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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the address of The Wharf?

The address is 1001 7th Street SW, Washington DC, 20024.

What time does DC JazzFest start on Saturday and Sunday?

Music at DC JazzFest at The Wharf starts at 12:00 PM on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3. The Wharf is open early and you are encouraged to arrive earlier and experience the shops, restaurants, and entertainment at The District Wharf, DC’s premier waterfront destination.

Do I need tickets for DC JazzFest?

You do not need a ticket to watch performances from the Wharf Street promenade. To access the performances on District Pier or Transit Pier, a ticket is required.

Where can I get tickets for the 2023 DC JazzFest?

The only official place to purchase and register for tickets to this year’s festival is through the DCJF website located at  

ADA accessible tickets are available each day in the seated section.

Can I buy a multi-day pass for this year’s festival?

Yes! All access standing and VIP tickets are available this year. All Access tickets give you access to all performances at The Wharf and Union Stage on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3.

Where can I find the DC JazzFest schedule?

The DC JazzFest at The Wharf schedule will be made available the week of the festival at Note that our schedule is subject to change without notice.

Will ticketed guests be allowed to exit and re-enter the performance piers?

Yes, re-entry to District Pier and Transit Pier is permitted for all ticketed attendees with a fully intact wristband. 

When will outdoor performances end each night?  

All outdoor performances will end by 10PM on Saturday and Sunday. 

Where can I purchase food at The Wharf?  

There are over 50 bars and restaurants at The Wharf where you can purchase food.

Where can I purchase beverages at The Wharf?  

DC JazzFest encourages you to purchase beverages on District Pier and Transit Pier at our beverage stations. All beverage sales support our DC JazzFest programs. We will sell assorted soft drinks, water, beer, and wine. Drink and be merry and do so responsibly. 

What happens if it rains?  

DC JazzFest at The Wharf will take place rain or shine. If we experience thunder or lightening during a performance, we must encourage patrons to seek shelter until the weather clears. The performance may be suspended or cancelled in the interest of public or performer safety.

May I bring my children?  

Absolutely! DC JazzFest at The Wharf is a family-friendly event. 

May I bring my pets?  

Yes, pets are allowed. 

Is there parking available? 

There are three parking garages at The Wharf offering access to all points of the festival footprint and Arena Stage. Please note that parking at The Wharf can be challenging, so you are encouraged to use other ways to get to the festival, including Metro, taxi, rideshare (Uber and Lyft), and water taxi. Learn more about ways to get to The Wharf here:

Is the DC JazzFest at The Wharf Metro-accessible?  

Yes! The nearest Metro stops are L’Enfant Plaza and Waterfront Stations. Both L’Enfant Plaza (Blue, Orange, Silver, Green, Yellow lines) and Waterfront Station (Green line) are less than a 10-minute walk from the festival entrance. 

The Wharf operates a free blue neighborhood shuttle that runs between the L’Enfant Plaza – 7th St. and Maryland Ave Exit and The Wharf (at 800 Maine near CVS) every 10 minutes. The SW Shuttle information, including real-time stop updates, can be found here:

Buses that stop near the festival entrance include: DC Circulator (Eastern Market-L’Enfant Plaza), 52, 74

Where are the public restrooms?

For your convenience, there are several public restrooms throughout The Wharf:

  • Fish Market area, near Rappahannock Oyster Bar

  • Jetty Terminal Building on Transit Pier, below Cantina Bambina (wheelchair accessible)

  • 800 Water Street SW, near e-Tea (wheelchair accessible)

  • Wharf Public Restrooms at 670 Water Street SW

  • Market Pier floating restrooms, available to boaters using Market Docks

What is prohibited at The Wharf?  

  • Weapons

  • You may not bring your own alcohol to The Wharf and alcohol purchased at The Wharf may only be consumed where it was purchased. Alcohol may not be consumed on the Wharf Street promenade.

  • Smoking – including hookah and vaping products

  • Pedicabs, golf carts, ATVs 

  • Personal coolers, patio umbrellas, lawn furniture, chairs, or tents

  • Personal amplified music

  • Open flames or grills

  • Fireworks, including sparklers

  • Solicitation of any kind, including engaging in commercial activity or requesting donations

Where are the nearest Capital Bikeshare Stations?  

There are Bikeshare Stations at the following locations. Please note that bikes are subject to availability. 

  • 7th St and Maine Ave SW 

  • 9th St and Maine Ave SW 

  • Water St and Maine Ave SW

Where can I find lost items?  

DC JazzFest Lost & Found will be located at the DCJF Command Center on District Pier.

Vendor Inquiries

As of now, there will be no Vendor Village at this year's DC Jazz Festival.


Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn at @dcjazzfest

Hashtag all weekend long: #dcjazzfest #MyDCCool #DCJazzTown #wharfdc  

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