We are looking forward to seeing you at Baltimore Jazz Fest! Here are some of the common questions we’ve been asked to help you plan your visit. If you still have any questions, please feel free to contact us!
NOTE: More answers can be found on our partner’s website: https://aframbaltimore.com/faq
Why did you become part of AFRAM?
After launching the Fest in 2016 in Druid Hill Park, we moved in 2019 to St. John’s Episcopal Church (St John’s in the Village). Earlier this year BJA received notice that the church was closing, and we began investigating alternative venues. We had been in talks with AFRAM about a possible partnership, and when they offered us a stage at the existing festival, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. While this means some change to the character of the Fest, it still adheres to our goals and values — it’s free to attend, it is in Baltimore, and easily accessed by public transportation, it is welcoming to people and families of all ages, and it is a celebration of African American music, of which jazz is clearly a fundamental part.
We hope you enjoy it as much, or even more, than our past events!
What if it rains?
AFRAM is rain or shine! However, if the National Weather Service issues an inclement weather warning within the festival area, an announcement will be made. All activites will conclude until the warning has lifted.
Will there be seats available?
No. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs or blankets.
How about restrooms?
Porta-pots will be on site various locations. Wheelchair accessibility will be available.
Can I bring my own food and drink?
Yes, but we encourage you to support our fantastic food and drink vendors on site – prices will be reasonable, and choices plentiful, so make your life simple and leave it to us! There are also some great food choices on the neighboring blocks, so you can always pop out for a bite and come back in. Per AFRAM guidelines, no coolers, grills, alcohol, or glass containers may be brought in.
What about parking?
parking will be available to the public, while space is available. Spaces are limited and use of transit options is highly recommended. See all of our transportation info here.
What about public transportation?
The use of public transit is highly recommended. Additionally, designated rideshare drop-off points are provided. Visit our transportation page for more details here.
Can I bring my pets?
Yes, as long as they are on a leash!
Are there any restrictions on cameras, phones, and other electronics?
You are welcome to use your phones, and we encourage you to socialize the event, let people know you are having a great time! Just be sure to follow any relevant copyright restrictions if you post your photos/videos, and please use the #baltimorejazzfest and/or #baltimorejazz tags to help us recognize your posts. As for cameras, if you’re taking pics at the Fest, we’d love to see them. Share them on our event page, or feel free to contact us to share. Audio recording is not advised due to copyright issues.
Where is the event?
Baltimore Jazz Fest is located on the Soul Stage at AFRAM, in Druid Hill Park. See https://aframbaltimore.com for more information and a site map.
Where can I find more great jazz throughout the year?
Baltimore has a fantastic jazz scene, and you can find a calendar of events year round, plus news and info about the artists and venues in the area, at https://baltimorejazz.com