Denver Lifestyle
May 17, 2024 • 4 min read • By: Polly Clover

Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver: The Ultimate 2024 Guide

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The 2024 Five Points Jazz Festival is one of Denver’s most fun activities, and it’s coming on Saturday, June 8th. 

In this guide, we’ll share what the festival is, this year’s schedule, and other helpful information. We’ll also discuss our favorite way to relax before or after the festival–a unique spa day at Oakwell Beer Spa.

What is the Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver?

The Denver Five Points Jazz Festival is a free event held every year in the historic Five Points neighborhood. Five Points was once known as the Harlem of the West, where several jazz clubs were located, and this festival honors that legacy.

The festival started 20 years ago with one performer stage and a few locals and visitors. It’s now a large event with four stages and tens of thousands of attendees.

The Denver Jazz Festival is a family-friendly event that welcomes everyone. Spend the day enjoying jazz performances, culturally diverse food, and shopping along Welton Street.

Five Points Jazz Festival Schedule

The Five Points Jazz Festival is on Saturday, June 8th, 2024. It starts at noon and features 20 bands across four stages throughout the day. There will also be local food, drink, and product vendors.

The performance schedule includes the following:

  • 12:00 to 12:15 PM - Parade along Welton Street from 29th and 25th Streets
  • 12:15 to 8:00 PM - Jazz across four stages (Bands include Hazel Miller, Buckner Funken Jazz, Jakarta, and many more)
  • 8:00 to 11:00 PM - Beasts of No Nation at Spangalang Brewery
  • 8:30 to 10:45 PM - Jakarta at TeaLee’s Tea House and Bookstore
musician playing at the Five Points Jazz Festival
Photo credit: Five Points Jazz Festival

Rules & Regulations for the Five Points Jazz Festival

The Denver Jazz Festival has guidelines to ensure the event is fun, safe, and family-friendly. The following rules and regulations are similar to sporting and other major events.

Permitted Items

Items you may bring include to the Five Points Jazz Festival include:

  • One empty, reusable water bottle, 32 oz. or less, per person
  • Two factory-sealed bottles of water, 32 oz. or less, per person
  • Clear, single-pocket bags, 13" x 15" x 8" or smaller
  • Non-aerosol sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Ponchos, sunhats, raingear, and other protective clothing items

Prohibited Items

You may not bring the following items to the festival:

  • Outside food or beverages
  • Marijuana or other drugs without a prescription
  • Coolers of any kind
  • Weapons or any item construed as weapons, including firearms, knives, sharp-edged objects, mace, etc.
  • Bullhorns or other noisemakers
  • Selfie sticks
  • Confetti, glitter, or any other item that can be thrown
  • Commercial signage
  • Remote control flying devices such as a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle
  • Glass containers
  • Bicycles, scooters, hover-boards, unicycles, or personalized motor vehicles; this doesn’t include personal mobility devices
  • Pets, except service animals
  • Umbrellas

Other Guidelines

To ensure the Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver is a safe and fun event, be prepared for the following:

  • All bags, containers, and packages are subject to search
  • You cannot store prohibited items at the event
  • If a prohibited item poses a potential security risk, all gates will be alerted
  • You cannot carry alcoholic beverages through exit gates
  • Unauthorized vending is not allowed
  • There will be photographers and videographers to capture the event, and if you attend, you’re providing consent for photos that may be taken of you to be used for promotional purposes
people in front of the stage at the Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver
Photo credit: Five Points Jazz Festival

Parking and Road Closures for the Five Points Jazz Festival

There will be several road closures during the festival, also eliminating a lot of street parking. We recommend using public transportation or a rideshare service to get to the festival. 

It’s important to note that the L Line train won’t be running during the Jazz Festival. However, Bus Route 43 is a good alternative as you can get off at 31st and Downing to be close to the festival.

Lyft and Uber are also available as rideshare services. While the fees will likely be higher during the festival, this is a convenient way to get picked up and dropped off at the event.

Welton Street between Park Avenue West and 30th Street will be closed off to cars from Friday, June 7th, at 10 AM through Sunday, June 9th, at noon. Businesses along Welton Street will be open but will only be accessible to pedestrians.

Relax Before or After the Five Points Jazz Festival

If you want to relax before the festival or recharge afterward, treat yourself to a spa day at Oakwell Beer Spa, also in the Five Points Neighborhood. Oakwell is an award-winning, beer-inspired day spa and taproom combined into one. 

Whether you book a spa treatment or stop in to hang it in the taproom, Oakwell Beer Spa is conveniently located close to the festival.

You can enjoy the following at Oakwell Beer Spa:

When you book a spa day, you get access to a private Beer Therapy™ Room for up to two people. You can also book a garage party, which gives you access to multiple rooms for larger groups. Each Beer Therapy™ Room has a cedar hydrotherapy tub, infrared sauna, rain shower, and relaxation deck.

If you want to enjoy your spa day before the festival or on your way to another fun Denver activity, Oakwell Beer Spa’s vanity room has everything you need to get ready.

Beer Bath Hydrotherapy at Oakwell Beer Spa
Beer Bath Hydrotherapy at Oakwell Beer Spa

Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver: Conclusion

We hope you found this article helpful and are excited about the 20th annual free Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver. Enjoy a day of good music, food, and fun!

If you’re looking to relax before or after the festival, book your spa day at Oakwell Beer Spa.

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