33rd Annual

4 days of music | 2 sound stages | 15 bands
Over 80 artists performing LIVE!
Scroll down or click Live Stream in the menu to watch the live streamed broadcast.


June 24 pre-festival event featuring Alumni of the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency
June 25 featuring the Arturo Stable Quartet, the Sharon Sable Quintet, and Cintron
June 26 featuring the Gerald Chavis Quintet featuring Carol Riddick, the Mike Boone Quartet featuring Mekhi Boone, The Barbara Walker Story, and Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead.


7:00 p.m.

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Kickoff Celebration featuring The Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency program and graduates



Jeff Bradshaw



Jonathan W. Whitney


Terra Soul Project



Raye Jones Avery


Bebe Ross Coker


Dara Stevens Meredith

Rodney Square

1000 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE

Getting to Rodney Square

Rodney Square located in Wilmington, Delaware is about two hours south of New York and 1.5 hours from Washington, D.C. Get directions to Rodney Square in Wilmington from your location.


There is limited on-site/street car parking available at Rodney Square. If you are unable to find parking on the street near Rodney Square, please explore one of the many affordable parking lots within walking distance of the Square. 


The Rodney Square main stage viewing area is uncovered and includes a large general seating area on both the grass and stairs of Rodney Square. Patrons may bring blankets or low-backed lawn chairs (maximum 30”) for lawn seating areas. No tents are allowed in lawn seating areas.

Where to Stay

Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown exterior
Courtyard Marriott exterior
The Westin Wilmington
Residence Inn Wilmington Downtown
DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown
Book Your Stay
Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown

422 Delaware Avenue
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 654-8300

$117 per night includes complimentary parking ($12/day value), and complimentary standard WiFi access.

$135 per night includes complimentary parking ($12/day value), complimentary standard WiFi access, and breakfast for two.

Book by May 24, 2019. Rates are available from June 18 – June 23, 2019.

Courtyard Wilmington Downtown

1102 N. West Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 429-7600

Cllifford Brown Jazz Festival Rate
$169 per night 

Book by May 31, 2019. The rate is available from June 16 – 25, 2019.

The Westin Wilmington

818 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 654-2900

Cllifford Brown Jazz Festival Rate
$109 per night 

Book by May 29, 2019. The rate is available from June 15 – 26, 2019.

Residence Inn Wilmington Downtown

1300 N. Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 777-7373

Cllifford Brown Jazz Festival Rate
$139 per night 

Book by May 31, 2019. The rate is available from June 20 – 24, 2019.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Downtown Wilmington – Legal District

700 N. King Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 655-0400

Cllifford Brown Jazz Festival Rate
$129 per night 

Book by June 8, 2019. The rate is available from June 18 – 23, 2019.


Seal of the City of Wilmington, Delaware
Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown
Colonial Parking


What time does everything open?

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday show begins at 5:30 PM
Saturday show begins at 1 PM

Food vendors open at 12 noon

Times are subject to change. Sign up for the email list to be notified of any changes.

Where can I buy official merchandise?

Bring a piece of the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival home with you. Official Clifford Brown Jazz Festival merchandise is available for purchase under the merchandise tent.

What is allowed into the festival?

  • Only one small hand held cooler (no larger than 16? x 12?)
  • An individual blanket (Maximum size 6’ x 8?)
  • Strollers that are reasonably sized and do not obstruct the view of others
  • Low-backed chairs (under 30?) 
  • Cameras are permitted but cannot be used to reproduce the event and must not interfere with other fans’ enjoyment of the festival (AUDIO RECORDING IS NOT ALLOWED)
  • Good attitude
  • Open mind
  • Love of music

What is prohibited?

  • Alcoholic beverages, illegal substances of any kind, firearms, noise-making devices, laser pointers, knives, box cutters, tools of any kind (including Leathermen) pepper spray, Mace, or any kind of item that could be used as a weapon. Beverages in plastic bottles or cans must be factory-sealed.
  • Flag poles
  • Commercial audiovisual equipment
  • Tents, chairs with roofs over 30”, umbrellas and shade structures are prohibited in lawn seating areas.
  • Beach umbrellas or beach balls (because they could end up in the bay and hurt the wildlife)
  • No chairs over 30” are allowed and no chairs under 30” are allowed in the “no chair zones.”
  • No pets

Is there camping onsite?

Sorry, camping is not available at Rodney Square but there are plenty of hotels not far from the festival grounds. Also, check out Visit Wilmington for additional places to stay and play in Wilmington.


Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Accreditation

Thank you for your interest in covering the 2019 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival! Please send all press and media inquiries to cityfest@WilmingtonDE.gov. Press registration is open through June 12, 2019. After this date, no submissions will be considered. You will be notified of your application status by June 15, 2019.

Please note the following:

  • By requesting a press/media credential, you agree to all terms and conditions set forth by the City of Wilmington Division of Cultural Affairs
  • The Festival reserves the right to approve or deny accreditation. The decision is final and cannot be appealed.
  • You will be notified regarding the status of your application by June 15th. If your application is approved, we will send you specific details regarding your credential and the press offerings at the Festival.
  • Walk-up requests for press credentials will not be granted.
  • If you are a freelance journalist, you must be on assignment from a media outlet. Photographers must also be on assignment. Spec photography, portfolio photography, and personal website photography are not valid assignments. If you are a freelance journalist or photographer, you must be on assignment from a publication and provide an official letter of assignment on company letterhead.
  • We will only credential photographers with SLR, detachable lens cameras. Point-and-shoot cameras will not be permitted in the photo pits.
  • The Media Pass gives you access to the festival and into the Media Lounge only. The Press Pass gives you access into the festival, into the Media Lounge, and into the photo pits at the discretion of the Office of Cultural Affairs staff.

Additionally, if you are approved for press/media credentials we ask that photos of the full festival be taken (artist, audience, vending stations, etc).

Lastly, you may be required to sign a release of liability and/or a photo release prior to receiving your credentials.

For all press and media questions please email cityfest@WilmingtonDE.gov with “Press Question” in the subject line.