Wine and Jazz wins Best Festival year after year. The two-day celebration draws more than 5,000 attendees each year. And what’s not to love? Wine and Jazz showcases local and regional jazz artists in hourlong sets, also welcoming performers from as far as New York and Kansas City. “Big bands to small combos, traditional to avant-garde, we have pretty much any style that’s been around in the past 50 years,” says festival board President Jeff Miller. Between sets, festivalgoers visit the regional wineries, local food vendors, and artisans that set up booths in the clearings at Camp Muffly.
Best of all, Wine and Jazz is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that directs proceeds right back into the community—more than $450,000 in its 24 years so far for music scholarships, for sending college groups to perform at middle and high schools across the state, and for music-related nonprofit groups. If you’ve never experienced Wine and Jazz, mark your calendar: The 25th annual festival will take place September 15 and 16, 2018. — PK