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Monterey Jazz Festival Guide
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Headed into its 60th year, the Monterey Jazz Festival features over 500 artists in more than 100 shows on eight stages. Along with a lineup featuring some of the genre’s biggest names, the festival’s location on the beautiful Central California Coast makes it a must-attend festival for West Coast jazz fans.

(Read: Monterey Jazz Festival Pro Tips)

Monterey Jazz Festival 2017 Dates and Location

The Monterey Jazz Festival is held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California from Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17, 2017.

Monterey Jazz Festival Lineup

Herbie Hancock, Leslie Odom Jr., Common, Regina Carter and Kenny Barron are some of the headliners. To view the complete Monterey Jazz Festival 2017 lineup check out the official page.

The Arena Artists are the headline acts that perform on the main stage.  

The Grounds Artists perform on smaller stages (both indoor and outdoor).

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Monterey Jazz Festival Tickets  

3 Day Arena Package –  $315-410 – Access to all five headline performances on the arena stage. Prices depend on your seat’s proximity to the stage.

3 Day Ground Access – $145 – All day access to the seven smaller ground stages.

Friday Arena Package – $82 – Access to the sole Friday arena stage show.

Saturday Arena Package $164 – Access to both Saturday arena stage shows.

Sunday Arena Package – $164 – Access to both Sunday arena stage shows.

Purchase your Monterey Jazz Festival 2017 tickets.

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Getting to and From the Monterey Jazz Festival

Air – San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco International Airports are within a two-hour drive from the festival. San Jose is the closest at just an hour and fifteen minute’s drive from Monterey.

Car – Festival goers from the Bay Area and the Central Valley or Southern California will all use Highway 1. The venue is directly off the highway at the North Fremont Street exit.

Shuttle – Festival goers arriving by car can park at Monterey Peninsula College and take Monterey-Salinas Transit buses to the festival free of charge. Parking at Monterey Peninsula College is cheaper than parking at the venue itself.

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Where to Stay for the Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey is a beautiful small city on California’s Central Coast that has a great selection of accommodations. We’ve picked a few that will catch your eye.

Airbnb – This two-bed Monterey apartment is walking distance from the festival and can sleep up to four guests. Its ideal location (it’s also walking distance from Monterey Bay) and five-star rating after more than 70 reviews send it to the top of the list. The host charges $218 per night.

Airbnb – For a pair of friends looking to enjoy the festival without breaking the bank, this quiet, comfortable, Monterey apartment is walking distance from Monterey Bay and the host charges only $84 per night. The two rollaway beds are nothing fancy, but the open kitchen and well-situated location are excellent perks.

Hotel – For those looking to enjoy Monterey in a little more comfort, The Clement Monterey Intercontinental is right on Monterey’s famous Cannery Row and puts festival goers in an ideal position to explore the city’s many attraction. The famous Monterey Bay Aquarium is right down the street. Rooms start at $365 per night.

Monterey Jazz Festival Guide
Photo by Jim Stone
Monterey Jazz Festival 2017 Guide
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