Performer at Winter Blues Jazz Fest
Winter Blues Jazz Fest
Davina and the Vagabonds
Davina and the Vagabonds
Bass player playing jazz
The art of jazz
Close-up of horn
Jazz Jam

Winter Blues Jazz Fest 2016

The four-day Winter Blues Jazz Fest is back and better than ever! Taking place January 14-17, 2016, over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, primarily in the Winter Blues tent of Merchant's Square area in downtown Williamsburg.

Venues include the Williamsburg Winery, Muscarelle Museum of Art, the Williamsburg Lodge, the Williamsburg Art Gallery, and many of Williamsburg's best local restaurants.

The over-riding goal is to provide an enriching and entertaining weekend full of jazz programs with options available to suit all tastes and budgets. The Winter Blues Jazz Fest has a little something for everyone.

Kicking things off on Thursday, January 14, the Williamsburg Winery will set the scene for the festival opening celebration, featuring Good Shot Judy and their Little Big Band. 

Friday will deliver Jazz Jam, featuring Rumble Seat Revival and the Harris Simon Trio. The bands will individually perform, then come together for an exciting "jam session" with some of the area's best musicians joining in.
Those that don't want the party to end can walk across the street to the new Williamsburg Art Gallery for a swanky, Late Night Jazz Club experience.

Saturday's event lineup will be simply unforgettable.

Saturday's event lineup will be simply unforgettable. Starting off at the DoG Street Pub Blues & Beer Firkin Fest, featuring live blues music on two stages and a fine collection of craft beer from 17 breweries.

Alternatively, wine lovers can hit the "Art of Jazz" event, which will turn the famed Muscarelle Museum into a jumpin' jazz joint.

Then head over to the Williamsburg Lodge for Mixology & Music, featuring 10 separate BARS with a mixology cocktail sampling and a high-energy, live music performance by festival headliners, Davina & the Vagabonds.  You won’t want to miss this one!

Finally, Sunday will provide event attendees can cap off this stellar weekend with a Jazz Brunch at one of seven locations.

We hope you'll all join us for our FREE Community Concert called Jazz on the Square featuring the William & Mary Jazz Combo, directed by Harris Simon. Relax with some yummy (and also FREE) Hot Chocolate in our cozy & warm tent on Duke of Gloucester Street. 

Purchase tickets today at Get a VIP Festival Weekend Pass or purchase single event tickets. We look forward to see you!