3:30 Paul Keller is holding a workshop in which he coaches the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan Scholarship quintet, open to the public. At 4:30 Bill Heid shares his performance secrets and stories from the road of his 5 decade career.


(Subject to change)


Amist Lemonades Anishnabe (Native American) Uncle Ed’s Elephant Ears Cinnamon Nuts & More Clint’s Hotdog Cart Cottage Inn Pizza Eastside Fish Fry Finley’s BBQ Helping our Heroes-Pies Iorio’s Gelateria cart Maria’s Tacos

Mediterranean Cuisine Youa’s Asian Fusion Foods


ABS Clothing Black Dot Creations Laura Ray Art Nannis Fashion Providence Chiropractic Saniya’s Collections Silver Talisman Jewelry Sistha’s Creative Designs

Beer & Wine Choices

We hope you’ll enjoy the following beverage choices offered

by Blue Moon Trailer (subject to change):


Wine List:

Miller Lite Copa Di Vino Moscato Coors Light Copa Di Vino Caberneto Labatt Blue Corona Mike’s Lemonade Atwater Dirty Blonde Uncle John’s Hard Apple Cider Grand River Monkey Mouth IPA


Miller Lite Leinenkugel Summer Shandy Blue Moon Belgian White Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat Lansing Brewing Co. Amber Cream Elison Cressent Fresh IPA


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