Jazz lovers come to Jacksonville in late May to enjoy the sounds of live jazz at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Guests have been coming to celebrate jazz at this event for over 30 years. Crowds can count on a exceptional performances and an interesting display of art at this event. With a glowing reputation in the jazz community, this event is considered the second largest festival of its kind in America. With free admission, it attracts a large crowd of jazz enthusiasts from around the country. One of its hallmarks is an annual piano competition where five top performers are awarded cash prizes along with the opportunity to play on the main stage.