What’s On

On Saturday morning, 10 June, join the throngs in the street or dress up and be part of the fun of the Jazz Festival parade through town. Then enjoy a singalong overlooking the lake before heading off to one of the venues.

If you are keen to hear some of the younger musicians don’t miss the Jazz Quest, held at the Lakeview Hotel on Saturday evening. The standard at this event is always extremely high and the talent breathtaking.

Sunday morning sees the return of the extremely popular ecumenical church service.

On Monday Club Sapphire will be hosting the Jazz Hatters Party (previously the Jazz Picnic) complete with a line up of toe tapping bands. While you are there check out the Jazz Art display. Each year our local artists produce some stunning artworks around the jazz theme with one chosen to be used as the basis for the following year’s poster. This year’s poster is based on the painting by Pam Collins. Colours for this year’s festival are orange, mid blue and red on white.

Check out our website for all registration details for 2017 (which are also included below). The Early Bird offer is once again available, so get in early and save.

We look forward to seeing you in Merimbula again in 2017.

Late Night ‘Bebop & Beyond’ Jam Session

The popular Jam Session will be on again in 2017, following the Jazz Quest on Saturday night and running through until 2am at the Lakeview Hotel. It’s a chance for musicians young and old to get together with like-minded players from around the country for some serious jamming. MC for the night will be Paul Dion.

Venues for the 2017 Merimbula Jazz Festival


  • Merimbula RSL Club
  • Club Sapphire Merimbula
  • Twyford Hall
  • The Lakeview Hotel

Click here for more info about the venues


Thursday 8 June

  • The Jazz Festival Office in Twyford Hall will be open from 9am – 5pm for registrations, collection of badges and programs
  • Jazz Ball

Friday 9 June

  • Jazz Office opens at 9am and will be open until late to catch the weary travellers from afar and post any late program changes
  • Jazz Program commences at 5pm at all venues

Saturday 10 June

  • The traditional Festival Street Parade gets the mood pumping at 10:30am. Musicians assemble outside the Caltex Service Station at 10am
  • Jazz Program commences at 12 noon at all venues

Sunday 11 June

  • The Ecumenical Church Service is at 11:30am. Check your program for more information
  • Jazz Program commences at 12 noon at all venues

Monday 12 June

  • The Jazz Hatters Party is at Club Sapphire. As noted last year, this indoor event replaces the Jazz Picnic to avoid problems with inclement weather. The Club will run a FREE shuttle bus throughout the day and further details will appear in the Festival program book and on our website
  • Note that alcohol cannot be taken onto club premises and grounds, however there will be ample food and drink available for sale on the day

INSURANCE: Musicians are responsible for the storage and safe keeping of their instruments at all times. The Merimbula Jazz Festival Inc. is not liable for loss or damage to any musical instrument during the festival.

Thank you for your past support. We’re preparing for a terrific festival in 2017 so make your plans early, bring your family and friends along, and enjoy all the delights of Merimbula with a long weekend of Jazz in June.