ELKHART — Don’t have a lot of money to spend but want to have a good time at the 2014 Elkhart Jazz Festival? Here are a few tips.
A weekend of buying tickets to concerts, food, drinks and festival merchandise can add up, but there are a few ways to save money and still make the most of downtown Elkhart’s largest event of the year. The 2014 Elkhart Jazz Festival starts Friday, June 20, and wraps up Sunday, June 22.
- All concerts at the stage on Main Street in front of Civic Plaza are free. Almost a dozen artists and high school jazz bands will perform there throughout the weekend including Kris Brownlee, the Tony Monaco Trio, Tom Rigney and Flambeau and the Elkhart Jazz Festival All-Stars.
- Pack a lunch and bring a bottle of water or two. If you decide to check out downtown restaurants and food vendors on Civic Plaza, shop around and look for the best prices to get more bang for your buck.
- Check out the Mardi Gras parade and performance by NFL player Nathan Palmer, an Elkhart native who released his first album in April. The parade starts at 5 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the corner of Waterfall Drive and West Lexington Avenue, follows Waterfall Drive, turning on Franklin Street and ending on Main Street near the Lerner Theatre. The procession will include Elkhart Memorial High School’s jazz band, actors from Premier Arts’ production of “Hairspray,” classic cars, dancers and other entertainers.
- See three jazz festival artists for free at First Presbyterian Church’s annual jazz worship service. Clarinetist and festival honoree Dave Bennett will play with saxophonist Pat Mallinger and trumpeter Fred Powell at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 22, at 200 E. Beardsley Ave. north of downtown.
- If there is a particular artist that you don’t want to miss, buy a single session pass, which allows access to ticketed music venues at specified times and days. Session passes are available for $35 to $65. Student passes are $17.50 to $27.50.
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