Boston’s largest jazz festival is returning this weekend for its 12th year of live music, food, and family activities Saturday.
The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival will kick off at noon on Saturday with an array of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove musicians performing on three stages along six blocks of Columbus Avenue.
This year, the free festival, which has attracted up to 80,000 attendees, will feature more than 70 vendors and food offerings from across the globe, family activities such as face painting, inflatables, and an "instrument petting zoo," and more than 15 artists—many right from Boston.
Three Back Bay residents--Annette Philip, Deborah Pierre, and Giorgia Renosto—will perform in the Women of the World ensemble in which Boston women perform original compositions and traditional folk music from Japan, India, Italy, Mexico, and the United States. Sara Cristal Peña-Coffin of East Boston will also join the group.
Young South End resident Rufino Henriguez, will also perform with the City Music All-Stars. The 14-year-old trumpeter and his fellow City Music All-Stars all attend the Berklee City Music after-school program and Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program.
Berklee City Music, a non-profit, offers music education to underserved students between grade 4 and 12 to boost their interest in music, their self-confidence, and their communities.
Daniel Ian Smith of Hyde Park, Lalah Hathaway, Paula Cole, and 2012 Grammy Award winner Terri Lyne Carrington are also set to perform.
The festival runs until 6 p.m. on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street. A full schedule of events is available online.