The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues is an icon amongst regional festivals and has a long history of delivering world class music, in a regional environment that provides strong economic benefit to the Rural City of Wangaratta and the surrounding townships.
The Festival operates over three days in the weekend leading up to the Melbourne Cup. In 2019 the Festival took a hiatus year in order to review its structure and to develop a new strategic plan focusing on its financial sustainability.
A key component of the Festival is the National Jazz Awards which is a competition designed to encourage and promote young musicians, featuring a different instrument each year.
The Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020.