If you plan to be in Monterey this coming weekend (March 30 - April 1) you won't want to miss the Next Generation Jazz Festival. Every spring, the Monterey Jazz Festival invites the top student musicians from across the country and around the world to participate in this three day event. All Next Generation Jazz Festival events and activities - From Friday night's Kick-Off Concert through Saturday and Sunday's Next Generation Jazz Festival Jazz Competition are open to the public, free of charge! Music will be performed at the Monterey Conference Center, the Portola Hotel, the Red Snapper Restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Museum of Monterey. Check out the 2012 lineup for a list of performances. The Inns of Monterey are proud to sponsor the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival.