This Weekend: Jazz and Celebrating Summer (Finally)


Jazz in the Garden

June 3rd l 5 – 8:30 pm

One of the summer’s most relaxing and enjoyable activities is Jazz in the Garden.  If you have visitors it is a perfect DC experience taking place every Friday from now through September 2nd at the Sculpture Garden.  The concert is free, food and drink are available at the Pavilion Café.

This week features Deanna Bogart, winner of 20 Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards). Bogart incorporates musical influences from New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago, setting herself apart from other contemporary blues artists by blending country, swing, jazz and rock into her barrelhouse/boogie blues piano style of “Bluesion.”

DC Jazz Festival

June 4th l 10 am – 5 pm

June 5th l 12 pm – 7 pm

This is another free event at The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle running both Saturday and Sunday.  According to their website, “Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days will once again partner with the The Phillips Collection in conjunction with the Dupont Kalorama Museums Consortium annual walk weekend. A free, fun family weekend with live jazz music featuring the finest talent in the region including the Eric Byrd Trio, Noble Jolley Trio, Todd Marcus, U Street Collective, BJ Simmons Quartet, Washington Performing Arts Capital Jazz Youth Ensemble, Howard Franklin Quartet, Mario Lagina Trio, David Schulman, Michael Thomas Quintet, Herman Burney Trio featuring Jazzin’ at Sitar students, Lori Williams Quartet, and the Rob Levit Trio.”

This sounds like an awesome way to get out and enjoy time with your family while soaking up some of DC’s rich music culture. You can find more information about the event here.

Summerfest DC 

June 4th & 5th 

More than 80 craft beers will be available at the two-day festival, along with two dozen wine options, hard cider, food and live music. Festivalgoers have access to unlimited tasting pours, and VIP guests get early admission to their chosen session, as well as a souvenir pint glass, coozie lanyard and private restrooms. Tickets are available online until 90 minutes after each session begins.  There are multiple ticket options but some of them will be closing by the end of today, so hurry up and get your tickets here!

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