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#VisitROC's Guide To The 2018 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 11:00 AM by Visit Rochester Staff

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) returns to Rochester for its 17th Edition June 22-June 30. With nine days filled with amazing music, we've pulled together a guide with the must-knows for getting around Rochester's top music event.

Music + More

Did you know? XRIJF is presented in three series. The Club Pass series with 223 show, the Headliner series of six shows, and 97 free shows and events series--all of which are held within 20 venues throughout Rochester's East End.

The Club Pass Series

You can purchase a 3-day shareable Club Pass, 9-day shareable Club Pass, or single entry to Club Pass shows. Note: Entry without a pass will be first-come-first-served for $30 or $35, cash only, at the venues.

The Headliner Series

Ticketed headliner shows at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre will feature:

  • Seal on Friday, June 22

  • Boz Scaggs-SOLD OUT- on Saturday, June 23

  • Béla Fleck and the Flecktones on Tuesday, June 26

  • Alison Krauss -SOLD OUT- on Wednesday, June 27

  • Lake Street Dive-SOLD OUT- on Thursday, June 28

  • Jill Scott on Friday, June 29

View the official Club Pass and Headliner schedule here.

Free Shows & Events Series

All 97 free shows and events require NO ticket and happen rain or shine. Just some of the featured artists include:

  • Vintage Trouble on Friday, June 22

  • Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot! on Saturday, June 23

  • St Germain on Friday, June 29

  • Pokey LaFarge on Friday, June 29

  • Tower of Power 50th Anniversary Tour on Saturday, June 30

View the official Free Shows & Events schedule here.

Official Jam Sessions happen nightly start at 10:30 p.m. at The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar located off the lobby area of the Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel

Getting Around 

2018 Festival Map

The festival map is available here

2018 Jazz Fest Map

Free Shuttle

A free, wheelchair accessible, shuttle bus will circulate all nine days of the fest from 3:00 p.m. to midnight stopping at key festival venues. View the shuttle map here.

Parking

There is ample parking all around the festival. Please read signs carefully as parking is not permitted on some streets or in private lots. Click here for additional parking information. 

Bikes

Bikes are for rent via Pace at multiple locations around downtown Rochester. Here are the Pace bikeshare stations are in and around the festival:

  • Main & Gibbs
  • Main & Scio
  • Liberty Pole Plaza
  • East & Winthrop
  • East & Alexander
  • Chestnut & Court

Food + Beverages

A wide variety of food trucks, and food and beverage vendors at the festival on Main St., and East Ave., and at several Club Pass venues. There are also many great restaurants in the festival area. View a list of vendors and their locations here.

Brochure + Free App

The 2018 XRIJF brochure is available at the Ticket Shop, at M&T Bank branches, and many other locations around Rochester. Pick one up during the festival at any venue. Download the free XRIJF app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for a mobile version of the festival's full schedule, list of artists, venues, maps, news and links to buy tickets online and social media posts.

Visitor Information

Looking for additional information or recommendations on how to maximize your trip to Rochester? Stop our Visitor Information Booth on Jazz Street (Gibbs Street) to meet the Visit Rochester team.

Don't forget to share your adventures in Rochester and at this year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival using #VisitROC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Author: Visit Rochester Staff

Visit Rochester staff share the inside scoop on Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.

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