56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

The 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will be held on September 20-22, 2013.

It's my 3rd year attending this festival and I can tell you there is so much jazz in store for you whether you buy a grounds only ticket OR an arena package.

April 1st thru May 10th - You will be able to renew  Arena Packages

May 21st - New Arena and Grounds Packages will go on sale to the public

July 8th - Single Day Arena & Grounds tickets go on sale

click here for tickets

  • You can do the whole 3 day package or you can buy separate days.  However much jazz you want to handle.

Everyone is responsible for securing their own lodging in Monterey. If you are serious about going, I would suggest that you make your lodging reservations now.  I will be staying at the El Castell again this year since it's virtually right across the street from the festival grounds.

Any questions, please comment here or send me a message.

Please do not sign up on this meetup event if you are just attending the jazz festival, but have no intention in hanging out with the other members.   This event is organized for the purpose of fellow jazz fans to actually connect at the festival either for meals, between performances or sitting together during performances.

I am organizing a dinner at 5pm on Friday before the festival begins at the Monterey Fish House sames at the past two years.  See the separate Meetup Event.

Message me your name & cell# so you can be added to my group text message.  This way I can send out a group text message on where to meet.

For Saturday I'm going to suggest meeting at the Garden Stage around 1pm.

For Sunday, we will select a spot inside the Festival grounds at the beginning of the day for people to gather and meet.

Previously at the festival, everyone exchanged cell #'s so you could find others to hang out with during the festival and that worked well.

If you have a smartphone, there is a MJF app that has all the artist info, schedule, map, etc.  I've been using it and it's really
iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/56th-annual-monterey-jazz/id459202862?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.seedlabs.mjf&hl=en

Here's a link to the PDF time schedule of performances. I recommend printing out this PDF so you can start mapping out your schedule and speak with the others.  It helps figure what is going on concurrently and make your pick.  http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/2013/sites/default/files/uploads/MJF%202013%20Master%20Schedule.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Terry

    Had a great time. Thanks eceryone

    September 23, 2013

  • Cindy

    Another fantastic Monterey Jazz Festival. Good to see the few who actually made it to Monterey.

    September 23, 2013

  • John C

    Nice seeing/meeting some of you Saturday. I had a great time, and heard some great music !

    2 · September 22, 2013

    • Doug

      Good seeing you John. Glad to hear, you enjoyed yourself.

      September 22, 2013

    • Cindy

      Good to see you too. Glad you enjoyed it.

      September 23, 2013

  • serenitysf

    Bam! Clint Eastwood feet away from me at Diana Krall concert - that was Some Weekend! Thank you so much for putting this toogether - till next time :)

    September 22, 2013

    • Cindy

      Well, I literally bumped into Clint Eastwood on the way out of the arena after Diana Krall. :) you are very welcome and glad you enjoyed it.

      September 23, 2013

  • serenitysf

    If anyone wants to join me, the old Monterey fine arts festival is happening now at 451 del Monte Avenue

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope to meet up with some of you on Saturday at the Garden Stage at 1pm. If anyone is interested in carpooling in the morning, email me via this group. I'm leaving Sunnyvale area at around 9 AM, and can meet up with you someplace along 101.

    September 19, 2013

    • Brit

      Change of plans. Staying till Monday. Sorry!

      September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lucky you. Wished I could!! :)

      September 21, 2013

  • Cindy

    Tomorrow starts the Monterey Jazz Festival and 12 of us will be having dinner at 5pm at Monterey Fish House to meet and socialize before the festival begins that night. I am suggesting people can meet up at the Garden Stage at 1pm on Saturday. This will give people a chance to meet at the beginning of the day, exchange cell# if they wish and talk about the different artists they plan on seeing. During the festival, the comments section of this event can be used to let people where you'd like to meet up during the jazz festival, tips on great artists, etc.

    If you would like to be on my group text messages, please send me an email with your name and cell#.

    Cheers,
    Cindy

    September 19, 2013

    • Doug

      Good idea Cindy, please add me.

      September 19, 2013

    • Cindy

      Although I'm depending on people to make their own connections because I'm going to be sitting in the Arena reserved section a majority of the time when there are performances in the Arena.

      September 19, 2013

  • Terry

    I have a girlfriend that would like to come with me to the festival. Does anyone have an extra ticket that they are trying to sell for Saturday ?

    September 16, 2013

  • Cindy

    On Friday, I'm organizing a dinner at 5pm so some of the Jazz Fans can meet each other before the festival that night.
    On Saturday, I suggest people meet at the Garden Stage by 1pm to meet up.
    Please message me your name & cell# if you haven't already so I can send out a group text.
    Please feel free to use the comments section here during the festival for meeting up with people.

    September 16, 2013

  • Cindy

    Hello all, I'll be posting more info by this weekend on how everyone wants to meet up in Monterey. I will be there all 3 days with an Arena package so I'll most likely be in the Arena during those performances, but also catch some Grounds performances with anyone else. More info to follow....

    September 12, 2013

  • John C

    If anyone wants to meetup Saturday, feel free to email me through the meetup site, or post comments here. I have the single-day arena pass, and will be around for all of the shows, as I'm staying in Monterey Fri/Sat nights.

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to carpool, but going on Friday......

    September 8, 2013

  • Terry

    Hi everyone. Anyone driving up Saturday morning? I live in pleasanton and would love to carpool with someone. Is there any specific plan on meeting somewhere on Saturday at the fairgrounds?

    September 7, 2013

  • serenitysf

    ok, I'm a little calmer - found out can get $30 pass for parking - there's shuttle that takes you to grounds - now for reasonably priced accomodations? san jose?

    August 30, 2013

    • Cindy

      This is why I posted the event almost a year in advance so people could make lodging reservations well in advance because the closer to the date the more expensive room rates are likely to get. I don't know what to tell you about accomodations at this point.

      2 · September 3, 2013

    • serenitysf

      was able to find place on airbnb :)

      September 7, 2013

  • John C

    Hi all, I have 1 extra single day arena ticket for Saturday September 21st available. (access to ALL shows) Please email me through the site if interested. Full price was $66, I'll consider selling it at a reduced price. Thanks !

    August 24, 2013

    • John C

      I sent you an email Terry. Please respond to my personal email address that I included. Thanks ! :)

      August 24, 2013

    • John C

      Ticket is sold, thanks Terry ! :)

      September 3, 2013

  • Brit

    Anyone interested in driving down for Friday, only. Hearing the Buena Vista Social Club live would be a highlight!

    1 · June 8, 2013

    • Brit

      Let's connect when we get closer to the MJF. I live in Southern Marin and don't mind driving down.

      August 16, 2013

    • serenitysf

      Brit, I think I want to stay for entire weekend because Diana Krall is playing on Sunday night - never seen her. If you want just Buena Vista - they'll be playing at Davies Symphony Hall on Sunday night

      August 30, 2013

  • John C

    Just bought my Saturday arena ticket. Will be staying Fri/Sat night at a hotel that is just a .3 mile walk to the fairgrounds. :) Will look for details on the Friday night dinner.

    July 8, 2013

    • Cindy

      Thanks for the update, John.

      July 8, 2013

    • Cindy

      John, the dinner event is now posted for Friday night.

      August 21, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Hi everyone. I had hoped to go but have a business trip. However, I wanted to pass along that I learned that there is a very nice shuttle to Monterey from SFO or SJC. www.montereyairbus.com. Enjoy!

    August 15, 2013

  • Barbara

    I am definitely interested in getting together beforehand to meet each other and can offer my place in the inner sunset in SF. We can also watch my Coltrane video.

    2 · May 23, 2013

    • serenitysf

      Hi, I live in SF too - would love to meet

      August 14, 2013

  • kate

    Bummer - I will miss it this year! I forgot I had another trip planned :(

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is new to me.....how does one choose? Ground or arena? Any suggestions welcomed. Carpooling planned?

    June 1, 2013

    • Cindy

      Choosing ground vs. arena is personal choice. Grounds gets you everything except the arena shows and is less expensive. Arena package gets you everything including a reserved seat for the arena performances but costs more. Up to you on what you want.

      1 · June 2, 2013

    • Cindy

      I don't know if anyone is planning on carpooling. I'm not arranging, but people can connect here if they want.

      1 · June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we able to sit together regardless of when we purchase tickets?

    June 1, 2013

    • Cindy

      For the Grounds performances, people can try to sit together for performances. For the Arena seating, probably not since it depends on what reserved seat you can purchase.

      1 · June 2, 2013

  • Liz Del S.

    I am all set - ordered my arena weekend tickets and have my hotel. Also interest in getting together beforehand to meet, talk about the festival. Thank You Coordinators!

    May 24, 2013

  • Bambi Lynn W.

    and Eben

    April 26, 2013

  • Marina

    im super excited about this one!

    April 25, 2013

  • Digne

    Just reserved my motel in Seaside for $90/night and 2 mi. from MJF. Monterey proper is getting expensive where my search results were $150+. Act soon or what's affordable is Salinas or Santa Cruz.

    April 21, 2013

  • Julie

    Fabulous lineup all 3 days...sigh...I just might HAVE to get the 3-day pass.

    April 6, 2013

    • Cindy

      I'm doing the 3 day Arena package...how can you decide. :) Go for it!!

      April 6, 2013

  • Liz Del S.

    Thanks for the Motel Location tip. I just made my reservations for the MJF. I did a web search and the better price and availability at this time seems to be Price Line, just a suggestion.

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it possible to say +1 for another member of this meet up group? I did not know how to do that in the RSVP ?

    April 6, 2013

    • Cindy

      Gwen, just have the other member of the group RSVP themself.

      April 6, 2013

  • kate

    It was a ton of fun last year - great people to hang out with at the festival.

    April 3, 2013

    • Cindy

      Hi Kate, Glad to see you coming again this year. Looking forward to the fun! Cindy

      April 3, 2013

  • Doug

    Can't wait. The previous two MJF's were a lot of fun.

    1 · April 3, 2013

    • Cindy

      Me too!!! Lots of music & fun.

      1 · April 3, 2013

  • Liz Del S.

    Thank You for your coordination.

    April 3, 2013

    • Cindy

      You're welcome!

      1 · April 3, 2013

  • John C

    I plan on getting a single-day arena ticket for Saturday, and maybe for Friday as well.

    April 3, 2013

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