Scranton Jazz Festival kicks off August 5th

All of Downtown Scranton will serve as center stage for an award-winning music festival as the 17th Annual Scranton Jazz Festival (SJF) returns to the Electric City, Friday through Sunday, August 5, 6 and 7. The festival is made possible through partnerships with Blu Elefante Events, PA Jazz Alliance Inc., the City of Scranton, First Friday Scranton, Lackawanna County, and Scranton Tomorrow, and with the generous support of sponsors and media partners.

This year’s event continues the 2021 format, reminiscent of a New Orleans style festival. Instead of utilizing one, large main stage, performances will be held in multiple venues throughout the Downtown. Featuring national, regional and local musicians, SJF fans will enjoy the extensive variety and unique experience they have grown to expect, and love. 

The SJF will also provide a much-needed economic boost for musicians and also supports local businesses. While enjoying performances by accomplished jazz, blues and world beat musicians, visitors to Downtown Scranton are encouraged to explore the wonderful restaurants, pubs and cafés in the Business District. So many establishments have struggled financially, and these small businesses will benefit from the extra foot traffic generated by the festival. 

The SJF has garnered international recognition and has been mentioned in U.S. News and World Report, for the cultural diversity and integrity it has brought to the region.

 In celebration of its commitment to the arts, admission is free on Friday. There will be two ticketed events at The Ritz Theater featuring The Royal Scam, a Steely Dan Tribute Band, on Saturday, and the SJF Big Band featuring the legendary Four Freshmen on Sunday.  Everyone is invited to enjoy live music in more than 20 venues in the Downtown Scranton Business District all weekend.

For more information about the 17th Annual Scranton Jazz Festival, tickets, a schedule of performances, and artist info, visit and follow Scranton Jazz Festival on social media.

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