Fodor's Expert Review Juneau Jazz & Classics
Performers from all over the world head to Juneau each May to celebrate music from Bach to Brubeck. Taj Mahal, Arlo Guthrie, Booker T. Jones, and the Manhattan Transfer are among past guests. First held in 1987, the festival runs for more than two weeks, showcasing jazz and classics along with blues, rock, and soul. Many events require tickets but others—such as lunch-hour concerts at the State Office Building and jazz jams at a local bar called the Lucky Lady—are free. In this spirit of accessibility, visiting musicians also perform in Juneau schools.