What is Summer Fest?

Started as the San Jose Jazz Festival on one stage in 1990, Summer Fest has grown into one of the nation’s most important music festivals, featuring 100+ performances of the best in jazz, blues, R&B, funk, New Orleans, zydeco and more. In recent years, the Fest has become renowned for its top-flight lineup of breaking international and Latin artists, presented on stages throughout the event. Our Jazz Beyond stage presents young jazz artists pushing the boundaries of the art form, many influenced by the hip-hop, R&B, neo-soul and electronic music. There’s something for everyone and, even with its awesome scale and breadth, the Fest has remained one of the most affordable events of its kind.

Summer Fest is not just a place to sit and listen–get up and move! Indoor and outdoor stages provide a variety of environments as well as music. The Fest’s centerpiece is the Main Stage located in the Plaza de Cesar Chavez park, fronting the Fairmont San Jose, but the tight footprint of the Fest makes it easy to sample all the Fest has to offer. Our event is a feast for dancers–you’ll want to get up and move to many of the acts on the Main Stage and the Blues/Big Easy Stage, and there are hundreds of couples enjoying world-class live salsa from noon ’til night at the nearby Salsa Stage.

And there’s more than just music—the Fest is the perfect summer experience, with fantastic weather, great food, wine and microbrews; music-related community events; a family fun zone with great activities for the kids and evening activities for the grown-ups like a free club crawl. It’s a fantastic way to spend a summer weekend—check our Hotel Deals page for great prices on hotels in the center of the action.