This September 21-23rd, the decades-old Monterey Jazz Festival will return for its 61st edition. As its getting to be that time for prospective attendees to start making plans, we just want to point out a few reasons why this gathering is extra special. Here are five reasons why music lovers need to check out The Monterey Jazz Festival.
One of the world’s longest running jazz festivals, The Monterey Jazz Festival dates all the way back to 1957, when San Francisco jazz radio host Jimmy Lyons founded it. Many amazing artists have played the event over the past half-century, and its venue—the Monterey County Fairgrounds—has also played host to other historical concerts like the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
While there is so much to marvel at when looking at the annual spectacle that is the Monterey Jazz Festival, the main attraction has and always will be the music. This year promises to keep up the event’s proud tradition of world-class programming, with a lineup highlighted by iconic names such as: Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste with the Dap-Kings, and many more.
For all Jazz fans out there, this is one of the most comprehensive and magnificent collections of musicians and performances in the world. Come out for the three-day event and get exposed to over 500 artists, playing across eight stages, tallying up to over 110 shows. This is as deep a dive into the world of jazz that’s out there.
Every year, the Monterey Jazz Festival attracts some of the largest and most enthusiastic crowds of any music festival in the country. At the same time, it’s a jazz crowd, so you can expect sophistication and courtesy alongside boogying grooves and generally happy viewers.
Last, but never least, the Monterey Jazz Festival is worth checking out, because it’s in Monterey. Located on the Central Coast, within striking distance of urban landmarks like San Francisco, and natural ones like Big Sur, it’s the perfect area to visit for a weekend–especially if that weekend is this September during The Monterey Jazz Festival. Just a ten-minute drive from the grounds, The Sanctuary Beach Resort is the perfect spot to stay during the festivities.