Wine and Jazz Festival Heading to Kearney Mid-May


The annual Nebraska Wine & Jazz Festival is heading to Kearney on May 17 and 18.

This statewide celebration is coming back for the sixth time to showcase wines from a number of Nebraska vineyards and wineries and featuring jazz music entertainment performed by Nebraska musicians.

The Kearney Area Community Foundation will be coordinating this event as part of their annual fundraising activities. This event will give recognition to Nebraska vineyards and wineries, a value added segment of the Nebraska agri-tourism industry, as well as highlight talented musicians from across our great state. Proceeds from the event will go to the Foundation's general fund used for giving grants back to the community, as well as operating the organization.

The event will be hosted at the city's parking lot at the corner of 25th Street and Central Avenue, on "The Bricks" of Downtown Kearney, adding a great nuance to the event. Attendees will pay an admission fee and receive a souvenir glass to sample Nebraska wines and hear outstanding Nebraska jazz musicians. There will also be a retail opportunity to purchase your favorite wine from one of Nebraska's premier vineyards, as well as local food vendors and microbrewery on site.

"We are so proud that this has become one of Kearney's main events. Last year, more than 2,300 attended the two-day event," stated Laurel Rosado, Nebraska Wine and Jazz Festival Event Chair and Kearney Area Community Foundation Outreach Coordinator. "We decided to coordinate the event several years ago as a fun way to fundraise for our organization and to help keep the Festival in Kearney."

The cost of the festival will be covered by admissions and sponsorships from local businesses. The event's lead sponsors include Culligan, Fort Theatre Dentistry, Holiday Inn, Horizon Designs, LIPS Printing, Midway, Nebraska Wine & Grape Growers Association, NebraskaLand Bank, NTV, Platte River Radio, Platte Valley State Bank & Trust and the Kearney Area Community Foundation.

The Festival will be held Friday, May 17 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, May 18 from 3 to 11 p.m. IDs will be checked and only ages 21 and older will be admitted.

Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for both days. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at