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10 Reasons to Attend DC JazzFest This Labor Day Weekend

Celebrate all things jazz in DC this Labor Day weekend

One of DC’s most exciting annual events, DC JazzFest, will take place Aug. 30 – Sept. 3. The 19th edition of this beloved tradition will celebrate the sounds, stories and personalities that make this uniquely American art form sing and swing across its wealth of performances. We’ve laid out 10 reasons to enjoy the event below.

In addition, make sure to register for the free Jazz Hop in historic Anacostia on Sept. 1 and book your hotel stay.

Find special offers from DC JazzFest's hotel partners and discover more summer deals at hotels, restaurants and attractions. In addition, add dining to your experience with DC's Summer Restaurant Week, which runs during the festival.


DC JazzFest at The Wharf tickets start at $20

The epic outdoor event at one of DC's most popular spots offers limited tickets starting at $20. Seated, VIP and All Access tickets are also available at great prices.


The talent on display is outstanding

An incredible lineup featuring a range of styles and performers will hook music fans of all stripes. International, national, regional and local artists will all show off their skills at venues all over DC including GRAMMY Award winners and NEA Jazz Masters.


See emerging jazz stars

You don’t want to miss this year’s GRAMMY Award winner for Best New Artist, Samara Joy, at DC JazzFest at the Wharf on Sunday, Sept. 3.


You can experience jazz mastery and artistic genius

On Friday, Sept. 1, superstar jazz vocalist Gregory Porter will take the stage during DC JazzFest at The Anthem. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.


Listen to emerging artists

The Brass-a-holics opened for Jon Batiste and Stay Human at the 2019 DC JazzFest. Now, they sell out venues across the country. The festival welcomes them back during the Anacostia Jazz Hop on Sept. 1.


Discover the international language of jazz

DC JazzFest showcases an exceptional array of globally renowned masters and exciting newcomers from across the jazz spectrum. The festival takes pride in presenting musicians from all over the world. This year's lineup includes Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble from Cuba as well as artists from Italy, France, Iceland, Thailand and Trinidad.


You will have the chance to engage with artists

DC JazzFest will offer exclusive Q&A and engagement opportunities with artists throughout the festival’s run, including the Meet the Artists Tent during DC JazzFest at the Wharf.


Experience The Big Chief

NEA Jazz Master Donald Harrison will perform at DC JazzFest at the Wharf on Sunday, Sept. 3. The Big Chief brings a unique fusion of New Orleans jazz, soul and funk to his music. 


Watch last year's DC JazzPrix winner perform

The winner of the 2022 DC JazzPrix, the Julieta Eugenio Trio, will perform during DC JazzFest at The Wharf on Saturday, Sept. 2.


Celebrate an American art form

The United States Congress officially proclaimed jazz a “National Treasure” in 1987. Diehard fans of the genre likely wondered, “What took you so long?” This Labor Day Weekend, you can immerse yourself in the classic American art form like never before, including a performance by four-time GRAMMY Award winner Terri Lyne Carrington taking on new standards during the DC JazzFest at The Wharf on Sept. 2.

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