The North Bank’s much-anticipated Wine & Jazz Festival is coming to Esther Short Park from Thursday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Aug. 24. This year’s festival features Grammy-winning jazz, blues, pop, and gospel bands, including: Blind Boys of Alabama, Lee Ritenour, Don McLean, Stanley Jordan, Coco Montoya, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Dan Brubeck Quartet—plus local and regional jazz bands. The festival also features 200 wines, fine art and crafts, local restaurants and exhibitors.
The festival kicks off with a free Jazz Education Night on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. All ages are welcome and there’s no charge to come and listen to—and learn about—this truly American art form. Additional festival hours are from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24. Tickets are $20 on Friday, $25 on Saturday or Sunday, or $60 for a three-day pass. The Wine & Jazz Festival is a family-friendly, all-ages event. Kids 12 and younger are free with a paid adult. Outside food and beverages are not permitted. Purchase tickets at www.vancouverwinejazz.com or pay at the gate. For more details, contact the festival office at 360-906-0441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.