Winter Park Jazz Fest starts today |

Winter Park Jazz Fest starts today

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

Winter Park is jazzing up summer again this year with the Winter Park Jazz Festival, taking place July 24-25.The 28-year tradition will continue in the middle of downtown Winter Park at Hideway Park. With seven hours of music daily (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), the festival boasts national, regional and local musical acts. Headliners this year include Chaka Khan, Brian Culbertson, Craig Chaquico, Dotsero, Boa & The Constrictors, Norman Brown’s Summer Storm (starring Brenda Russell, Phil Perry and Jessy “J”), Boney James, Ryan Show, Hazel Miller and Jazz Del Barrio. The event also features merchandise vendors and a food/beer garden in the park.”The Jazz Festival is the prime Colorado opportunity to enjoy incredible music in an intimate setting, with spectacular views, first-class restaurants and lodging only a short walk away,” said Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce.Cost of reserved tickets are $45/day for VIP tickets and $35/day for general admission tickets; prices increase $5 on the day of the event.The Gold Circle seating package, priced at $100/ticket ($110 if purchased the day of the event), includes a private entrance, the closest chair seating to the stage and all-day access to the “Stage Left” tent with lunch and two beverages.The Plaza Party package, $100 ($110 if purchased the day of the event) includes a private entrance, top-level chair seating with shade cover, all-day access to the “Stage Left” tent, access to the Plaza Complex private cash bar and lunch at the bar or in the “Stage Left” tent with two beverages. Buy two or more Plaza Party Tickets and receive each ticket for $75, a $25 discount off the regular ticket price. This offer is only good with new ticket purchases, but existing Plaza Party ticketholders will receive a free commemorative Jazz Festival T-shirt and two complimentary drinks. All tickets are available for purchase through the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce by calling 800.903.7275 or; by calling Ticketmaster 800.745.3000 or Winter Park Jazz Festival Presented by Winter Park Resort and Jazz @ JacksWHEN: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. July 24-25 (gates open at 10 a.m.)WHERE: Winter Park’s Hideaway Park, U.S. Highway 40 HOW: Guests may purchase tickets through the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce (800-903-7275) or Ticketmaster (800-745-3000).HOW MUCH: Single-day tickets start at $35, discounted Plaza Party Tickets are available for $75 when two or more are purchased.