ATTENTION: All patrons attending the Capital Jazz Fest will now be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test from the past 72 hours, along with a matching photo ID. Proof of vaccination can be your physical vaccine card or a photo of your card.

Official Site of the

28th Annual Capital Jazz Fest
Special Edition!

September 4-5, 2021
The jazz festival with soul!

We missed you in 2020, but the Capital Jazz Fest is back! Returning to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Labor Day Weekend! For this “special edition” of the festival, we’ll be combining our two stages into one big stage, with “Jazzy Saturday” on September 4 and “Soulful Sunday” on September 5.

Check out our highlight video from the 2021 festival!

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What is the Capital Jazz Fest?

Each year in June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend “the jazz festival with soul”: The Capital Jazz Fest. Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers nationwide, is more than just a concert, it’s an event! It’s a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, make new friends, and of course hear some of the coolest jazz and soul music on the planet!

In-between musical sets, enjoy fine art and crafts at the Festival Marketplace, culinary treats at the food court, and meet & greet the artists. And after the show, check out the late night events at our host hotel.


See what festival patrons are saying about the Capital Jazz Fest…

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