Downtown music: What you need to know about Jazz Fest

Downtown music all weekend long – Elkhart Jazz Fest is here. And Elkhart Public Library will be a prime destination for music lovers. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the shows at the library.

Library service

EPL’s downtown location will be closed for regular library service both Friday and Saturday, June 21-22. The library atrium will be an official Jazz Fest stage, with some of the best acts coming to play in Elkhart this year.

All four neighborhood branch locations will be open regular hours, providing access to materials, computers and more.

Due to traffic changes for the festival and the parking lot closing for outdoor shows, the book return is available if you want to take a short walk to its usual spot. Materials can always be returned to any EPL location. But, also, don’t worry if your returns are a couple of days late – remember, we’re fine free!

Fireworks and live music at Elkhart Public Library during jazz fest weekend.

The downtown music

The Jazz Fest Afterparties are back for 2024! And yes, we have free early evening music again, too.

On Friday, the fun begins at 7:30 p.m. with JAGALCHI warming up the crowd for Paul Erdman, a longtime Curbside Concerts favority. The late-night show starts at 9:45 p.m., and you can catch glimpses of the festival fireworks over the building next door.

We’re excited to bring rebel noire and the accomplices for the 7:30 p.m. set on Saturday, with Lalo Cura taking the stage at 9:45 p.m.

Like with Curbside Concerts, camp chairs are encouraged and dancing shoes are welcome. While bands play on the roof, people watch the show from the parking lots at ground level.

The food and drink menu

For both days, Friday and Saturday, That Guys Gourmet Ribs will be smoking and selling in the parking lot. Pinyo’s Kitchen will be close by on Second Street.

The library will have an all-ages beer garden set up in the parking lot, and a designated 21-plus-only area for beer and wine sales.

Festival goers can take food into the library, where drinks also will be for sale.

The festival tickets

Our parking lot shows with bands on the roof are free – just show up!

To enjoy the music inside the library, hop over to to get a one-day or weekend pass.