Get groovy at San Jose Jazz’s Summer Fest 2023

See what’s in store during San Jose Jazz’s Summer Fest 2023 that’s taking place Fri., Aug. 11-Sun., Aug. 13 at various stages around San Jose, CA.

People dance in front of the main Summer Fest 2022 stage.

Get ready to bust out your moves at this year’s Summer Fest.

Photo via @sanjosejazz

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Get ready for all that jazz.

San Jose Jazz’s 33rd Annual Summer Fest is back at Plaza de César Chavez this weekend, Friday, Aug. 11-Saturday, Aug. 13.

Get ready for more than 100 performances of jazz, R&B, Latin, soul, and so much more across eight stages in downtown San Jose — here’s our quick guide to the fest.

🎟️ Admission + getting there

Ticket prices vary depending on if you decide to attend all three days ($130-$680), or select days ($40-$180) — children ages 4 and under are free.

We all know downtown parking is tough, so we recommend carpooling, taking public transit, or heading to any of these five nearby garages.

Need a breakdown on DTSJ parking? Read our guide.

Band W.I.T.C.H plays on a stage.

W.I.T.C.H, or “We Intend To Cause Havoc,” is also a headliner.

🎷 Headliners + highlights

San Jose Jazz has put together a fire lineup of musicians which include big name headliners like rapper + MC Big Daddy Kane, two-time Grammy Award-winner Gregory Porter, and pop + soul icon Anthony Hamilton.

Plus, this year is especially poppin’ as it will celebrate 50 years of hip-hop. On Friday, Aug. 11, get ready for:

  • Live graffiti painting with artists (and married couple) Gwen Mercado-Reyes + Joey Reyes
  • A hip-hop dance performance from popping crew Playboyz
  • A Q+A session with hip-hop podcast Dad Bod Rap Pos and MC Murs

And, we’re not quite finished. Throughout the weekend, check out these other fun fest events:

  • Latin Tropical Stage Pre-Party | Friday, Aug. 11 | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | 386 Lounge | Tickets
  • Youth Jazz Jam | Saturday, Aug. 12 | 4-5 p.m. | SJMA Next Gen Stage | Free (with wristband)
  • Culture Night Market | Saturday, Aug. 12 | 3-11 p.m. | The Serpentine, Latin Tropical Stage | Free entry

Now go bust a move and we’ll see you there.