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The 18th Annual DC Jazz Fest

What do you get when you cross the music industry’s love of outdoor entertainment with the slow return from pandemic-related setbacks and closures? That’s right – it’s the return of festivals! And the one we’re most excited about right now is the DMV’s very own DC Jazz Festival, which is returning in full force with multiple locations and an awe-inspiring lineup. Although the main stages and shows are focused in and around The Wharf, the festival will also go on in Anacostia, U Street/Shaw, Takoma, the Eaton Hotel downtown, and other neighborhoods. The lineup, as is tradition, features artists of all levels from renowned vocalist Kurt Elling to local trumpeter Donvonte McCoy, and everyone in between. In fact, one of Alchemical’s old friends, Akua Allrich & The Tribe, will be performing on Saturday, September 3 2022 during the DCJazzPrix Finals at Union Stage! This festival spans five days this Labor Day weekend, so you have plenty of time to join in on the fun! 

Wednesday, August 31 – Sunday, September 4, 2022

The Wharf
740 Water St SW
Washington, DC 20024

Each day features unique acts at varying times and locations. For more information on lineups, scheduling, amenities, ticket prices, and more please visit

Erin Steward

Erin Steward is studying Business Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in Events Management at Virginia Tech. She loves creative writing, discovering new music, binge-watching her favorite shows, and traveling with family and friends. 

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