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Your Guide to Saskatoon’s 2024 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Arts & Culture, Entertainment, Families, Food & Drink
Posted By Bailie Knowles , July 05, 2024

The 2024 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival is back for another season at beautiful Victoria Park! This iconic event kicks off this weekend, drawing music enthusiasts from all over for ten days of unforgettable performances.

The festival boasts an impressive lineup of family-friendly free programming from July 4th to July 10th, followed by four days of ticketed programming featuring four main stage artists each day. Get ready to attend with these tips for navigating the 2024 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival like a pro!

Victoria Park- The Hub Spot

The Jazz Festival is located along the stunning South Saskatchewan River at Victoria Park for the second year. This will be the hub of activity and entertainment, featuring music, local food and artisans, family fun activities, and so much more! 

Photo Credit: Saskatchewan Jazz Festival 

Be sure to stop by the 9 Mile Legacy Artisan Market, which will be set up and feature local Saskatchewan makers and offer festival-goers a chance to shop locally! There will also be Art by the River featuring the artwork of local artists and free art classes for youth running throughout the week! 

Are you planning on bringing the kids? Stop by The Family Fun Zone, which will have a variety of activities, including giant yard games, Punch Buggy Express, Wanders Tiny Farm, and so much more! 

Photo Credit: Aspen Films

Enjoy some beverages and food with the Saskatoon Co-op Beer Garden and Food Truck Village. Both will be offering local products and food from around Saskatchewan! And be sure to try out the featured 2024 festival beer, Mainstage  '24, made by 9 Mile Legacy Brewing

Getting to the Festival

New this year, the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival will offer a free shuttle, The SaskJazz Shuttle, service for festival goers making five stops throughout the city!  The SaskJazz Shuttle will run during the festival's eight days (July 6-13). The buses are wheelchair accessible as well. The stops will include:

-Victoria Park main festival site (on the corner of 17th Street and Spadina Crescent West, directly across from the main festival site)
-Riversdale (on the corner of Ave D & 20th Street West)
-The Maurice Drouin Lounge at Bokeh & The Alt Hotel Saskatoon (480 2 Ave S)
-The James Hotel (620 Spadina Crescent East)
-The Broadway Theatre – Official Box Office (715 Broadway Ave)

Photo Credit: Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Website

Suppose the shuttle doesn't work for you to use. In that case, there are other ways to get to the festival site: biking (park your bike or stroller at the free valet), walking along the Meewasin Valley Trail, taking one of the City of Saskatoon E-Scooters (learn more about scootering here), or taking a taxi (like Riide!) 

Yoga in The Park is Back

I haven't tried this, but I have always wanted to because it looks fun. But back again is Yoga in the Park! This year, they offer four Yoga sessions (now I have no excuse not to try!) and are free for all levels. Taught by Ground Yoga, sessions will run on July 6 and 7 at 1:30 p.m. and July 8 and 9 at 4:00 p.m. All you need to bring is your yoga mat and water! 

 Photo Credit: Concepts Photography

The Music- Get your Dancing Shoes Ready

Now, let's get to the most important part: the music! As I mentioned, there are free programming days and four ticketed events. To see a complete list of the free programs, check it out here. Different community locations will also host live music, like the Bokeh Patio at the Alt Hotel, the Amphitheatre in Brighton, Café Del Rey, The Rook & Raven, and many other amazing places! 

The Mainstage ticketed shows have a great lineup this year: 

 -July 10th- Alexis Normand, Blue Moon Marquee, Franzey Ford and Shakey Graves
 -July 11th- Belle Plaine, Jeffery Straker, Alex Cuba and Johnny Reid
 -July 12th- Audrey Ochoa, Laura Anglade, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, and Arturo Sandoval 
 -July 13th- Anna Haverstock, Martin Kerr, Jewel and Melissa Etheridge

I don't know about you, but the older I get, the more I learn to appreciate good music! I seem to be branching out and not just listening to 90s hits!! This year, I plan to check out some of the free programming and ticketed shows! I even have a date with my mom, who is the biggest Johnny Reid fan, so I'm looking forward to that! 

Photo Credit: Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

There you have it, your official guide to the 2024 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival! For all other information, tickets and the complete list of activities, check out their website here (They also have a great digital program guide

Who are you most excited to see? Happy Jazz Fest!