Event organizers announced Monday, April 13, that the Burlington Jazz Festival is being postponed, marking the first time in 37 years that the festival does not occur in June.
“The Festival was founded in 1984 with the goals of ensuring everyone in our community can access arts and culture; providing paying gigs for local musicians; stimulating the local economy; and,of course, celebrating jazz,” the festival’s managing director, Chelsea Lafayette, wrote in a statement. “These fundamental elements of our Festival are more important than ever as our city, state, country, and world recover from this unprecedented crisis.”
The festival draws thousands to Burlington’s downtown for 10 days of big headliner shows, intimate club events and free outdoor concerts.
The festival is offering ticket refunds, although Lafayette wrote that she hopes people will consider turning their ticket purchase into a donation or turning it into a Flynn gift card that could be used for future events. They are also asking people to support their efforts with additional donations if possible. No announcement has been made about when the festival might be rescheduled.
— Sarah Asch
Correction: The Jazz Fest is being postponed, not canceled as reported earlier.