Questions? Concerns? Find your answers here.

General Questions

They’re free! No ticket required. We work year-round with corporate sponsors and donors to make sure we can keep our Festival free and open to the public. If you stop by the Festival this year, show us some love by donating to our bucket brigade on-site! A $10 donation gets you a special 2018 Festival button; wear it all weekend to show you’ve done your part to help Blues & Jazz!

The Festival is held at Frontier Park, in Erie, PA. The Mainstage and musical performances will be held on the Southeastern side of the park (trust us, you won’t miss it). We also use the ampitheater, LEAF building, and Northwestern side of the park for Artist workshops, food trucks, and kid’s activities. See the map for the Festival below.

If you’re from out of town, welcome!! There are plenty of fantastic places to stay in Erie. Our friends at Lake Erie Cyclefest have created a handy list of hotels to stay at the weekend of the Festival: http://www.eriecyclefest.org/stay.php.

Keep us in mind for the future! This year we have a few vending artists, but most of our “Artists at Work” tent features teaching artists that will show you their craft through demos. The demos will be great for children and adults to watch and learn, and a few artists will have crafts for the kids to take home with them.

Oh, will there. We always have food vendors located near the Mainstage, and this year we will have food trucks on the northwest end of the park, lining Cherokee Drive.

You’re also welcome to bring your own food to the festival! Please make sure if you bring your own grill that it is GAS not CHARCOAL. Thank you!

Yes! We believe Blues & Jazz should be celebrated by groups of all ages. This year we are offering children activities throughout the park, including dance classes, puppet making, storytelling, and Squonk Opera interactive children’s workshops. We try to make sure this event is as family friendly as possible.

No! We love dogs, but for this weekend, we don’t allow dogs in Frontier Park. There’s a lot of commotion in the park, and your dog might not be used to that kind of noise/crowd. We don’t want to stress out your furry friend, and we don’t want our volunteers to worry about cleaning up dog waste. Thanks for asking!

Yes! You can find a full schedule at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BluesandJazzFestival/

Of course, and while you’re at it, bring a chair! Spaces for tents are limited, and you may not set tents up until 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Yes, it was; thanks for asking! This is the first year Erie’s Blues & Jazz Festival will be produced outside of The Erie Art Museum’s realm. While a few things are changing, some key factors stay the same. Despite his retirement from the Erie Art Museum, John Vanco has agreed to stay on this year as the Artistic Director, so we can ensure the same calliber of musicians you’ve come to expect from this Festival. We hope that Erie Arts & Culture can provide you with the same great Blues & Jazz the Festival is known for, while expanding the Festival to include more local artists.