Frequently Asked Questions

Detroit Jazz Festival 2016

What is a VIP?

A VIP is a Detroit Jazz Festival Guardian, Sponsor and/or special invited guest who receives access to the VIP Hospitality areas, reserved seating sections and other special perks at the Festival. Guardian and Sponsorship status also provides unique benefits throughout the year.

What does reserved/preferred seating mean?

Reserved/preferred seating is a designated area for Guardians, Sponsors, VIP Guests and Jazz Pazz holders. These sections provide up close and personal experiences at three of the four stages. Arrive early for the best seats.
* There is no reserved seating at the Pyramid Stage.

Who is invited to the VIP Opening Night Reception?

The Opening Night Reception is by invitation only for honored guests, sponsors, guardians and Marriott VIPs.

When is the deadline to be listed in the Official Festival Program Book?

All purchases made up until August 5th will be listed in the program book.

When is the last day I can purchase a Jazz Pazz or Guardian package online?

The last day to make online purchases is Friday, August 26th

How do I buy a Jazz Pazz or Guardian package during the Festival?

Guardian packages start at $500 and include full weekend access to seating at 3 stages, post festival meet and greet at the Marriott, and use of the two VIP Hospitality areas located at the Lincoln Garden in Hart Plaza and Central Michigan University near Campus Martius.

A limited amount of Jazz Pazzes can be purchased onsite at the VIP Hospitality Registration Booth located at Hart Plaza Lincoln Garden area. The Jazz Pazz onsite price is $125 per person per day and provides access to preferred seating at 3 of the 4 stages, a performance schedule and an official 2016 Jazz Festival Official Poster. Cash and credit cards only

How do I get my VIP credentials(s) or Jazz Pazz?

Credentials will be available for pickup at the Detroit Jazz Festival Office during specified hours until Monday, August 29th. Please contact us at to confirm availability. Beginning Friday, September 2nd at 4pm (Opening Night), Guardian credentials can be picked up at the Information Booth located in Campus Martius Park.

Beginning Saturday, September 3rd at 11am, Guardian credentials and Jazz Pazz can be picked at the VIP Hospitality Registration Tent located at the Hart Plaza Lincoln Garden area.

For purchases made at the Detroit Jazz Festival office wristbands may be distributed at that time if available. Cash and credit cards only – no checks will be accepted after August 15th. The Festival is not responsible for lost or stolen wristbands.

Where is the VIP Hospitality area located?

To accommodate VIP members, the VIP Hospitality areas will be located at Lincoln Garden inside Hart Plaza and at Central Michigan University located in Campus Martius. There will be access to indoor restrooms at CMU, an executive restroom on the upper level of Lincoln Gardens and an indoor VIP area with restrooms on the lower level of Lincoln Gardens for Guardians and Sponsors only.

*The Hart Plaza tent will not be open on Friday September 2, 2016 during Opening Night
*Lincoln Garden Tent hours: Saturday and Sunday 11am-11pm; Monday 11am-8pm

What is the new Detroit Jazz Fest Live App and how can I purchase it?

This new app allows you to view live video streaming of Festival performances during any day of Festival weekend from your mobile phone, tablet or PC. To learn more visit

How much of my donation is tax deductible?

Tax-deductible amounts for Guardians are currently being determined based on Festival costs. Amounts will be posted online and distributed via letters post festival. The Marriott VIP package and Jazz Pazz are not tax deductible.

What are the Festival hours?

The Festival hours are:
Saturday- 11:30am to 11pm
Sunday -11:30am to 10pm
Monday-Noon to 8pm

Where I can view the lineup?

A downloadable 2016 Jazz Festival schedule and lineup is available online at

Can I bring my own folding chair?

Yes, folding and beach chairs can be brought to the Festival. Seating is provided in reserved seating sections and VIP hospitality areas. Tents and canopied structures are prohibited. There is no storage available on the footprint.

Can I smoke at Hart Plaza or in Campus Martius Park?

Yes, Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park are public places and allow smoking. Please be courteous to fellow attendees by not smoking in crowded areas. Smoking is not allowed in the VIP Hospitality areas and in the reserved seating sections.

What should I wear to the Festival?

The Festival is outdoors and the weather can quickly change. During the day, bring sunglasses, hats, visors and plenty of sunscreen. Because temperatures can drop dramatically at night; please bring a jacket. Festival grounds are concrete and can be rugged. Ladies are advised to wear comfortable flat shoes; we strongly advise against high heels.

How can I obtain information while the festival is taking place?

Patrons can visit the information booths located in Hart Plaza and Campus Martius or ask a knowledgeable Detroit Jazz Festival Volunteer.

Is there a lost and found?

All lost items can be turned in or retrieved at the security office located in the lower level of Hart Plaza.

Thank you for your support of the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival!