September in Alabama... the evenings can decide to be a bit sultry or else be refreshingly cool after a hot summer. What better way to enjoy a taste of fall than to combine it with a FREE outdoor jazz concert series, held in Huntsville’s iconic downtown greenspace, Big Spring Park. The stage is set up on the green on the east side of Big Spring Park, cradled by the canal, Church Street and the steep rockface below Huntsville City Hall.
This free concert is part of the Magic City Smooth Jazz concert series, now on their 10th year of bringing jazz music events to communities across Alabama. In addition to the opening headlining acts drawn from Alabama and the region, Jazz in the Park starts early to give young talent a chance to perform in front of a larger audience.
For the best seats, come early! Bring a picnic dinner or patronize the food trucks set up on Church street. After the concert, you can rent a bike and tour the rest of Big Spring Park, or enjoy one of the many pubs and restaurants downtown.
Jazz in the Park 2019 Schedule:
Sunday evenings in September. Pre-opening concert begins at 5pm, opening act 6-7pm and the headlining act 7:30pm until 9pm. Admission is FREE.
September 1: Jemison High School Jazz Band, B. Alexandria, Ryon Schultz
September 8: Columbia High School Jazz Band, Nu Soul, Daniel D
September 15: Huntsville High School Jazz Band, The Watters-Felts Project, James ‘P.J.’ Spraggins
September 22: Hampton Cove Middle School Jazz Band, Rocket City Jazz Orchestra, Jeffery Smith
September 29: Grissom High Jazz Band, Rocket City Collegiate All-Star Jazz Band, Julian Vaughn
What to bring: Friends and family and lawn chairs. Coolers and picnic dinners are encouraged but outside alcohol beverages are prohibited. Pets are welcome on leashes. The Park provides free cold water – it’s still hot out there so stay hydrated – and a portable restroom truck.
Where to go: The festival is set up in East Big Spring Park, on the green between the pond and the Courthouse.
Parking: I suggest the Clinton Avenue Parking Garage, just 2 blocks away from the Park. For those with limited mobility, there are several flights of stairs between the Courthouse and the Park. Instead park on Williams Avenue or Monroe, or if you are in the Clinton Garage, walk west on Clinton down the hill and turn left on Church Street to get to Big Spring Park.