The annual Sioux Falls JazzFest is underway in Sioux Falls. Performers will hit the stage Friday and Saturday with a big headliner wrapping things up on Saturday.
JazzFest is now a three-day outdoor music event featuring two stages and it is free to the public. This event has become very popular over the years. At JazzFest 2011, an estimated 75,000 people came out to the event. JazzFest is a fundraiser for the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues non-profit organization. They bring in money during this event by selling drinks at the festival.
JazzFest is usually held the third weekend in July. This year the event runs July 26th - July 28th. On Friday, gates open at 4:00pm, the music starts at 6:00pm and goes until 11:45pm. On Saturday, gates open at 11:00am, the music starts at noon and goes until 11:45pm.
JazzFest is held at Yankton Trail Park which is very close to the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and I-229.
Things you might want to bring with you to JazzFest include, a small lawn chair or blanket; a bike, ball or Frisbee; cash or credit cards; a hat, sunblock, sunglasses, and your kids.
Due to the fact that JazzFest is a free event and all proceeds from beer, pop, and water sales go to the Jazz and Blues Society, they ask that you leave your coolers at home and buy your drinks at the event. This way they can bring some money in to continue educational programs throughout the area. Organizers ask that you not bring tents, umbrellas, pets, or RVs.
There is a $10 daily parking fee to park inside Yankton Trail Park. Organizers do not recommend parking on streets surrounding the park. There is a bike/walking trail that connects Yankton Trail Park to several other parks in Sioux Falls. Organizers suggest that you park your car at another park along the trail and then take the path into the JazzFest site. For $3 you can also take a shuttle round trip from an area school to the event. Shuttle locations are at Lincoln, Roosevelt and O'Gorman High Schools. However on Friday the shuttle only runs from Lincoln High School. It will run from 5:00pm until 12:30am. On Saturday the shuttle will run from all three schools from 11:00am until 12:30am.
Kids are also welcome at the event. JazzQuest is a special area just for kids with tons of activities, like face painting, arts and crafts, musical games and other activities. The kids area inflatables will be open from , 5:00pm-9:00pm Friday night and inflatables and arts and crafts projects will be available from 1:00pm-9:00pm on Saturday.
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