Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul: The Capital Jazz Fest.

Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers from 44 states, is more than just a concert, it’s an event.

Capital Jazz Fest

Capital Jazz Fest

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, plus artist workshops and meet & greets.

And after the show, check out the late night events at our host hotel, the Marriott BWI Airport hotel.

The Capital Jazz Fest takes place at Merriweather Post Pavilion, located at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, Maryland. The venue is 28 miles northeast of Washington, D.C. and 18 miles southwest of Baltimore.

Capital Jazz Fest

rain or shine

Free parking is available at Merriweather Post Pavilion on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Arrive early for best choice of parking. Overflow parking is available at various nearby locations.

The host hotel for the 2017 Capital Jazz Fest is the Marriott BWI Airport Hotel.

The hotel will host our annual Late-Night festival events, including the Late-Night Soul Showcase (Friday, June 2nd) and the Official Festival After-Party (Saturday, June 3rd).

Special hotel room rates are available for our fest-goers.

The Capital Jazz Fest is held rain or shine. The talent lineup for the 2017 festival will be announced in March 2017.

Tickets for the 2017 festival will go on sale in March 2017. For more details, please check back to this website at that time.

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