Journey to Newport Beach, California this year for sun, sand, surf and . . . saxophone! Travellers with a penchant for arts and culture will enjoy much more than just a typical beach vacation in this sunny SoCal destination. A cultural hotspot with a well-established art scene, Newport Beach is home to plenty of festivals that celebrate the local community.
Vibrant jazz and art events, and an annual film festival are some of the top cultural experiences throughout 2019:
Newport Beach Jazz Party – February 14 – 17, 2019
The 19th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party promises to be a stellar event once again. Set in sunny California's Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa, festivities are orchestrated from morning till well after sundown with Jazz breakfasts, luncheons, afternoon poolside jam sessions, evening concerts, a Saturday night dance and Sunday's Jazz brunch. With a lineup including big bands, jazz orchestras, and solo performers, this is sure to be an unforgettable jazz party!
Sunset Jazz at Newport – July 11 – September 19, 2019
Combine a summer outdoor evening and ocean views with table service offering wine and food selections together with world class jazz artists in an intimate setting. The 10th Annual Sunset Jazz at Newport summer series is an 11-week sequence of Wednesday night jazz performances. Lovers of great jazz, wine, food and gorgeous sunsets are welcome to attend these weekly shows, held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.
Hyatt Summer Concert Series – July – October 2019
Friday nights in Newport Beach offer music lovers an incredible summer filled with world-class music, fine wine and dining at the intimate Back Bay Amphitheater of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The amphitheater allows fans to get up close and personal with their favorite musicians. Last year’s lineup can be found here.https://www.visitnewportbeach.com/events/hyatt-regency-newport-beach-summer-concert-series-2018-09-14/
In addition to these musical experiences, the thriving art scene in Newport Beach invites innovative, creative artists to showcase their work at several events throughout the year.
The 20th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival from April 25 – May 2 is a pillar of the community, hosting over 500 filmmakers and 50,000 film fans for screenings of over 300 features and short films. Balboa Island Artwalk on May 19 kicks off the summer season with an event where visitors can sample local artwork while enjoying the sunshine and lovely views of Newport Bay. The 55th Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition on June 15 offers artists a chance to be nominated for prizes, and guests a chance to peruse and purchase local art. The 16th Annual Art in the Park in October 2019 will be a festive day spent enjoying the arts. Have a bite to eat and mingle with the artists and craftspeople exhibiting their original work from oil paintings and watercolours to glass art and jewellery.