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13th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival 2018

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Tickets are still available!

They can be purchased AT THE GATE starting at noon on Feb. 24th. (Cash or Credit Only)

13th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival – February 24th 2018

We are pleased to welcome back Nick Colionne, who performed at our 2016 Festival. This year we welcome newcomers Eric Darius and Lao Tizer.


Eric Darius playing Saxaphone
Eric Darius
Nick Colionne playing guitar
Nick Colionne
The Lao Tizer Band


Now in its 13rd year, the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce has proudly produced the annual award-winning Wine and Jazz Festival every February. Each year, the Chamber has striven to add new artistry and dynamics to the event, to encourage festival-goers to return year after year, which they do diligently, filling our hotels, restaurants, retail shops and streets. 2018 however will be a very special year for the Festival as we bring two brand new acts to our star-studded star and bring back one previous performer. The full line up for February 24th 2018 will be Nick Colionne, Eric Darius and Lao Tizer, bringing the very best of contemporary smooth jazz to the city. This show will be spectacular with high-energy performers from beginning to end. Tickets for the event can now be purchased online. We suggest booking early. Many of the top line tickets have already been purchased.

Yes, you have noticed that one name is missing from the February line-up. There’s a very simple but exciting answer to that. Mindi Abair has graced our stage as “Festival Queen” for the last eight successive gigs. Mindi’s career path has grown and evolved during that time, just as the festival itself has. Today we are thrilled to announce that we have negotiated a brand new Mindi Abair date and festival in Punta Gorda, taking place in November 2018 at the Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda (outdoors on the great lawn).  Called the “Mindi Abair Punta Gorda Wine and Music Festival”, Mindi will be inviting friends to join her on stage for a weekend filled with the very best of Blues/Rock. In 2018, Mindi’s arrival in Punta Gorda will also coincide with our annual Punta Gorda Restaurant Week, so we’ll be able to provide a “total experience” featuring incredible music, great food and outstanding wines hosted by renowned wine experts. The main stage event is cited for Saturday November 17th 2018.  A complete weekend experience is being proposed, with private wine and food tastings, intimate dinner shows and one centralized day festival with incredible musical talent, hosted and selected by Mindi herself.  Tickets for this extravaganza will be going on sale shortly (right in the section of the PG Chamber site), so watch out for future announcements.

The Punta Gorda Chamber is truly privileged to have been able to not only meet but interact so positively with Mindi’s career that has led up to this very exciting announcement being made today.  

The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce is entering its 13th year of service to the community and on February 24th 2018, the annual Wine and Jazz Festival too will be celebrating its 13th anniversary. This festival has received all types of accolades over the years and has brought such amazing acts as Ramsey Lewis, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Peter White, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, David Benoit and, of course, festival favorite Mindi Abair.

“We want 2018’s festival to be something special. A true celebration to honor those who have made the festival what it is today” said John Wright, President of the organizers, The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. The talent line-up for 2018 is now being set and, according to Wright, the bar has yet again risen to bring the very best of world-class jazz artistry to Punta Gorda.

Jazz Fest music

VIP tickets include  include complimentary food hamper, presented by a selection of local restaurants,  seven complimentary beverage tickets per VIP ticket, a welcome bag containing your souvenir beer and wine glasses, seated (at tables), stage front seats and dance area, and a special meet n’greet to meet those artists who are able to attend the Friday night (February 23rd) wine party.

Premium Tickets include a reserved seat in a special section behind VIP and 4 complimentary drink tickets. Separate check-in facilities.

Regular tickets for 2018 are for entrance and souvenir bag containing beer and wine glasses. Food and beverage may be purchased in the park, according to your taste, which allows us to reduce the ticket price to $65 per person (if purchased before 1/31/18), yet bringing you the very best of international jazz talent that can be found at the most affordable price possible. Save $10 per ticket by buying before 1/31/18. Beverage tickets will be available for purchase prior to entering the check-in area (ahead of the show) and inside the park (during the show).

So… plan your weekend around the 13th Annual Wine and Jazz Festival to be held on February 24th, 2018. Book early to avoid disappointment. There is no doubt that tickets will be in very high demand and sections will sell out very quickly.

The park will open at 12.30pm approximately, with the first act taking the stage at 1pm. Enjoy the beautiful waterfront views and the amazing sounds  making for the perfect afternoon in Punta Gorda. (Our only “disclaimers” are, sadly, no pets, no alcohol to be brought inside and definitely no coolers. If you are bringing a shade umbrella, PLEASE be courteous and not block those behind you.)

All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

It simply keeps getting BETTER…

For any questions, please call us on 941-639-3720 during office hours.

Jazz Fest music

For hotel reservations, our sponsors are:

  • Fort Points by Sheraton  941 637 6770
  • Wyvern Hotel – 941 639 7700

Event Sponsors:

  • Waste Management of Charlotte County

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