The Wangaratta Jazz Festival is an annual festival of jazz and blues held in the town of Wangaratta, 2.5 hours from Melbourne in the north-east of Victoria, Australia.
It has become the premier jazz event in Australia and is renowned internationally.
Wangaratta Jazz Festival
Since inception in 1990, the Wangaratta Jazz Festival has grown to include 90 events and over 350 national and international artists performing each year.
Twenty-six years ago a group of enterprising local Jazz fans realized the potential economic and cultural value an annual music festival could bring to their beloved Wangaratta (Not to mention saving many trips to Melbourne and Sydney to satisfy their own love of live jazz music).
The Wangaratta Jazz Festival was formed and to this day remains, at its heart, a festival of Jazz music which has now become a part of our community’s identity.
Local families have grown up with the festival circled on their social calendar and central to so many valued memories shared as part of their life story.
As sons and daughters, friends and families have ventured from Wangaratta the “unofficial long weekend” remains a date marked for a return-to-home-pilgrimage, to once again enjoy each other’s company in the friendly streets and parks of Wangaratta, listening to great music, sharing a laugh and a glass of local cheer.
your Gold Pass
Like our community and its people, the Wangaratta Jazz Festival has weathered challenges and seized opportunities to grow and evolve.
Today our programme includes blues artists and ‘cross-over’ acts. New places and spaces are being explored to open up even more of our beautiful town to the festival.
This growth has been achieved through a lot of work from many people over the years and has ensured the enjoyment of festival-goers and the ongoing viability of the festival.
That work represents economic value to the community in the form of jobs, as does the influx of welcome visitors who fill our accommodation houses, our restaurants, cafes, wineries and shops.
Venture to Victoria’s high country this Spring to enjoy live music from some of the world’s finest jazz and blues artists and discover the rich experiences our region offers.
If it’s all about the music then your Gold Pass guarantees access to all shows and a year’s worth of live music or for the adventurers, mix in some regional experiences with your Festival Pass.
Bring along your friends and family for a new jazz and blues experience in the heart of the High Country.