Weekend Round Up, Sept. 1 – 4

As we close out summer 2022, there are lots of things to do to keep you busy this three-day weekend. Enjoy the 18th Annual DC JazzFest, the National Book Festival, NSO Labor Day concert and more.

Celebrate the 18th Annual DC JazzFest 

2021 DC JazzFest photo by Jeff Malet.

The DC JazzFest is celebrating 18 years this weekend. Delight in jazz at various venues across town, including The Howard Theatre, Kreeger Museum, Arena Stage, Union Stage, The Wharf and more. For a bit of history, the First Annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival premiered in D.C. on September 28, 2005. The mostly free five-day festival saw 30,000 and featured dozens of world-renowned jazz artists. More information on the event can be found here.

Have you seen these around town? Logo from this year’s DC JazzFest.

202Creates Kickoff Celebration TONIGHT 

Hosted by NBC4’s Tommy McFly, 202Creates is an arts and culture focused event from 6-10 p.m. this evening. The free celebration will include performances by D.C. creators and entrepreneurs like Dorothy Milone, DJ Tezrah, Artstella and more. There will also be a pop-up lounge on Mediterranean restaurant La Vie’s rooftop. Mayor Bowser introduced 202Creates six years ago to celebrate the city’s creative culture through events, activities and other resources. More on tonight’s event here.

The 2022 National Book Festival Returns This Weekend 

The National Book Festival is at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this Saturday. Featured authors are from all genres, including Mitch Albom (“Tuesdays with Morrie”), Nick Offerman (of “Parks and Recreation” fame) and Janelle Monae (who is debuting “The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer”). The event will be Saturday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. with doors opening at 8:30 a.m. More information can be found here.

Are you ready for the Book Festival? 2019 National Book Festival photo by Jeff Malet.

Enjoy the NSO Labor Day Weekend Concert 

The National Symphony Orchestra’s free Labor Day weekend will be at the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol this Sunday at 8 p.m. Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke will be joined by Aaron Copland, John Williams, new Kennedy Center composer-in-residence Carlos Simon and Jimmie Herrod and Pink Martini from America’s Got Talent. Expect lots of fun favorites from Joni Mitchell, Gladys Knight and more. The performance is free with first-come, first-served seating. More information can be found here.

This weekend enjoy the NSO’s Labor Day Concert. Courtesy Kennedy Center.

Signature Theatre Premieres “No Place to Go” 

Bobby Smith stars in the Signature Theatre’s D.C. premiere of “No Place to Go,” an ode to the unemployed. The show is about an “information refiner” who finds out his company is moving to a very “remote” location and all jobs are going with it. A jazz band accompanies the performance, which follows the man who must figure out if he will relocate his family or take on a new job. This is a great option for blues, jazz and bluegrass fans! More information on tickets can be found here.

Sit in “Fields of Gold” and Listen to Sting 

This weekend, Sting will be at Wolf Trap for performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday to close out the summer. The 17-time Grammy winner will be performing his hits like “Every Breath You Take,” “Fields of Gold” and “Englishman in New York.” Opening acts are The Last Bandoleros and Joe Sumner. Sting was most recently seen in the first season of the Hulu hit “Only Murders in the Building,” playing a caricature of himself. More information on the shows can be found here.


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