International Dixieland Festival

14 - 21 May 2017
Dresden, Germany

Head to Dresden this May for the International Dixieland Festival, Europe's biggest old time jazz festival featuring some of the best jazz talent around.

  • When? 14th - 21st May 2017
  • Where? Throughout Dresden
  • Price: Tickets go on sale May 2017, see official website for more details.

It sounds like a magical place you'd only hear in a fairytale, but there's nothing make-belief about Dixieland Festival in the city of Dresden. The biggest old time jazz festival in Europe was first established in 1971 and showcases acts that sound every bit as good as its name.

Every year, the city of Dresden in eastern Germany hosts the International Dixieland Festival. Around 30 bands from different countries across Europe, as well as accomplished musicians from Germany, travel to the city to perform for hundreds of thousands of spectators. There are around 40 concerts through the week and some great open-air events are located around the city and along the river Elbe. The whole city floods the streets, particularly at the weekend, where festival-goers embrace the buzzing atmosphere by drinking, dancing and eating at various venues.

Traditional spectacles include the Riverboat Shuffle on the river Elbe featuring the world's largest fleet of paddle-steamers which invite you to step aboard. Along the Prager Strasse Jazz Mile, stages are set up for acts to showcase their talent, where as live music can be heard in popular hot-spots such as Külz-Ring Feldschlößchen beer garden. At the end of the week, the Dixieland Festival finale takes place in the Old Town where a huge brass band parade can be heard throughout the city.

Whether you love jazz or not, you're certain to catch Dixieland fever if you're in Dresden this May. Europe's biggest old time jazz festival will have your soul singing all the way up the Yellow Brick Road.

  • Get there: There's an extensive transport network in Dresden made up of buses, trams and S-Bahn trains.
  • Stay: Find a hotel in the Old Town so you can walk to the events.

*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!