Frequently Asked Questions

*This page was last updated on 8-26-2021*

What is the latest health and safety policy from the festival?

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) updated its 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.

*Proof of Vaccination/Negative Test Required*

Everyone attending 2021 DC JazzFest events (indoor and outdoor) were 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 could be your physical vaccine card or a photo of your vaccine card.


Any indoor DCJF performances and presentations at venue partners throughout the city were subject to the specific venue’s internal health and safety protocol. Please review the specific policies for these venue partners on their websites. 


Please visit our website, www.dcjazzfest.org,or follow us on social media @dcjazzfest to get the most up-to-date information about the 2021 DC JazzFest. We look forward to celebrating all things jazz with you safely!

How do I show proof of vaccination/negative test when I arrive?

Proof of vaccination can be your physical vaccine card/negative test results or a photo of your vaccine card/negative test results. Documentation must have your full legal name that matches to your proof of identification (driver's license, passport, etc.). 

What about attendees under the age of 12?

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.

What kind of test results will be accepted?

PCR based, NAA based or Antigen test results are all acceptable test results. Self-administered or antibody tests will not be accepted.

What if I forget my proof of vaccination/negative test results?

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

Do I still have to wear a mask?

Based on current District of Colombia guidelines, masks are required indoors and are not currently required outdoors. If the guidelines for mask-wearing change – we will inform you as soon as we know. We strongly suggest mask-wearing in the following circumstances: 

  • Waiting in line at the District, Transit, and Recreation Piers or Meet the Artist tent areas; 

  • In line at a food vendor, bar, or vendor area; 

  • Inside the “Meet the Artist” tent; 

  • In all restrooms; 

  • If you are not fully vaccinated; 

  • And in any other instance where you are unable to maintain social distancing from anyone outside of your household.


The most recent health and safety measures implemented by Mayor Bowser’s Office can be found here: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/healthguidance

What is the address of DC JazzFest at The Wharf?  

The 101 District Square, SW between Maine and Wharf Streets (near Mi Vida)

What time does DC JazzFest at The Wharf start?  

DC JazzFest at The Wharf starts at 2: 00 PM on both days, Saturday, September 4th, and Sunday, September 5th. 

Do I need tickets for DC JazzFest at The Wharf?  

All outdoor general admission DC JazzFest events at The Wharf are free and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to register in advance at https://bit.ly/DCJF-Eventbrite. There are also seated tickets and VIP Club Lounge Passes available for purchase.

Where can I get tickets for the 2021 DC JazzFest?

The only official place to purchase and register for tickets to this year’s festival is through the DCJF Eventbrite page located at: https://bit.ly/DCJF-Eventbrite 

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

No. The 17th Annual DC JazzFest at The Wharf is only offering single day passes to attend on either Saturday, Sept. 4th or Sunday, Sept. 5th. Guests who wish to attend both days of the festival must purchase separate single day passes.

Where can I find the DC JazzFest at The Wharf schedule?  

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

Will I be allowed to re-enter the festival if I leave the premises?

Yes, re-entry is allowed to all 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 33 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 at our beverage stations. All beverages sales support our DC JazzFest programs. We will sell assorted soft drinks, water, and beer and wine. Drink and be merry and do so responsibly. 

What happens if it rains?  

DC JazzFest at The Wharf presents 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 at the discretion of The Wharf. 

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? 

Limited hourly, daily, and monthly parking in The Wharf underground garage can be reserved in advance through Colonial Parking. To learn more about driving, public transit, water taxi, and other methods of getting to The Wharf, visit their Getting Here page. Ridesharing (Uber, Lyft, Taxi) or public transportation is highly recommended.  

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 - Maryland Ave Exit and The Wharf every 10 minutes. The Shuttle information, including real-time stop updates, can be found here: https://www.wharfdc.com/gettinghere/southwest-shuttle

Buses that stop near the festival entrance include 52, 74, P6, V1 and W9. 

Where are the public restrooms?

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

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

  • Water Street SW below 800 Maine Avenue, next to Array Floral (wheelchair accessible)

  • Fish Market area, below Tiki TNT

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

What is prohibited to bring to DC JazzFest at The Wharf?  

  • Weapons

  • Pedicabs

  • ATVs

  • Fishing and crabbing

  • Coolers, lawn furniture, chairs, or tents

  • Sleeping

  • Releasing balloons

  • Scattering confetti, petals, rice, or similar materials

  • Food trucks or catering (unless permitted by The Wharf for a private event)

  • Amplified music (unless permitted by The Wharf)

  • Open flames or grills (unless permitted by The Wharf)

  • Fireworks (unless permitted by The Wharf)

  • Solicitation of any kind, including engaging in commercial activity (such as offering any item for sale), or conducting surveys or distributing literature, flyers, samples or other items, or requesting donations is prohibited

  • Engaging in expressive activity without the prior written consent by The Wharf

Where are the nearest Capital Bikeshare Stations?  

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

  • 7th and Maine SW 

  • 9th and Maine SW 

  • 4th and M Street SW 

Where can I find lost items?  

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


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