CORNELIUS – Jazz, food and fellowship will be the main attractions at the annual Cornelius Jazz Festival Saturday, May 18, at Smithville Park.

Sponsored by the Smithville CommUNITY Coalition and the Cornelius Parks and Recreation Department, the free festival will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the park, 19710 Ferry St.

Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the concert and other festival attractions.

This year’s festival, which will benefit the Smithville CommUNITY Coalition and the Send-A-Kid-To-Camp program, will feature four bands along with an assortment of craft and artist exhibits, food trucks, children’s activities, and a selection of craft beer and wine.

Performers for the 2019 festival will include Holly Hopkins Jazz, Dante Lewis, Shableek and Shades of Brown. Food vendors at the event will include A Worthy Dog, Bayou Betty Cajun Express, Dan Good Que, Jive Turkey Legs, Ruthie’s of Charlotte, Yoshi’s, Icy Scott and S&K Funnel Cakes. Beverages will be offered by D-9 Brewing, Eleven Lakes Brewing and Dover Vineyards.

The jazz festival is a traditional event in the Smithville community, which is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cornelius with roots dating back to the 1880s. The Smithville CommUNITY Coalition was formed in 2011 and is a collaboration of residents, area citizens, nonprofits and faith-based communities. The organization’s vision is to revitalize and transform the Smithfield community into a vibrant, safe and attractive place to live and work, and that builds pride in its residents and attracts new developments of affordable homes and businesses.

Parking is limited at Smithville Park, but free shuttle service will be provided starting at 5 p.m. at Cornelius Elementary School. At the event, no glass containers or bottles will be allowed and smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited along with pets, tents and open flames.

For more information about the jazz festival, visit cornelius.org/parc.

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