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Fri, Aug 26


Esther Short Park

Wine and Jazz Festival - Wine, Jazz and Art!

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Wine and Jazz Festival - Wine, Jazz and Art!
Wine and Jazz Festival - Wine, Jazz and Art!

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Aug 26, 2022, 3:00 PM – Aug 28, 2022, 8:30 PM

Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St, Vancouver, WA 98660, USA

About the event

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival—A History of Success

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The First Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival took place September 26-27, 1998 in downtown Vancouver. After nearly a year of planning, the Festival premiered to huge weekend crowds. By all measures, the Festival was an enormous success.  The 1998 Festival was held on the site of the former Lucky Lager Brewery in downtown Vancouver. International jazz star and vocalist Dianne Schuur entertained a huge Saturday night crowd. 21 wineries, 6 restaurants, and 40 fine artists participated.

Each year more than 200 people volunteer to support the Festival.  Media estimates that 8-10,000 people attend the annual festival.  Visitors from 25 states, Europe, China, Japan and Canada have attended, and more than 150,000 people have attended since its inception.

Every year the Festival features visual artists, hundreds of wines, local restaurants and numerous commercial exhibitors. In 20+ years, the Festival has presented such internationally acclaimed jazz artists including: Al Jarreau, Allen Toussaint, Arturo Sandoval, Bela Fleck, BeauSoleil, Bill Frisell, Billy Childs, Blind Boys of Alabama, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bo Diddley, Booker T. Jones, Bobby Shew, Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, Claudia Villela Coco Montoya, David Sanborn, Diane Schuur, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Don McLean, Dr. John, Eddie Palmieri, Ed Shaughnessy, Ernie Watts, Family Stone, Four Freshmen, Grace Kelly, James Cotton, Jane Monheit, Jean-Luc Ponty, Joey DeFrancesco, John Hammond, John Mayall, John Pizzarelli, Johnny A, Jose Feliciano, Judy Collins, Kenny Loggins, Lavay Smith, Lee Ritenour, Los Lobos, Manhattan Transfer, Marcia Ball, Mavis Staples, Melissa Manchester, Nicholas Payton, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Poncho Sanchez, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ramsey Lewis, Regina Carter, Rita Coolidge, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Russell Malone, Ruthie Foster, Sara Gazarek, Shemekia Copeland, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Spyro Gyra, Stanley Clarke, Stanley Jordan, Take 6, The Gospel Hummingbirds, The Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band, The 5th Dimension, The Rippingtons, The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, The Temptations, The Yellowjackets, Toshiko Akiyoshi, WAR and others; as well as more than 100 local and regional jazz bands.  The Festival is a program of Bravo! Concerts Northwest, a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization.

​What is the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival? Awarded “Outstanding Tourism Event” by Clark County, the Festival is the #1 Cultural Tourism event in Southwest WA and is “…the largest jazz festival of its kind in the Northwest…” (ABC TV KATU 2 Portland, OR).  Since 1998 visitors from 25 states, Canada, China, Europe, and Japan have attended the Festival.

  • Performing & Cultural Arts: The Festival is a celebration of the musical, visual, performing, and enological arts and brings together GRAMMY-winning internationally acclaimed musicians, regional jazz & blues bands, Northwest wines, fine artists, and local cuisine.
  • Cultural Tourism: The Festival draws thousands of visitors to Vancouver. Surveys indicate that visitors from 25 US states, Canada, China, Europe and Japan have attended the Festival. 68% of the audience is out-of-town visitors.
  • Identity & Image: The Festival is a world-class event. The vision and image of the Festival reflects the vision and image the Pacific Northwest – a beautiful region and a great place to live, work and visit!

What is the Purpose of the Festival? ARTS: To be a major festival of the musical, visual, performing, enological arts. ARTS: To entertain, enrich, and educate audiences. ARTS: To promote the programs of Bravo! Concerts Northwest. ECONOMIC: To attract thousands of tourists to Southwest Washington. ECONOMIC: To provide value to Festival Sponsors. EDUCATION: To provide music education opportunities for students. COMMUNITY: To build community and civic pride.

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