ome by boat, come by car or trolley to the West Coast’s best fall music festival in Clearwater’s Coachman Park Thursday (10/17) – Sunday (10/19). This is the 40th Clearwater Jazz Holiday presented by HCI Group Inc. and the line-up features jazz legends, blues artists and global entertainment celebrities.

There are multiple food vendors and beer/wine purveyors. Enjoy fun fare from Rich N Rise Thai, Colonels Kettle Korn, St Pete Concessions, Mr. Bill's Fine Foods, C&S Concession's, The BBQ Spot, Pipo's, JTD Inner City Foods, Shadrack's Pizza, PDQ, Our Place, Gourmet Coffee & Crepes Creations, Seafood Market, Pacific Rim Noodles, Fat Stuffs. FYI: If you want to drink, you must be 21 years old with proper ID to receive a drink wristband.

We enjoy stopping in at Clear Sky on Cleveland for a cocktail and app before we head into the show, or after we leave. Be prepared to pay for parking in the lots if you're not Ubering or taking the Trolley up.

 You can enjoy the VIP area (see the map) with free food and signature drink as well, but we love mingling with the crowd and seeing old friends. After many of the shows, you can purchase a CD and meet the artist in person who will sign your CD.

Local legends Gloria West and the Gents kick off Friday and Saturday’s jazz vocalist legends feature the incomparable Fred Johnson among others. There will be young musicians showcased including the Ruth Eckerd Hall/CJH Youth Band on Sunday and fireworks following the show on Sat. 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17TH 3:30 pm Gates Open

3:45pm - 4:45pm - Jazmin Ghent

5:15pm - 6:15pm - Polyrhythmics

6:45pm - 8:00pm - The Soul Rebels

8:30pm - 10:00pm - Boyz II Men

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH  4:00 pm Gates Open

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm - Gloria West and The Gents

5:45pm - 7:00 pm - Marcia Ball

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Robert Randolph & The Family Band

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

10:30 pm - 1:30 am - Clearwater Jazz Holiday Official After Party Hosted by Allon Sams, Presented by The Living Room at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH 1:45 pm Gates Open

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm - CJH's Young Lions Jazz Master Sessions Featuring James Suggs

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm - University of Miami's Frost Jazz Ensemble Featuring Dafnis Prieto 

5:15 pm - 6:45 pm - 40th Anniversary Tribute to Jazz Vocalists Featuring Karen Benjey, Erica DiCeglie, Valerie Gillespie, Fred Johnson, Theo Valentin, Belinda Womack & La Lucha

7:15 pm - 8:45 pm - Blood, Sweat & Tears

9:15 pm - 10:45 pm - Chicago

10:45 pm Fireworks Presented by HCA West Florida Pinellas County Hospitals

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH  1:15 pm Gates Open

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm - REH / CJH Youth Jazz Band with Special Guest Dafnis Prieto 

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm - Ashley Smith & The Random Occurrence

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm - Parsonsfield

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Yonder Mountain String Band

8:30pm - 10:00pm - Alison Krauss

 ** Schedule and Artists subject to change

TICKETS: On sale now! Purchase your General Admission, Reserved or VIP seats.  4 Day and Weekend tickets are available. Kids 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by a paid adult. No exchanges, refunds or Re-entry. Rain or Shine.

VIP TICKETS: Purchase your individual VIP credentials to experience the 40th Clearwater Jazz Holiday October 17-20! Your single day VIP Experience affords you a reserved seat within the first 8 rows of the Reserved Seating area along with enjoying our hospitality area on the day you select. The VIP Hospitality is an area secured for our Partners and VIP Patrons where you can enjoy free food provided by The Living Room, 3 glasses of beer or wine, unlimited soda and water, an executive restroom trailer and more!

Entrance to the VIP Experience area is located on the North and South sides of Coachman Park, to the left and right of the main stage. Tickets are $175-$200 each and are available for purchase. No exchanges, refunds or Re-entry, Rain or Shine You will print your ticket(s) for entry when purchased. VIP Credentials will need to be picked up at the Will Call / VIP Entrance located at the Harborview Gate located by the water on the Southside of Coachman Park by presenting your printed ticket/receipt. No credentials will be shipped and Photo ID is required for pick-up.

DO'S & DON'TS: A number of safety and security measures have been put in place at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday for the enjoyment, safety, and comfort of all festival attendees, artists and staff. Please be advised that the following items and practices are NOT permitted at the event.

THE FOLLOWING ARE ALLOWED: Lawn Chairs, Blankets, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, I.D. tags for small children


NO pets - only service animals are permitted;  NO grills, hibachis, or open flames of any kind; NO glass containers or bottles; NO coolers, food or drink of any kind; NO unauthorized vendors; NO tents, canopies or umbrellas; NO overnight camping; NO Audio / Video recording devices; NO inline skating, skateboarding ; NO littering; NO Firearms, unless otherwise permitted by Florida Statute, Chapter 790 (2011) ;NO knives or weapons of any kind; NO cell phones or pagers during performances; NO fireworks / laser pointers

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Photo courtesy of Clearwater Jazz Holiday and Ruth Eckerd Hall