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DC Jazz Festival Permanently Moves its Annual DC JazzFest to Labor Day Weekend

DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) is excited to announce the dates of the 2022 DC JazzFest, which will take place August 31-September 4, 2022, marking a permanent shift of its annual DC JazzFest to the end of summer over Labor Day Weekend. With five days of concerts citywide, the 18th Annual DC JazzFest will be a celebration of all things jazz in more than a dozen neighborhoods including its marquis weekend at The District Wharf, a waterfront destination with an inviting array of restaurants, shops, and spectacular river walk views. DC JazzFest at The Wharf will take place September 3-4, featuring multiple waterfront stages, as well as the DCJazzPrix international band competition at Union Stage.

“I’ve always loved the cultural diversity represented through DC JazzFest and the way music helps connect us,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO of Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization of Washington, DC. “The festival is a staple of the city that visitors and locals will look forward to as we celebrate a fun and vibrant Labor Day weekend in DC.”

A cultural staple and artistic jewel of the nation’s capital, the 18thAnnual DC JazzFest will feature a robust lineup of incredible artists – from homegrown talent to international superstars and emerging artists to NEA Jazz Masters. The 2022 DC JazzFest will include more than 50 performances with up close and in person “Meet the Artist” conversations and panel discussions.

Executive Director of the Wharf Community Association, Bob Rubenkonig, said of the 2022 festival schedule; “The Wharf is proud to be a part of DC JazzFest and we look forward to hosting the beloved festival over Labor Day weekend. The Festival’s mission to unify diverse communities and enable connections between artists and audiences—while providing performance opportunities for DC-based jazz musicians—will make the holiday weekend one to remember at The Wharf.”

“While still in the middle of challenging times, the DC Jazz Festival will work closely with our DC partners to deliver a safe, world-class festival experience featuring great music for the jazz enthusiast and casual fan alike,” said DCJF CEO Sunny Sumter. “The well-being of our patrons, artists and festival production team continue to be our top priority.”

The DC Jazz Festival will announce its full lineup and more details on the citywide celebration in late spring. Learn more about the DC Jazz Festival and the full range of programs by visiting

Mark your calendars now as the 2022 DC JazzFest will shine as DC’s summer finale over Labor Day Weekend!


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