The Annual Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

FEDUJAZZ, Constitutional Weekend Fun, and The Lineup

Learn All About The Jazz Fest in the Dominican RepublicThe Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is a fun time in Cabarete and falls on Constitution Day weekend. Set around the country, it’s one of  the biggest cultural events in the Caribbean. We’ll tell you about how Jazz Fest gives back to our local community, the vibe in Cabarete, and all the details for this years lineup.

FEDUJAZZ – Educational Foundation for Jazzfest


FEDUJAZZ,  a partner of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival was established in 2012. Located in Cabarete, the educational foundation is just one of the many programs aimed to promote societal development for the youth of the Dominican Republic. The vision behind the Jazz Festival’s collaboration with FEDUJAZZ is to provide workshops with artists and thus an excellent music program for Dominican youth. We got this from their website:

A Dominican student entering the public education system has less than a 10% chance of graduating from high school (United Nations [UN], 2005). Research has shown that children and adolescents are stimulated to improve their education and learning aptitude through music. Studies have proven that children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.”

Cabarete Is The Place To Be During Constitution Day Weekend

Our beach transforms into a concert arena for the event. Always scheduled to fall on Constitution Day weekend, the Holiday itself is always observed on a Monday. Hence, a long weekend off work for locals. Long weekends are always busy for Cabarete as we’re a favorite vacation spot for Dominicans. Who can blame anyone for loving our beach side restaurants, nightclubs, watersports, and clean crystal blue waters?

Cabarete during Constitution Day weekend is a fun time. This is due to the Jazz Fest and the biggest Surf Competition in Dominican Republic happening at the same time. The Encuentro Surf Classic is a four day event in which surfers come from all over the world for a chance to win big cash prizes. Here is the schedule of the event at a glance:

  • Inscription Party Thursday Night at LAX/Ojo Club 6pm-12am
  • Day 1 of the competition at Encuentro Beach 7am-12pm Friday, Tapas and drinks at Yalla 7pm-10pm
  • Day 2 at Encuentro Beach 7am-12pm, Bikini Fashion Show and Sponsor Party at Millennium Resort 6pm-11pm
  • Finals at Encuentro Beach 7am-12pm, Closing Party and Awards Ceremony at Onnos Bar and Restaurant 6pm-12am

Visitors come from all over the world for the surf competition, the long weekend, and the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival. In short, Cabarete is the place to be on the first weekend of November.

The Line-Up for the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival 2017

The grand finale of the celebration is on Saturday and Sunday. Cabarete is always the closing location for the Festival that also sets its stage in Santo Domingo, Santiago, Sosua, and Puerto Plata.

The main stage is set up in front of Pomodoro Restaurant. The concert is free and anyone can enjoy it from the beach. To sit in front of the stage you can buy VIP tickets online.

Festival Date, Show Location, Country Dedication

Sunday, October 29, 2017 – Santo Domingo, Plaza España – France                                   

  • Big Band of National Conservatory of Music of Santo Domingo Featuring Alain Mallet (Dominican Republic / France)
  • The Jazz Ensemble from Paris Conservatory Featuring Riccardo del Fra (France)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – Santiago, Centro Leon – Argentina

  • El Eco with Guillermo Nojechowicz featuring Marco Pignataro, Brian Lynch, Helio Alves, Kim Nazarian & Fernando Huergo (Argentina, Brazil)
  • Rafelito Mirabal & Sistema Temperado (Dominican Republic)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 – Sosúa, Amphitheatre Hotel Casa Marina – Israel

  • Javier Vargas and Atre (Dominican Republic)
  • Roni Eytan Quartet (Israel)
  • Anat Cohen with the Berklee Global Ambassadors (Israel / USA)

Friday, November 3, 2017 – Puerto Plata, Independence Park – Brazil

  • Guy Frómeta Trío (Dominican Republic)
  • Trío da Paz (Brazil)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 – Cabarete Beach – United States

  • George Garzone with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors (USA)
  • Sean Jones (USA)
  • Brian Lynch (USA)

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Cabarete Beach – Puerto Rico, Italy & DR

  • Marco Pignataro “Almas Antiguas Quartet” featuring Alan Pasqua, Adam Cruz, Ehud Ettun (Italy, Puerto Rico)
  • William Cepeda  (Puerto Rico)
  • Fefita la Grande and Special Guests (Dominican Republic)
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