Dance and Swing at “The Crown Jewel of Jazz Festivals”

In late November of each year, Jazz bands and musicians come from across the U.S. to perform at the five-day long San Diego Jazz Fest in Mission Valley and Old Town. Whether you like to dance to jazz or simply appreciate the music, jazz enthusiasts will enjoy the immense variety of styles performed during this classic event, including traditional (trad) jazz, swing, ragtime, Dixieland, boogie-woogie, gospel, and rockabilly.

Featured acts include Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing Orchestra (with vocalist Deejah Marie), Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra with dancers in vintage costumes, Ton Rigney and Flambeau playing Cajun jazz, the Euphoria Brass Band of San Diego, Red Skunk, Katie Cavera, Night Blooming Jazzmen of Claremont, The Memphis Boys, and the Mission Bay High School Preservationists (a group of young and talented musicians from the local high school).

Attendees will also find that the festival features plenty of classes and demonstrations in dance and music for interested participants, such as “JazzSea Jams,” in which cornetist Dick Williams allows musically-inclined festival-goers to join and jam with an organized band. Dance lovers can observe demonstrations by Joel Ply’s Han 10 Hoppers and Marggie Adams’ Swing FX Dance Team, and take classes from Georgia and Hal Myers.

Event Information and Pricing

The San Diego Jazz Fest takes place from Wednesday through Sunday. Not many tickets are kept at the door (usually under 30 in total), so you’ll want to order your ticket online. Children 12 years old and under are free if accompanied by an adult, and active duty military are free with proper ID.

Daily Ticket Prices

  • Wednesday: $20.00
  • Thursday: $25.00
  • Friday: $50.00 ($30.00 after 5:00pm)
  • Saturday: $50.00 ($30.00 after 5:00pm)
  • Sunday: $30.00

 Multi-Day Ticket Prices

  • Wednesday – Sunday: $110.00
  • Thursday – Sunday: $105.00
  • Friday – Sunday: $100.00

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