17th Annual DC JazzFest at The Wharf

calendar icon Sept. 4, 2021 – Sept. 5, 2021
map marker icon District Pier
Event Hours
Daily from 1pm - 10pm

The 17th Annual DC JazzFest will take place from September 1-5, 2021, with 25+ concerts, interviews and other exclusive content featuring international superstars and homegrown talent alike. The signature event, DC JazzFest at The Wharf will take place September 4-5, over Labor Day Weekend, as a hybrid of in-person and live-streamed performances to a worldwide audience.

The largest jazz festival in the nation’s capital, the 17th Annual DC JazzFest will feature a robust lineup of incredible artists—from homegrown talent to NEA Jazz Masters—with concerts citywide. The variety of festival experiences across the city will include in-person and live stream performances, up-close and personal “Meet the Artist” conversations, and the DCJazzPrix international jazz band competition Finals from Union Stage.

View the 2021 Lineup


For 2021, registration is required for attendance. Reserve a free General Admission Ticket or purchase a Seated Ticket or VIP Club Lounge Pass. 

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Health and Safety

The DC Jazz Festival has updated their health and safety policies ahead of the 17th Annual DC JazzFest in an effort to prioritize the health and safety of our patrons, volunteers, artists and staff. 

Everyone attending 2021 DC JazzFest events (indoor and outdoor) will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test within the past 72 hours of the day of the event along with a matching photo ID. Proof of vaccination can be your physical vaccine card or a photo of your vaccine card.

Since a vaccine has not been approved for use on kids under age 12, a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event will be required. All children under the age of 12 will be required to wear masks for both indoor and outdoor events.

Without proof of vaccination or negative test results, you will not be allowed to enter the event.

Review the 2021 DC JazzFest Health and safety policies


Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given on the waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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Browse the Shops

Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

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