Until two years ago, anyone looking to catch an Arena concert at the Monterey Jazz Festival either had to buy the entire weekend package of five concerts (pricey but oh so worth it) or go the scalper route (less pricey but potentially risky).
Once the Great Recession began sucking all the air out of the economy, MJF wisely recalibrated and began selling single day Arena tickets. This afternoon, the festival e-mail reaching my in box included the news that such seats remain available for the 2011 bash, set for Sept. 17-19. Single-day Arena tickets are going for $66 (Friday) and $132 (Saturday and Sunday). In other MJF ticket news:
Ticket holders can upgrade their weekend experience with a pass to the Premier Access Club, now located in the center of the Festival. VIPs will enjoy closed-circuit Arena simulcasts, visits by Festival artists, a no-host bar, private restrooms, special gate entry into the Fairgrounds, a gift bag, and more. Premier Access Passes are $65 for Friday, or $100 for Saturday or Sunday, or $265 for the whole weekend. Arena or Grounds Ticket Purchase is required.
As a money-saving option for 2011, MJF has reprised the Family Discount Package, which includes two Adult and two Youth (ages 2 – 18 years) Grounds Stage Tickets for only $90 for Friday and $110 for Saturday or Sunday. Families have access to 7 general admission Grounds stages and all Grounds activities. Grounds Stage Tickets include access to the Jazz Theater, featuring simulcasts of all five Arena concerts.
Residents of Monterey County the money-saving Local’s Package, which includes a discount coupon for MJF merchandise. The Local’s Package is available to Monterey County residents who purchase an Arena Package, Single Day Arena Ticket, or Grounds Stage Ticket (excluding Youth Tickets).
Festival regulars are well accustomed to the sight of RVs parked on the streets outside the fairgrounds. If you’re one such urban camper, consider the following:
For the first time in 20 years, patrons will be able to park their RVs on the Fairgrounds during the Jazz Festival Weekend. Three or 4-night stays are available in a location behind the Arena. Spaces have electricity, water, and sewer available. RVs over 38’ must be self-contained. Disabled access is available but limited. Please contact the Ticket Office by phone at 925.275.9255 to request additional information or a reservation form.
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