The last night of Sweet Sounds Downtown for 2018 is Tuesday, August 28 from 7-9pm.

Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival has delighted residents, visitors, shoppers and diners with free music while they stroll, dine and relax at the various outdoor venues around town featuring live musicians. Quimby St. will be pedestrian only the final night of the summer festival. The rain date is Wednesday evening.

On August 28 listen to The Jazz Lobsters on Quimby St. Enjoy Pat Cuttitta at Central Ave.; Ali Ryerson at Elm St.; and New-Trad Sextet at South Ave. Foundation Park! THere will not be a performance at the North Ave Train Station because of the Quimby St. venue.

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Thank you to the Westfield Media Council for creating weekly videos profiling our Sweet Sounds Downtown performers all summer long. Click here or on the image to the right to watch this weeks video!

The entire 2018 upcoming performance schedule is available online.

General information about the festival:

Due to the overwhelming success of this event, and to make the experience of moving from location to location easier and safer, the DWC has eliminated PNC Bank Plaza as a venue and will instead utilize the four other locations mentioned above.  

Quimby Street will be closed for special opening and closing celebrations of the Jazz Festival on July 10 and August 28. July 10 will feature a special concert performance by the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. The season finale on August 28 will feature the ever popular Jazz Lobsters while three other performances take place around town. Also, on Tuesday, July 17th, the Bon Temps Brass Band will stroll up and down E. Broad Street offering a new experience of New Orleans style jazz to that area of Downtown.   

“We are looking forward to the 22nd season of the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival every Tuesday in July and August.  There are 37 different groups with a wide variety of musical  performances.  You won’t find a boring, sleepy jazz set in our Sweet Sounds. While there are serious, highly acclaimed musicians, the groups are here to entertain and have fun!  In addition to our Westfield based performers from NJ Festival Orchestra, Florian Schantz Jazz Combo, Watson, and B. Ro & The Groove Merchants, we have musicians who travel from Brooklyn, NYC and Philadelphia to part of our signature events.” says Sherry Cronin, Executive Director, Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC).  

According to Beth Brenner, Asst. Executive Director, DWC, “The committee worked very hard this year in creating a diversified slate of performers. You will find big band, blues, funk, Latin, swing, steel guitar, and many other styles of musical performances.  We even have a New Orleans roving band this year.  Come downtown, shop, dine and unwind to some Sweet Sounds!” 

The music fills the streets from 7pm to 9pm every Tuesday, so bring the whole family and enjoy a night of great music, fun, and dining. We hope to see you there!

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) formed in 1996, is the management entity of the Special Improvement District. It is governed by a seven member Board of Directors, has two full-time and one part-time staff members and numerous volunteers serving on Design, Promotion, Economic Vitality and Organization Committees. The vision of the DWC is for Westfield, NJ to be a preferred destination where people want to live, work and visit. Westfield is honored to be one of over 40 designated Main Street Communities in New Jersey, a program of the National Trust’s National Main Street Center. Westfield is also honored to have won the 2004 Great American Main Street Award, the 2010 America in Bloom Award and the 2013 Great Places in NJ award by the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association.