Jazz It Up at the Cork City Jazz Festival This Weekend

Cork Jazz Festival 2017, Good Food Ireland

The People’s Republic of Cork is a rockin’ place, as Corkonians and all who have ever been there already know! Between the 27th and 30th October, things get even more lively in the Rebel City. The 40th Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is set to celebrate four decades in mighty style. Here are some highlights to look forward to this long bank holiday weekend.


From Friday 27th October, thirty seven of Cork city’s famous pubs and hotels host the Cork Jazz Festival Music Trail.  You can pick up jazz sessions  from morning till night throughout the weekend. Check the Jazz Festival website for a full programme of Music Trail jazz session venues and performers. 


Among the big names, iconic Jazz Vocalist and three-time Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, who’s style has been likened to Ella Fitgerald, entertains at The Everyman Theatre. Homegrown Irish megastar Imelda May churns out blues, soul, gospel, folk and rock at the Cork Opera House.

Detroit born Grammy winner Kenny Garrett, who has played with Duke Ellington and Miles Davis among many other jazz legends, shows how it’s done on the sax as he performs with his quintet at The Everyman. 

Cork Jazz Festival 2017, Good Food Ireland

These and many others are appearing live in Cork City during the Jazz Festival weekend. Booking absolutely essential. 


On Saturday 28th October, Cork City Centre comes alive with the Guinness Cork Jazz Parade. Exciting performances from over 350 of Ireland’s best street artists, presented in a superb collaboration with The Cork School of Music, The Fringe, Bui Bolg and others. The Parade winds its way through Cork City Centre, starting at Grand Parade at 1pm and ending at Emmet Place at 2.30pm. After that, there will be exciting stage performances till 6.30pm. Not to be missed! 


The River Lee located within strolling distance of Cork city, is running its own programme of jazz sessions as part of the Cork Jazz Festival Music Trail. 

Starting on Friday 27th at 5pm with the New York Brass Band, performances  from a dozen different artists continue all through the weekend. All performers and times are listed on the Cork Jazz Festival website.

While you’re in the River Lee, enjoy Afternoon Tea or superb dinner of local produce at The Weir Rooms. Casual dining at the all weather Terrace On The Weir, offers everything from light refreshmeints and weekend brunch to late night cocktails. Sounds like just the thing for the jazz weekend! 

The River Lee, Cork, Irish Food, Good Food Ireland


What a spot to enjoy some laid back, gentle, live jazz while tucking into a super continental weekend  brunch buffet! Hayfield Manor, set in its own grounds close to University College Cork and just a sprightly stroll from the city centre, offers a little bit of luxury  with your jazz session this Bank Holiday Weekend. Book your place for the Jazz Brunch Buffet on Sunday 29th  October, sooner rather than later! It’s extremely popular  every year  - and the dessert buffet is legendary! 

Orchids Restaurant, Hayfield Manor Hotel, Irish Food, Good Food Ireland

Perrott’s Garden Bistro and Orchids fine dining restaurant will also be open to serve you over the jazz weekend. 


If you’re lucky enough to have grabbed tickets for Alison Moyet’s sold out concert at Cork Opera House on Friday 27th October, or you just fancy being in Cork for a couple of days in the run up to the jazz festival, The Maryborough Hotel & Spa is offering overnight deals with breakfast for two night stays on Thursday and Friday 26th and 27th October. Check the website for details and booking. 

Maryborough Hotel & Spa, Co. Cork, Irish Food, Good Food Ireland

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