Atlanta Jazz Festival


The Atlanta Jazz Festival (AJF) is regarded as one of the largest FREE jazz festivals in the country. An annual celebration of the music, culture and art of jazz begins in April and culminates each Memorial Day weekend, with an outdoor festival in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, featuring jazz artists from all over the world.

The mission of the AJF is to expose and entertain a diverse audience of Jazz aficionados, young Jazz enthusiasts and aspiring musicians to the rich heritage and variety of Jazz as an authentic form of American music.

The AJF is produced by the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. It is FREE and open to the public. The AJF is funded through the support of corporate sponsorships as well as Atlanta Jazz Festival, Inc., a non-profit entity dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Atlanta Jazz Festival.




The 2016 Atlanta Jazz Festival will take place at Piedmont Park on Friday, May 27th through Sunday, May 29th. Stay tuned for the official 2016 Atlanta Jazz Festival lineup.


Youth Jazz Band Competition

The Youth Jazz Band Competition allows Atlanta area middle and high school jazz bands to compete for an opportunity to perform during the festival and raise funds (donated by sponsors) for their school’s jazz program.

31 Days of Jazz

The Atlanta Jazz Festival partners with venues all over the city to promote jazz events every single day of May leading up to the annual festival Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park. From MARTA stations, museums, jazz clubs, and restaurants the 31 Days of Jazz series provides a little something for everyone.

Neighborhood Jazz Series

The Neighborhood Jazz Series takes place at various City of Atlanta parks every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of May leading up to the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. Each concert is hosted by a different City of Atlanta Councilmember and is family friendly and FREE to the public. Stay tuned in for a full calendar of Neighborhood concert events.

Be sure to visit the festival website soon for a full line up of the 2016 Atlanta Jazz Festival.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival, Incorporated , a 501(c)(3), supports AJF programming through donations and the support of its members, the 35 for 35 Society, a philanthropic group comprised of individuals dedicated to the preservation of jazz.


Contact the Atlanta Jazz Festival

Melissa R. Laurenceau, Festival Manager
[email protected]

Colby Wilson, Production Coordinator
[email protected]