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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2018

June 23 & 24, 2018 in Saratoga Springs NY

saratoga jazz festival logoIf you love great jazz music and having fun, you don't want to miss the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC. It's the most popular jazz festival in the area and one of the most anticipated events in Saratoga each summer!

The Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival is held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Spa State Park on the last weekend of June each year. (Get directions to SPAC here).

Over 20 world-class jazz artists will take the stage at SPAC this year! The big-name acts at the Saratoga Jazz Festival perform all day long on the main stage (SPAC amphitheatre), and the Gazebo usually features up-and-coming jazz artists, with performances trailing off in the early evening.

The 2018 Performer Lineup will be announced soon. For an idea of what to expect, see the 2017 Lineup below.

2017 Performers

jazz festival performers

June 24 - Amphitheatre:

  • Chaka Khan: 9:25PM - TBD
  • Jacob Collier: 7:30PM - 8:40PM
  • The Suffers: 5:50PM - 7:00PM
  • Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo, and Monk featuring Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jason Palmer, Josh Roseman, Roman Diaz, Ben Street & Adam Cruz: 4:15PM - 5:25PM
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant: 2:50PM - 3:50PM
  • Jean-Luc Ponty: The Atlantic Years: 1:20PM - 2:30PM
  • Dave Stryker Organ Quartet featuring Eric Alexander, Jared Gold & McClenty Hunter: 12:00PM - 1:00PM

June 24 - Gazebo Stage:

  • Shabaka & The Ancestors: 5:55PM - 7:00PM
  • Barbara Fasano: 4:30PM - 5:35PM
  • Dave Stryker Organ Quartet featuring Eric Alexander, Jared Gold & McClenty Hunter: 3:05PM - 4:10PM
  • Jack Broadbent: 1:40PM - 2:45PM
  • Aruan Ortiz Trio: 12:15PM - 1:20PM

jazz festival performers

June 25 - Amphitheatre:

  • Gipsy Kings: 8:35PM - TBD
  • To Ray, With Love featuring Maceo Parker, the Ray Charles Orchestra & The Raelettes: 6:40PM - 7:55PM
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater: 5:00PM - 6:10PM
  • Hudson: Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield: 3:25PM - 4:35PM
  • Quinn Sullivan: 1:50PM - 3:00PM
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: 12:30PM - 1:30PM

June 25 - Gazebo Stage:

  • Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles: 5:55PM - 7:05PM
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: 4:25PM - 5:30PM
  • Blind Boy Paxton: 3:00PM - 4:05PM
  • Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days: 1:35PM - 2:40PM
  • Noah Preminger/Jason Palmer Quartet: 12:10PM - 1:15PM

PLEASE NOTE: Artist lineup subject to change. Programs will be available the day of the event.

jazz festival attendees sitting on the lawn at spac


Ticket holders can enter at either the main SPAC gate or Hall of Springs gate.

Tickets will be available for purchase via phone charge at 518-584-9330 and in-person at SPAC's Box Office. Online tickets are available starting Thursday, February 22, 2018.


Gates open for the festival at 12 pm, but people start lining up long before then (we're talking 6 am or earlier) to get a prime spot. If you don't want to stand in line all morning, just throw some binoculars into your bag, and you're good to go.

Coolers are allowed, and you can bring all the food and drink with you that you would like! Jazz Festival is a BYOB event and a great opportunity to enjoy a picnic on the SPAC lawn with friends and family.

If you get lawn tickets, we recommend bringing blankets to sit on, food and drinks for the day, beach chairs, and umbrellas or tents to help you stay comfortable through the day-long festivities.

All photos provided by Saratoga Performing Arts Center

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