Founded in 1980 by Dr. Thom Horning and Reginald Buckner, Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland stays true to its mission to:
- Foster the history and nurture the future of jazz
- Provide educational opportunities for students of all ages and in all walks of life
- Bring world-class jazz to Cleveland
Today, Tri-C JazzFest is a three-day summer music festival that takes place in the theaters and outdoors on the streets at Playhouse Square, located at 1501 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio. It's also an educational festival that connects students of all ages with local and international jazz artists. The inclusion of students and teachers ensures the future of the art form in Northeast Ohio. Outreach programming provides free cultural access to Cleveland’s underserved population.
Directions and Accommodations
The 41st annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland will take place at Playhouse Square June 25-27, 2020.
Nearly 500 artists will perform indoors and outdoors for three nights and two days playing world-class jazz and other genres. Full festival schedule of events to be released in 2020.
DownBeat Magazine describes the festival as offering "the type of diverse, top-tier talent typically found at a much larger festival, along with some adventourous programming that was spiced with compelling international flavors." JazzFest also offers ticketed indoor shows, various free bands on the outdoor stage, Talk Tent to get to know artists, shopping, beer garden, street performers and games, Kids Club and much more!
Purchase night or weekend parking in the Playhouse Square Parking Garage (located at 1450 Chester Avenue) in advance and save. Parking is just $15 online when you purchase prior to the day of your performance ($20 on site). Click here to purchase.
Parking passes may also be purchased at the ticket office in the KeyBank State Theatre Lobby during normal business hours. Parking passes must be purchased prior to the day of your performance.
Click here for more info on directions and parking.
The Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square is the official hotel of Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, and The Westin Cleveland Downtown is a partner hotel.