Jazz Music’s Neighborhood Block Party.
This long-standing neighborhood jazz and arts event turns the quiet residential Riverdale Drive into a vibrant, family-friendly block party for one autumn afternoon every year. Thousands attend annually to enjoy various jazz performances from student and professional musicians, both locally and nationally recognized. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and experience the live samplings of everything from Dixieland to Acid Jazz.
Hosted by the Jazz Association of Macon (JAM) to encourage preservation and creation of jazz music, recruit new fans to the genre and increase awareness of jazz music and events, Arts on Riverdale is JAM’s biggest annual fundraiser and membership drive. Funds raised go back to the community through their JAM Goes Back to School program where professional musicians visit and perform in area schools, as well as their Young Jazz Musician Scholarship fund.
A silent auction, art vendors and food trucks round out the festival which literally takes place in the street and yards of Riverdale residents who kindly donate their property to furthering performance art in the Middle Georgia area. Admission is free and rain unfortunately cancels the event.
About the Surrounding Geography.
Riverdale Drive is a quiet street off of the busy Vineville Avenue and intersects Ridge Avenue in the Vineville Historic District of Macon. Riverdale Drive closes to thru traffic and some neighbors allow the festival to use their front lawns for vendor space or a spot to spread out a blanket and listen to the live music. Riverdale Drive is a little over two miles from The Allman Brothers Big House Museum and just a short distance from the shops and restaurants of Ingleside Village.