Grab your picnic blanket and stake out a spot at the National Sculpture Garden for free jazz concerts each Friday night, all summer long.
Jazz in the Garden is a fantastic way to kick off your weekend. Split a pitcher of sangria with friends and relax to the sounds of music and trickling fountains. The Sculpture Garden is directly adjacent to the National Gallery of Art so you may want to arrive a little early and view some of the artwork before the concert. Either way, you're in for a good time!
The Pavilion Cafe has plenty of food and drink options if you're in the mood. View their Jazz in the Garden menu online here.
WHERE: National Sculpture Garden | Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
WHEN: Fridays from May 17 to August 25 | 5:00-8:30 p.m.
ADMISSION: FREE for all ages
METRO: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Station on the Green and Yellow lines
PARKING: Metered street parking, pay garages nearby
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art
The remaining artists for the 2019 lineup include musicians and genres from all over the world:
- Black Masala, World Steam Punk (June 21)
- Hendrik Meurkens Quartet, Vibes/Harmonica (June 28)
- The JoGo Project, Afro Funk (July 5)
- Elikeh, African Fusion Jazz (July 12)
- Miles Stiebel, Jazz Violin (July 19)
- Incendio, World Guitar (July 26)
- Son Del Caribe, Cuban Charanga (August 2)
- The Bailsmen, Django Guitar (August 9)
- Dixie Power Trio, New Orleans Jazz (August 16)
- Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Funk and Hip-Hop (August 23)
Courtesy of The Bailsmen
There are just a few rules to keep in mind when visiting the Sculpture Garden. Bags will be checked upon entry so make sure you're not bringing in outside food or drink. Though it's all around you, do not touch any of the artwork. Children are certainly welcome, but do not put them on your shoulders as you walk through the gardens; strollers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Have you experienced Jazz in the Garden? Do you have any tips for first-time visitors? Let us know in the comments!