Jazz may live in NOLA, but for three days in October, it takes a little vacation in Corpus Christi at the Texas Jazz Festival. For over half a century, the Texas Jazz Festival Society has brought this great tradition to South Texas. This is a signature event that is not to be missed!

Heritage Park is transformed into a haven for jazz lovers, where folks converge to celebrate their love of soulful tunes. Featuring three performance stages, with hundreds of vendors selling hand-crafted and unique items, and food booths galore, here are just a few reasons why you don’t want to miss this little piece of jazz heaven.

You need jazz in your life.

Jazz is one of the United States’ greatest artistic gifts to the world. And Texas Jazz Festival brings together jazz talent from across the United States right to Downtown Corpus Christi. Here are just a few great musicians who have played in the Gulf Coast Capital for the festival:

  • San Gabriel 7
  • Straight Ahead
  • Kyle Turner
  • Freddie Martinez
  • and so many more!

Three stages mean three times the fun!

Move your feet to a funky beat at the Texas Jazz Festival! There's no shortage of music at the longest-running free festival in Texas with not one but THREE stages serving up live music all weekend long. There's always something playing! You can move from stage to stage throughout Heritage Park and follow the sweet sounds of soul music. Hear from solo jazz artists, duos, and full-fledged bands alike. Nestled under the oak trees in the park sits a cozy wine garden where you can order a merlot, enjoy the fall breeze and sip on the taste of culture.

Enjoy a magical night with friends and family.

With historical homes as a backdrop, the Texas Jazz Festival really feels like you’re strolling down a New Orleans street with jazz leading you from one end of the festival to the next. With a fantastic beer garden, a wine garden, and opportunities to shop local artisans, there’s nothing like the Texas Jazz Festival in the fall.


We don't know about you, but we can't way to enjoy a night of live tunes under the stars! Make the most out of your adventure in Corpus Christi and check out more trip ideas below: