The Fest Experience

W.E.B DuBois

The Selby Ave Jazzfest Experience

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


A full, free day of great jazz from “just down the block,” local, regional, national and international performers. Four Grammy winners and eight Grammy-nominees as well as numerous regional and national award winners have graced the JazzFest stage.

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!

Family Fun Zone

A great place where kids and parents can take a break! From hammering together a Home Depot wood project to taking part in activities provided by MN Children’s Museum and Science Museum of Minnesota to creating a mess of arts and crafts to take home…our younger visitors visit the Family Fun Zone and don’t want to leave!

The Village Marketplace

Artists doing their thing at Selby Ave JazzFest
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
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!