The Monterey Jazz Festival is the world’s longest running annual
celebration of all that’s great about jazz. Held in Monterey,
California every year in mid-September the festival attracts
jazz followers from around the globe. All the big names in the
world of Jazz are represented – the 2005 program includes
performances from Mavis Staples, Madeleine Peyroux and the
Christian McBride Situation.
Make a date with Monterey
Tickets for the Monterey Jazz Festival can be purchased in
advance. In fact, purchase of tickets at least a month before
the festival begins is encouraged as there’s only so many to go
But the Monterey Jazz Festival is not just for jazz buffs. The
three-day event, which is set within the breathtaking 20-acre
Monterey Fairground – a giant oak-filled park in the city –
offers plenty of fun for all the family. Aside from the
magnificent setting, a whole host of side activities can be
enjoyed, as well as displays of international cuisine and
opportunities to shop from marquees and stalls.
Outside the park, activities in the city of Monterey abound too.
Not to be missed is a walk along the coastal trail and a visit
to one of the many beautiful beaches that line the peninsula.
Getting to Monterey
Monterey has its own airport. International travelers may fly
direct into Monterey (airport code MRY) or connect to the
airport via an internal flight from Los Angeles or San
Francisco. Car hire can be booked in advance for pick up from
Monterey airport at http://www.your-carhire.com
For more information on the Monterey Jazz Festival and for
admission tickets visit http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org