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DC Jazz Festival, District Wharf, Washington DC, USA.

Dates: Wednesday, September 01, 2021 - Sunday, September 05, 2021

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We have received the following press release regarding this event;

DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) has announced the official dates of the 2021 DC JazzFest, running from September 1-5, 2021 over Labor Day Weekend. The festival will showcase a hybrid of in-person and live-streamed performances at the District Wharf, DC’s vibrant waterfront destination. See below for information about the 2021 DC JazzFest.


Save the Date: DC Jazz Festival Announces 2021 DC JazzFest Dates
DC JazzFest at the Wharf, September 4-5, over Labor Day Weekend

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 16, 2021 – The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) today announces the official dates for this year’s edition of the DC JazzFest as September 1-5, 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic, DCJF will postpone this year’s festival to September as a celebration of all things jazz in DC, with a tentpole weekend at the District Wharf, a waterfront destination with restaurants, shops, and stunning views. DC JazzFest at The Wharf will take place September 4-5, over Labor Day Weekend, as a hybrid of in-person performances and live streaming 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.

“While we are still in the middle of a challenging time, DC JazzFest is working closely with our DC partners to deliver a safe, world-class festival featuring great music for the jazz enthusiast and casual fan alike,” said DCJF Executive Director Sunny Sumter. “The well-being of our patrons, artists and festival production team is a top priority and the move from June to September will support a safe festival experience for all.”

DCJF will announce its full lineup and more details on our citywide celebration in late spring. We look forward to this immersive “jazz takeover” of DC in September.

Learn more about the DC Jazz Festival and all of our programs by visiting


About DC Jazz Festival:
With dozens of performances in venues across the city, the annual DC JazzFest is one of the largest music festivals in the country. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the DC Jazz Festival celebrates America’s unique original art form during this international event that attracts jazz lovers from around the world to the nation’s capital. The DCJF also presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.  The mission of the DC Jazz Festival is to present internationally renowned and emerging artists in celebration of jazz, unify diverse communities and enable connections between artists and audiences, advance jazz and music education, provide performance opportunities for DC-based musicians, and highlight DC as a major and vibrant center for jazz. The 2021 DC JazzFest will take place September 1-5. For more information about the DCJF and its activities, visit