We will again be in the Stearns Square neighborhood. Worthington St. and Bridge St. will be closed to motorized vehicles to create a pedestrian area. The Charles Neville Main Stage will be located near Stearns Square and the Urban Roots Stage will be located near Tower Square Park.
There will be four entrances to the festival at:
To ensure the health and safety of all attendees, capacity at the Festival is limited and we are requiring that guests RSVP to ensure that we can keep an accurate headcount. As always, the event is FREE, and it’s easy to RSVP. You can register online by clicking here.
You can also register at the gate. One of our helpful volunteers will be happy to assist you.
The festival will kick off at 5PM with the Worthington Street Mural Unveiling and a performance by Buddy McEarns at the Charles Neville Main Stage. The Jazz & Justice workshop, Afro Puerto Rican Roots & Rhythms with William Cepeda, will begin at the same time and take place at the Hispanic American Library.
The main festival day begins at 12:30PM with the Second Line Parade - led by the New Breed Brass Band - leaving from the steps of Springfield City Hall, and will march to Stearns Square together to open the Festival at the Charles Neville Main Stage.
NOTE: Admission to the Wood Museum, where the Horn Man exhibition is on display, is FREE on the day of the festival Saturday. The Museum will be open from 10am - 5pm.
We recommend bringing lawn chairs or a blanket and sunscreen. The festival is a rain or shine event so you may want to bring a small hand held umbrella. Large, beach style umbrellas are not permitted. If you are bringing a lawn chair, please be respectful of your neighbors and situate yourself so that others can see the stage too.
We’ll have plenty of great food and beverage options, so please leave coolers and outside food and beverages at home. We will also have a free water station available to refill your water bottle.
Please DO NOT bring pets (see below), coolers, alcohol (we’ve got you covered with great local breweries), glass containers, tents, umbrellas (the small handheld variety is okay in case of showers), drugs & drug paraphernalia, weapons of any kind, or fireworks.
We love our furry friends, but the festival needs to feel safe and comfortable for everyone, so please leave them at home. Properly identified service animals assisting someone with a disability are permitted. Emotional support animals (ESA’s) are not.
YES! The festival site is paved, making it easy to get around. We will also have designated accessible seating near the Charles Neville Main Stage. If you need assistance, one of our helpful volunteers will be happy to assist you.
We will have great food options this year with plenty of options. Local restaurants will be serving in addition to food trucks.
Please note: In our new location, you’ll be able to carry your beverages throughout the festival. However, you cannot enter a street level establishment with your festival beverage. Similarly, beverages purchased at these establishments must be consumed in those establishments. Many local establishments will have outdoor seating areas for everyone to enjoy.
There will be an array of craft vendors, including vintage records, creative apparel, jewelry, books, art, and live painting.
There are several nearby parking lots and garages. Discounted parking will be available for festival attendees in the Taylor Street Garage, Dwight Street Lot, and the City Stage Garage at Columbus Circle.
See the map HERE.
Unfortunately we will not be streaming this year.
We are committed to keeping all of our attendees safe and feeling comfortable. While masking outdoors is not required at this time, we will be following local and state COVID guidelines.
Face coverings will be required for ALL attendees of the Jazz & Justice Series, all of which will take place indoors.
If you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please stay home and seek appropriate medical attention.
A little kindness goes a long way. Some folks have lost loved ones to the pandemic or have underlying vulnerabilities. Others have emerged from this period reasonably unscathed. We ask that you honor the needs of those around you - whether that’s a desire to dance with wild abandon or to take a little extra space. We are all here to celebrate together!
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