Summer in YVR is the most wonderful time of the year. You’ll find patios packed with people happily sipping cocktails, city beaches full of bikini-clad sun worshipers, and outdoor festivals, like the season’s upcoming TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, brimming with eager music enthusiasts geared up for awesome, world class tunes.

Known around town simply as Jazz Fest, this event draws over half a million people to its many indoor and outdoor stages every year, and is set to celebrate its 29th anniversary starting June 20th.

Over 12 amazing days, this huge international musical showcase will attract music aficionados from near and far to experience and enjoy the best jazz, funk, Latin, and fusion from Canada and around the globe. We’ve put together a mini guide for you of what’s happening at the festival so that you don’t miss anything…

Our Headliner Picks
The Jazz Festival features more than 1,800 musicians. Here are a few headliners that we suggest you check out…
Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood – June 20th, Vogue Theatre
Hiromi: The Trio Project – June 21st, Vogue Theatre
Bobby McFerrin – June 22nd, Orpheum
Arturo Sandoval – June 23rd, Vogue Theatre
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet – June 23rd, Performance Works
Jill Barber – June 24th, Vogue Theatre
King Khan and the Shrines – June 24th, Fortune Sound Club
Christian McBride Trio – June 24th, Performance Works
Maceo Parker – June 25th, Vogue Theatre
Charles Lloyd Quartet – June 27th, Vogue Theatre
Cassandra Wilson – June 29th, Vogue Theatre

Free Concerts
Enjoy over 150 free concerts over the 12-day period at these four mini festivals…
Jazz Around Town (June 20th to 30th)
Granville Island Jazz (June 20th to 30th)
Downtown Jazz Weekend (June 21st and 22nd)
David Lam Park Jazz Weekend (June 28th to 29th)

North Shore Jazz
An eclectic line-up of free and ticketed concerts throughout venues on the North Shore, from June 20th to 28th.

Club Series
The Club Series offers intimate performances at Vancouver restaurants, bars and hotels, including the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Ouisi Bistro, and the Tangent Cafe. These concerts range from no cover charge to $40. Sit back, enjoy a bite to eat and a cocktail, and enjoy the wonderful music.

The 29th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival runs from June 20th to July 1st, 2014. For a complete schedule of events and concerts, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Will you getting your jazz on at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewtheVibe.