IDLEWILD — Live music performances and jam sessions will echo through the forest of Idlewild on Saturday during the sixth annual Idlewild Homecoming Jazz and Blues festival, an event which draws hundreds of visitors every year.

The free festival, sponsored by the Idlewild African-American Chamber of Commerce, is set to take place from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, at John Meeks Park, located at M.L. Drive and Idlewild Boulevard. The late John Meeks, founder of the festival, created the event to celebrate Idlewild’s past and musical heritage in the scenic woods of the historic community.

Artists including Sandra Bevins, Paul “Moz” Mosby from WDIV-FM Radio, the Family Reunion Band and Dexter Sims Trio will hit the stage.

Visitors also will be able to check out vendors and booths representing area nonprofit groups.

Food booths offering fried catfish, corn on the cob and other treats also are a hit.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers.