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Outdoor Festival Features

Outdoor Festival Features

The 43rd annual festival features outdoor entertainment under the GE Chandelier at Playhouse Square from 3 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday of festival weekend - June 24 and 25. The streets are closed in the district to allow for concerts, shopping, food and beverage vendors, street performers and much more.

Admission to this area is free and open to all ages. All outdoor lineup and schedules are subject to change. Learn more about each feature below!

Strassman Stage

Strassman Insurance Stage

The Strassman Insurance Stage features local and regional talent selected by a jury of music industry experts. From jazz and gospel to funk and rock, the free performances are sure to keep the dance floor hopping. Check out this year's lineup.

Friday, June 24 Time
Alla Boara 3 - 3:45 p.m.
Ernie Krivda and the Fat Tuesday Big Band 4:15 - 5 p.m.
Sam Hooper Group 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
Cats On Holiday 6:45 - 7:30 p.m.
A Tribute to Eddie Baccus Sr. 8 - 8:45 p.m.
Walter Barnes Jr. & Friends 9:15 - 10 p.m.
Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band 10:30 p.m. - midnight


Saturday, June 25 Time
JazzWorks 3 - 3:45 p.m.
Hubb's Groove 4:15 - 5 p.m.
Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
East Central Jazz Educators All-Star Big Band (Madd for Tadd) 6:45 - 7:30 p.m.
Herb Wilborn Jr. Band 8 - 8:45 p.m.
Dave Thomas 9:15 - 10 p.m.
Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta 10:30 p.m. - midnight

Next Gen Stage

William M. Weiss Foundation Next Gen Stage

Jazz education is extremely important to us (it's part our mission)! This stage, located on the U.S. Bank plaza, showcases the future of jazz featuring performances by the Tri-C JazzFest Academy camp students, Spirit of the Groove ensemble and many former students who've passed through our program throughout the years. Check out the lineup.

Friday, June 24 Time
Funky Duck 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Tri-C JazzFest Academy Ensemble 5 - 5:30 p.m.
Tri-C JazzFest Academy Ensemble 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.
Tri-C JazzFest Academy Ensemble 7:30 - 8 p.m.
Tri-C JazzFest Academy Ensemble 8:45 - 9:15 p.m.


Saturday, June 25 Time
Tanline! (featuring Grant Heineman) 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Colin Palmieri Quartet 5 - 5:30 p.m.
Thomas Schinabeck Quartet 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.
Spirit of the Groove 7:30 - 8 p.m.
Spirit of the Groove 8:45 - 9:15 p.m.

Kids Club

U.S. Bank Kids Club

The U.S. Bank Kids Club is located in a covered tent at the corner of Huron Rd. and Euclid Ave. Children can enjoy musical arts and crafts, drum lessons, face painting and more. It's fun for the whole family!

Hours of Operation:
Friday, June 24 | 4:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 25 | 3 - 7 p.m.

Musical Crafts
Balloon Art
Face painting

Drumming with Dylan
4:45 - 5:15 p.m.
6 - 6:30 p.m.
7:15 - 7:45 p.m.

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Jazz Kitchen

The Jazz Kitchen

Inside this tent, festivalgoers will get to experience cooking demos and interviews with the JazzFest artists. The Tri-C Hospitality Management Center will provide tips on creating great dishes, and in between demos, artists will be interviewed on various topics. Check out the schedule below!

Friday, June 24 Time
Chef Maureen Leonard demo: edible cookie dough with artist sous chef Bijon Watson 3 p.m.
Meet the artist: MonoNeon and Ghost-Note interviewed by Jack Marchbanks 4:15 p.m.
On Old Blue Eyes: John Clayton and John Pizzarelli interviewed by Jack Marchbanks 5:30 p.m.
Chef Maureen Leonard demo: edible brownie batter with special guest artist 6:45 p.m.
Chef April Thompson demo: garlic curry chicken
deviled eggs with special guest artist
8 p.m.
On Wayne and Sound Prints: Joe Lovano interviewed by Dan Polletta 9 p.m.
Remembering Eddie Baccus Sr.: talk with Joe Mosbrook 9:30 p.m.


Saturday, June 25 Time
Chef Eric Wells demo: low country shrimp and grits
with artist sous chef Michael Ward-Bergeman
3 p.m.
Remembering Toots: Kenny Werner interviewed by Joe Mosbrook 4:15 p.m.
Chef Kitty George demo: Tri-C Stomp burger with artist sous chef Shenel Johns 5:30 p.m.
Meet the artist: Cyrille Aimée interviewed by Jack Marchbanks 6:45 p.m.
Yolanda Ramos demo: gluten-free pasta with tastes of the season with special guest artist 8 p.m.
Meet the artist: Raul Midón 8:45 p.m.


Other Festival Attractions

There's more to JazzFest than just music. Festivalgoers will enjoy plenty of food and beverage options —including our Ohio Lottery Beer Tent, shopping vendors, street performers, games, dancing under the GE Chandelier and so much more. Here's what we have planned so far.

Street performers, games and tents:

  • Art Acts Giant Puppets
  • On Top Ball Toss
  • Ohio Lottery Beer Tent
  • Rust Belt Monster Collective (Saturday only)
  • Sax-O-Matic
  • Samba Joia
  • Cleveland Water's Water Buggy
  • BMW Experience

Food trucks and tents:

Friday, June 24 Saturday, June 25
Squash the Beef The Benevolent Butcher
KC&J Hawaiian Shave Ice KC&J Hawaiian Shave Ice
Parker & Sons BBQ Parker & Sons BBQ
Samurai Dynasty Samurai Dynasty
bRaised in the CLE bRaised in the CLE
Metro45 Metro45
YumVillage (tent) YumVillage (tent)
Sizzle, Sauce & Spice (tent) Sizzle, Sauce & Spice (tent)
Kohcoa (tent) Kohcoa (tent)
Kernels by Chrissie (tent) Kernels by Chrissie (tent)

Shopping vendors:

Friday, June 24 Saturday, June 25
My Turquoise Kitten Abolition Bakery
Diversified Funk Diversified Funk
Love of SparkLynn Love of SparkLynn
A World of Good A World of Good
Damsel in Defense Damsel in Defense
Body Shop at Home Body Shop at Home
Elyce Fashions Elyce Fashions
Cleveland Cold Brew KandyDollKloset
Blendichi Blendichi
Devine Designz Devine Designz
Rock Paper Cigars Thrift2Gift
Art By Design Art By Design
Sprinkles by April Sprinkles by April
Ohio Lottery Ohio Lottery
T-Mobile T-Mobile
Renewal by Andersen Renewal by Andersen