Festival FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page, here is where you can read up on whats going down!

When is the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival? 

August 20th-21st, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where will it take place?

At historic Salem Willows, 167 Fort Avenue, Salem, Mass.

How much does it cost?

It’s all FREE!  The Festival is our biggest fundraiser that we run throughout the year, so we ask that you please make a donation or purchase festival merchandise to help further our mission of producing free concerts and supporting music-education causes on Massachusetts’ North Shore.

What kind of music can I expect?

All types- Rock and Roll, Funk, Jazz, Blues and Zydeco Please have a look at our 2016 Festival Schedule.

What if it rains?

The event is rain or shine, unless there is catastrophic weather. Check our homepage or our Twitter feed (@salemjazzsoul) for updates.

Is there parking?

Some, but never enough. Seriously, it gets pretty tight, particularly later in the afternoon.  You can park in all the normal Salem Willows parking areas, but these fill up by pretty quickly so we strongly advise using our alternative transportation partners (listed below), carpooling, taking a taxi, riding a bicycle or walking. The Salem Police department will be ticketing and towing illegally parked cars.  Please take note that the spaces directly in front of the Carousel, Salem Lowe and Hobbs are reserved for festival operations only.

Do you have alternate transportation?

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Salem Trolley offers an inexpensive shuttle that will run from Shetland Park (35 Congress St.) to and from the festival both days, from noon to 8 p.m. The trolley is free to Salem residents; just stop by the office on Central Street for a pass and bring your I.D. The non-resident cost for the shuttle is $3 one way or $5 round trip. Parking is FREE at Shetland Park.

Can I bring my dog?

Only if it’s leashed and friendly.

What else should I bring?

A low-back lawn chair, blanket, snacks, nonalcoholic drinks, a good attitude, and your ears.

What is prohibited?

Alcohol, weapons and fireworks. Salem Willows is a public city park and the Salem Police Department will be patrolling the grounds.

Can I have a beer at the festival?

Yes, our Notch Brewing Beer Pavilion overlooks the stage but bring your Mass. ID or U.S. passport if you plan to imbibe. The beer pavilion is cash-only and there is just one ATM nearby, located at Salem Willows Arcade and Casino.  Additionally, Far From the Tree Hard Cider will pour at the festival!

What else happens at the festival?

Besides our 21-plus beer pavilion, our Music Education Tent will be returning with music education workshops, mini-performances and more!  There will also be 30-40 artisan vendors selling hand-made crafts, jewelry, clothing, artwork and more.

Got anything for the kids to do?

Yes, there will be a kids tent, sponsored by Salem Five Charitable Foundation, where children (under their parents’ supervision) can learn about music, do crafts and play games.

Tell me about the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival

We’re a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission of producing free concerts and raising money to support music education causes on Massachusetts’ North Shore. We were founded in 2007 and have produced more than 60 free concerts and raised more than $57,000 for music-education causes.

I am coming in from out-of-town, could you suggest some places to stay?

Our favorite places to stay are the Hawthorne Hotel, Salem Waterfront Hotel and Marina and the Wylie Inn and Conference Center.

Can I volunteer?

Yes! We’d love your help. Please see our Volunteer page for more information!  You can also email our fantastic volunteer coordinator Linda at volunteers@salemjazzsoul.com.

More questions?

You can email us at info@salemjazzsoul.com – we will do our best to answer your questions.
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