Begin with art, because art tries to take us outside ourselves. It is a matter of trying to create an atmosphere and context so that conversation can flow back and forth and we can be influenced by each other.
–W.E.B. DuBois, Civil Rights Activist, Co-Founder-NAACP, Former Resident-St. Paul’s Frogtown Neighborhood

Past JazzFest performers

Music: A full, free day of great jazz from “just down the block,” local, regional and national performers.


Health and Wellness Village: Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN and UCare, along with area nonprofits, have come together to provide health screenings and tips for better living. Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN for sponsoring this important component of The Fest!


Selby Ave JazzFest Family Fun Zone Activities-puppets, face painting and fishpond

Family Fun Zone: A great place where kids and parents can take a break and have some fun. From hammering and nailing together a Home Depot wood project to learning about electricity from the Bakken Museum to creating a mess of arts and crafts…kids get in here and they don’t want to leave!


Artists doing their thing at Selby Ave JazzFest

The Village Marketplace: We’ve collected a great array of local merchants and area nonprofits to highlight all that the Selby Corridor has to offer! The Fest also prides itself on providing local artists the opportunity to demonstrate their craft and retail their creations.


Great food awaits those who attend The Selby Ave JazzFest

Food: Anything from “State Fair food with a soul food twist” to healthy options and ethnic specialties. There is something for everyone’s tastes and pocketbooks!