Performance Sites and Locations
Music will be performed in the streets and at over 20 sites from “Old Sac” to the Convention Center Area. Venues vary from small, cozy club settings for about 100 people, to a giant area in Old Sac where 2,500 fans can let loose and party. “Next Generation Band” sites feature talented youth jazz bands from near and far. You’ll find music on the Delta King riverboat and in FOUR of Sacramento’s luxury hotels: Holiday Inn and Embassy Suites in Old Sac; Sheraton Grand and Hyatt Regency in Midtown.
View MAP of venues, Admission Sales locations and parking.
“Old Sac” is a National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park with world-renowned museums focusing on railroad history and the Gold Rush era. Performance sites in Old Sacramento range from the charming precincts of the refurbished Delta King riverboat (floating hotel on the Sacramento River), to the highly improbable Freeway Gardens— a parking lot under Interstate 5. Music is performed in the majestic California State Railroad Museum, in canvas tents along the Sacramento River, in the foliated courtyards of the Courtyard D’Oro and Firehouse Restaurant (and their cozy banquet room), in world-class hotel ballrooms, Laughs Unlimited and even below street level in the brick-covered Round Table Pizza Parlor. Plus, our newest and biggest venue Turntable on the Green where you’ll be able to hear our headliners play! They’re all within the perimeter of Old Sac, an easy walk from venue to venue, so that visitors may sample any of the festival’s lively musical styles all in one area. Outdoor venues are covered from the sun but open to fresh breezes from the Sacramento River — and perhaps even infused with the spirit of Old Sacramento’s Wild West heritage, making it conducive for thousands of attendees to get down and get crazy. Even the excursion trains have music!
Best bet for longtime fans who want to hear lots of jazz concentrated in a few venues. The Convention Center Area does not include the Convention Center but does include venues in the sophisticated ballrooms inside two luxury hotels: the Hyatt Regency and the Sheraton Grand, just a block apart. In the hotel ballrooms dance floors keep the dancers happy and on their feet. For the less mobile, these hotel venues offer comfort and air-conditioning, and a good variety of Jazz and Ragtime. This Midtown area also offers many of Sacramento’s most sophisticated restaurants; plus the spectacular IMAX theater just around the corner. You’ll also find the California State Capitol, with expansive lawns and leafy, manicured gardens — perfect for a leisurely stroll. Weather-wise, you never know what’s going to happen in May, but should Sacramento be in the middle of one of its heat waves, every hotel venue is air-conditioned.
All of the Next Generation sites are FREE of charge to the general public. There are three youth band sites: Including the Delta King Dock alongside the historic Delta King Riverboat and Round Table Pizza, downstairs and below street level and at the Downtown Plaza Piazza in front of Macy’s. This is where tomorrow’s jazz musicians develop their talents. The festival annually presents over a dozen groups of young people (high school age and younger) as a way of fulfilling the STJS mission to preserve classic American jazz and develop a new generation of musicians to play it.
We'll get this party started on Friday night, then start Saturday morning with a colorful parade along streets lined with music fans of all ages. Music will permeate Old Sac and the major downtown hotels. Get an All-Events badge and enjoy all four days at a bargain price. Buy tickets online today!
This website is funded in part by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC).