Isthmus Jazz Festival

  • June 16, 2017 to June 17, 2017
    Recurring daily
  • Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace
  • Downtown
  • 800 Langdon St.
  • Madison, WI 53706

For almost 30 years, the Isthmus Jazz Festival has celebrated America's homegrown art form. The free festival kicks off the summer season in one of Madison's most beautiful outdoor settings, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union Terrace. A diverse crowd of students, jazz aficionados and casual fans fill the tables to hear a lineup that reflects a century's worth of jazz styles. Dixieland, big-band swing, bebop, Latin jazz and free jazz are all part of the mix, along with contemporary derivations like funk and hip-hop. The festival is committed to honoring jazz's glorious tradition while keeping one eye fixed on the future.

Top-tier jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard will be the headliner for the 2017 Isthmus Jazz Festival. The concert is a ticketed event and will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, in Shannon Hall at the UW Memorial Union. For more information on this event and other Isthmus Jazz Festival lineup details, click on this page's Visit Website link.


  • Times: All Day Friday and Saturday
  • Admission: Free admission to festival, Terence Blanchard will be a paid admission