Guide to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2021

Guide to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2021

Everything you need to know about the musical celebration in Lowertown, September 17-18, 2021

Here’s what you need to know before heading to this awesome event in Saint Paul:


Thousands of spectators will flock to Lowertown over the weekend. Some will be devout lovers of jazz, others will just be music lovers looking to take part in the event—all are welcome, whatever your level of jazz expertise.


Started in Minneapolis in 1999 by jazz promoters Steve Heckler and Steve Adams, TC Jazz Fest began small as a free community event to promote local artists. Over the years, it has grown into a large festival celebrating jazz music—a genre that spans all ages, races and lifestyles. The free event bounced around the metro before settling into its current home in Lowertown in 2009, helping to develop the district’s lively and vibrant community. This year's performers include Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, Kenny Barron Trio and Emmet Cohen with Patrick Bartley.


September 17-18, 2021
Check out a pre-festival show on Friday, September 16 at Black Dog Cafe
Event Line-up


The festival will take place at a variety of venues in Saint Paul, with the largest concentration of performances taking place in Lowertown’s Mears Park. Keep tabs on the website for an updated list of venues and performances.


To celebrate jazz music in Minnesota's capital city, of course. Plus, it’s free.


Take Metro Transit's Green Line or bus. Parking is available in surrounding lots. 

Need a place to stay? We’ve got you covered with plenty of options:

For up-to-date information leading up to the event, visit the Twin Cities Jazz Festival website.

Once you're at the event, show us how much fun you're having on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL

Black Dog Restaurants/Dining Black Dog
Metro Transit Ground Transportation Metro Transit

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