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Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2020

The largest music festival in British Columbia with 1800 artists and over half a million jazz fans

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The Vancouver International Jazz Festival runs from mid-June until Canada Day on July 1st. Being one of the largest jazz gatherings in Canada, it consists of over 300 concerts at about 30 venues that take place over a period of two weeks. The festival brings together jazz legends, emerging musicians and contemporary visionaries from different countries. Jazz club sessions, outdoor improvisations in the park, the Vancouver International Jazz Fest has it all!

Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Vancouver - Best Season 2020

During two weeks the Vancouver International Jazz festival hosts 130 free concerts. David Lam Park Jazz weekend is among the most popular events, featuring eclectic lineups in a beautiful green space. David Lam Park is located at Pacific Blvd, between Coopers' Park to the east and George Wainborn Park to the west.

Best time for Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Vancouver 2020
Best time to see Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Vancouver 2020

The festival emerged from the Vancouver jazz scene in the early 1980s. In 1984, the Pacific Jazz and Blues Festival was held in the city for the first time. In 1986, it changed the name, and the first annual Vancouver International Jazz Festival was produced featuring legends like Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Albert Collins, and John Mayall.

"The Boom Booms" take over the TD Stage in David Lam Park for the closing show of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2020
"The Boom Booms" take over the TD Stage in David Lam Park for the closing show of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The festival draws in about 460,000 people each year. And over 1000 volunteers help to make the event happen with its hundreds of performances in parks, community centres, streets, clubs, and public plazas in various neighborhoods.