Uptown Jazz Festival To Return This August

Today, officials announced the return of the Uptown Jazz Festival. After last year’s virtual celebration, this year’s event will return in-person at Houghton Park Saturday, August 21.

“2020 was a year unlike any other. With Long Beach and our region showing remarkable progress in our vaccination efforts, I am excited that we have been given the “go ahead” to host the Uptown Jazz Festival, live at Houghton Park,” said Vice Mayor Rex Richardson. “This festival allows us an opportunity to come together safely to celebrate our community while enjoying world-class performances. I am proud to continue this exciting Uptown tradition.”

The 10th annual Uptown Jazz Festival will include live performances, numerous vendors, and a health fair at Houghton Park. Houghton Park is the heart of Uptown and features a newly built community center with future development plans for a health facility and resource complex. More details regarding performers and other exciting partnerships will be announced in the coming weeks.

Last year’s virtual event attracted thousands of viewers and featured the theme of “The Best of Uptown” to celebrate the unique business, landmarks, and artists of North Long Beach. The last in-person Uptown Jazz Festival in 2019 had over 9,500 attendees and past headliners have included Con Funk Shun, The Ohio Players, Ozomatli, Goapele, Poncho Sanchez, Tito Puente Jr, DW3, and a cast of the best local bands 7  Attendees also enjoyed the live entertainment provided by DJ Mr. Quick and KJLH.