Madison’s Isthmus Jazz Fest is the perfect blend of great music in a beautiful setting. Early in June each year, this festival plays host to a number of fantastic musicians who perform at the picturesque UW Memorial Union Terrace for enthusiastic crowds, who enjoy the sounds of everything from straight-ahead jazz quartets to danceable salsa bands and even a Mellophonium Orchestra or two. The Fest also features performances by local high school jazz enthusiasts and the UW Jazz Orchestra. Entrance to the fest is free; we recommend arriving early to get prime seating in the open air space.
Isthmus Jazz Fest Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (buses 80, 81, 82 and 85 run directly in front of Memorial Union on Langdon Street. Buses 11, 27, 28 and 38 at University Avenue/Park Street are a 4-minute walk from the Terrace)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: 10–15 concerts during the two-night festival
- Ticket Prices: Admission is free.