As the home of Go-Go Music and numerous musical legends like Duke Ellington, it’s no surprise that a number of music festivals emanate in and around D.C. each year. Next time you’re itching for a festival to hear amazing music from a number of talented bands and musicians, be sure to check these out:
Probably D.C.’s best-known music festival, Broccoli City Festival is a big deal—and more than your average music festival! Broccoli City Festival has been occurring in Washington, D.C., since 2013 to benefit and inspire local youth and communities to create a “racially equitable” world and aid the D.C. community. On top of multi-genre music and performances from musicians like Ice Spice and Lil Uzi Vert, the festival “focuses on people and progress” and often includes events such as a career fair and 5K fitness run.
While not technically in D.C. proper, it’s All Things Go Festival is only a short drive away and attracts many Washingtonians! Keeping with D.C. fashion as the capital of the nation and a major international hub, last year’s festival’s headliners and concertgoers were comprised of “more than half the states in the nation, as well as international fans.” The lineup consists of the ideal mix of up-and-coming artists and cult favorites, with this year featuring the likes of Lana Del Rey and boygenius!
Entering its 19th year this fall, D.C. JazzFest has become a District staple! Founded in 2004 by jazz producer Charles Fishman and his wife, Stephanie Peters, D.C. JazzFest, with the aim of teaching the history of jazz roots—including those in D.C.— and aiming to inspire a new generation of jazz musicians and enthusiasts.