JazzFest is this weekend

Music fills the night at Sioux Falls’ JazzFest. (Photo by South Dakota Tourism)JazzFest, a hugely popular and free music festival in Sioux Falls, is this Friday and Saturday, July 17-18.

JazzFest is located in Yankton Trail Park, on the south side of Interstate 229 off Minnesota Avenue. Organizers sugest that attendees — who numbered 90,000 last year — park at one of the other parks along the walking/bicycle trail that leads in to Yankton Trail Park, and then take the trail to the event. There is also a paid parking area and a shuttle.

Once there, you’ll find two stages and a variety of great music. The musical genres include jazz, blues, Zydeco, Latin, reggae, big band, rock, soul and funk.

No outside food or beverages are allowed on the grounds, but there are plenty of great food and beverage vendors on-site.

Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on.

Here are some other tips from the event organizers about what to bring and what not to bring:

What should I bring to JazzFest?
A small lawn chair or blanket; a bike, ball or Frisbee; cash or credit cards; a hat, sunblock, sunglasses, your kids, and a great attitude!

What should I leave at home?
Umbrellas or tents, coolers or outside food and beverages, pets (”seeing eye” and “support” dogs excluded), radios and portable TVs.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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