The Capital Jazz Festival brings international music talent to the suburbs of Washington D.C. every year.
It all started back in 1993 and was dubbed as jazz's answer to Woodstock: Smoothstock. Let's hope it doesn't turn into a mud bath the way Woodstock did because the show is promised to go on rain or shine.
This is the place for summer dreaming; you can lounge around the lawns in the sun, people watch, mosey over to the food stalls and of course, get your groove on to the jazz music. The surrounding woods of the Symphony Woods Park provide an idyllic setting for jazz and soul.
In 2016, the Capital Jazz Festival draws people from nearly all 50 states and hosts over 40 international musicians, including The Isley Brothers (summer breeze!), Will Downing, Brian Culbertson, Lalah Hathaway, David Sanborn, Toni Braxton, Fourplay, Al B. Sure, The Brand New Heavies, Take 6, and many more. Next year is expected to attract a whole new batch of blues talent and even more jazz lovers.
If you're hanging around between performances, you can go and check out the artists' workshops in the Festival Marketplace. There are late night after parties too if proceedings are a bit too mellow for your liking. General admission costs around $45 for a day ticket but you can pay up to nearly $500 for VIP parking and seating.
Ooooo I got them capital blues.
With so many people flocking to the Capital Jazz Festival, you should book accommodation in advance. Booking.com has some great options.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!