By Jody B. Clark
Special Events Program Manager, Town of Cornelius PARC Department
CORNELIUS NC: It’s almost time for the Cornelius Jazz Festival! The Cornelius PARC Department and event partner, Smithville Community Coalition, are looking forward to an evening filled with jazz bands, food trucks, craft beer, wine, vendors and children’s activities. This year’s event is sponsored by: Bella Love Inc., Hood Hargett, and The McIntosh Law Firm.
So, what do you need to know to have the most fun at the Cornelius Jazz Festival? Read on for some helpful tips and get ready to experience a spectacular evening of soul, jazz and blues!
Bring your friends & family
This is a group affair and it’s FREE to attend! Come on out to Smithville Park on Saturday, May 18. The music and fun starts at 5:00 p.m.
Our pro tip is to camp out at a certain spot. Establish a little area for you, family, and friends to come and go. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
This year’s Jazz Fest will feature four talented musical groups with incredible folk, hip-hop and soul-style jazz performances. Our 2019 lineup includes Holly Hopkins Jazz, Dante Lewis and Shableek, then Shades of Brown will hit the stage at 8:15 with a wide variety of genres that will have you on your feet and dancing the night away!
Food, fun & all that jazz
Come hungry—Jazz Fest is known for its many delicious food options. We have a variety of food vendors joining us this year. A Worthy Dog, Food Freaks, Jive Turkey Legs, Lobster Dog, Mel’s BLT Kitchen, Remixx Kitchen, Ruthie’s of Charlotte, Taco Green-Go, and Zaroob. To quench your thirst, visit D9 Brewing Company and Dover Vineyards. We will also have Icy Scott and S&K Funnel Cakes for tasty treats! There is sure to be something for everyone!
Be sure to check out the marketplace of vendors at Jazz Fest where we will have artisans and local businesses.
The YMCA will be on hand with some FUN activities for the little ones. There will be a gaga pit, face painting, and more!
In addition to planned children’s activities, the Lake Norman Kiwanis Splashville Park will be open! Children will also be able to enjoy the new lake-themed playground adjacent to the splash pad.
Parking & shuttle service
Yes, we will have shuttle service available from James Hoyt Wilhelm Park, located just behind Cornelius Elementary School.
PLEASE NOTE: if you park in front of Cornelius Elementary School, DO NOT park in the lot designated for School of Rock.
We also encourage those who live close by to walk or bike to Smithville Park.
Know the Do’s & Don’ts of this event
As with any festival, it is best to be aware of what you can and cannot bring so you are not caught off-guard.
- NO glass bottles
- NO containers
- NO tobacco products
- NO smoking
- NO e-cigs
- NO pets
- NO open flames
There are restrooms located in the brick building on the grounds of Smithville Park. We will also have two port-a-potties and a hand-wash station located at the back of the park.
In the case of rain, cancellations will be posted on PARC’s official website and social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Lastly, Have FUN!
To learn more about the Cornelius Jazz Festival or other special events happening around Cornelius, contact the Cornelius PARC Department at 704.892.6031 x192 or visit www.cornelius.org/parc.
Jody Clark is the Special Events Program Manager for the Town of Cornelius PARC Department. She has lived and worked in the Lake Norman area for the past twelve years. She is a military wife, mother and mentor. She is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas and enjoys traveling, photography and spending time with friends and family.