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Save-the-Date: DC Jazz Festival Announces 2021 DC JazzFest Dates

DC Jazz Festival is excited to announce that the official dates for this year’s edition of the DC JazzFest will be 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. Our signature event, DC JazzFest at The Wharf, will take place September 4-5 over Labor Day Weekend as a hybrid of in-person performances and live streamed events to our 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 a number of concerts citywide. The variety of festival experiences across the city will include in-person and live-streamed performances, up-close and personal “Meet the Artist” conversations, and the DCJazzPrix international jazz band competition Finals happening at 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

For any press inquiries or requests for information, contact Lydia Liebman, DCJF publicist, at


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