Leonardtown, MD – The 20th iteration of the Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival is returning to St. Mary’s this weekend (July 12-14). Boasting “jazz, seafood, and stunning waterside views,” the three-day affair has evolved from the single event at St. Clement’s Island into one that encompasses the entire weekend.

The “Official Kickoff Party” starts at 6 p.m. Friday in Leonardtown Square. The first evening is full of free music and activities, themed around the ’20s (jazz age), ’30s-’40s (swing era), and the ’50s (modern and Latin jazz). The Chesapeake Swingband is the festival’s first performance, followed by a performance by the Ballet Caliente all while St. Mary’s Rod & Classic Car Club has an era-appropriate car show. One of the more interesting features of the night is the “Drop N’ Dine” service at certain restaurants in the town, pending a reservation.

Day two is the classic festival Southern Maryland has grown to love. Tickets cost $65 online, $85 at the door, covering parking, entry to the festival, free entry to the museum, and a boat ride around the island. Performances from Art Sherrod, Jr., Paula Atherton & Brian Simpson, and Mike Phillips compliment delicious eats from Ruddy Duck, 2 Soul Sisters, Old Towne Pub Wing Wagon, and more.

The event ends on Sunday, traveling back to Leonardtown for jazz brunches and other activities to close out the weekend.

For more information on the event and its offerings, visit the Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival website.

Contact Jerold at staffwriter@thebaynet.com.