Detroit Jazz Festival in Downtown Detroit

Bring your little hepcats to experience year 39 of the Detroit Jazz Festival. It's fun, free, al fresco, and it returns to the riverfront Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018.

Do you love jazz – or are you curious about the genre? Maybe you’re looking to clue your kids into some interesting new music? Either way, don’t miss the 39th annual Detroit Jazz Festival, which returns to the city’s riverfront area Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, 2018.

This once-a-year music show, presented by Quicken Loans, welcomes people of all ages to experience the musical magic of 30 jazz performers over Labor Day weekend.

From jazz legends to up-and-coming artists, this annual show – which boasts being the world’s largest free music festival – features a variety of sounds and instruments, from vocal stylings to plenty of percussion, bass and piano.

This year, expect to hear “elements of electronic, avant-garde, New Orleans, rock, modern, classical, spiritual” and more, a festival press release notes.

Performances take place on four stages – three in Hart Plaza and one in Campus Martius. Artists who are taking the stage include the Christian Sands Trio, 2018 Curtis Fuller National Jazz Trombone Competition Winner, Detroit Latino Jazz Project, Tia Fuller, Duffy King and more.

Aside from the performances, the Mack Avenue Music Group Jazz Talk Tent offers a unique experience for concert attendees. Here, they can have conversations about jazz, listen to panel discussions and presentations and meet some of the artists.

While you’re downtown, be sure to hit up one of the kid-friendly restaurants in Detroit – or make it a date night and head somewhere fancy after the festival.

While the fun is free, you can opt to purchase a Jazz Pass, Guardian of Jazz VIP pass or a hotel package (perhaps for a weekend away with your significant other).

And if you can’t make the show, you can livestream the Detroit Jazz Festival for $10.

For more information on things to do in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor this weekend, visit the Metro Parent calendar.

Photo from Detroit Jazz Festival’s Facebook page

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